Skateboarding Teen Violinist is Cooler than We'll Ever Be

Nov 20, 2020

"It would probably be fun to ride the skateboard and play my instrument and see if I could do it," he said. Also: the world's oldest audio recordings and the collectors who restore them, Copland's music played in Copland's house, and the fascinating hydraulophone.

1. A Chicago couple responsible for preserving 40 years of classical music history is sending their archive to the Library of Congress. Read about their passion project here.

2. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting instruments, and the hydraulophone -- an instrument played with running water -- is just so dang cool. Here's its creator, Steve Mann, playing Gershwin:

3. Some of the world's earliest audio recordings, and the machines that play them, live in the home of a Pasadena dentist, who collects, restores, and preserves these delicate pieces of equipment. The L.A. Times brings us into his workshop.

4. NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts celebrates Aaron Copland, from inside Copland's longtime New York home:

5. Pianist Kirill Gerstein spoke with Alex Ross, author and music critic for The New Yorker, about his latest book, "Wagnerism."

6. What started out as an experiment to see if he could do it has turned 13-year old Thomas Bussen into a viral star: he skateboards around his local park -- while playing the violin.