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.
Welcome to this week’s playlist en français! We have scoured the Francophone world to bring you exciting talks ranging from Bordeaux beats to child language acquisition and more.
TEDxement vôtre- enjoy!
TEACHERS: Did you know it’s possible to create a virtual lesson from a TEDx Talk? At TED-Ed you can quickly flip any of these talks. Check out these questions we whipped up for Claire Nouvian’s talk and find out more about how to make your own TED-Ed lessons.
Laisse la place Tom Thumb, Beasty est là ! Regardez cette démonstration époustoufflante à TEDxBordeaux qui a déjà été vue 150 000 fois.
Cumul des mandats: Hamou Bouakkaz at TEDxAlsace
In this laugh out loud talk at TEDxAlsace, Algeria-native Hamou Bouakkaz describes his trajectory into politics, despite the prejudices he faced in his community for being both blind and Arab.
Dans cette intervention désopilante à TEDxAlsace, Hamou Bouakkaz, natif d’Algérie, décrit son parcours en politique, en dépit des préjugés auxquels il a été confronté dans sa communauté, du fait d’être à la fois arabe et aveugle.
Mais comment font-ils pour apprendre une langue? Sharon Peperkamp at TEDxVaugirardRoad 2013
Did you know that babies begin to recognize their own names from as early as 4 or 5 months old? Learn about the fascinating field of child language acquisition and other linguistic wonders in Sharon Peperkamp’s talk at TEDxVaugirardRoad.
Saviez-vous que les bébés commencent à renconnaître leur nom dès l’âge de 4 ou 5 mois ? Découvrez le domaine fascinant de l’acquisition du langage chez l’enfant et d’autres merveilles linguistiques dans l’intervention de Sharon Peperkamp à TEDxVaugirardRoad.
Les eaux cachées: Joseph Lukawski at TEDxRabat
At TEDxRabat, Fulbright scholar Joseph Lukawski uses clips from his visually stunning documentary to discuss the state of the water system in Fes, Morocco.
À TEDxRabat, Joseph Lukawski, titulaire d’une bourse Fulbright, utilise des extraits de son documentaire visuellement stupéfiant pour discuter de l’état du réseau hydrographique à Fès au Maroc.
More than just a fun party trick, human beatboxing transforms a normal person into a full-blown orchestra. In these 6 beatboxing performances from TEDx events around the world, watch as everyday citizens channel drum machines, trumpets, synthesizers, even the didgeridoo.
Tom Thum at TEDxSydney
Gaining more than 300,000 views in just three days, Tom Thum’s beatbox performance at TEDxSydney is something to admire. Here, the veteran beatboxer takes on the didgeridoo, sitar, double bass and transforms the Sydney Opera House into a “smoky downtown jazz bar” with just a microphone and a looping station.
Smily at TEDxTokyo
A man beatboxes via didgeridoo. Enough said.
Jonatan Lopez and Man Wai Che at TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet
Cultures collide as beatboxer Jonatan Lopez (JFlo) and Juilliard-trained bassist Man Wai Che fuse genres into a seamless performance that takes musical collaboration to a whole new level.
krNfx and Elysha Poirier at TEDxToronto
At TEDxToronto, two-time Canadian beatbox champion Terry Im (krNfx) steals the show with this super rad collaboration with visual artist Elysha Poirier. Reggie Watts, look out.
Beasty at TEDxBoredeaux
Though beatboxer Beasty’s talk is in French, you don’t need to parle français to appreciate his remix of “Eye of the Tiger,” which probably could get Rocky to trade Philly for Paris.
Abram Wuliger at TEDxDuke
At TEDxDuke, Abram Wuliger beatboxes on the flute — and it’s pretty spectacular. Calling all aspiring rappers — please sample this.