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Video: The history of the violin, throughout music history

CDZA's latest "The Instrumentals" episode explains the “History of the Violin” through song, with violinist Charles Yang.

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A Valentine's Day musical double-header from CDZA: History of Men, and Women, Moving On

Joe Sabia's Collective Cadenza (CDZA) YouTube musical project has two Valentine's Day specials out this week: The History of Women Moving On, and The History of Men Moving On. They're both a lot of fun. Subscribe for weekly musical experiments.

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First-ever YouTube Music Awards today, Nov 3 6pm EST; Xeni's a judge!

The 2013 You Tube Music Awards logo.

Today, November 3 2013, is the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, and they'll be streamed live from Pier 36 in New York City at 6 p.m. EST. The live stream is embedded below in this blog post.

I was invited to nominate ten of the most innovative music videos of 2013. Two of my favorites made the final cut and are up for votes: "Endless Fantasy" by chiptune hackers Anamanaguchi, above [vote for it here] was one.

The other, "Ingenue" by the Thom Yorke-led global glitch-funk band Atoms for Peace, below.

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Calculating product placement in hip hop songs: CDZA's $56 million musical shopping spree

How do you calculate the value of product placement in hip hop songs? Joe Sabia's CDZA ("Collective Cadenza") project on YouTube attempted to do just that, with a virtual 56 million dollar hip-hop shopping spree.

Their "Methodology for price determination" breakdown follows:

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CDZA sends season's greetings to Boing Boing

Normally I wouldn't blog something so personal and humble-braggy, but goddamit, the CDZA musicians are just too darned cute. Guys, thanks for making so many incredible music videos for us to blog this year. May 2013 bring even more ideas into your talented little brains. Best YouTube comment on this video: "please upload the lyrics."

Video Link (thanks, Joe Sabia)

How to teach kids classical music

For this week's CDZA musical experiment video, Joe Sabia and the Collective Cadenza musicians teamed up with children to explore one way to "teach the classics to students today"—have them sing their favorite contemporary pop music lyrics to the tune of classical compositions. In this video, young Alyssa Lower and Aiden Medina perform:

Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik meets LMFAO's Party Rock
Offenbach's "Can Can" meets Gaga's Bad Romance
Beethoven's Fur Elise meets Adel's Rolling in the Deep
Grieg's Peer Gynt Overture meets Carly Rae Jepson's Call Me Maybe
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony meets Katy Perry's "Wide Awake"
Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy meets One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful
Haydn's Surprise Symphony meets Justin Bieber's Baby
John William's Jurassic Park Theme meets Psy's Gangnam Style

Spoiler alert: it's pretty adorable.

The Human Jukebox: Donations to street musicians, as votes

[Video Link] The latest musical video experiment from Joe Sabia and friends at CDZA: "Donations as votes. A fun and democratic way for street musicians to receive money."

Charles Yang on Violin. Michael Thurber on Bass. Eddie Barbash on Alto Saxophone.

Money was sent to Wingspan Arts, a non-profit that aims to expose diverse and young groups of people to the arts.