The Cup Song bursted onto the scenes after being featured in popular Youtube videos and in the 2012 movie, Pitch Perfect. Originally an old-timey country ballad, it’s now a popular video meme amongst some of the best Musicians on the site! From group covers to creative renditions, this routine takes a fair amount of practice to master. Click here for some of our favorite remakes on DIY.
Dancers are artists of movement, and the body is their single tool. Animals use the power of dance to impress a mate or scare off a predator. This instinct is used by the great Dancers to tell stories, share feelings, and communicate in ways that language can’t.
Today, many musicians are forgoing the music store and heading straight to second-hand shops instead, spending pocket change, and leaving with electronic toys. By utilizing the anti-theory of circuit-bending, anyone can now creatively short-circuit an audio device and produce, in one easy evening, an experimental musical instrument that makes sounds that no one else has ever heard.
There are a bunch of awesome ways to make music with your mouth, besides just singing and rapping. You can make beats, whistles, or crazy noises and you don’t need anything but yourself. Take Bobby McFerrin, a musician and vocalist who got 50,000 people singing in harmony with just his voice!
The unique skill and taste of an Instrument Maker is what sets the stage for great music. Any object that makes sound can be an instrument, but true music starts with expert design and craftsmanship. For this challenge, create a musical instrument inspired by the kalimba, an African musical instrument also known as the “thumb piano.” The kalimba is comprised of a sound box with metal keys or tongues (called lamellas) attached on the top. The sound box is Kyatt wood (an African hardwood), with keys or tongues made out of European spring steel. Use your ingenuity and invent an instrument using the materials around you and create sounds that you enjoy! This project solves a challenge for the Instrument Maker Skill.