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The mysterious song of the Humpback Whale

From the BBC’s Ocean Giants documentary, watch this incredible clip to hear the extraordinary and mysterious song of the Humpback Whale. Why do they sing (or hum)? Does it serve a purpose? Are...

Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans

This cover is the bridge between a popular animated film (that you may have heard of) and music made with “instruments” found in the kitchen – one of our favorite DIY activities. Th...

One Note at a Time

Simon Panrucker builds this song One Note at a Time for DIY TV.

Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW: 43 Cartoon Theme Songs

Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW performs a medley of 43 Cartoon Theme Songs. Who doesn’t love watching music being performed as animated action happens all over the place? After yo...

Angelica Bongiovonni rides a Cyr wheel

Circus performer Angelica Bongiovonni rides a Cyr wheel in Cirque Éloize. According to their site, Bongiovonni is one of around 100 acrobats that practice the Cyr wheel in circuses, street pe...

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...

Lullatone: Experiments Around the House

From Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida of Lullatone, enjoy Experiments Around the House (2011),

Chinese Giant Salamander – Songs for Unusual Creatures

In this episode of Songs for Unusual Creatures, Michael Hearst visits the Los Angeles Zoo's Chinese Giant Salamander. This is the world’s largest salamander and the world’s largest...

Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding (1951)

Hang on to your chairs and lamps. This is You’re All the World to Me, Fred Astaire’s famous 1951 dance scene in Royal Wedding. How did he do it? We’re keeping that under wraps at...

Electric Company: Sign Songs

In the 1970s, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown composer Clark Gesner made a series of found signage-based videos for PBS’ The Electric Company. The song above is our favorite becaus...

The Sea Pig – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Gather some stuff from around the house to make music with because it’s time for another Songs for Unusual Creatures with Michael Hearst and special guests The Kronos Quartet: A Song fo...

Tiger Rag on a homemade Emphatic Chromatic Callioforte

Above, the Dixieland jazz classic Tiger Rag played by Boston’s one-man variety show performer and music teacher Leonard Solomon on a homemade Callioforte. You can watch him play anothe...

Glenn Miller, the Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge

Glenn Miller and his orchestra, and the Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge? Yes please! From the little known movie Sun Valley Serenade (1941), this is era-defining swing hit Chattanoog...

Singing Tesla Coils: Inspector Gadget

Seen at science museums, maker faires, and all over the internet, Singing Tesla Coils combine science and music in the most fantastical and memorable of ways. But how do they work? From Physics...

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...

Glass Frog – Songs for Unusual Creatures

In this episode of Songs for Unusual Creatures, Michael Hearst visits the Frog Pod at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and then collaborates with glass armonica player Cecilia Brauer on a new so...

Kermit the Frog – The Rainbow Connection

Kermit the Frog sings The Rainbow Connection in The Muppet Movie. It was nominated for Best Song at the 1979 Academy Awards. There are more rainbows in the archives, as well as these two video gems: Jim Henson maki...

The Giant Anteater – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Giant Anteaters get in on the fun (and some yogurt) as Michael Hearst and PBS Digital Studios return with Songs for Unusual Creatures. Michael visits the Nashville Zoo and then composes a song...