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The Octobass – What does this huge instrument sound like?

Want a low-end rumble in your orchestra? You need an octobass, a bowed-string instrument that's so massive, it requires a platform and a series levers to play. Only three were originally made by their inventor Jean-Ba...

B.B. King – Live performance in Stockholm, Sweden in 1974

From his visit to Stockholm, Sweden in 1974, this is B.B. King and his band playing live at Konserthuset, The Stockholm Concert Hall. The performance starts at 1m20s. The opening of the video is a brief interview with...

What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic

In 2013, University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford worked with professor Scott St. George to map climate data to cello music, sonorously illustrating 1880 to 2012 climate change trends. As a next step in the p...

The Wheelharp & The Viola Organista

The Wheelharp looks something like a piano cylinder and sounds like a gritty set of violins, but in fact, it's a relatively new keyboard instrument invented by Jon Jones & Sons that bows a string inside of it for each...

Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing (1965)

From The Ed Sullivan Show on March 7, 1965, (the video seems to be incorrectly dated as being from 1960), watch Ella Fitzgerald perform with Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). ...a ...

Boomwhacker Bach: Prélude n°1 aux tubes musicaux

This performance by Les Objets Volants is a wonderful mix of work and play... an exercise in "juggling" that requires an immense amount of concentration and teamwork. In front of an audience in Luxeuil les Bains, Fran...

Didn’t It Rain: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live in Manchester (1964)

Playing her electric guitar under the eaves of an abandoned train station in rainy Manchester, England, Sister Rosetta Tharpe performed Didn't It Rain. An American singer, songwriter, and The Godmother of Rock & R...

Joyous String Quartet: Firework and Vivaldi’s Summer (Presto)

From Joyous Music School in Long Island, New York, this is perhaps the youngest string quartet ever: The Joyous String Quartet. Above, they perform Katy Perry's Firework. Below, from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons...

Player: Piano – The Tetris Theme (Korobeiniki) by Sonya Belousova

For people of a certain age, Tetris is a well-loved classic video game that mixes some strategy with good, old-fashioned gut-reaction decision-making. Hearing the familiar theme Korobeiniki can quickly bring back imag...

Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – Basin Street Blues (1964)

In 1964, Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars were featured on The Bell Telephone Hour, a long-running NBC music program that moved from the radio to television in 1959. Here they play an Armstrong standard: Basin Street B...

Dancing Paper, 8bit Harmonica, and Musical Umbrella by Ugoita

The next time we start folding origami cranes, we're going to be tempted to give them legs and little magnetic feet. This is Dancing Paper, a project by multimedia artist Ugoita. Watch as the cranes dance with synchro...

How to make a carrot clarinet

From renaissance flutes to rubber glove bagpipes, Linsey Pollak has been making instruments since 1971. An Australian musician and composer, his musical inventions help make playing music more accessible and fun for a...

Wooden blocks trigger sounds on Arduino-programmed turntables

Mix three turntables with some Arduino boards and five sensors each. Program different sounds -- bongos, bass, a snare drum, hi-hat, whatever you'd like -- and then position small wooden blocks on the turntables to tr...

Yakko’s Nations of the World: An updated version

For anyone who watched cartoons in the early 1990s, Yakko's World from Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs will be familiar. A memory-challenging list song, Yakko’s World inventories the nations of the world in a to...

It’s Watermelon Time: Watermelon by Tom Rosenthal

What's more fun than running around the English countryside in a costume? How about running around the English countryside in a watermelon costume? This is Watermelon by Tom Rosenthal, an ode to a wonderful fruit and ...

Design Ah! (デザインあ) introduces kids to design concepts

In 2011, Japan's NHK television network began broadcasting Design Ah!, a Peabody award-winning children's educational program that explores different types of creative thinking for viewers of all ages. With an "Ah" th...

The Mills Brothers: Swing It, Sister (1934)

Donald Mills, Harry Mills, Herbert Mills, and John Mills: The Mills Brothers perform Swing It, Sister in the 1934 film Strictly Dynamite. Note the excellent mouth trumpet action, a jazz-era vocal technique that ...

Mysteries of Vernacular: Ukulele

How did a small four-string guitar that was not invented in Hawaii end up with a Hawaiian name that means Jumping Flea? Let's go back to the 19th century when Portuguese travelers brought a braguinha to Hawaii. Jessic...

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