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TED Talks Music

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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

86 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
15
5
4
13

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

Latest release on Aug 02, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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 #2: 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

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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

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Rank #5: 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 #6: A one-man orchestra of the imagination | Andrew Bird

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Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra.

Nov 05 2010

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Rank #7: A flirtatious aria | Danielle de Niese

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Can opera be ever-so-slightly sexy? The glorious soprano Danielle de Niese shows how, singing the flirty "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss." Which, translated, means, as you might guess: "I kiss so hot." From Giuditta by Frans Lehár; accompanist: Ingrid Surgenor.

Sep 30 2011

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Rank #8: 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 #9: "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 #10: 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

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Rank #11: A modern take on piano, violin, cello | Ahn Trio

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The three Ahn sisters (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella) breathe new life into the piano trio with their passionate musicmaking. At TEDWomen, they start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan, then play a gorgeous, slinky version of "Oblivion," by Astor Piazzolla.

Feb 25 2011

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Rank #12: 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 #13: Music with a message should be accessible | Madame Gandhi and Amber Galloway-Gallego

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"Music is so much more than sound simply traveling through the ear," says sign language interpreter Amber Galloway-Gallego. In a spirited performance, musician and activist Madame Gandhi plays two songs -- "Top Knot Turn Up" and "Bad Habits" -- while Galloway-Gallego provides an animated sign language interpretation.

Dec 14 2018

12mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: How I found myself through music | Anika Paulson

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"Music is everywhere, and it is in everything," says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are.

Aug 21 2017

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Rank #16: 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 #17: How I use the drum to tell my story | Kasiva Mutua

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In this talk-performance hybrid, drummer, percussionist and TED Fellow Kasiva Mutua shares how she's breaking the taboo against female drummers in Kenya -- and her mission to teach the significance and importance of the drum to young boys, women and girls. "Women can be custodians of culture, too," Mutua says.

Apr 06 2018

12mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: An electrifying acoustic guitar performance | Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela combine furiously fast riffs and dazzling rhythms to create a style that draws on both flamenco guitar and heavy metal in this live performance of their song, "The Soundmaker."

Feb 14 2017

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Rank #20: How architecture helped music evolve | David Byrne

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As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

Jun 11 2010

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