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Ge Wang: The DIY orchestra of the future

Ge Wang: The DIY orchestra of the future
3 years, 1 month ago Ge Wang makes computer music, but it isn’t all about coded bleeps and blips. With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, he creates new instruments out of unexpected materials—like an Ikea bowl—that allow musicians to play music that’s both beautiful and ... Ge Wang ma

Sting: How I started writing songs again

Sting: How I started writing songs again
3 years, 1 month ago Sting’s early life was dominated by a shipyard—and he dreamed of nothing more than escaping the industrial drudgery. But after a nasty bout of writer’s block that stretched on for years, Sting found himself channeling the stories of the shipyard workers ... Sting

Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music

Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music
3 years, 2 months ago Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an ... Sampling isn't

Clayton Cameron: A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

Clayton Cameron: A\u002Drhythm\u002Detic. The math behind the beats
3 years, 4 months ago Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton

Ryan Holladay: To hear this music you have to be there. ...

Ryan Holladay: To hear this music you have to be there. Literally
3 years, 6 months ago The music industry has sometimes struggled to find its feet in the digital world. In this lovely talk, TED Fellow Ryan Holladay tells us why he is experimenting with what he describes as "location-aware music." This programming and musical feat involves ... The music i

Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford: In the key of genius

Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford: In the key of genius
3 years, 11 months ago Born three and a half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, innate talent and a lot of practice, he became an acclaimed concert pianist by the age of 10. Here, his longtime piano teacher, Adam ... Born three and a

Beardyman: The polyphonic me

Beardyman: The polyphonic me
3 years, 12 months ago Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice. Given that he can effortlessly conjure the sound of ... Frustrated by not b

Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth

Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth
4 years ago In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum sl

Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul

Ji\u002DHae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul
4 years, 2 months ago In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to ... In her q

John Legend: "True Colors"

John Legend: \u0022True Colors\u0022
4 years, 2 months ago In a heart-melting moment, TED Talks Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow."In a heart-melt