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Floating Points, Electronic Music’s King of Pain
The last time the English musician Sam Shepherd made an album, it took five years. His intense new record, “Crush,” took five weeks. What changed?
That helped when it came time to record Crush, which Shepherd wrote, arranged and composed. The opening track, Falaise which features a string ensemble, a French horn and several woodwinds, was written with the goal of taking a normal ensemble and treating th… [+923 chars]
Jonah Engel Bromwich
2019-10-16 18:48:55




The PlantWave Device Lets Your Houseplants Play Music
A device called PlantWave converts the electrical conductivity of houseplants into audio, giving plants the chance to sing.
In 2011, the artists Joe Patitucci and Alex Tyson set up a jungle's worth of tropical plants in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and invited them to perform. People filed in to stand and listen as the Data Garden Quartet, a botanical orchestra, gave its debut p… [+4130 chars]
Arielle Pardes
2019-09-25 11:00:00




How That Giant Homemade Modular Synth Wound Up at MIT
Like electronic music pioneers Robert Moog and Don Buchla, who came before him, Joseph Paradiso seemed destined to become a synth wizard. As a child, he was fascinated with music; soldering his own creations and experimenting with tape looping. Read more...
Like electronic music pioneers Robert Moog and Don Buchla, who came before him, Joseph Paradiso seemed destined to become a synth wizard. As a child, he was fascinated with music; soldering his own creations and experimenting with tape looping. A teenage int… [+1306 chars]
Lauren W. Dillard
2019-10-16 19:49:00




Arca will use AI to soundtrack NYC's Museum of Modern Art
If you pay a visit to New York City's Museum of Modern Art in the near future, you'll be awash in artificial intelligence before you've even seen an exhibit. Electronic musician Arca (who has produced for Bjork and FKA Twigs) has announced that a piece she wr…
If you pay a visit to New York City's Museum of Modern Art in the near future, you'll be awash in artificial intelligence before you've even seen an exhibit. Electronic musician Arca (who has produced for Bjork and FKA Twigs) has announced that a piece she wr… [+328 chars]
Jon Fingas
2019-10-17 22:40:00




Beautiful electronic easy listening music from the USSR (1960)
Theremin virtuoso Konstanin Kovalsky (1890-1976) performs with Vyacheslav Mescherin's Orchestra of Electronic Instruments, USSR, 1960. From Discogs : The Ensemble of Electro-Musical Instruments directed by Vyacheslav Mescherin was founded within the music dep…
Theremin virtuoso Konstanin Kovalsky (1890-1976) performs with Vyacheslav Mescherin's Orchestra of Electronic Instruments, USSR, 1960. From Discogs: The Ensemble of Electro-Musical Instruments directed by Vyacheslav Mescherin was founded within the music dep… [+2710 chars]
David Pescovitz
2019-09-28 02:45:15




Tranceive a way out of RELAY's electronic dungeon
RELAY is a free browser game by Yahia Zakaria, Sameh Khater, and Yassin Zakaria. You control a robot trapped in a series of two-dimensional levels filled with electronic gates, hatches, moving platforms and mirrored surfaces. The bot skittles about and jumps …
RELAY is a free browser game by Yahia Zakaria, Sameh Khater, and Yassin Zakaria. You control a robot trapped in a series of two-dimensional levels filled with electronic gates, hatches, moving platforms and mirrored surfaces. The bot skittles about and jumps … [+3073 chars]
Rob Beschizza
2019-09-29 13:00:13




Congo's KOKOKO! Makes Joyful Dance Music From Instruments Made Of Junk
The band couldn't afford instruments. So they made their own out of scavenged items, like kitchen pots and air-conditioner parts. On their U.S. tour, they stopped by NPR's Tiny Desk.
KOKOKO!, a band from the Democratic Republic of Congo, performs at an NPR Tiny Desk Concert that will be posted at a future date. Bob Boilen/NPR Before the members of Congolese music collective KOKOKO! take the stage at Washington, D.C.'s Rock & Roll Ho… [+5943 chars]
Isabella Gomez Sarmiento
2019-10-19 11:00:51




Cool hands-free illuminated magnifier for cheap
This 2.5x LED magnifier can be used as a handheld tool or on the desktop. Perfect for peering at electronic components. It's only on Amazon. Read the rest
The inexpensive Uni Kuru Toga is my favorite mechanical pencil, because it automatically rotates the lead everytime you touch the tip to paper. This keeps the lead nicely rounded. It does this without making the pen feel clicky or clunky, which would render i… [+1603 chars]
Mark Frauenfelder
2019-09-25 18:46:13




Interview with founder of Sahel Sounds, a West African music label
Sahel Sounds is a record label, a recording project and artist collective focused on the culture in the West African Sahel. While based in Portland, Oregon, founder Christopher Kirkley frequently travels to West Africa to locate, record and work with musician…
Sahel Sounds is a record label, a recording project and artist collective focused on the culture in the West African Sahel. While based in Portland, Oregon, founder Christopher Kirkley frequently travels to West Africa to locate, record and work with musician… [+4475 chars]
Roger Park
2019-10-05 15:45:26




