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Electromechanical instruments + rocks: Rock Band

Listen to The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun played with rocks that are being thrown, slapped, and vibrated by electromechanical instruments. This is Rock Band, a project created by Neil Mendoza as a part of Autodesk's a...

How a Bach Stradivarius trumpet is made

In this video series from musical instrument manufacturer Conn-Selmer, we see how a Bach Stradivarius trumpet is made. The mouthpiece above is shaped to the tune of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. T...

How to practice effectively…for just about anything

Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to m...

Dance of Harmony, an animated synesthetic voyage

One day when I was sixteen, I realized that I could see music. The saxophone I played and the jazz I loved listening to came to life before my eyes, or perhaps behind my eyes, in shape and color — little animated char...

Ice music made on hand-carved ice instruments

Tim Linhart was an ice sculptor in Colorado. One day he carved an upright string bass from ice and was astonished at the beautiful sound it made. Now he is the founder of Ice Music, based in Luleå, Swedish Lapland. Ic...

Alike, an animated short film

Copi is a father who's trying to teach his daily way of life to Paste, his son. Watch as they head off to their work and school routines in a bustling city, and see what they discover along the way. Alike is an animat...

A tiny balloon-powered organ made from paper & cardboard

With the exception of a piece of plastic that allows a peek at its inner workings, and a large balloon that provides required wind through its pipes, this tiny pipe organ is made out of paper and cardboard. It was des...

Talkin’ Scat with Hoots the Owl and Gordon – Sesame Street

Learn how to scat sing -- to sing using your voice like an instrument in an improvisational jazz style -- with Hoots the Owl, Gordon, and some "hip kittens" (a group of kids) in this classic Sesame Street clip from 19...

Jazz Fundamentals: What Is Improvisation? What Are the Blues?

What Is Improvisation? In this smart Jazz Academy series by Jazz at Lincoln Center, we learn Jazz Fundamentals, the building blocks of jazz as explained by drummer Bryan Carter, and demonstrated by his accompanying ba...

A sonata played on the earliest known surviving piano

What does the earliest known surviving piano sound like? Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listen to the 'Giga' of Sonata number 6 in B flat major, played by professional keyboard player and music producer D...

Conveyor Belt Hero

Different sizes and colors of wooden blocks travel along a conveyor belt, placed in a melodious order by eight helpers on the Conveyor Belt Hero team. Mystery Guitar Man Joe Penna plays the blocks all in order with hi...

Aretha Franklin sings Won’t Be Long (1964)

Singer, songwriter, and musician Aretha Franklin was just 22 years old when she sang 'Won't Be Long' on The Steve Allen show in 1964. Today, of course, she's known as The Queen of Soul: Franklin has won a total of...

The Waterphone

Invented by Richard Waters in the late 1960s, the waterphone is an unusual instrument that often contains a bit of water to help create its signature sound. Used in a variety of movies and albums, the instrument is of...

The Beautiful Relationship Between Physics and Jazz

How is physics like jazz? How is John Coltrane like Albert Einstein? Ask theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander. He sees strong connections between the improvisational nature of jazz and the pursuit of understanding ...

Bach, Prelude in C-sharp major, WTC I, BWV 848, animated

Performed by Kimiko Ishizaka and accompanied by Stephen Malinowski's Music Animation Machine score, enjoy the prelude in C-sharp major from the first book of Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

The Müpa Budapest Sound Machine, the world’s largest music box

Music box + hamster wheel + Hungary = the Harry Potter Theme Song (Hedwig's Theme), The Nutcracker, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and three other songs. Powered by walking and perfected with hand-punched holes in 8.5m...

Stadsmuziek (City Music) – Akko Goldenbeld

A three dimensional wooden map of Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrapped around a turning cylinder -- an external player piano mechanism -- Stadsmuziek (City Music) was a 2011 design project by Akko Goldenbeld: The tal...

Born with no fingers, teen Alexey Romanov is a piano prodigy

At 16 years old, Alexey Romanov has become a celebrated pianist across Russia. Born with no fingers, his growing love for classical music motivated him to start learning piano. In two years of diligent practice, Roman...

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