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The Sea Pig – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Gather some stuff from around the house to make music with because it’s time for another Songs for Unusual Creatures with Michael Hearst and special guests The Kronos Quartet: A Song fo...

Tiger Rag on a homemade Emphatic Chromatic Callioforte

Above, the Dixieland jazz classic Tiger Rag played by Boston’s one-man variety show performer and music teacher Leonard Solomon on a homemade Callioforte. You can watch him play anothe...

Chattanooga Choo Choo with the Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge

Glenn Miller and his orchestra, and the Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge? Yes please! From the little known movie Sun Valley Serenade (1941), this is era-defining swing hit Chattanoog...

Singing Tesla Coils: Inspector Gadget

Seen at science museums, maker faires, and all over the internet, Singing Tesla Coils combine science and music in the most fantastical and memorable of ways. But how do they work? From Physics...

The Singing, Ringing Tree

This is something that we’d like to see and hear in person: The Singing, Ringing Tree was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu in 2006. It sits on a hill in Lancashire, Engla...

John Wilson Orchestra: Scott Bradley‘s Tom and Jerry cartoon music

For the two adults in our house, this music brings back some rowdy cartoon cat and mouse tv memories from childhood. For the two kids in our house, it’s an orchestra playing energetic, ja...

Magnapinna Squid – Songs for Unusual Creatures

In this episode, Songs for Unusual Creatures investigates the wonderful but rarely-spotted Magnapinna Squid, as well as the horn music that it has inspired. While the deep sea Magnapinna or Bi...

Glass Frog – Songs for Unusual Creatures

In this episode of Songs for Unusual Creatures, Michael Hearst visits the Frog Pod at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then collaborates with glass armonica player Cecilia Brauer on a new so...

Kermit the Frog – The Rainbow Connection

Kermit the Frog sings The Rainbow Connection in The Muppet Movie. It was nominated for Best Song at the 1979 Academy Awards. There are more rainbows in the archives, as well as these two video gems: Jim Henson maki...

The Giant Anteater – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Giant Anteaters get in on the fun (and some yogurt) as Michael Hearst and PBS Digital Studios return with Songs for Unusual Creatures. Michael visits the Nashville Zoo and then composes a song...

The Wikidrummer: No artificial reverb added

How does the space that you’re making music in change the sound of the music? French drummer Julien Audigier, Audio Zero, and Wikidrummers put this video together to demonstrate the ̶...

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in Hellzapoppin’ (1941)

From 1941’s Hellzapoppin’, watch this phenomenal performance by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the Savoy Ballroom's supreme swing dance group founded in 1935 by Herbert “Whitey” White. This cl...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on the Glass Armonica

The mechanical version of a glass harp, called a glass armonica, was invented by none other than Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Also, a new word for us: hydrodaktulopsychicharmonica — harmoni...

Tom Tom Magazine‘s The Oral History of Female Drummers

Watch Tom Tom Magazine's The Oral History of Female Drummers, presented with ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1. Featured drummers include Mindy Abovitz, Sean Desiree, Kiran Gandhi, Linnea LaMon, Ashley “Say Wut?!” Moyer...

Glass through Glass by Alexander Chen

Some of our favorite instruments are made from things around the house and the sound of water in drinking glasses is a great example. Glass through Glass is a composition by Google Creative Director Alexander Chen, wh...

The Elephant Shrew – Songs for Unusual Creatures

From Michael Hearst and PBS Digital Studios, enjoy Songs for Unusual Creatures: The Elephant Shrew. In the archives: more videos from PBS.

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel built by Tom Kaufmann. In the archives: more instrument videos.

Tina Turner covers Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s Proud Mary (1971)

Clear the floor for dancing because it’s not containable at 1m55s… Tina Turner covers Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary on live Italian TV in 1971. Travel back to the 1970s or enjoy some more music that mov...