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TED Talk: Beardyman, The Polyphonic Me

Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice. Given that he can effortlessly conjure the sound of everything from crying babies to buzzing flies, not to mention mimic pretty much any musical instrument imaginable, that's a lot of different sounds. Sit back and let the wall of sound of this dazzling performance wash over you.


TED Talk: Beatbox Brilliance with Tom Thum in Sydney

Tom Thum: Armed with just a microphone, Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create incredible soundtracks of impossible beats and phenomenal sounds, with scratched vinyl, the Michael Jackson back-catalogue, the didgeridoo and an entire fifties jazz band amongst his vocal repertoire.


UCB Comedy: Never before, Never Again: Behind-the-Scenes of Asssscat

For the first time, audiences get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into NYC's famed improv show by UCB: Asssscat. (Featuring Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Zach Woods, Janeane Garofalo)

Directed by:
Todd Bieber

Shot by
Joe Spit
Todd Bieber

Music by:
Alex Callenberger

Produced by:
Julie Gomez

Additional Photography by:
JD Amato


Louis Armstrong on His Chops:  Blank on Blank

"You've got to be good or as bad as the devil. ... Even if we had two, three days off I still had to blow that horn a few hours to keep up the chops." - Louis Armstrong

Interview by Michael Aisner and James R. Stein
1964. Ravinia near Chicago
Originally aired on WNTH - Winnetka, Illinois

From PBS Digital Studios


26 Genres in 1 Song

We hadn't heard of a lot of these either. Who wants to start a badass Quan Ho band?