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Sesame Street: Herbie Hancock Makes Sounds

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[MUSIC PLAYING] TEACHER: Hi, Herbie. HERBIE HANCOCK: Hello,
how are you? TEACHER: How are you? Nice to see you. Listen, it’s nice of you
to let us visit. We’re interrupting
you, aren’t we? It sounded good, coming
out in the hallway. HERBIE HANCOCK: No,
no, no, no. You’re not interrupting
me at all. It’s a pleasure to see you. TEACHER: I think you
know everybody. HERBIE HANCOCK: Hi,
how are you? CHILD: Hi. HERBIE HANCOCK: Yeah,
how are you? TEACHER: Well, we’re here. What can you tell us about
all this stuff? HERBIE HANCOCK: Oh, this? Well, instead of me telling you
about it, how about if I show you about all
of this stuff? TEACHER: OK, that sounds good. HERBIE HANCOCK: Want
to do me a favor? TATIANA: What? HERBIE HANCOCK: Could you just
say your name into this microphone? TATIANA: Tatiana Ali. HERBIE HANCOCK: Watch this. SPEAKER: Tatiana Ali. [GIGGLES] HERBIE HANCOCK: Who was that? SPEAKER: Tatiana Ali. ALL: [GIGGLING] TEACHER: That’s how you sound. What do you think of that? Huh? Did you ever hear
yourself before? CHILD: I have. TEACHER: Yeah, you have? HERBIE HANCOCK: You ever
heard yourself sound like this, though? SPEAKER: [SPED UP] Tatiana Ali. ALL: [GIGGLING] TEACHER: What happened
to your little voice? CHILD: Do it in low. SPEAKER: [SLOWED DOWN] Tatiana Ali. ALL: GIGGLING HERBIE HANCOCK: You
guys ready? CHILD: Do it real
low at this key. HERBIE HANCOCK: OK,
watch this. SPEAKER: [EVEN SLOWER] Tatiana Ali. CHILD: Do it at the last key. HERBIE HANCOCK: But
you know what? I want to show you something
different. Watch this. SPEAKER: [TWO VOICES]:
Tatiana Ali. Tatiana Ali. Tatiana Ali. HERBIE HANCOCK: There’s
two of them, right? Watch this then. SPEAKER:
[MAKING NONSENSE SYLLABLES] HERBIE HANCOCK: How
about this? SPEAKER:
[MORE NONSENSE SYLLABLES] Tatiana Ali. Tatiana, Tatiana, Tatiana,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. HERBIE HANCOCK: You know what
I want to do for you now? I’m going to show you a whole
room full of Tatiana Alis. Want to see that? Watch this. SPEAKER: [LOTS OF VOICES MAKING
NONSENSE SYLLABLES] CHILD: Make just one
high Tatiana. SPEAKER: [HIGH PITCHED NOISE] TEACHER: You know, in the Fix
It shop, we have a monitor. I know this is a monitor,
but what do you need a monitor for in music? What are you looking at? HERBIE HANCOCK: The great
thing about this is that because we have a monitor, we
can see what the sound looks like, not just hear it, but
see what it looks like. TEACHER: Oh, I see. So that’s a picture of
sound, of a note? HERBIE HANCOCK: This is a
picture of Tatiana Ali. TATIANA: GIGGLING. TEACHER: Look at that. HERBIE HANCOCK: And this is a
different kind of picture of Tatiana Ali. And I’ll show you a
third one here. Look at this one. There’s Tatiana Ali. TEACHER: There you go again. HERBIE HANCOCK: So
we’ve got three different pictures of her. CHILD: He’s a flying pig. HERBIE HANCOCK: Looks like
a flying pig, right? CHILD: He looks like
a flying pig. TEACHER: Well, so
if you change– HERBIE HANCOCK: We can even
change the sound of Tatiana Ali to sound kind of like
a computer voice. Let’s see. SPEAKER: [COMPUTERIZED VOICE] Tatiana Ali. Tatiana Ali. HERBIE HANCOCK: Isn’t
that funny? TEACHER: This looks almost
like the piano in Bob’s apartment, or an electric
keyboard. Is it an electric keyboard? Does it do more? HERBIE HANCOCK: Oh yeah. Well see, this is not
just a piano. Because it is a synthesizer
and because it’s a computer-based synthesizer,
this instrument, this keyboard, which works with this
computer here and this monitor here, and also, there’s
a typewriter keyboard that Clive is in front of. TEACHER: Hi. HERBIE HANCOCK: All these things
work together, and you can have so many other different
kinds of things that you can’t do on a piano. For example, I can play one
note and have a bunch of notes come out. I can hit one, and you hear
a bunch of notes come out. Like this. [PLAYS SCALE] HERBIE HANCOCK: See? A bunch of notes played, a
different kind of sound. What do you think of that? And it you make all different
kinds of sounds. CHILD: Can you make
an elephant? HERBIE HANCOCK: An elephant
we can make. CHILD: A noise? HERBIE HANCOCK: I can make
noises, too, but you know what I want to make now? How about a flute? You want to play a flute? CHILD: Yeah. HERBIE HANCOCK: Play
this note. [FLUTE PLAYING] HERBIE HANCOCK: See? CHILD: A flute! HERBIE HANCOCK: Isn’t
that interesting? This is something different
right here. [MUSIC BOX MELODY] CHILD: It’s a music box! HERBIE HANCOCK: A music box. OK, you want to play
the music box? Here, right here. [MUSIC BOX MELODY] HERBIE HANCOCK: You
like that one? You know what I want
you to do, Craig? CHILD: What? HERBIE HANCOCK: I want
you to make laughter. How about that? CHILD: OK. HERBIE HANCOCK: Play
this note. [LAUGHTER] HERBIE HANCOCK: It sounds
like monkeys laughing. TEACHER: Yeah, what
is laughing? HERBIE HANCOCK: We can’t tell. [LAUGHTER] CHILD: It’s like loud– TEACHER: Dogs laughing,
dogs laughing. That’s what that sounds like. HERBIE HANCOCK: Watch this. This is going to be funny. [BRASS INSTRUMENTS
PLAYING FANFARE] HERBIE HANCOCK: You know
what I want you to do? TEACHER: What’s that? HERBIE HANCOCK: Play this. [PLAYS CHORD] TEACHER: Well on that note,
thanks a lot, [INAUDIBLE]. [CHORD] TEACHER: On that note, also. Thanks for letting us visit. Say goodbye to Herbie Hancock. ALL: Bye! HERBIE HANCOCK: OK, bye. Thanks for coming by. TEACHER: We’ll see you again. Bye bye. HERBIE HANCOCK: See
you next time. CHILD: Bye bye. HERBIE HANCOCK: Bye bye. Let’s see now, Clive,
where were we? Oh, I know. CLIVE: You’re on Sesame. HERBIE HANCOCK: OK, we’re
going to do Sesame? And let me put these controls
back the way I had them. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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