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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.

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...

Alexander Chen’s Viola through Glass

Google Creative Director Alexander Chen composes a song by filming some solo viola melodies on Google Glass and then weaving the video clips together in overlapping loops. What results is n...

iPhone Marimba Remix

Perhaps you’ve heard the iPhone marimba ring many times, but have you heard it like this? iPhone Marimba Remix by France’s KIZ Musique. via UFunk.net. In the archives, two must-see vids: Reggie Watts an...

The Human Piano

The Human Piano. (This also seems like a great DIY video project, yes?) More than 300 random people on the streets of Israel, each repeating one single note, creating together one harmonious melody. No Auto-tune w...

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (a sort of flashmob)

In this 2012 viral commericial out of Sabadell, Spain, a street musician plays Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. And then something starts to happen…  Thanks, @kvetchup.

LEGO Bionicle Toa Mata Band

Watch these Lego Bionicle toy robots make music with drum machines, xylophones, synthesizers and other makeshift instruments. This is the Toa Mata Band, a project by sound designer Giuseppe A...

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 ...