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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 ...

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...