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How I fell in love with the drumsHow I fell in love with the drums

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Clayton Cameron As a 5-year-old kid, I barely knew what the word rhythm meant. At least no one told me what banging on inanimate objects and creating my own little beats might be called. It was like rhythm chose me and I really had no say in the matter. My favorite elementary school pastime was tabletop […]

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Celebrating the cultural in-between: Fellows Friday with musician Meklit HaderoCelebrating the cultural in-between: Fellows Friday with musician Meklit Hadero

Posted By Karen Eng

Meklit Hadero’s voice is earthy and soulful, sinuous and untethered, and she’s about to unleash a new album on the world. She has just launched  a crowdfunding campaign for her second solo recording, We Are Alive, and is currently touring the East Coast of the United States.We caught up with her between shows to ask about her musical vision and […]

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Beyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx message on surprise albumBeyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx message on surprise album

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Beyoncé must love surprises. Because late last night, she unexpectedly dropped her fifth studio album, Beyoncé, on iTunes. It’s what she’s calling a “visual album,” and it features 14 songs and 17 music videos — including a song about her daughter, Blue Ivy, and guest appearances from husband Jay-Z, pals Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean […]

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A littleBit rock ‘n’ roll: Reggie Watts rocks the newly launched SynthKit, and electronic music goes mini-modularA littleBit rock ‘n’ roll: Reggie Watts rocks the newly launched SynthKit, and electronic music goes mini-modular

Posted By Karen Eng

Above: Reggie Watts demonstrates the littleBits SynthKit For the last week, the internet has been grooving to the video above of Reggie Watts making some funky noise with the newly launched SynthKit — the latest offering from TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir’s littleBits electronic building block company, and the product of a three-way partnership between littleBits, Watts and world-renowned […]

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Sanctuaries of sound in New York City: Fellows Friday with Susie IbarraSanctuaries of sound in New York City: Fellows Friday with Susie Ibarra

Posted By Karen Eng

Percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra is creating virtual sanctuaries for real cities. Working in collaboration with local artists, historians, architects, city planners and musicians, Ibarra and her partner Roberto Rodriguez — who together form Electric Kulintang — have created a musical pilgrimage that takes the public on a sound walk through 12 sites in Lower […]

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25 songs to celebrate innovators: A Spotify playlist inspired by TEDWomen25 songs to celebrate innovators: A Spotify playlist inspired by TEDWomen

Posted By Becky Chung

Inspired by the theme of TEDWomen 2013, “Invented Here,” we’ve created a killer playlist with songs about women who’ve innovated, made a difference, taken a stand and changed history in the process. Our mixtape of tunes include: a Swedish dance-pop tribute to Marie Curie’s research on radioactivity, Jane Birkin’s ode to the work and ideals […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Matters of the heart: RuthAnne at TEDGlobal 2013Matters of the heart: RuthAnne at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Becky Chung

As this amazing week of TEDGlobal 2013 winds to a close with Session 8: Altogether Now, the audience is still reeling from a shocking talk on the mighty roots of corruption by Charmian Gooch, founder of Global Witness. What better to help soothe the soul than the rich and sultry voice of Irish-born pop singer-songwriter […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

That big old voice: Lissie at TEDGlobal 2013That big old voice: Lissie at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Emily McManus

“I started writing songs to be heard, to get attention. In life, being understood is really important to me,” says Lissie in a near-whisper into the microphone. “I write songs to process my emotions, and when we tour it’s cool to see other people process their emotions with my songs.” And with that, she and […]

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A Latin ode to Michael JacksonA Latin ode to Michael Jackson

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Got a case of the Mondays? We’re hoping that this performance from TEDxFIU might be enough to snap you out it. In this video, Peruvian and Japanese musician Tony Succar gives an big band tribute to his favorite musician, Michael Jackson, imagining what his classic songs would sound like with Latin flair. Get ready to […]

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10 talks that involve highly unusual instruments10 talks that involve highly unusual instruments

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Music comes in all shapes and sizes, as these talks illustrate. From an electric drum suit called “thunderwear” to an ancient stringed wheel to an arresting rare organ, the instruments featured in these talks reshape our soundscape and offer inspiration in the cacophonous world around us. David Holt plays mountain music In this amiable talk […]

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Circus in the Sky: Fellows Friday with Usman Riaz

Posted By Karen Eng

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist and filmmaker Usman Riaz started recording his debut album, Circus in the Sky, at 18, shaking up the music scene in Pakistan. Then he rocked the TEDGlobal 2012 stage with a world-class performance on percussive guitar, alongside his hero, Preston Reed. Now he’s poised to make a global ruckus. You’ve accomplished a […]

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There are no mistakes on the bandstand: Stefon Harris on TED.com

Posted By Ben Lillie

What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately. (Recorded at TEDSalon NY 2011, November 2011, in New York, New York. Duration: 13:11) Watch Stefon Harris’s talk on TED.com, where you […]

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@TEDMED: Catching up with Charles Limb, hip-hop creativity researcher

Posted By Nafissa

The TED team is eagerly watching our content partner conference, TEDMED, happening now in California. (Look for TEDMED video fresh from stage in the coming weeks!) TED’s own Nafissa, is reporting from the conference; this morning, she caught a few minutes with TEDTalks favorite Charles Limb, who studies what creativity looks like in the brains […]