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The Octobass – What does this huge instrument sound like?

Want a low-end rumble in your orchestra? You need an octobass, a bowed-string instrument that's so massive, it requires a platform and a series levers to play. Only three were originally made by their inventor Jean-Ba...

What’s the Loudest Possible Sound? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

"What is the loudest possible sound? What about the quietest thing we can hear? And what do decibels measure, anyway?" This video from Joe Hanson and It's Okay to Be Smart dives into the wide ranging and incredibly se...

What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic

In 2013, University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford worked with professor Scott St. George to map climate data to cello music, sonorously illustrating 1880 to 2012 climate change trends. As a next step in the p...

The Wheelharp & The Viola Organista

The Wheelharp looks something like a piano cylinder and sounds like a gritty set of violins, but in fact, it's a relatively new keyboard instrument invented by Jon Jones & Sons that bows a string inside of it for each...

Boomwhacker Bach: Prélude n°1 aux tubes musicaux

This performance by Les Objets Volants is a wonderful mix of work and play... an exercise in "juggling" that requires an immense amount of concentration and teamwork. In front of an audience in Luxeuil les Bains, Fran...

A waterless & chemical-free sound wave fire extinguisher

Using low-frequency sound waves to put out flames, this experimental fire extinguisher is the work of George Mason University engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson. Watch as they Pump Up the Bass to Douse a...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator: The Owl

It would be hard to escape a predator that has night vision, excellent hearing, and can swoop down upon prey in complete silence. In this clip from Owl Power, via Nature on PBS, an 11 year old barn owl named Kensa pro...

Osvaldo Cavandoli’s La Linea

Thanks to a live-action hand and an animated white line, this cantankerous silhouette first appeared in Italy in 1970, becoming an internationally-known cult classic. La Linea is a 90 episode series by Italian cartoon...

Dancing Paper, 8bit Harmonica, and Musical Umbrella by Ugoita

The next time we start folding origami cranes, we're going to be tempted to give them legs and little magnetic feet. This is Dancing Paper, a project by multimedia artist Ugoita. Watch as the cranes dance with synchro...

Emily’s Oz: A blind girl imagines & art directs The Wizard of Oz

A recent television commercial is standing out among the others, not as much for the product that it's advertising, but for the story it tells about a seven year old girl named Emily. Blind since birth, Emily's imagin...

Wooden blocks trigger sounds on Arduino-programmed turntables

Mix three turntables with some Arduino boards and five sensors each. Program different sounds -- bongos, bass, a snare drum, hi-hat, whatever you'd like -- and then position small wooden blocks on the turntables to tr...

Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club: Breaking a glass with sound

From Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club, watch as Professor Mark Miodownik finds the resonant frequency of a wine glass, as indicated by the small vibrating slip of paper balancing on the edge. When he cranks up the volume,...

Design Ah! (デザインあ) introduces kids to design concepts

In 2011, Japan's NHK television network began broadcasting Design Ah!, a Peabody award-winning children's educational program that explores different types of creative thinking for viewers of all ages. With an "Ah" th...

The Mills Brothers: Swing It, Sister (1934)

Donald Mills, Harry Mills, Herbert Mills, and John Mills: The Mills Brothers perform Swing It, Sister in the 1934 film Strictly Dynamite. Note the excellent mouth trumpet action, a jazz-era vocal technique that ...

CYMATICS: Science + music = audio frequency visualizations

With help from a Chladni Plate, vibrating liquid on a speaker dish, a hose pipe optical trick, ferrofluid, a Ruben's Tube, and a Telsa Coil, New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford showcases audio frequency visualizations...

Non-Newtonian fluid bouncing in super slow motion (1600fps)

We've seen oobleck bouncing on a speaker before, but we've never see it in 1600fps super slow motion like this. Watch as The Slow Mo Guys color oobleck red, puddle it into an old speaker, and slow it way, way down. ...

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