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Louis Armstrong performs Basin Street Blues and Reveille

Louis Armstrong performs Basin Street Blues and Reveille on television in the 1950s.

The Viola Maker

In a short by Eamon Urtone, Helen Michetschläger shares how she makes a viola — a slightly larger version of a violin with a deeper, more mellow sound. File under: how instruments are made.

The making of a Steinway Grand Piano from start to finish

Founded in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been building award-winning, hand-crafted pianos for 160 years, so clearly they know how it’s done. In The Making of a Steinway, they share the extraordinary, year-long p...

TED Ed: How to Read Music

From Tim Hansen and TED Ed, the basics of how to read music.

Blues Brothers & Ray Charles – Shake a Tail Feather (1980)

When you’re looking to buy an instrument, you should really test it out to make sure it’s still in good condition. In this scene from the Blues Brothers (1980), Elwood and Jake get some help from music st...

Royal Canoe – Bathtubs

The kiddos really enjoyed this instrument and effect-filled video for Royal Canoe's Bathtubs, directed by Nathan Boey, about the band’s perfectly imperfect rehearsal space in an apartment building in ...

Pianist Yuja Wang plays Flight of the Bumblebee

Pianist Yuja Wang plays Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee. Yuja has been practicing piano since she was six years old. There are more pianos in the archives.

Everything Starts Small

Everything Starts Small by Scott Benson.

cdza: Daft Pianists

How many people can play the piano at the same time? Music video experiment makers cdza help answer this question in Daft Pianists. Damian Sim, Erika Dohi, Michael Thurber, Allan Mednard, and Mark Johnson conceived ...

Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion

This is Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion, Luke Jerram is a colorblind artist based in the UK. Aeolus is a sonic creation that blends acoustic physics, inspirations from classical civilizations, and visual adventu...

Tibetan Singing Bowl

A Tibetan Singing Bowl:  Singing bowls… are a type of bell, specifically classified as a standing bell. Rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, singing bowls sit with t...

Pop-up orchestra on a delayed plane

Pop-up orchestra performance on a delayed plane! Violinist Juliette Kang, violinist Daniel Han, violaist Che-Hung Chen, and cellist Yumi Kendall of The Philadelphia Orchestra were traveling from Beijing to Macao on ...

Inventors Portrait: Ernest Nussbaum, inventor of the Practicello

From PBS Digital Studios’ Inventors, meet Ernest Nussbaum, inventor of the Practicello. Be sure to check out the entire series.

Léon Theremin playing the theremin

It can be a challenge for some sound-making machines to be understood via video. Sometimes there’s no way to truly understand how it’s working without the experience of playing it....

Otamatone Jumbo

This is the Otamatone Jumbo, not to be confused with the Otamatone or the Otamatone Deluxe. They were developed in Japan by the Cube Works Company along with Maywa Denki and Novmichi Tosa. Otamatones are available on...

Maarten Koopman: Under My Hat

A clip of filmmaker Maarten Koopman’s Under My Hat.

Commander Hadfield: Wringing out Water on the ISS and Space Oddity

To celebrate Commander Chris Hadfield's return to earth today, Monday, May 13, Scientific American has collected the Top 10 Commander Hadfield Videos from the International Space Station. Ex...

OK Go: This Too Shall Pass (2010)

Even if you’ve seen This Too Shall Pass, the 2010 instant classic from inventive band Ok Go, it’s a great video to watch again (and again). With the help of SyynLabs, director James Frost, and the suppor...