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Alike, an animated short film

Copi is a father who's trying to teach his daily way of life to Paste, his son. Watch as they head off to their work and school routines in a bustling city, and see what they discover along the way. Alike is an animat...

A tiny balloon-powered organ made from paper & cardboard

With the exception of a piece of plastic that allows a peek at its inner workings, and a large balloon that provides required wind through its pipes, this tiny pipe organ is made out of paper and cardboard. It was des...

Talkin’ Scat with Hoots the Owl and Gordon – Sesame Street

Learn how to scat sing -- to sing using your voice like an instrument in an improvisational jazz style -- with Hoots the Owl, Gordon, and some "hip kittens" (a group of kids) in this classic Sesame Street clip from 19...

Jazz Fundamentals: What Is Improvisation? What Are the Blues?

What Is Improvisation? In this smart Jazz Academy series by Jazz at Lincoln Center, we learn Jazz Fundamentals, the building blocks of jazz as explained by drummer Bryan Carter, and demonstrated by his accompanying ba...

A sonata played on the earliest known surviving piano

What does the earliest known surviving piano sound like? Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listen to the 'Giga' of Sonata number 6 in B flat major, played by professional keyboard player and music producer D...

Conveyor Belt Hero

Different sizes and colors of wooden blocks travel along a conveyor belt, placed in a melodious order by eight helpers on the Conveyor Belt Hero team. Mystery Guitar Man Joe Penna plays the blocks all in order with hi...

Aretha Franklin sings Won’t Be Long (1964)

Singer, songwriter, and musician Aretha Franklin was just 22 years old when she sang 'Won't Be Long' on The Steve Allen show in 1964. Today, of course, she's known as The Queen of Soul: Franklin has won a total of...

The Waterphone

Invented by Richard Waters in the late 1960s, the waterphone is an unusual instrument that often contains a bit of water to help create its signature sound. Used in a variety of movies and albums, the instrument is of...

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...

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