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Chuck Berry performs Johnny B. Goode in the 1960s and 90s

Behold Chuck Berry's signature moves set to one of his many signature songs in this clip from Hollywood a Go Go, a music variety show, circa 1965. In it, the St. Louis, Missouri-born rock-and-roll pioneer performs his...

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter played on a glass harp in Italy

Listen to the glass harp stylings of a street performer in Venice, Italy playing Hedwig's Theme, the main theme song from the Harry Potter movie soundtracks. While touring the Italian city on vacation, Hashem Al-Ghail...

The Jankó keyboard, an 1882 replacement for the traditional piano layout

The Jankó keyboard is a musical keyboard layout for a piano designed by Paul von Jankó in 1882. It was designed to overcome two limitations on the traditional piano keyboard: the large-scale geometry of the keys (stre...

Fløjteløs / Whistleless by Siri Melchior

A little bird is having a hard time learning how to whistle. But the other birds can whistle! And so can the train. And the people in the city. And the animals in the zoo. And the police officer directing traffic. How...

Nine animal sounds and Super Mario World sound effects created with a violin

Moo like a cow. Squeak like a mouse. Chirp like a cricket. Trumpet like an elephant... all with a violin. Musician Sebastiaan Kulwanowski makes it look easy in this demonstration of nine animal sounds recreated with h...

Mapping whale songs in the South Pacific

Why do male whales make such complex songs? And what are they communicating? Dr. Ellen Garland has been analyzing sound arrangements made by the tens of thousands of whales living in separate communities across the So...

The Four-Legged Zoo: Multiplication by 4 with Schoolhouse Rock

The Four-Legged Zoo" is one in a series of Multiplication Rock episodes by Schoolhouse Rock! that were written and sung by Bob Dorough. Via wikipedia, the animated shorts "were created after ad agency co-chairman Davi...

Percussive fingerstyle performances of Take on Me and Billie Jean

Alexandr Misko is a 20-year-old musician and composer from Russia whose percussive fingerstyle guitar performances have gone viral on YouTube and Facebook. In the video above, he performs A-ha's Take on Me while tappi...

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...

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