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Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar

Much more than just a net to catch prey, spider webs can transmit lots of information about what has been caught or what might be visiting. Oxford researchers have recently discovered that the strands of silk vibrate ...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

Hit the beat

Hit the beat, a project by Lorenzo Bravi that uses a drum machine to play small physical objects placed on its platforms. Beans may sound different than buttons, which may sound different than seed pods, or bottle cap...

Pen Point Percussion and Dots: Norman McLaren

Pen Point Percussion (1951), a behind-the-scenes introduction to the sound visualizations and drawn-on-film animation of film pioneer Norman McLaren, from the National Film Board of Canada. And below, another playful...

Flying Robot Orchestra

Three words – Flying Robot Orchestra. From KMel Robotics: The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit us...

Boomer the Toy Dinosaur

Meet Boomer, an extraordinary little robot dinosaur by toy inventor NeverBen. Boomer is currently a toy prototype that's slated for production in 2014, and his personality-filled training video, above, has gone viral....

Museum of Obsolete Objects: Morse Code

From the 2011 video series, Museum of Obsolete Objects by Germany-based agency Jung von Matt, this is Morse Code. Consider Morse code a sort of texting invented over 130 years earlier than th...

Mercury Hz

From “science on a budget” YouTuber Nick Moore, watch this drop of mercury being vibrated from ~120Hz down to ~10hz. We’ve seen resonance demonstrated before in Chladni Pat...

Look Over the Watchmakers’ Shoulders

This promotional video for NOMOS Glashütte is delicate, detailed, quiet, and fascinating. Master craftspeople assemble the mechanical timepiece’s gears, hands, and other tiny parts wit...

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...

What Does Sound Look Like?

What Does Sound Look Like? NPR’s SkunkBear shows us the differences in fluid densities — in the form of compression waves in a gas, the air that surrounds us — thanks to the light passi...

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.

Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark? File under: dogs and communication.

Paint Showers

Paint Showers by Miguel Jiron.

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...

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