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Feedback loops: How nature gets its rhythms

A grasshopper eats grass, a rat can eat the grasshopper, a snake may eat the rat, and a hawk will eat the snake. When these food chains interweave, they create a food web. Plants and animals (including humans) live, e...

Hit the beat

Hit the beat, a project by Lorenzo Bravi that uses a drum machine to play small physical objects placed on its platforms. Beans may sound different than buttons, which may sound different than seed pods, or bottle cap...

Viola Smith Drums with Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes (1939)

Viola Smith Drums with Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes (1939).  Smith was born in 1912, and just after celebrating her 100th birthday, she sat down with Tom Tom Magazine for a video inte...

A “musicless” version of The Hardest Button to Button

When you take the music out of this Michel Gondry-directed music video for The White Stripes, it looks a bit like a Sesame Street video from the 1970s. This is a “musicless” versio...

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly play The Tapping Game

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly play The Tapping Game… and they sing and dance, because when you have Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly on stage together, that’s what happens. This clip i...

The Wikidrummer: No artificial reverb added

How does the space that you’re making music in change the sound of the music? French drummer Julien Audigier, Audio Zero, and Wikidrummers put this video together to demonstrate the ̶...

Ralliers: Table tennis in London’s public spaces

Hang out in London’s public spaces where urban table tennis is growing in popularity and helping to bring people together in a spontaneous way. Kauri Multimedia and the International Tab...

cdza music: Intro to Drums

The cdza music team is at it again with the second episode of their series The Instrumentals: Intro to Drums. After introducing the drum set, drummer Allan Mednard compares and contrasts two kinds of rhythms: rock an...

Rowan Atkinson: Invisible Drum Kit

Here’s Rowan Atkinson and an invisible drum kit, from his Live! performance. Updated video.

Fred Astaire: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Fred Astaire plays (and dances to) Nice Work If You Can Get It in an iconic scene from 1937’s A Damsel in Distress. This was shot in one continuous take. There are more classics and dancing in the archives. Th...

TED Ed: How to Read Music

From Tim Hansen and TED Ed, the basics of how to read music.

Michael Moschen’s The Triangle

Master juggler Michael Moschen weaves rhythm, physics, and hand-eye coordination into this wonderful performance called The Triangle.  There are a few more jugglers juggling in the archives...

BaAka Forest People play the river like a drum

With cupped hands, girls and women of the BaAka Forest People play the river like a drum, each taking on a different rhythmic pattern that complements the others.

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...

Citadel Physics: Wave Pendulum

jtotheizzoe: Get hypnotized by this wave pendulum… seriously, I can’t look away. A wave pendulum like this is built of equally weighted objects suspended by different (and carefully cal...

The Event of a Thread

“The Event of a Thread” was a stunning large scale, participatory installation by Ann Hamilton that recently filled the cavernous drill hall at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The centerpiece of the...

Physics! 32 out-of-sync metronomes synchronize

A physics demonstration from the Ikeguchi Laboratory in Japan: Exactly 32 metronomes unite in synchronous play with no help from human hands. And there’s simple physics at the heart of it.  When the arm of any...

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