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Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi elegizes the Arctic from a floating piano at the edge of a melting glacier.
In the video for Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots,” a robot best friend learns how to dance.
The theremin is one of the oldest electronic musical instruments in history. The “theremini,” its new little brother, is flat-out adorable.
Giant music box in Budapest plays the Harry Potter theme song when humans walk in its hamster wheel.
An eldercare resident suffering from depression has his outlook transformed when he gets back together with his old jazz combo.
Marimba-playing robot jams with a robot-arm drummer.
Berklee pianist Tony Ann plays a medley of familiar ringtones.
Suffering from panic attacks, Ryan Bassil finds solace in the sounds of William Basinski, Oval, and Brian Eno.
To sing in water, composer Laila Skovmand developed “a technique where she keeps an air bubble in her mouth and sings through it when submerged.”
A primer to the controversial and brilliant Pet Sounds, which turns 50 this month.