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TED Talks Music podcast

TED Talks Music

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Some of the world's greatest musicians and researchers showcase the power and science of music onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Some of the world's greatest musicians and researchers showcase the power and science of music onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

 

#98

"Spiritual Leader" / "Audacious" (ft. KAZU) | Ian Chang

Joined by vocalist KAZU, drumming virtuoso Ian Chang thunders through two songs full of bubbling melodies, punctuated by synchronized lights. ... Read more

30 Sep 2022

07 MINS

07:57

30 Sep 2022


#97

What if you could sing in your favorite musician's voice? | Holly Herndon

What if you could create new music using your favorite musician's voice? Sharing her melodic gifts with the world, multidisciplinary artist Holly Herndon introduces Holly+, an AI-powered instrument that lets people sing with her own voice. Musician Pher joins her onstage to demonstrate this mind-blowing tech while singing into two microphones -- one that amplifies his natural voice and another that makes him sound just like Holly. ... Read more

07 Sep 2022

09 MINS

09:20

07 Sep 2022


#96

How hip-hop can make climate action cool | Samir Ibrahim, MyVerse and Kristen Warren

Music can amplify social issues and inspire people to care about new (and sometimes unexpected) topics. But can it take something as dire as climate change and make it mainstream? With artists MyVerse and Kristen Warren as an inspiring opening act, social entrepreneur Samir Ibrahim suggests hip-hop and its stars can help us move from talking about the problem to rapping about (and acting on) solutions. ... Read more

19 Jul 2022

09 MINS

09:42

19 Jul 2022


#95

How a "Hi Level" mindset helps you realize your potential | Cordae

What does it take to build a legacy? Hip-hop artist Cordae tells how he went from mixtape-dropping high school kid to Grammy-nominated music star whose "Hi Level" mindset helps him achieve his dreams. ... Read more

13 Jun 2022

12 MINS

12:40

13 Jun 2022


#94

How Black girls can reclaim their voice in music | Kyra Gaunt

How does music shape us? Digital ethnomusicologist and TED Fellow Kyra Gaunt studies how Black girls can preserve the integrity of their own voices while listening, dancing and singing to pop songs largely engineered by men, often with lyrics that express anti-Black, patriarchal sentiments. In a quick, incisive talk, she shows how Black girls can disrupt the stereotypes and stigmas buried within this music and chart their own revolution in sound. ... Read more

10 Jun 2022

06 MINS

06:53

10 Jun 2022


#93

The rhythm and rhyme of memory, solitude and community | Rosanne Cash

"Music can unlock a frozen memory that melts into the seeds of our creativity," says musician Rosanne Cash. Reflecting on the power of memory, solitude and community, she performs "The Sunken Lands" and "Particle And Wave" and meditates on some of life's most poignant and bittersweet themes. ... Read more

07 Apr 2022

11 MINS

11:58

07 Apr 2022


#92

The 100 tampons NASA (almost) sent to space -- and other absurd songs | Marcia Belsky

Performing two original songs, stand-up comedian, writer and musician Marcia Belsky shares comical commentary on some peculiar aspects of our culture -- from Instagram-stalking your crush to fending off mansplainers on social media -- and lampoons NASA's notorious decision to provide astronaut Sally Ride with an egregious supply of tampons for her six-day trip to space in 1983. ... Read more

01 Apr 2022

12 MINS

12:58

01 Apr 2022


#91

Why all melodies should be free for musicians to use | Damien Riehl

Evoke a familiar tune in a song and get slapped with a lawsuit ... it's a tale almost as old as copyright itself. Lawyer and technologist Damien Riehl digs into why "owning" a melody is a ludicrous legal assertion and composes a radical solution for the musical woes of songwriters everywhere. ... Read more

25 Mar 2022

00 MINS

00:00

25 Mar 2022


#90

The hidden power of sad songs and rainy days | Susan Cain and Min Kym

Have you ever wondered why you like sad music? Do you find comfort or inspiration in rainy days? In this profound, poetic talk, author Susan Cain invites you to embrace the feeling of longing -- or the place where joy and sorrow meet – as a gateway to creativity, connection and love. Accompanied by the splendid sounds of violinist Min Kym, Cain meditates on how heartache unexpectedly brings us closer to the sublime beauty of life. ... Read more

