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Tag Archives: Music

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ H&H ]

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 ]

DrumPants Are Exactly What They Seem To Be

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You’re looking at a set of flexible, velcro-attached strips with three touch sensitive zones. Each one of these zones can be assigned one of 100+ sounds so that you end up with a 6-instrument percussion set right on your thighs (or any other body part you feel like using). The strips are connected to a control box, which in turn connects either to an external speaker with wires, or (with the upgraded version of the kit) through Bluetooth 4.0 to your smartphone for added functionality. DrumPants are slim and unobtrusive and will allow you to jam pretty much anywhere, without having to lug real instruments around. Anyone that’s ever tapped a rhythm out on a steering wheel, or a table or any other surface will likely have thought about how cool it would be if those taps made “real” sounds. Well, yeah… now you can. $99 will buy you the basic kit, and $129 the upgraded kit with Bluetooth. It’s on Kickstarter so don’t expect immediate delivery, but the project is fully funded.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

SoundCloud and Why Music Production will Never Be the Same

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SoundCloud has become ubiquitous around the web as a source for DJs and new bands to upload their tracks and get some recognition and attention for their work. Game soundtracks like Hotline Miami and FTL: Faster Than Light found homes here, as well as new pop-rap acts like HyperCrush and Santigold. Hypem culls songs from music blogs all over the web, and those songs more often than not come from SoundCloud.

There is a movement away from SoundCloud, but the influx of uploads to the service suggest that more people than ever are trying their hands at making music. Electronic music is inexpensive to produce, and while musical knowledge is required, the bar for entry is much lower than for a standard musical instrument.

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‘Meat Parade’ is the Hammiest Record Ever

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Crazy over meat? Then march to the beat of two meat-themed songs from Archie McPhee’s newly-released record that’s aptly called Meat Parade. It’s a limited-edition record that looks like a “beautifully marbled ham steak”–is anyone getting hungry after looking at this record? I know I am.

Only a thousand of these meaty records have ever been produced, so if you’ve been collecting other meat-themed items from Archie McPhee (like the Meat Parade Lunchbox and Meat Parade Wrapping Paper Book), then you might want to hurry and pick one of these up before they’re gone for good.

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Timbre: They’re More Than Just Glass Bowls–They’re Actually Speakers

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“What’s a bunch of glass bowls doing in the game room?”, someone might ask.
“Those aren’t just bowls,” you might answer. “That’s actually a speaker.”

That’s a hypothetical conversation that you might have with someone if: (a) you actually had the Timbre Speakers and (b) if you actually had a game room. These unusual speakers were created by designer Casey Lin and they’re obviously unlike your typical speakers.

All the electronic components are hidden from view inside the box, including the surface transducers that vibrate the box, in effect turning it into the actual speaker. The glass bowls, which are set on top of the box, are instrumental in the design as well, since they amplify the sound from the box and function as physical equalizers, too.

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Giant Music Box Made From Steamroller

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Oh art… It’s easy to poke fun at things we don’t understand and it’s fair to say that the art world is about three dimensions away from anything we’d normally be able to relate to. That said, everyone likes a steamroller, especially one that plays the Star Spangled Banner. So we’re giving Dave Cole’s year-old creation a nod. It’s called ‘The Music Box’, and as you can see, is made from a modified steamroller.

Commissioned by the Cleveland Institute of Art and developed in partnership with Ohio CAT, [‘The Music Box’] sees the american artist dismantling a 22, 000 lb steamroller in which he refabricates more than 80% of the machine–though still maintaining its identifiable physical qualities–transforming it into a fully functioning musical box, and at a fraction of its original weight. Built onto the front of the compactor is an acoustical cabinet made from cherry wood.

Like most art, it’s trying to say something. In this case it’s this: “his mammoth-sized music box is a metaphor for what dreams can become, and how quickly they can be crushed.” Cheerful. And how does it sound? You’ll have to hit the jump to hear for yourselves, but we feel it’s something like what a sad, giant clown might hammer out on a broken xylophone.

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