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Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Saint-Saëns’ The Swan

British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Le cygne (The Swan) from Camille Saint-Saëns' Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals), a track off of his debut album Inspiration. Hailing from Nottingham, then a...

Percussive thunderstorm simulations inspired by the Kearsney College Choir

At the World Choir Games in 2008, South Africa's Kearsney College Choir of school boys, aged 13 -18, performed their simulation of a thunderstorm before a pop choral performance of Toto's Africa. The storm sound effec...

Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone plays live in London (1968)

Playing live in London in 1968, singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Nina Simone sings a medley of Ain't Got No, I Got Life, two songs that were originally written for the late 1960s counterculture musical Ha...

This festive robotic glockenspiel plays Christmas songs on demand

Listen to 'Deck the Halls' play on a homemade, Twitter-connected robotic glockenspiel with Raspberry Pi brains. The interactive instrument, located in a Northumbria University office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, i...

Why (and how) do whales sing?

Whale vocalizations are a bit of a mystery. We know that only the males of some baleen whales sing, but we're not sure what those compositions—specifically structured phrases and melodies that repeat and evolve within...

Instrumental songs played on the kalimba (and a dog named Maple)

AcousticTrench is a popular YouTube channel featuring a guitarist named Trench and his dog Maple. Most of the videos are songs played on guitar, but a few feature harp and kalimba instrumentals. A kalimba or mbira is ...

What A Wonderful World: Jon Batiste live at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival

Jon Batiste performs What A Wonderful World, the song first recorded and made famous by trumpet player, singer, composer, and jazz legend Louis Armstrong, at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival. His piano playing is not t...

Music Animation Machine, colorful visualizations of classical music

Performed by Stephen Malinowski and accompanied by his Music Animation Machine classical music visualizations, enjoy Frédéric Chopin's Etude, opus 25 #4 in A minor. Malinowski's music animations have taken on a va...

The Glass Armonica, Benjamin Franklin’s 1761 invention

The glass armonica is truly one of the strangest musical instruments in the world. Invented by founding father Benjamin Franklin, the concept is the same as rubbing the tip of your finger around a wine glass to make a...

Super Mario Bros. on a marimba with four mallets

Percussionist, tap dancer, pianist, and teacher Aaron DeWayne helps these video game tunes escape from their 8-bit blips and bleeps as he plays them on marimba with four mallets. The Overworld and Underworld themes ar...

Escape, a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios

Escape is a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios, branded content for their client Dolby Laboratories. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival as a demonstration of the company's surround sound and im...

Sometimes I’m Happy (Sometimes I’m Blue) – Sarah Vaughan

Recorded for Mercury Records on July 9, 1958 in Sweden, this is Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue) performed by jazz royalty Sarah Vaughan. From Jazziz Magazine: Born on March 27, 1924, the daughter of a carp...

Bicycle Bell Tree by Lullatone

Listen as Lullatone's "Make Believe Melody" is played on a toy bell tree sitting on the back of a bicycle. Lullatone is a celebrated indie "pajama pop" music duo, Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida, based in Nagoy...

Music in Objects: Bicycles, paper, & oats make new songs

By recording the sounds from everyday objects—a light switch, a microwave, jellybeans falling into a bowl, ice in a glass, oats, a bicycle—and then tweaking those sounds with digital effects, sound designer Matthew Si...

Selections from Image: 20 Children’s Songs for Marimba

Vic Firth is "a stick company" that specializes in drum sticks, brushes, wands, mallets, and more. Their promotional performance videos, a growing set of their Marimba Literature Library videos, feature products and m...

What’s The Name Of That Song? – Sesame Street

La-di-da-di-dum, la-di-da-di-dum, What's the name of that song? David, Bob, Susan, Gordon, Maria, Bert, Herry Monster, Luis, Oscar, The Count, and Mr. Hooper try to remember in episode 0666 of Sesame Street. This late...

That Cello Guy: The multi-screen performances of Cremaine Booker

First performed by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a 1938 radio broadcast, and now beautifully arranged for this multi-screen video performance from 2016: Adagio for Strings (1936) by Samuel Barber,...

Ben Vereen sings Pure Imagination on The Muppet Show (1977)

Watch actor, dancer, and singer Ben Vereen try to cheer up Droop with some Pure Imagination, a song from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). They're also joined by some unusual creatures. The performance is fr...

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