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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...

A Circle Thief (まるどろぼう)

A subway rider diligently attempts to thwart the circle thief who is taking all of the useful round objects: A Circle Thief (まるどろぼう) by Tokyo-based art and design student Komoto.

Power, an animated exploration of illustrated machines

From animator and painter Dana Sink, Power is an animated short film that explores the forms of illustrated machines over time.

Why does a frozen lake sound like a Star Wars blaster?

Ice can make all sorts of sounds: cracking, crackling, musical booooooms... and that pew! pew! Star Wars blaster sound. How? In this episode of NPR's Skunk Bear, we learn about acoustic dispersion and how the phenomen...

Magic Clay stop motion

Magic Clay, a stop motion short by Alexander Unger, a.k.a. Guldies. How do you make an animated short like this one? Unger writes: Shot with a Canon EOS 600D. 1800 still pictures, 24 FPS and animated in Dragonfram...

The Secret World of Foley

Foley is a fascinating process of using everyday things, and sometimes totally random things, to make sounds that fit with images being shown on screen. From Wikipedia: The best Foley art is so well integrated int...

Game Over by PES

Centipede, Frogger, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man are all remade with cupcakes, muffins, toy cars, watches, candy, beetles, pizza, and more in this HD version of Game Over by stop motion filmmaker PES. The or...

The art of sound design: How to be a Foley artist

How are animated movies filled with so many real ambient sounds? Go behind the scenes at Lucasfilm's new state-of-the-art sound lab with Foley artists Shelly Roden and John Roesch, as WIRED senior editor Peter Rubin l...

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...

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...

Submarine Sandwich & Western Spaghetti – Stop motion by PES

Come visit the deli where a Submarine Sandwich is made from sports equipment, toys, and other playfully-delicious looking stuff. Stop motion filmmaker PES is well-known for filling his films with visual surprises, whe...

Té de Manzana (Apple Tea) from La Academia de Animación

This playful short from La Academia de Animación's Lula Gomez and Jordi Piulachs mixes paper craft, sound effects, and stop motion with a bit of a twist: Té de Manzana (Apple Tea). Related watching: apples and more...

Luxo Jr. Pencil Test: Emotional storytelling in wire frames

How do animators make a character lovable when the character doesn't have a face and doesn't speak? How can you build a relatable story with something as minimal as a computer generated pencil test? How do you communi...

Singin’ in the Rain (without singing) – Musicless Musicvideo

Before you click play on the video above, make sure that you've first seen this classic Gene Kelly performance from Singin' in the Rain, one of our favorites. Seen it? Now please enjoy one of Mario Wienerroither's...

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...

What’s that, Buzz? Sounds of the Hardware Store

Buzz Moran of What’s that, Buzz takes us on a field trip to find out what interesting sounds you might find in a hardware store, and how those sounds are turned into sound effects for ...

Hummingbird: Diego Stocco, Sound Magician

From the Sound Magician series by Diego Stocco (who we’ve seen here before), enjoy Hummingbird. The takeaway discussion with the kids included: it’s not easy to record a hummingbi...