improvisation

MN Original | Musician Eric Mayson

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Eric Mayson is a multifaceted musician that utilizes unique methods to inspire his work. Learn about his improvisational style of composition and create your own improvised piece.

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Find Your Band: Highlights | The Art Assignment

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We review some of the best responses to the "Find Your Band" assignment.

Prison Beats | Beat Making Lab

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The Beat Making Lab travels to a prison in Gamboa, Panama, to team up with their innovative Rehabilitation Through Music initiative. By using everyday objects—water dripping into a bucket, the clicking of metal, or even their own voice—the DJs are able to create music in the most unlikely places.

Kid Beyond: Beatboxing

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Kid Beyond is a one-person band -- using his mouth as his only musical instrument. He can produce the sounds of instruments, hip hop loops, techno beats, turntable scratches and synthesizers. Get into the rhythm with him in this Spark video from KQED.

The Art of the Skratch: DJs Celskiii + Deeandroid

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DJs Celskiii and Deeandroid have been staples of the Bay Area hip-hop scene for over 15 years. Products of the fertile turntablism movement of the late-90s, Celskiii and Deeandroid have been tour DJs for KRS-One and have twice competed in the US DMC Team Battles, placing second in 2010. Since 2003 they've also fostered a space for other DJs to collaborate and advance their craft with the monthly event Skratchpad. In this episode of Art School, we visit Celskiii and Deeandroid in their Vallejo studio. Listen in as they talk about their Bay Area influences, their responsibility to their audience, and why vinyl records still reign supreme.

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Find Your Band: Bang on a Can | The Art Assignment

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We meet with experimental musicians Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, an amazing contemporary art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts.

The Acoustics of Beatboxing | Inside Science

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Watch researchers at the University of Southern California use MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to study how the lips, mouth, tongue and voice work together to form the unique sounds of beatboxing, an element of hip-hop music, and learn how speech and audio engineers are using this knowledge to create new treatments for individuals with damaged vocal tracts, in this Inside Science video from the American Institute of Physics.

Spoons | Music Arts Toolkit

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Folk singer Malcolm Dalglish shows how to play the spoons.

Duke

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This video segment from Weston Woods presents the story of Duke by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and is about Duke Ellington, one of the founding fathers of jazz. When Duke Ellington was young, his parents wanted him to learn to play the piano. Although he began lessons, he was soon lured away by his love of baseball. Later, as a teenager he heard the new musical style called "ragtime" and he was inspired once again to learn to play piano. Soon, he created his own style of music using "hops" and "slides" on the piano. He became a popular entertainer with a flair that attracted many fans.

The Intersection of Classical and Jazz

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Three virtuosos—Shelly Berg, Eric Owens, Terence Blanchard—who have spent their entire careers dabbling in all forms of music discuss the uniqueness and the essence of the Jazz and the Philharmonic concert. By merging the institutions of classical and jazz, this one-of-a-kind concert is connecting the historical dots of the past to the present, highlighting the similarities between jazz improvisation and the improvisational intentions within classical music and showing that art is a living and breathing concept that constantly evolves.

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