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TED Talks Music

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Rank #169 in Music category

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Some of the world's greatest musicians and researchers showcase the power and science of music onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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Some of the world's greatest musicians and researchers showcase the power and science of music onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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Great podcast for smart, inquisitive viewers

By abuerer - Sep 15 2012
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TED is fantastic if you are interested in a wide variety of subjects and bright enough to understand what they are talking about.

Phenomenal

By buttercreampillow - Jan 29 2012
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TED talks are a beautiful resource for the world. I love the way music gathers here. @ nick turner: well played.

iTunes Ratings

84 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
14
5
4
12

Great podcast for smart, inquisitive viewers

By abuerer - Sep 15 2012
Read more
TED is fantastic if you are interested in a wide variety of subjects and bright enough to understand what they are talking about.

Phenomenal

By buttercreampillow - Jan 29 2012
Read more
TED talks are a beautiful resource for the world. I love the way music gathers here. @ nick turner: well played.
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TED Talks Music

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: How to engineer a viral music video | Adam Sadowsky

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The band OK Go dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became the YouTube sensation "This Too Shall Pass."

Jun 04 2010

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Rank #2: Songs of secrets and city lights | Sophie Hunger

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This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and album "1983."

May 28 2010

23mins

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Rank #3: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong | Eric Whitacre

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In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premiered a few weeks later (yes, on YouTube!).

Apr 01 2011

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Rank #4: Beats that defy boxes | Reggie Watts

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Reggie Watts' beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance.

May 25 2012

9mins

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Rank #5: A beatboxing lesson from a father-daughter duo | Nicole Paris and Ed Cage

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Nicole Paris was raised to be a beatboxer -- when she was young, her father, Ed Cage, used to beatbox her to sleep at night. Now the duo is known for their beatbox battles and jam sessions, which mix classic rap beats with electronic dance sounds. Prepare yourself for a bit of a hip-hop history lesson, and enjoy the show.

Dec 11 2015

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Rank #6: This is beatjazz | Onyx Ashanti

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Musician and inventor Onyx Ashanti demonstrates "beatjazz" -- his music created with two handheld controllers, an iPhone and a mouthpiece, and played with the entire body. At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, after locking in his beats and loops, he plays a 3-minute song that shares his vision for the future of music.

Jun 17 2011

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Rank #7: How I started writing songs again | Sting

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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 he knew in his youth for song material. In a lyrical, confessional talk, Sting treats us to songs from his upcoming musical, and to an encore of "Message in a Bottle."

May 30 2014

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Rank #8: A cello with many voices | Maya Beiser

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Cellist Maya Beiser plays a gorgeous eight-part modern etude with seven copies of herself, and segues into a meditative music/video hybrid -- using tech to create endless possibilities for transformative sound. Music is Steve Reich's "Cello Counterpoint," with video from Bill Morrison, then David Lang's "World to Come," with video by Irit Batsry.

Jun 17 2011

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Rank #9: An 11-year-old prodigy performs old-school jazz | Joey Alexander

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Raised listening to his dad's old records, Joey Alexander plays a brand of sharp, modern piano jazz that you likely wouldn't expect to hear from a pre-teenager. Listen as the 11-year-old delights the TED crowd with his very special performance of a Thelonious Monk classic.

Jun 19 2015

6mins

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Rank #10: Music and emotion through time | Michael Tilson Thomas

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In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.

May 07 2012

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Rank #11: Teen wonders play bluegrass | Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

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Brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity. Did we mention they're all under 16?

Nov 21 2012

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Rank #12: What does the universe sound like? A musical tour | Matt Russo

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Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it's often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, revealing the hidden rhythms and harmonies of planetary orbits. The universe is full of music, he says -- we just need to learn how to hear it.

Oct 19 2018

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Rank #13: My web playroom | Ze Frank

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On the web, a new "Friend" may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation -- and reward it with something more nourishing. You're invited, if you promise you'll share.

Oct 15 2010

18mins

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Rank #14: "Redemption Song" | John Legend

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John Legend is on a mission to transform America's criminal justice system. Through his Free America campaign, he's encouraging rehabilitation and healing in our prisons, jails and detention centers -- and giving hope to those who want to create a better life after serving their time. With a spoken-word prelude from James Cavitt, an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, Legend treats us to his version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." "Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom?"

Jul 01 2016

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Rank #15: The art of asking | Amanda Palmer

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Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

Mar 01 2013

13mins

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Rank #16: A one-man musical phenomenon | Jacob Collier

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Jacob Collier is a one-man band and force of nature. In a dynamic, colorful performance, he recreates the magical room at his home in London where he produces music, performing three songs in which he sings every part and plays every instrument -- accompanied by kaleidoscopic visuals that take cues from the music and grow in real time.

Jan 12 2018

15mins

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Rank #17: How sampling transformed music | Mark Ronson

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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 audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of "La Di Da Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.

May 09 2014

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Rank #18: Singing the primal mystery | Claron McFadden

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"The human voice: mysterious, spontaneous, primal." With these words, soprano Claron McFadden invites us to explore the mysteries of breathing and singing, as she performs the intriguing modern song "Aria," by John Cage.

Mar 25 2011

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Rank #19: Building the musical muscle | Charles Limb

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Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don't let you fully experience music yet. (There's a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED, Limb reviews the state of the art and the way forward.

Dec 01 2011

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Rank #20: Singing after a double lung transplant | Charity Tillemann-Dick

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You'll never sing again, said her doctor. But in a story from the very edge of medical possibility, operatic soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick tells a double story of survival -- of her body, from a double lung transplant, and of her spirit, fueled by an unwavering will to sing. A powerful story from TEDMED 2010.

Jan 18 2011

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