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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 song for the amazing little glass frog.

We love glass armonica and glass frog videos. Watch more Songs for Unusual Creatures, more frogs, and more instruments in the archives.

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.

Related watching: Songs for Unusual Creatures: The Elephant Shrew, the Otomotone Jumbo, and the Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat.

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: hydrodaktulopsychicharmonicaharmonica 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.

Related watching: Reggie Watts in improvised layers, more videos of glass (the material), and the magic of glass harps.

via @alexanderchen.