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Odyssey of the Ear, an animated tale of sound

The brain is a magical organ. For us to hear sound it does things complex and incredible, but not unknowable. The brain takes sound waves, which journey through the air and through our skulls, and transforms them into...

Perijove 16: Passing Jupiter

Set to Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, one of the seven movements in Gustav Holst's 1916-ish orchestral suite entitled The Planets, Op. 32, this is what it's like for NASA's Juno spacecraft to zoom by the largest pla...

Marian Anderson’s ‘defiant performance’ at the Lincoln Memorial

On April 9, 1939, legendary African-American contralto Marian Anderson sang at the Lincoln Memorial, a concert that was arranged after Daughters of the American Revolution organizers refused to let her perform at Wash...

Journey along a sound wave in Sivan Talmor’s Sad Heart

Onward over the rugged landscape, through tempestuous winds and deep waters, a woman takes an emotional journey along an everchanging sound wave. Sivan Talmor's Sad Heart music video was created by award-winning direc...

Portrait, a solo by Michaela DePrince

World-renowned ballet dancer Michaela DePrince performs Portrait, a solo piece choreographed by Peter Leung, with music composed by Nico Muhly. It was filmed by Middle Table. Born in Sierra Leone, DePrince lost he...

An electric guitar made from 1,200 colored pencils

How do you transform 1200 colored pencils into an electric guitar? Epoxy resin, lots of milling, cutting, drilling, and sanding, some wood filler, spray enamel, protective face masks, diligence, and patience. YouTuber...

Island, an animated short

Whirring bugs, squeaking birds, hiccuping volcanoes, leaf creatures, tube creatures, crumbling cubes, fluffy poofs, amorphous mist. These creature noises all come together in a melodic cacophony of music in this anima...

Linus and Lucy, a Ska-lliday Cover

Playing keyboard, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and bass guitar, 23-year-old musician Jeremy Hunter of Skatune Network adds a ska twist to the Vince Guaraldi classic Linus and Lucy. Named for the fictional siblings Li...

The record-setting Queen of Limbo

Shemika Campbell hails from a long line of limbo. Both her mother and her grandmother were limbo dancers, carrying on the traditionally Trinidadian form of dance. Shemika is keeping up the family legacy, taking limbo ...

Percussion instruments: Eleven demonstrations

Spend 17 minutes with 11 instruments found in the percussion section of an orchestra. This thoughtful percussion instruments video from London's Philharmonia Orchestra is chock-full of short, fascinating demonstration...

Line Riders ride to Beethoven’s 5th

Three Line Riders sled, skid, and sail across a choreography of lines. Written between 1804 and 1808, the accompanying music is from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's '5th symphony'. It's "one of the best-k...

How can bananas make music?

If you've ever wondered how musical circuit boards like the Makey Makey Invention Kit or the Ototo experimental PCB-based synthesizer work, this video from BBC Earth Lab breaks down the science. Sound artist and d...

Pachelbel’s Chicken & other chicken instrument performances

If you never thought you'd hear Pachelbel's Canon played on screaming yellow rubber chicken dog toys, you're in luck: Musician Eddy Chen of the Australian duo Two Set Violin squawks out the famous composition by compo...

Beet Beet, Sugar Beet and how sugar is made

See how sugar is harvested from the sugar beet in this classic and catchy 1979 video from Sesame Street: Beet Beet, Sugar Beet. Some background from Wikipedia: The sugar beet has a conical, white, fleshy root (a ta...

Tableaux Vivants: Caravaggio paintings performed live

Actors from the Italian theater company Ludovica Rambelli Teatro recreate paintings by Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, or, more accurately, they're recreating how Caravaggio created scenes to paint ...

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,...

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