Andrew Bird takes over the TED stage
From the TEDitorial team’s fabulous Liz Jacobs:
I’m super excited about tomorrow’s TEDxPenn event in Philadelphia. Maybe I’m a bit biased because I just graduated from Penn and now work at TED, but this weekend’s conference is shaping up to be a great one.
Inspired by the University’s year-long exploration of sound, this year’s TEDxPenn theme is “Creating the Sound." Penn is at the forefront of cutting-edge research in fields as diverse as bioengineering, cinema studies, entrepreneurship, and ethnomusicology, and TEDxPenn is poised to help the University’s brightest minds share their ideas beyond the ivory tower.
In the spirit of this weekend’s event, I gathered together seven of my favorite talks that showcase the off-beat and mind-blowing sounds that have been shared on the TED and TEDx stages. These talks illustrate the incredible ways we communicate ideas through sound. Enjoy!
**Andrew Bird’s one-man orchestra
An awe-inspiring meditation on music and how we make it. Andrew Bird’s genius electric loops of violins, xylophones and his own whistling create a euphony at TED2010 that’s both mesmerizing and inspiring.
**Sound health: Julian Treasure at TEDxYouth@Manchester
We need to take control of our soundscapes to create a more beautiful sound world, says Julian Treasure, speaking on the stage at TEDxYouth@Manchester. Treasure has devoted his life to studying the sound in the world around us, and in this talk, he offers tips on how to keep your ears healthy and your outlook positive.
**Pamelia Kurstin plays the theremin
Without laying a finger on her instrument, Pamelia Kurstin electrifies TED2002 with the theremin. This unusual electronic instrument operates on sound waves, which create a harrowingly beautiful sound as Kurstin seemingly creates sound out of thin air. (Bonus: check out another theremin performance by Lydia Kavina at TEDxGhent!)
**The world’s ugliest music: Scott Rickard at TEDxMIA
The world’s first pattern-free piano sonata.
What makes music beautiful? Mathematician Scott Rickard deconstructs the patterns and rhythm that make music to our ears, and shares a piece of music so ugly, that only a mathematician could write it.
**Neil Harbisson: I listen to color
What does purple sound like? What about your blue pants or a red stop sign? Born color blind, Neil Harbisson developed an electronic eye that extracts sound from color frequencies, and translates color into music. At TED2012, he shares how this device has changed his own life, and what potential he thinks it holds for a more colorful and harmonious society.
**When science meets art: Fabian Oefner at TEDxWarwick
Almost as a counterpoint to Neil Harbisson, photographer Fabian Oefner creates gorgeous visualizations of sound waves. He photographs colorful crystals jumping to a bass beat, creating breathtaking images of what sound really looks like.
**Beardyman: The polyphonic me
What is possible with the human voice? In a mind-blowing performance from TEDGlobal 2013, beat boxer Beardyman stretches the bounds of human vocal capacity with a machine that allows him to produce music with his voice in real time. The machine allows his imagination to wander, and in his performance he opens the window into his
**Beatbox brilliance: Tom Thum at TEDxSydney
Another incredible beatbox performance, this time from TEDxSydney. Tom Thum transforms the Sydney Opera House into a jazz bar, and takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of global music with his voice.
**Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world
Silence isn’t golden, according to bio-acoustician Bernie Krause. In this cautionary talk from TEDGlobal 2013, he discusses what we can learn by listening to tweeting birds and croaking frogs and beaver cries, and he laments the deafening silence that has emerged in recent years as a result of human meddling.
**Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music
Speaking on the stage at TED2008, conductor Benjamin Zander demystifies the world of classical music. He taps into universal human emotions, and draws these feelings back to the music, forming a deep, lasting connection to the music that will stay with you.
**Reggie Watts: Beats that defy boxes
This disorienting, mind-bending talk from TED2012 will turn your world on its head and make you question your footing in reality.
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