Found Sounds: Making Instruments From Trash

Ken Butler is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician who has built over 400 musical instruments. But these aren’t just any custom-built instruments. Butler builds his pieces from discarded items he finds on the streets of New York City. Hockey sticks, tennis rackets, brooms, golf clubs, pieces of furniture, styrofoam, toothbrushes: all are fair game for his masterpieces. It’s musique concrète… jungle. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.


Covering Rock Classics on the Ancient Gayageum

​In Seoul, South Korea, a young musician is mixing a centuries-old Korean instrument with the music of rock legends. Luna Lee plays the gayageum, a box-like string instrument that dates back to 400 B.C. However, Lee thought it was wasteful to only play the traditional music associated with the instrument, so her repertoire features covers from Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and other rock luminaries. With millions of views on her YouTube channel (, Lee is bringing Korean traditions of the past and popular culture of the present to a whole new audience.​ If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.


Chicago Footwork: Music and Dance at a Whole New Speed

The fast-paced, energetic genre of music known as footwork came from a desire to speed things up. Born in the West and South Sides of Chicago, footwork emerged from hip-hop and juke music during the 1990s as local party goers encouraged DJs to speed up the music. Since then, it’s become a worldwide movement of producers and dancers. Renowned footwork DJ and producer RP BOO is considered the godfather of the genre. Let’s see if he can teach us a step or two. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.


The Magic of Making Sound | That’s Amazing

In Hollywood, everything is magic and make-believe, even sounds. When you watch a film that immerses you completely in its world, you’re probably hearing the work of sound artists. If the work is done right, you won’t be able to tell that the “natural” sounds on screen are manufactured with studio props. That’s the challenge for Warner Bros. Foley artists Alyson Moore, Chris Moriana and mixer Mary Jo Lang. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.