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Cat’s Cradle: How to play with two people

Learn how to play a two-person version of Cat's Cradle, a very old analog string game, with these step-by-step instructions from YouTuber Mom's Minivan. The easy-to-follow tutorial shows three basic string shapes play...

Threads, an animated short by Torill Kove

Note: Due to licensing agreements, some European countries may not be able to view this National Film Board of Canada film. A woman follows a red thread across the sky to find a small child. Ever-moving forward in ...

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...

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...

That Cello Guy: The multi-screen performances of Cremaine Booker

First performed by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a 1938 radio broadcast, and now beautifully arranged for this multi-screen video performance from 2016: Adagio for Strings (1936) by Samuel Barber,...

Make Lissajous patterns with DIY sand pendulums or light

Sand pendulums are an easy and beautiful method for students of all ages to learn a bit about the harmonic motion. These devices are easy to build and can be adjusted to give a variety of patterns. A pendulum that beg...

Woven bark fiber – Primitive Technology

Working in between heavy rains over the course of a few days, the man behind Primitive Technology created mats by collecting, stripping, and weaving thin strips of bark fiber together. From his blog: It has been r...

Adult beginner violinist – 2 years of progress in under 5 minutes

A 24 year old woman from Norway, Violin Noobie on YouTube, filmed herself learning how to play the violin -- from her first week in April 2013 to after two years of practice: Adult beginner violinist. Of her progr...

Star Wars – Attacca Quartet: May the Fource Be with You

Classical string quartet Attacca Quartet plays an arrangement of Star Wars classics, including the main title, Hologram / Binary Sunset, and the Imperial March. On violins: Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, with Natha...

Speedy street violinist, an up close look at how a violin is played

Get an up close look at the speedy fingerboard and bow action that can go into playing the violin. Musician Павел Фрумин (Pavel Frumin) plays a rapid fire composition in the streets of Kiev, Ukraine with two GoPro cam...

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 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...

“Analog experiments” that appear to defy gravity

If we could control gravity, or if we could defy it, this is what it might look like: pouring water upside down, balloons flying away sideways, and paint dripping in all directions! This is Gravity, a series of "analo...

Cookie-tin Banjo

Cookie-tin Banjo by Benjamin Scheuer & Escapist Papers. Illustrations by Nicholas Stevenson.

Alexander Chen’s Viola through Glass

Google Creative Director Alexander Chen composes a song by filming some solo viola melodies on Google Glass and then weaving the video clips together in overlapping loops. What results is n...

Harvard’s classic pendulum waves demonstration

A Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstration of 15 uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths swing for a minute and a half, a physics video classic. The period of one complete cycle of the...


 
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