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Aretha Franklin sings Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) and I Say A Little Prayer in 1970

Performing on BBC One in London on August 31, 1970, legendary 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin covers Ben E. King's Don't Play That Song (You Lied). Written by Ahmet Ertegün and Betty Nelson, Franklin's version "peaked...

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

"Herman's quiet world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressful." What is that noise? What is that feeling? Is it as big as it seems or are things not quite that bad? Herman Brown is Feeling Down is a...

Les machines impossible, an animated series for the Centre Pompidou

What happens to a bowling ball after you bowl with it? How do vending machines really work? What happens to your luggage when you check it in at the airport? What's inside a street organ? In 2017, Centre Pompidou m...

‘This little light of mine’ performed by Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1960

In this clip from 1960, Sister Rosetta Tharpe performs 'This Little Light of Mine' live on stage at the first Festival de Jazz d'Antibes Juan-les-Pins in France. According to the video notes, she's accompanied by clar...

Tape Tapping with Open Reel Ensemble

"When you tap the tape, it sounds like a electro-magnetic drum." Japanese musician Ei Wada plays an old stretched tape from "reel-to-reel tape recorders built by Pioneer and TEAC in the 1970s and '80s." From Engadget:...

Chuck Berry performs Johnny B. Goode in the 1960s and 90s

Behold Chuck Berry's signature moves set to one of his many signature songs in this clip from Hollywood a Go Go, a music variety show, circa 1965. In it, the St. Louis, Missouri-born rock-and-roll pioneer performs his...

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter played on a glass harp in Italy

Listen to the glass harp stylings of a street performer in Venice, Italy playing Hedwig's Theme, the main theme song from the Harry Potter movie soundtracks. While touring the Italian city on vacation, Hashem Al-Ghail...

How The Met reassembled the Appleton Pipe Organ

To properly care for one of the oldest functioning pipe organs made in America, The Appleton Pipe Organ, The Metropolitan Museum of Art needed to dismantle, refurbish, and reassemble the piece. The time lapse video ab...

The Jankó keyboard, an 1882 replacement for the traditional piano layout

The Jankó keyboard is a musical keyboard layout for a piano designed by Paul von Jankó in 1882. It was designed to overcome two limitations on the traditional piano keyboard: the large-scale geometry of the keys (stre...

Nine animal sounds and Super Mario World sound effects created with a violin

Moo like a cow. Squeak like a mouse. Chirp like a cricket. Trumpet like an elephant... all with a violin. Musician Sebastiaan Kulwanowski makes it look easy in this demonstration of nine animal sounds recreated with h...

Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Building with parts of plants, leftover technologies, and mechanical tidbits, stop-motion animator Ainslie Henderson creates unique puppets that take on a life of their own in his work. This video short, Stems, is a b...

Percussive fingerstyle performances of Take on Me and Billie Jean

Alexandr Misko is a 20-year-old musician and composer from Russia whose percussive fingerstyle guitar performances have gone viral on YouTube and Facebook. In the video above, he performs A-ha's Take on Me while tappi...

Grace Lehane plays her concertina for the cattle in Kilmichael Cork

Watch what happens when young Grace Lehane plays her concertina near a fine green field in the village of Kilmichael in Cork, Ireland. The now viral video was filmed by Denis Lehane and posted in July, 2017. A bit mor...

Steel track rolling ball sculptures by kinetic artist Tom Harold

With thin rails of hand-bent and welded stainless steel, kinetic artist Tom Harold creates intricate marble tracks full of twists, turns, hinges, and swirls. Titled 'Tomfoolery,' the piece above was specially made for...

How to make homemade slide whistles

Bamboo, PVC pipe, wood, or even a carrot! Slide whistles can be made from all sorts of materials, and are fun to make, play, and learn physics with. In this episode of Homemade Science, teacher Bruce Yeany shares his ...

Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Saint-Saëns’ The Swan

British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Le cygne (The Swan) from Camille Saint-Saëns' Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals), a track off of his debut album Inspiration. Hailing from Nottingham, then a...

Percussive thunderstorm simulations inspired by the Kearsney College Choir

At the World Choir Games in 2008, South Africa's Kearsney College Choir of school boys, aged 13 -18, performed their simulation of a thunderstorm before a pop choral performance of Toto's Africa. The storm sound effec...

Animated Sheet Music: Confirmation and Au Privave by Charlie Parker

Notes appear as jazz music is played in these two Animated Sheet Music videos by Dan Cohen. The sheet music was taken from Charlie Parker - Omnibook: For B-flat Instruments (Jazz Transcriptions). The music itself: Con...

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