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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on the Glass Armonica

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 — harmoni...

Glass through Glass by Alexander Chen

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, wh...

The Elephant Shrew – Songs for Unusual Creatures

From Michael Hearst and PBS Digital Studios, enjoy Songs for Unusual Creatures: The Elephant Shrew. In the archives: more videos from PBS.

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel built by Tom Kaufmann. In the archives: more instrument videos.

Norman McLaren’s Le Merle

Le Merle (the Blackbird) is a cutout animation directed in 1958 by cinematic innovator Norman McLaren. Based on a French-Canadian folksong, the story tells of a bird who loses a beak, a neck, eyes, wings, legs, etc, a...

Tina Turner covers Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s Proud Mary

Clear the floor for dancing because it’s not containable at 1m55s… Tina Turner covers Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary on live Italian TV in 1971.

Schoolhouse Rock: Them Not-So-Dry Bones

Ligaments, cartilage, muscles, and tendons all need our skeletons. And so do we! It’s Schoolhouse Rock's Them Not-So-Dry Bones (1979).

Shugo Tokumaru’s Katachi

Shugo Tokumaru’s Katachi, a stop motion, papercraft adventure directed by Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski. Katachi means shape or form in Japanese.  Thanks, Laura.

SHAKE: dogs try to get dry in slow motion

Dogs try to get dry in SHAKE, a slow motion vid based on the photography of Carli Davidson. 

Sesame Street: That’s about the size

Classic Sesame Street time: That’s about the size.

Paper Plane by Massimo Giangrande

Paper Plane, a song by Massimo Giangrande. Video directed and animated by Gianluca Maruotti, and illustrated by Felicita Sala. Next, watch this lovely behind the scenes video about how they put it all together: 

Jim Guthrie – Lobby Music

Lobby Music, a song by Jim Guthrie with animation by Nicolas Ménard, who we’ve featured before.

Una Giornata Perfetta (A Perfect Day)

From filmmaker Virgilio Villoresi, Una Giornata Perfetta (A Perfect Day), a stop-motion and rotoscope-driven music video for Italian singer/songwriter Vinicio Capossela. Though it was animated in 2009 by Vi...

Don’t You Worry Child for 5 Cellos

Don’t You Worry Child for 5 Cellos, a pop song cover by String Theory, Columbia University’s premiere cello ensemble. There are more cellos playing in the archives.

Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh

One of the many classic scenes in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the brilliant Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh.Follow it up with these two: Gene Kelly singin’ and dancin’ in the rain, an...

Schoolhouse Rock! Verb: That’s What’s Happening (1974)

Read, click, watch, learn, sing along! It’s Schoolhouse Rock's Verb: That’s What’s Happening (1974). 

Andy Fillebrown’s Audiosculptures: Flight of the Bumblebee.

Multimedia artist Andy Fillebrown creates visualizations of classical, public domain musical compositions. His YouTube channel, audiosculptures, is filled with 100+ spellbinding journeys th...

Kermit the Frog and Steve Martin: Dueling Banjos

Kermit the Frog and Steve Martin are in a heated rivalry as they perform Dueling Banjos. If/when this video link stops working, you can find the official Funny or Die vid here!