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Lucas the Spider tells a scary story & meets a new friend

In this Lucas the Spider adventure, Lucas finds a book full of scary stories. But when he doesn't like the story he's reading, he makes up his own. Lucas also keeps busy with his one-spider band... And his ...

Nyango Star, Japan’s cat-apple mascot drummer

Nyango Star (にゃんごすたー) is a giant Japanese mascot cat-fruit hybrid whose ability to slay the drums has become an internet sensation. In the video above, Nyango Star plays Anpanman's March, the theme song to an a...

VIP Boogie / Jam With Sam – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra (1962)

Recorded in New York City on January 9, 1962, this is VIP Boogie and Jam With Sam from a short film documenting Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. Featured performers include Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Harold Baker,...

Classical piano music comes alive with light visualizations

Played with a reactive visualizer tool—a set up that mixes After Effects animations with a piano and LEDs that are connected "via Arduino to the piano's MIDI output"—Franz Liszt's La Campanella comes alive with light....

How does sound travel to our brains?

How does a sound, like music played on a trumpet, travel from the source through our ears and to our brains? This animated video from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders describes the ...

What does ‘Beethoven’s Contrabassoon’ sound like?

What kind of instrument do you play when you need "16-feet of sound to go below the bassoons" in your Austrian marching band? In this Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment video, David Chatterton demonstrates his clas...

Bottle Cap Apple Pie – The Tiny Chef Show

How might a tiny chef make an apple pie? Perhaps a bottle cap can be of some use. In this delightful stop-motion animation by Rachel Larsen, Adam Reid, and Ozi Oshiro, The Tiny Chef bakes his famous Bottle Cap Apple P...

Manami Ito plays violin with her prosthetic arm

Manami Ito is a nurse, a violinist, and a Paralympian swimmer. She came in 4th in the 100m Breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 8th at the 2012 London Paralympics. She is also the first nurse to have a pro...

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...

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