Since launching in 1984, the non-profit organization TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has grown into a global education phenomenon. Through their compelling talks, the company has created a platform for many important and wonderful “ideas worth sharing”, and have seen their videos viewed billions of times. Their YouTube playlists make the perfect partner on a rainy day if you’re feeling guilty of brain veg but are struggling once more to choose a documentary on Netflix
One topic that the lecturers, academics and celebrities continually come back to is the healing power of music, be it for physical or psychological ailments, or simply for patching up broken hearts and keeping us happy. We can certainly attest to having our souls soothed by the music and we agree with many of the TED guests when they confirm how important it is for our general well-being.
As attention spans and decrease the the thirst for bullshit listicles (ahem…) increase we’re grateful for organizations like TED existing, and with that in mind we’ve picked out our 8 favorite talks on music for your learning pleasure.
How Music Can Heal Our Brain and Heart
Held in front of a trippy aquarium, speaker Kathleen M. Howland from the prestigious Berkeley College of Music explains the profound healing affect that music has on the brain and body, but also on its ability to determine the early indicators of dyslexia in children.
Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music
The eccentric and wholly compelling pianist Benjamin Zander has been tasked with explaining to us why classical music is far from dying. Hilarious, insightful and at times poignant, it’s worth a watch for anyone even remotely interested in classical music.
Reggie Watts Disorientates Us
Ladies and gentlemen, Reggie Watts. Fucking with out heads, beautifully.
Mark Ronson on Sampling
Hugely talented producer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ronson gives us a crash course in sampling and explains the profound effect that it (particularly one from Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh) had on the evolution of the music industry.
Victor Wooten on the musical language
Our man Victor Wooten is typically regarded to be the best bassist alive today, and he came to TED to chat about how he learned to play as well as he does by being completely immersed in music from an early age.
The World’s Ugliest Music
Science and mathematics come together to try to make the “world’s ugliest music”. Skip to 7:40 to hear it. In reality it just sounds like avant-garde classical music….
This Musical Genius
The incredibly diverse musical gifts of young Pakastani man Usman Riaz, including how he taught himself to play guitar from a scratchy YouTube video of Jimmy Page playing ‘Bron-y-Aur Stomp’.
And lastly, why not finish with the absolute pinnacle of internet music: beatboxing. These are the outrageous skills of Tom Thum. His techno from Germany is particularly incredible.Mus