Giant Anteaters get in on the fun (and some yogurt) as Michael Hearst and PBS Digital Studios return with Songs for Unusual Animals. Michael visits the Nashville Zoo and then composes a song for the Giant Anteaters with all sorts of musical instruments found around his apartment.
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The mechanical version of a glass harp, called a glass armonica, was invented by none other than Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Also, a new word for us: hydrodaktulopsychicharmonica — ”harmonica to produce music for the soul by fingers dipped in water,” (hydro- for “water,” daktul (daktyl) for “finger,” psych- for “soul”). One can be found at the Musée de la Musique in Paris.
There are more glass harps playing in the archives.
Some of our favorite instruments are made from things around the house and the sound of water in drinking glasses is a great example. Glass through Glass is a composition by Google Creative Director Alexander Chen, who recorded the video’s layers with Google Glass. Bonus: We’ve enjoyed Alexander’s work here before.
In the archives: more videos from PBS.
Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel built by Tom Kaufmann.
In the archives: more instrument videos.