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Friday Fun

Friday, May 11th, 2018

OK Go: The One Moment – Official Video. (YouTube, 4:12min)

A music video that was shot in just four seconds and then slowed down to fit over four minutes of music. Here’s how they did it:

OK Go Sandbox: OK Go Sandbox – One Moment of Math. (YouTube, 4:33min) “Damian Kulash, lead singer of OK Go, discusses the immense amount of math behind their video,”The One Moment”.”

The rest of the OK Go Sandbox is worth checking out as well.

Perfect pitch

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Last night, this MetaFilter posting sent me down a rabbit hole: What makes this song great? with links to videos by Rick Beato. I listened to 2. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic and then found my way over to videos about perfect pitch:

Perfect Pitch: How Theory and Ear Training Work Together, in which Rick Beato explained how the taught his eight-year-old son Dylan, who has perfect pitch, music theory. Dylan has perfect pitch and can sing pitch perfect as well. (I won’t even mention his skills on the piano, which you can see in other videos.)

Rick Beato also has videos on what perfect pitch is and why you cannot develop it as an adult: Why Adults Can’t Develop Perfect Pitch and Perfect Pitch vs Relative Pitch: Which Is More Important?

It turns out you can lose your perfect pitch, though, as happened to vibraphonist Gary Burton after being “without a heartbeat for half an hour” and having been reanimated: Retiring The Mallets (NPR).

For good measure, here’s another little kid with perfect pitch, who probably doesn’t know the names of the notes yet, but can tell if someone is singing a song too high or too low: Claire and the Crosbys: Perfect Pitch Test! (5-year-old Claire vs Dad). Of course, you probably all know her from singing You’ve got a friend in me and from being on the Ellen Show multiple times.

April Fools Comedy Concert

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Rainer Hersch: Choir Sings Pachelbel Canon Medley (YouTube, 6:31min)

Music find of the day

Monday, February 19th, 2018

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert: Gaelynn Lea. (YouTube, 22:59min)

Try to listen to this without watching first. Her music is really unique, reminiscent of traditional fiddle music and with haunting melodies.

Meet Gaelynn Lea, The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner. Her website is, and she has a YouTube channel, of course.

Return of the Floppies

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Paweł Zadrożniak: Cover of Imperial March by computer hardware orchestra. (YouTube, 1:50min) The sober title doesn’t do the music justice.

Here’s how Paweł Zadrożniak built his “orchestra”: Return of the Floppies. He has videos of dozens and dozens of songs, the most recent is Africa by Toto.

Link via MetaFilter.