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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

62 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
10
5
2
11

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

Updated 9 days ago

Rank #106 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.

Rank #1: "East Virginia" / "John Brown's Dream" | Nora Brown

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In a mesmerizing set, musician Nora Brown breathes new life into two old-time banjo tunes: "East Virginia" and "John Brown's Dream." An evocative performance paired with a quick history of the banjo's evolution.
Mar 29 2019
9 mins
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Rank #2: Singing old poems to life | Natalie Merchant

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Natalie Merchant sings from her poetry-inspired album "Leave Your Sleep," which pairs lyrics from poets -- from Gerard Manley Hopkins to a near-forgotten 10-year-old girl in Brooklyn -- with simple melodies and her unmistakable voice. Stay for an encore performance of her hit "Thank You," dedicated to a notable philanthropist in the audience.
Apr 09 2010
29 mins
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Rank #3: 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
20 mins
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Rank #4: 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
14 mins
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Rank #5: 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
13 mins
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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
19 mins
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Rank #7: Music is medicine, music is sanity | Robert Gupta

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Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.
Mar 26 2010
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Rank #8: What it's like to have Tourette's -- and how music gives me back control | Esha Alwani

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Esha Alwani began writing songs when she was six years old, shortly after being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. And she noticed something amazing: whenever she played music, her involuntary tics suddenly went away. Listen along as Alwani explores the power of music and delights the audience with an ethereal performance of her piano ballad "I'm Not Loving You (My Mask)."
Mar 25 2019
9 mins
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Rank #9: The mad scientist of music | Mark Applebaum

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Mark Applebaum writes music that breaks the rules in fantastic ways, composing a concerto for a florist and crafting a musical instrument from junk and found objects. This quirky talk might just inspire you to shake up the "rules" of your own creative work.
Aug 03 2012
16 mins
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Rank #10: 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
7 mins
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Rank #11: 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
6 mins
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Rank #12: 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
20 mins
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Rank #13: 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
23 mins
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Rank #14: Between music and medicine | Robert Gupta

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When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.
Oct 02 2012
16 mins
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Rank #15: 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
6 mins
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Rank #16: "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
8 mins
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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
16 mins
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Rank #18: 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
15 mins
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Rank #19: 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
15 mins
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Rank #20: What happens in your throat when you beatbox? | Matthew Broadhurst

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Viral beatboxer Tom Thum has an orchestra in his mouth, but how does he make all those sounds? Get an up-close-and-personal look as laryngeal surgeon Matthew Broadhurst sticks a camera down Thum's throat while he creates a mind-boggling array of noises. This hilarious, somewhat stomach-churning talk and performance is not for the squeamish! (Contains graphic medical imagery)
Mar 12 2019
17 mins
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