22 Mar 2022

16 MINS

16:04

22 Mar 2022


#89

"You and I" / "Attention" | Charlie Puth

Singer-songwriter Charlie Puth dazzles in a performance of his effortlessly catchy hit "Attention" and an impeccable cover of Stevie Wonder's "You and I", live from the TED Countdown stage. ... Read more

11 Jan 2022

07 MINS

07:50

11 Jan 2022


#88

"The [Uncertain] Four Seasons" | AKQA and Jung von Matt

Over the last two years, a collective of composers, musicians, computer programmers, scientists and activists has set out to reinterpret Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" for a transformed world, restituting Vivaldi's score in expected climate scenarios for the year 2050. The project, titled "The [Uncertain] Four Seasons," launches November 5, 2021, which will be Youth Day at the UN climate conference COP26, with fifteen orchestras from around the world performing a localized variation during a global live-streaming event. ... Read more

26 Oct 2021

04 MINS

04:32

26 Oct 2021


#87

What you discover when you really listen | Hrishikesh Hirway

"Every conversation has the potential to open up and reveal all the layers and layers within it, all those rooms within rooms," says podcaster and musician Hrishikesh Hirway. In this profoundly moving talk, he offers a guide to deep conversations and explores what you learn when you stop to listen closely. Stay tuned to the end to hear a performance of his original song "Between There and Here (feat. Yo-Yo Ma)." ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

15 MINS

15:13

13 Oct 2021


#86

The Black history of twerking -- and how it taught me self-love | Lizzo

Twerking is mainstream now ... but do you know where it came from? Superstar Lizzo traces booty shaking to a traditional West African dance and tells how Black women across generations kept the rhythm alive, from blues and jazz singers to modern rap and hip-hop performers. With her characteristic energy, she shares how twerking empowered her to love her own body -- and explains why understanding its origins helps protect Black culture from erasure and misappropriation. (And, yes, she twerks on stage.) ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:50

30 Sep 2021


#85

How music can help you find peace after loss | Steven Sharp Nelson

Music can act as a guide, says cellist Steven Sharp Nelson. It has the power to unlock the mind, tap into the heart and bring light in the darkest times. Take a deep breath as Nelson takes you on a melodic, meditative journey that could reconnect you with your closest loved ones -- no matter how near or far they may be. ... Read more

31 Aug 2021

13 MINS

13:59

31 Aug 2021


#84

How music streaming transformed songwriting | Björn Ulvaeus

Money, money, money ... in the music business, there seems to be little left for the songwriters that fuel it. ABBA co-founder Björn Ulvaeus calls for the industry to support its most valuable asset, breaking down how the streaming revolution impacts creator royalties, careers and craft -- and outlines what can be done to truly thank artists for the music. ... Read more

02 Jul 2021

18 MINS

18:16

02 Jul 2021


#83

"True Love" / "Africa" | Yemi Alade

Afropop artist and UN Goodwill Ambassador Yemi Alade is known for her electrifying stagecraft and edgy style. She performs "True Love," an energetic song about forgetting sorrow and finding optimism, followed by "Africa," a ballad celebrating love of home. ... Read more

10 Oct 2020

00 MINS

00:00

10 Oct 2020


#82

What silence can teach you about sound | Dallas Taylor

What can you hear in silence? In this exploration of sound, host of the podcast "Twenty Thousand Hertz" Dallas Taylor tells the story of arguably the most debated musical composition in recent history -- composer John Cage's iconic piece 4'33" -- and invites you to take notice of the soundscape around you. Watch to the end to experience a performance of 4'33''. ... Read more

12 Aug 2020

13 MINS

13:22

12 Aug 2020


#81

"You Have the Rite" | Marc Bamuthi Joseph

In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father's tender and wrenching internal reflection on the pride and terror of seeing his son enter adulthood. ... Read more

02 Aug 2019

07 MINS

07:14

02 Aug 2019