Report from Defcon's Voting Village reveals ongoing dismal state of US electronic voting machines
For three years now, cryptographer Matt Blaze ( previously ) and his colleagues have hosted a Voting Village at Defcon, the annual hacker con in Vegas, in which all comers are welcomed to try to compromise a variety of voting machines that are in actual use i…
For three years now, cryptographer Matt Blaze (previously) and his colleagues have hosted a Voting Village at Defcon, the annual hacker con in Vegas, in which all comers are welcomed to try to compromise a variety of voting machines that are in actual use in … [+3087 chars]
Cory Doctorow
2019-09-27 16:17:42




Ears-on with Amazon’s new Echo earbuds, framebuds, and ringbud
Amazon announced more than a few devices today during an event at its headquarters in Seattle, and it was the smallest gadgets that made the biggest impression. The company built Alexa into earbuds, glasses, and a ring with the Echo Buds, Echo Frames, and Ech…
Amazon announced more than a few devices today during an event at its headquarters in Seattle, and it was the smallest gadgets that made the biggest impression. The company built Alexa into earbuds, glasses, and a ring with the Echo Buds, Echo Frames, and Ech… [+4463 chars]
Devin Coldewey
2019-09-25 21:19:33




How the Designer Behind the Original Mac Comes Up With New Ideas
Most people can’t really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apple’s portable computers, Sony’s Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical an…
Most people cant really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apples portable computers, Sonys Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical and d… [+6181 chars]
Nick Douglas
2019-10-21 13:00:00

Braille Music
Braille music was invented along with the literary braille code by Louis Braille, himself a musician, and rose to prominence in the early 20th century.[[{"fid":"59761","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_tex…
Braille music was invented along with the literary braille code by Louis Braille, himself a musician, and rose to prominence in the early 20th century. It uses combinations of the same six-dot cell as literary braille to represent the pitch and rhythm of eac… [+7566 chars]

2019-10-15 11:11:44




Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by Catching Up on Stories of Science and Technology
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate and encourage women in the fields of science and technology. It’s a perfect time to look back and catch up on biographies of some incredible people whose stories have been featured over the past year. You’ll find …
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate and encourage women in the fields of science and technology. It’s a perfect time to look back and catch up on biographies of some incredible people whose stories have been featured over the past year. You’ll find… [+3439 chars]
Mike Szczys
2019-10-08 15:31:45




Introduction to the dark, cinematic, and magickal music microgenre of Dungeon Synth
I love it when the name of a musical genre gives you an instantaneous understanding of what it is. (See " Mallwave.") Until today, I hadn't heard of the Dungeon Synth microgenre but instantly had a visceral understanding of it. From The B-Side: A microgenre f…
I love it when the name of a musical genre gives you an instantaneous understanding of what it is. (See "Mallwave.") Until today, I hadn't heard of the Dungeon Synth microgenre but instantly had a visceral understanding of it. From The B-Side: A microgenre f… [+2705 chars]
David Pescovitz
2019-10-03 18:38:39




The Ultimate Game Boy Clone Perfectly Plays Every Classic Handheld Game You Ever Loved
It’s become painfully clear that Nintendo has no plans to release a throwback console to celebrate the Game Boy’s 30th birthday this year. But you won’t lament the Game Boy Classic Edition not happening now that the Analogue Pocket has been revealed. It’s a p…
Its become painfully clear that Nintendo has no plans to release a throwback console to celebrate the Game Boys 30th birthday this year. But you wont lament the Game Boy Classic Edition not happening now that the Analogue Pocket has been revealed. Its a porta… [+3613 chars]
Andrew Liszewski
2019-10-16 15:00:00




Sayonara Wild Hearts review — Dance-fighting with pop music and motorcycles is so fun
Sayonara Wild Hearts is a wonderfully creative romp that combines dance fighting, pop music, and high-speed chases on motorcycles and deer.
Music games don’t always get me on the dance floor. But Sayonara Wild Hearts is a wonderfully creative romp that combines dance-fighting, pop music, and high-speed chases on motorcycles and deer. This “pop album video game” debuted last week for $13 on the N… [+6749 chars]
Dean Takahashi
2019-09-23 20:03:21




Pagers, faxes and cheques: Things that might seem obsolete, but aren't
As Japan's pagers beep for the final time, we look at other outdated tech that's still clinging on.
Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Cassette tapes have made a comeback. Thankfully, the boombox-on-shoulder look has not. The roughly one thousand people who still used pagers in Japan might have shed a tear this week when they were finally discontin… [+7870 chars]
https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews
2019-10-04 23:06:04




Listen Up
From synth-pop to house and a Liz Phair cover, some of our favorite tracks from this week Sudan Archives: Confessions Sudan Archives (aka Cincinnati-born, LA-based Brittney Parks) returns with a single from her forthcoming album Athena—out 1 November on Stone…
From synth-pop to house and a Liz Phair cover, some of our favorite tracks from this week Sudan Archives: Confessions Sudan Archives (aka Cincinnati-born, LA-based Brittney Parks) returns with a single from her forthcoming album Athena —out 1 November on Ston… [+3169 chars]
CH Editors
2019-09-27 20:43:05




Zupiter: A Web-Based Modular Synthesizer
When I was a kid, I thought I didn’t like music, other people really enjoyed it, but I just didn’t get it. This all changed when I was 12, and I first saw the movie “Hackers”…
When I was a kid, I thought I didn’t like music, other people really enjoyed it, but I just didn’t get it. This all changed when I was 12, and I first saw the movie “Hackers”. You can think whatever you want of that movie, whether you think it’s a classic or … [+3110 chars]

2019-10-06 15:42:48
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