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The Inverted Glass Harp

We love glass harps – instruments made from wine glasses that are filled with different amounts of water to create a series of desired pitches. In The Inverted Glass Harp, Dan Quinn shows us that empty glasses can als...

Contact juggling with street music

Watch this young Switzerland-based performer and contact juggler in an impromptu sidewalk performance with an upright bassist and an accordionist. This kind of contact juggling is a style of object manipulation that m...

Chopin, Étude, opus 25 no. 1, A-flat major, an animated visualization

From Stephen Malinowski and his Music Animation Machine, this is Frédéric Chopin's Étude, opus 25 #1 in A-flat major. Malinowski has been sharing animated music graphics on YouTube since 2005.

Speedy street violinist – An up close look at how a violin is played

Get an up close look at the speedy fingerboard and bow action that can go into playing the violin. Musician Павел Фрумин (Pavel Frumin) plays a rapid fire composition in the streets of Kiev, Ukraine with two GoPro cam...

Vittorio Monti’s Csárdás performed by The Kanneh-Mason Family

From Isata (piano), Braimah (violin), Sheku (cello), Konya (violin), Jeneba (cello) and Aminata (violin) Kanneh-Mason, six young musicians -- ages 9-18 -- based in Nottingham, England, this is Csárdás or Czardas, musi...

Trumpet Party

This cute animation by Justin Lawes is short, simple, super playful, and showcases an entirely new way to play an animated trumpet. Trumpet Party!

The Wanamaker Organ – The world’s largest musical instrument

A Philadelphia treasure, get a glimpse inside The Wanamaker Organ, a 7-story-high, 287 ton, 28,677 pipe instrument located inside the Macy’s (formerly Wanamaker's) at 13th and Market. The pipe organ is the world's lar...

Oscar Peterson and Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside

From the BBC Four broadcast of Oscar Peterson: Words and Music, circa 1980, Oscar Peterson & Count Basie perform 'Jumpin' At The Woodside' on two Bösendorfer grand pianos. They're joined in London's Royal Festival Hal...

Franz Liszt’s La Campanella played on a glass harp

In the streets of Prague in the Czech Republic, Petr Spatina plays a beautiful version of Franz Liszt's La Campanella (The Bell) from Grandes études de Paganini, six artistic and technical piano pieces based on Nicolò...

Resonance, forced vibration, and a tuning forks demo

A U-shaped fork of steel first invented in 1711 by trumpet player John Shore, the tuning fork is a tool produces a specific note that helps musicians keep their instruments in tune. They also are a great conversation ...

Billy Preston with Ray Charles – Agent Double O Soul

With the legendary Ray Charles on piano, this is former child piano prodigy and Beatles collaborator Billy Preston performing 'Agent Double O Soul' on The Ed Sullivan Show. The live 1967 performance was featured in th...

The Octobass – What does this huge instrument sound like?

Want a low-end rumble in your orchestra? You need an octobass, a bowed-string instrument that's so massive, it requires a platform and a series levers to play. Only three were originally made by their inventor Jean-Ba...

B.B. King – Live performance in Stockholm, Sweden (1974)

From his visit to Stockholm, Sweden in 1974, this is B.B. King and his band playing live at Konserthuset, The Stockholm Concert Hall. The performance starts at 1m20s. The opening of the video is a brief interview with...

What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic

In 2013, University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford worked with professor Scott St. George to map climate data to cello music, sonorously illustrating 1880 to 2012 climate change trends. As a next step in the p...

The Wheelharp & The Viola Organista

The Wheelharp looks something like a piano cylinder and sounds like a gritty set of violins, but in fact, it's a relatively new keyboard instrument invented by Jon Jones & Sons that bows a string inside of it for each...

Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing (1965)

From The Ed Sullivan Show on March 7, 1965, (the video seems to be incorrectly dated as being from 1960), watch Ella Fitzgerald perform with Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). ...a ...

Boomwhacker Bach: Prélude n°1 aux tubes musicaux

This performance by Les Objets Volants is a wonderful mix of work and play... an exercise in "juggling" that requires an immense amount of concentration and teamwork. In front of an audience in Luxeuil les Bains, Fran...

Joyous String Quartet: Firework and Vivaldi’s Summer (Presto)

From Joyous Music School in Long Island, New York, this is perhaps the youngest string quartet ever: The Joyous String Quartet. Above, they perform Katy Perry's Firework. Below, from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons...