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Oscar Peterson and Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside

From the BBC Four broadcast of Oscar Peterson: Words and Music, circa 1980, Oscar Peterson & Count Basie perform 'Jumpin' At The Woodside' on two Bösendorfer grand pianos. They're joined in London's Royal Festival Hal...

hiding but not really – a hypnotic looping animation

hiding but not really, a beautifully hypnotic looping animation from animation director Eran Hilleli. We expected something to happen, but then it didn't, and then we realized that it was already happening. Who is thi...

Franz Liszt’s La Campanella played on a glass harp

In the streets of Prague in the Czech Republic, Petr Spatina plays a beautiful version of Franz Liszt's La Campanella (The Bell) from Grandes études de Paganini, six artistic and technical piano pieces based on Nicolò...

Beautiful summer nights full of fireflies and stars

Of his magical-looking evenings observing the stars, the lightning, and the glowing summer insects of Ithaca, New York, Michael Roman writes: I confess, I spent many--perhaps too many--nights this summer standing a...

Space X’s Falcon 9 falls back to Earth to The Blue Danube

To the tune of Johann Strauss II's Blue Danube waltz, Space X's Falcon 9 falls majestically back to Earth in real time. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket that transports satellites into orbit, and powers the Dragon space...

Choir Tour: A boys’ choir vs their conductor in a hotel adventure

From director and animator Edmunds Jansons, with sound design and music by Ģirts Bišs, this is Choir Tour, in which a mischievous boys’ choir breaks away from their conductor in a Seoul hotel while on tour. Charming a...

Billy Preston with Ray Charles – Agent Double O Soul

With the legendary Ray Charles on piano, this is former child piano prodigy and Beatles collaborator Billy Preston performing 'Agent Double O Soul' on The Ed Sullivan Show. The live 1967 performance was featured in th...

An illuminated visualization of Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier

Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well Tempered Clavier, with music performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a film by Alan Warburton. Before starting work on our Well-Tempered Clavier animation, director and visual artist ...

Beatboxing Masterclass with Shlomo

A jazz drummer from the age of eight, British beatboxer and composer Schlomo began vocalizing rhythms when he was a kid as a way to practice drums. In these Musical Futures videos, he demonstrates how to beatbox. Abov...

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 (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...

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