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Pykmax Reinvents The Guitar Pick

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Anyone who’s ever played guitar knows that holding a pick, as easy as it seems, is actually somewhat challenging. Granted it becomes easier as you become more skilled and there’s nothing inherently wrong with the current design, but that doesn’t mean picks can’t be made better. Pykmax hopes to do just that by adding a carefully crafted ergonomic grip that comfortably sits in your hand and lets you keep playing for hours without experiencing any of the tiredness that often comes from prolonged use. Tested by several guitarists of various levels, Pykmax appears to improve on an old design, and does so at minimal cost: $12. It comes in two sizes, and various plectrum gauges can be selected, just like regular picks.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

FretPen Is A Pen… And A One-String Guitar At The Same Time

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What on earth can you possibly do with one string and 3 frets? Not much of course, unless there’s a bit of digital magic thrown in. The FretPen is a fully functional writing instrument, but it’s also a smartphone-connected one-string guitar. You clearly won’t be able to recreate Slash’s solos from November Rain, but a tiny D-pad on the pen does allow you to switch strings on the fly, giving you the ability to play scale-like runs and some forms of rudimentary melodies. If you watch the video below you’ll get a sense of the device’s capabilities. There’s a Kickstarter campaign launching on the 22nd, so if this piques your interest, feel free to give them your email address to be notified when they’re ready to accept your pledges.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

DreamPad Plays Tunes Only You Can Hear

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Nothing beats listening to some soothing music before heading off to dreamland. But what’s music to my ears might not be for my roommate, who thinks the Rolling Stones sing the perfect lullaby. Two speakers in one room? Not a good idea. But what’s a good idea is the DreamPad, which is a pillow that plays songs that only you can hear.

The DreamPad works by using conductive technology to send the tunes straight to your ears, so that even someone sleeping next to you won’t be able to hear them. It also makes bedtime jamming more comfortable, because if you’ve ever slept with headphones on, then you know what a pain that could be.

The DreamPad comes with five music programs that you can choose from upon purchasing. You can download the tunes to your smartphone or opt to include a Sony Walkman MP3 player in case you don’t have a music player yet. It’s available online for $179.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Songtapper: Find the Name of That Song By Tapping

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So you just heard the most awesome song, but weren’t able to fire up SoundHound in time to capture enough snippets of it to search for its title. You could always look up the lyrics, but Google won’t be able to help you out if you can’t remember enough relevant lines.

Your last hope–and best bet, at this point–is SongTapper. It’s basically a search engine that searches for songs based on its beats. If you can hum along to the tune or remember the intro or sound of its chorus, then you can just tap out the rhythm by tapping on your space bar and SongTapper will do the rest for you.

It’s not the most accurate thing in the world, but the results might just amaze you. Check it out HERE.

VIA [ Red Ferret ]

Mogees Turns Anything and Everything Into a Musical Instrument

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There’s more to the world than meets the eye–and ears. There’s art in everyday things, from leaves turning into beautiful shades of auburn to the blues, red, and orange that paints the sky with every sunset. You can also make music using the stuff that you see around you, too, although you’ll need a little help from Mogees to actually play it.

Mogees is a small musical instrument that can play anything, from balloons and books to windows and cushions. Conceptualized and created by Bruno Zamborlin, Mogees’ sensor looks like a stethoscope of sorts. It works in conjunction with an app which interprets the signals it receives and transforms it into music.Continue Reading

World’s First Stereogram Music Video

You ever try to see the 3D images on those “Magic Eye Puzzle” books that were popular in the 90′s? Half the kids could see them, the other half would flail around in fits of rage for not being able to see anything… Remember that? Anyway, here’s a video from a band called Young Rival that’s shot entirely like that. If you manage to cross your eyes just right, you’ll be treated to a moving stereogram, which really is sort of trippy. If you can’t manage to cross your eyes right, you’re going to want to punch your monitor. There’s a cross-eye and a parallel-eye version of the video, so we’re including both, in case one is easier than the other to see.

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iRecorder iPhone Speaker: Play New Beats With a Vintage Vibe

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Remember those vintage recorders that you used to carry around way back when they were the hottest gadgets around? Digital music players and smartphones have rendered them obsolete, but they’re about to make a comeback in a roundabout sort of way.

The iRecorder Speaker is a handy speaker that’s compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. It sports that vintage recorder look on the outside, but it won’t be able to play your old cassette tapes. However, it will be able to play the tunes on your phone. Just pop your mobile into the cassette slot and push down the orange play button.

The iRecorder comes with a pull-out carry handle and a USB charging cord. It can be powered by a micro USB or batteries, just like your old recorder. It’s available online for $50.

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Compose a Tune and 3D-Print It Into a Music Box with Music Drop

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Give someone the gift of personalized music with Music Drop. So it’s not actually a song in the sense that you can only create a 16-tone tune, but that’s still something.

The service is being offered by Left Field Labs. Here’s how it works: you’ll be asked to compose your very own 16-note melody by clicking squares on a grid, with each one representing a certain note. When you’re done with your composition, they will then convert it into a 3D-printable file that will be used to “print” the tune in the form of a tiny music box.

 
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Left Field Labs explains: “We are all about using technology to help humans be, well, more human, and so we updated this small device with some of the emerging technologies of our time. We wanted to create a modern day adaptation to put tech and cheer right in your hand.”

Due to the high volume of initial orders, they aren’t accepting new ones yet. However, you can still sign up to create your very own tune and save it. Head on over to the Music Drop Web site to get started.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Google’s Interactive Music Timeline Will Drive Music Nerds Crazy

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Fancy yourself a music aficionado? You might want to head on over to Google’s Research blog and take a look at the fantastic interactive music timeline they’ve developed. You can see the ebb and flow in popularity of several music genres and sub-genres. You can click trough and drill down each one, and are presented with quintessential examples for each. It’s extremely well done, meticulously researched, and chock full of so much data that it would take days to go over all of it. And of course, provided you live in a country where Google has the rights to play the music, you can listen to any of it at the press of a button. It’s about as exciting a course in music history as we’ve ever seen.

[ Google's Music Timeline ] VIA [ Engadget ]