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Will Computers Ever Hear Like People Do?

On the left, everyday sounds are being recorded. On the right-side, spectrograms show frequencies of the sound waves, their volume and visual patterns over time. They were created with this Chrome Music Lab experiment...

How a kingfisher, an owl, & a penguin helped redesign Japan’s Shinkansen

How is Japan’s Shinkansen, a long-nosed bullet train that travels up to 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), like a kingfisher? Or an owl? Or an Adélie penguin? In this video from Vox and 99% Invisible, we see how these three ...

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...

How to make a Pumpkin Piano (using a Makey Makey)

How do you make a piano out of pumpkins? In this autumnal video, Maddie Moate and Greg Foot create a pumpkin piano with the help of a Makey Makey plug, clip, and play invention kit. We also get a quick tutorial about ...

Hand cranked mechanical singing birds by Bliss Kolb

This hand-cranked mechanical bird sings from a small leather bellows that whistles in two notes. A cam presses a lever that changes the pitch while other cams pull on strings that animate the bird's six movements as i...

Blind Birdwatcher Sees With Sound

Juan Pablo Culasso is a birdwatcher in Uruguay, but he doesn't see birds the way that most birdwatchers do. In fact, he doesn’t see them at all. Born without sight, Culasso listens to the birds and has developed a kee...

This Book is a Planetarium by Kelli Anderson

How can a book illuminate constellations, play music, and create spirograph drawings? This stop-motion promo video for the pop-up book This Book is a Planetarium demonstrates how... and introduces a few scientific con...

An incoming storm delivers a world full of color

An incoming rainstorm brings a rainbow of sound and color to a little girl's world. Nieta, which means "granddaughter" in Spanish, is an award-winning animated short by Argentine filmmaker Nicolás P. Villarreal.

Blue Planet II, a prequel set to music by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead

Sixteen years after The Blue Planet debuted, BBC Earth has created a sequel series that will use new science and new technologies to showcase the current state of life within our oceans. This extended trailer for Blue...

Escape, a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios

Escape is a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios, branded content for their client Dolby Laboratories. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival as a demonstration of the company's surround sound and im...

Unendurable line – Design Ah!

Consider this line and its corresponding chorus as they graph and reflect the variables of different objects. It's a visual and aural experiment that can be created for anything... toast in the toaster, the wind in th...

M-O-D-U-S in V-E-N-I-C-E, a tour of the city of canals

Take a frenetic tour of Venice, Italy, from the gondolas and boats moving from dock to dock, to the buildings that line the city's iconic canals, to the crowds of tourists in the streets and public squares, as well as...

Music in Objects: Bicycles, paper, & oats make new songs

By recording the sounds from everyday objects—a light switch, a microwave, jellybeans falling into a bowl, ice in a glass, oats, a bicycle—and then tweaking those sounds with digital effects, sound designer Matthew Si...

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

In a 250 year old polder mill in Noord Holland, Eric Zwijnenberg pumps excess water out of the area to avoid flooding. The drainage mill was first rented by his parents as a summer vacation house in 1953... After ...

Selections from Image: 20 Children’s Songs for Marimba

Vic Firth is "a stick company" that specializes in drum sticks, brushes, wands, mallets, and more. Their promotional performance videos, a growing set of their Marimba Literature Library videos, feature products and m...

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps animated

When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds. I wanted to express my sensing of shapes, colors and music in this short animation. I chose this piece because I’ve struggle...

Rests: Sometimes Music is Silence – Classical MPR

The next time you're listening to your favorite song or piece of music, try listening for the pauses within it. Those pauses are musical rests, and they're just as important to the music as the musical notes are. You ...

Playing Against Type: The Typewriter Orchestra

For pre-digital natives, there's nothing quite as nostalgia-inducing as the manual "click," "clack" and "ding" sounds of an old mechanical typewriter. That's why The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is making these old mac...

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