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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 clip is annotated with the teams’ names: William Downes & Frances “Mickey” Jones (0:39). Billy Ricker & Norma Miller (1:09). Al Minns & Willa Mae Ricker (1:29). Frankie Manning & Ann Johnson (1:55).

You’ll recognize Al Minns from these classic clips with dance partner Leon James. There’s more swing in the archives. Also, don’t miss The Nicholas Brothers in another one of the greatest dance performances ever filmed.

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: hydrodaktulopsychicharmonicaharmonica to produce music for the soul by fingers dipped in water,” (hydro- for “water,” daktul (daktyl) for “finger,” psych- for “soul”). One can be found at the Musée de la Musique in Paris.

There are more glass harps playing in the archives.

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, Kristin Mueller, Chloe Saavedra, and Kate Ryan.

There’s more drumming in the archives, including how drums are made, Max Roach on hi-hat, cdza’s Intro to Drums, and playing a river like a drum.

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, who recorded the video’s layers with Google Glass. Bonus: We’ve enjoyed Alexander’s work here before.

Related watching: Reggie Watts in improvised layers, more videos of glass (the material), and the magic of glass harps.

via @alexanderchen.