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The Beautiful Relationship Between Physics and Jazz

How is physics like jazz? How is John Coltrane like Albert Einstein? Ask theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander. He sees strong connections between the improvisational nature of jazz and the pursuit of understanding ...

Bach, Prelude in C-sharp major, WTC I, BWV 848, animated

Performed by Kimiko Ishizaka and accompanied by Stephen Malinowski's Music Animation Machine score, enjoy the prelude in C-sharp major from the first book of Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

Stadsmuziek (City Music) – Akko Goldenbeld

A three dimensional wooden map of Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrapped around a turning cylinder -- an external player piano mechanism -- Stadsmuziek (City Music) was a 2011 design project by Akko Goldenbeld: The tal...

Born with no fingers, teen Alexey Romanov is a piano prodigy

At 16 years old, Alexey Romanov has become a celebrated pianist across Russia. Born with no fingers, his growing love for classical music motivated him to start learning piano. In two years of diligent practice, Roman...

What is Jazz? Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Tormé explain

From the 1976 Grammys, scat singing music legends Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Tormé answer the question: What is Jazz? Watch more of Fitzgerald's brilliance

Melodious stone instruments called lithophones

An idiophone, the lithophone is a set of rocks -- granite, fossilized coral, petrified wood, and other melodious stones -- that are played by striking them. They've been made in a variety of forms all around the globe...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Tube Tune – Simon Panrucker

From UK-based music artist Simon Panrucker, enjoy a 2013 musical experiment with a room full of boomwhackers: Tube Tune.

The Great Stalacpipe Organ deep in Luray Caverns

Not far from Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, deep in the damp Luray Caverns, is a giant lithophone -- a pipeless organ that strikes 37 stalactites with solenoid-actuated rubber mallets in order to produce 37 beau...

The Toy Piano Virtuoso: Margaret Leng Tan

From New York City's Carnegie Hall to venues all around the world, classically-trained musician Margaret Leng Tan performs concerts on her collection of toy pianos... as well as toy drums, catfood cans, soy sauce dish...

Ice Drumming on Lake Baikal

From 2012, Irkutsk-based Russian percussionist group Etnobit found a spot on Lake Baikal -- the world's deepest lake and largest freshwater lake, as well as the world's oldest lake, dating back 25 million years -- whe...

Adult beginner violinist – 2 years of progress in under 5 minutes

A 24 year old woman from Norway, Violin Noobie on YouTube, filmed herself learning how to play the violin -- from her first week in April 2013 to after two years of practice: Adult beginner violinist. Of her progr...

CBS Christmas Message (1966) by R.O. Blechman

From 1966, enjoy CBS' Christmas Message, a classic animation by illustrator, animator, and editorial cartoonist R.O. Blechman.

Star Wars – Attacca Quartet: May the Fource Be with You

Classical string quartet Attacca Quartet plays an arrangement of Star Wars classics, including the main title, Hologram / Binary Sunset, and the Imperial March. On violins: Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, with Natha...

Apartment Symphony – A Looping POV Masterpiece

This video by musician Keith Peskosky, his Apartment Symphony entry into an online video competition, is a traveling, looping mind-bender of music layers. In the video notes and comments, he explains: "What happen...

Morske Orgulje – The Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia

There is an unpredictable and beautiful-sounding Sea Organ, or Morske Orgulje, located on the edge of the Adriatic Sea in Zadar, Croatia. The 35 pipe ocean current instrument was built along the city's promenade in 20...

Multilayered, mechanized music-making by Graham Dunning

Experimental music artist Graham Dunning plays with how music can be created through a mix of found objects and sound experiments. In Mechanical Techno Demonstration, he rigs up multiple layers of sound-making interac...

Hazel Scott plays Black & White on two grand pianos (1943)

Hazel Scott was not only a gifted pianist and singer -- a child musical prodigy who at only eight years old was given a scholarship from the Juilliard School of Music to be privately tutored -- she was also the first ...

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