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Ebene Quartet: NPR Music Field Recordings

The Paris-based Quatuor Ebene plays the second movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Op. 80 string quartet at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn for NPR Music Field Recordings.

Top Secret Drum Corps – Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2012)

Top Secret Drum Corps is a precision drum corps based in Basel, Switzerland. With 25 drummers and colorguard members, the corps became famous for its demanding six-minute routine performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in...

Landfill Harmonic

Cateura, Paraguay’s residents live on top of a landfill that gets 1,500 tons of solid waste each day, exposing the impoverished communities to unhealthy conditions. Most of the town works in the dump as recyc...

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on a Glass Harp

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on a glass harp — crystal glasses filled with different amounts of water — played beautifully by a street musician in Prague. You can see and hear more of his work here an...

Dizzy Gillespie – I Can’t Get Started + Manteca (1960)

A short clip from Italian television in 1960, I Can’t Get Started + Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Leo Wright on alto sax, Junior Mance on piano, Art Davis on bass and Teddy Stewart on drums. The cheek...

What does it look like to be a trombone playing music?

What does it look like to be a trombone playing music? Thanks to a Go Pro camera mounted on one, we now know. (Updated for video link.) via Kottke. 

Bus Station Sonata: Commuters play Beethoven

At the Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle, UK, commuters were invited to play a Beethoven sonata with pianist Andy Jackson of the Cobwebs Orchestra. Most of the commuters say that they have never even touched ...

Behind the scenes at Tartine Bread

This Chronicle Books video features Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, and the author of Chronicle’s Tartine Bread, published in 2010:   To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, ...

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ Pipes and Drums

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards’ Pipes and Drums — “a section of pipers (playing the Great Highland Bagpipe), a section of snare drummers… several tenor drummers and us...

BBC Proms 2012: Handel

What’s better than watching an orchestra and its conductor — and all of those instruments! — up close? From the BBC Proms 2012:   Hervé Niquet leads Le Concert Spirituel in the Prélude from Hande...

cdza: The Human Jukebox

Charles Yang on Violin, Michael Thurber on Bass, and Eddie Barbash on Alto Saxophone… together they are The Human Jukebox, a super-viral musical video experiment by cdza. In this experiment, they use donations ...

Handbell ringers perform “Married Life” from Pixar’s UP

Handbell ringers Greg Urban, Leslie Urban and Kim Thackray perform ‘Married Life’ from Pixar’s ‘UP’ in Corvallis, Oregon.

Music Kettle

Musical Kettle: heat, water and steam, making music. From sound artist, designer and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki:  I wanted to contribute to the design of daily domestic noises. alarms, ...

FOLI: There is no movement without rhythm

Thomas Roebers’ Rhythm “FOLI” There Is No movement Without Rhythm. “Foli” is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke tribe in West Africa. But Foli is not only found in Malinke music, but in all p...

Bike Shorts Film competition winner: Bicycle Sounds

Winner of the Bike Shorts Film Competition, Bicycle Sounds was created by Stephen Meierding, an artist, photographer, and videographer in NYC. It’s a great exploration of rhythm, sound, color and physics. The k...

The map of notes on a steel drum

it’s great to see exactly where these notes live on this 22” surface. How do steel drum players know where the right notes will be? Turns out that they’ve got this little map ...

The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca

Making a Flamenco Guitar. We love videos about music and making instruments The Art of Making series condensed 299 hours of blood, sweat, and tears into a three-minute film, highlighting the craftsmanship b...

The Mario theme song played on F.A.O. Schwartz’s giant piano

Giant piano! And on this particular giant piano (with rainbow light up keys!), a happy gentleman at NYC’s F.A.O. Schwartz plays the Mario theme song… and not perfectly, which is the best part! &#...