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February 23, 2014 8:10 PM   Subscribe

My favorite new tumblr: Experimental Music On Children's TV.
posted by naju (22 comments total) 58 users marked this as a favorite

This is good.
posted by box at 8:15 PM on February 23 [1 favorite]

I was going to say it needed more Philip Glass Sesame Street, but then, bam, first post.
posted by box at 8:18 PM on February 23

Not enough Yo Gabba Gabba, but I'm sure that'll come. Definitely an insta-follow though.
posted by sleeping bear at 8:18 PM on February 23 [2 favorites]

This Tumblr has a lot of potential! One show that I hope someone finds on an old VHS is a TV Ontario show laughably called World of BJ Vibes. It had a musician, two kids and a computer, and I seem to recall it had a Scanimate style. I can only find one brief webpage about it. It took years for me to cough up the name online and reassure myself that I wasn't experiencing some sort of orange and blue 70s flashback.
posted by Calzephyr at 8:27 PM on February 23

This is great!

I'm feeling cheeky -- Portlandia's take on experimental kids music.
posted by vitabellosi at 8:32 PM on February 23

this is relevant to my interests
posted by oog at 8:33 PM on February 23 [1 favorite]

posted by infinitewindow at 8:47 PM on February 23

This is awesome. The Phillip Glass video is pinging deep childhood memories of not knowing what was going on but liking it anyway.
posted by Tesseractive at 8:52 PM on February 23 [3 favorites]

Awesome clips. So many of these made huge impressions on me as a kid, and have stayed in my subconscious ever since. The Herbie Hancock clip especially! (Bonus for noticing a *very* young Tatyana Ali)
posted by Vitamaster at 9:17 PM on February 23

That's a catchy Devo song they got there.
posted by JHarris at 9:24 PM on February 23 [4 favorites]

The Look and Listen clip is so great: not only is it really cool that Fred Rogers wanted to turn the kiddies on to electronic musical instruments (in this case an ARP synthesizer), but the little song that closes this clip is the best advice a child (or an adult) could ever get. Mr. Rogers was just all kindsa great!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:36 PM on February 23 [5 favorites]

I'm amazed at how many examples there are. SO GOOD
posted by spiderskull at 10:30 PM on February 23

The Suzanne Ciani one <3 <3 <3
posted by azarbayejani at 10:46 PM on February 23

My long standing appreciation for Thomas Dolby has been sealed. Not only has he accurately expressed in a simplified manner (this is for kids after all) how a synth works, but now I'll forever have the image of a fly in a matchbox seared into my brain.
posted by vverse23 at 11:12 PM on February 23 [6 favorites]

I don't know if it counts as children's TV, but The Adventures of Pete & Pete had a lot of great bands on their show. Not really experimental, but still fun nonetheless. Definitely got me into Chug when I was younger.
posted by gucci mane at 12:37 AM on February 24 [3 favorites]

The various Sesame Street links, explains *SO MUCH* about my adult tastes in music.
posted by Faintdreams at 2:47 AM on February 24 [1 favorite]

In the UK, we were terrorised with Lasry-Baschet's “Manège” as an educational show theme.
posted by scruss at 4:43 AM on February 24

More Mr. Rogers with Canadian Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson.
posted by vansly at 5:48 AM on February 24

Much awesomeness!
posted by cleroy at 8:21 AM on February 24

I had no idea Jim Henson and Raymond Scott worked together. My mind is blown.
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:00 AM on February 24 [1 favorite]

azarbayejani: If you're a Suzanne Ciani fan, have you seen the piece from the Omni Magazine TV Show (circa 1979-1980 or so)?
posted by JoeZydeco at 10:03 AM on February 24

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