Ear Candy: A playlist to activate your week

From right: Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Tom Morrello, Jill Sobule, perform at TEDActive 2011
From right: St. Vincent, Tom Morrello, and Jill Sobule perform at TEDActive 2011

Over the years, we’ve had many talented musical superstars join our TEDActive family. We’ve compiled our favorite music videos by TEDActivators to feed your aural fixation and get you back in the TEDActive spirit — move, shake and do! Don’t have time to watch the videos? We have an audio only playlist at the bottom of this blog post.

Lucky Dragons “Givers”


St. Vincent jammed at TED2011. See her also make an appearance (further down) in  “Wonder,” a crowd-sourced music project from TEDActive 2011.


Singer Jill Sobule and director Hiro Murai collaborated with the John Lennon Educational Bus Tour to create and produce TEDActive 2011’s theme song about rediscovering wonder.


Daedalus is a founding DJ of internet radio station Dublab. Daedalus and other DJs from Dublab were present at past TEDActives to spin beats and create the perfect ambiance for creating ideas. 


LA-based Las Cafeteras played on the final evening at La Quinta, Palm Springs at TEDActive 2012. “La Bamba Rebelde” will get you dancing, just like attendees were:


Sara Watkins played the fiddle and sang in Taco Pants, the TEDActive 2010 band made up of Jill Sobule, John Doe, Stuart Johnson, and Dave Way. Sara’s lovely original song “Take Up Your Spade”:


Guitar-master and ex member of Rage of the Machine Tom Morello shredded on the TEDActive 2011 stage. An ode to human freedom, here is “Road I must travel”:


Wendy Melvoin, of Wendy & Lisa (and former bandmate of Prince), performed at the Desert Party at TEDActive  2011.


In four days at TEDActive 2010, the John Lennon Educational Tour BusJill Sobule, John Doe, Sara Watkins, Stuart Johnson, Don Was, Dave Way and Krish Sharma collaborated to create this music video. Data artist Aaron Koblin directed the video, using drawings made by attendees on ideas about what the world needs now.

An audio playlist for your ears only:

Need more to listen to?

For TEDActive 2010, 2011 and 2012, Dublab DJs frosty and Turquoise Wisdom created “Entry Mixes,” sonic explorations of the TED conference themes. Attendees could get their heads in the right state of mind. Check out these playlists:

TEDActive 2010 Entry Mix: “Timeless Gems Worth Spreading”

TEDActive 2011 Entry Mix: “Rediscovery of Wonder”

TEDActive 2012 Entry Mix: “Full Spectrum”

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