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IPhone + Piano = Iano

IPhone + Piano = Iano
I don’t know what’s in the water this week, but I seem to have a serious music theme going on here. Do you like to play piano? Got an iPhone? Well, if you happen to have jailbroken yours, you can now turn it into a musical instrument.

Circuit Bent Commodore 64: Revenge of the 80s

Circuit Bent Commodore 64: Revenge of the 80s
One of the most popular computers from the 1980s, the Commodore 64, is having a minor renaissance as an electronic musical instrument. The C64’s audio chip is famous for producing an array of warm, familiar 8-bit beats and blips.
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Nutty as a Coconut (Amp)

Nutty as a Coconut (Amp)
If you’ve ever seen the movie Castaway you know that Chuck Noland, the character Tom Hanks played, existed on coconut meat for quite some time before getting back to civilization. When I look at this cool amp with coconut shell cover created by Steve Lodefink it makes me wonder what parts of the movie they edited out.

Moonlight Speakers Project Sound and Light

Moonlight Speakers Project Sound and Light
At first glance, you’d look at these pictures and think that these were some pretty cool lighting fixtures. You’d be right. But in addition to casting a warm glow, these illuminated orbs are actually speakers. Moonlight’s light globes conceal speakers which can handle from 120 to 200 watts of amplification — more than enough to pack some serious punch.

Maxian E900t Pmp Slices, Dices, Makes Julienne Fries

Maxian E900t Pmp Slices, Dices, Makes Julienne Fries
It seems that every few weeks, the Korean tech market reveals some new all-in-one gadget that makes me drool. The latest and greatest PMP (personal media player) to come out of the East Asian nation features just about everything you’d ever want in a portable electronic device.

Chimera Synthesizer Makes Sound Round

Chimera Synthesizer Makes Sound Round
What’s shaped like a disc, got sixteen knobs, thirty banana plugs, a bunch of wires and makes all sort of strange noises? The answer: this funky portable synthesizer called the Chimera. The Chimera bC16 is a miniature patch synthesizer that can crank out a cacophony of analog beeps, blips and bleets.

Mstation Theaterbar: Surround Slims Down

Mstation Theaterbar: Surround Slims Down
I was over on the mStation website recently, when I stumbled across this interesting new sound system buried under “coming soon”. It looks like the mStation TheaterBar will soon join the ranks of one-box home theater sound systems, designed to mesh beautifully with today’s flat-screen televisions.

Brain Controlled Synthesizer Plays What You’re Thinking

Brain Controlled Synthesizer Plays What You’re Thinking
I found this photo over on Flickr today, and I was so captivated, I had to mention it. Apparently, this guy decided to see what would happen if he hooked an old analog synthesizer up to his brain.

Speakers Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed on

Speakers Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed on
Now I’ve seen some cheap speakers in my days, but even the chintziest ones I’ve seen were at least made out of plastic. Not these. These ones are fabricated from thick paper stock. Xenics Music Cube M speakers offer up some truly low-fidelity sound thanks to their flimsy cardboard construction.

Mbl 101 X-Treme Speakers Cost More Than a Ferrari

Mbl 101 X-Treme Speakers Cost More Than a Ferrari
Ok, they only cost more than a “low-end” Ferrari, say an F430 — but at $180,000 for the system, these monstrous speakers certainly aren’t for the frugal. MBL’s 101 X-treme speaker system cranks out sound using a set of four custom built towers.

Lars & Ivan Hybrid iPod Dock Amp: Just Add Speakers

Lars & Ivan Hybrid iPod Dock Amp: Just Add Speakers
This unique iPod docking station combines a home for your media player with a powerful tube-based amplifier. Unlike most iPod docking stereos, Lars & Ivan’s PA-40Ti Hybrid iPod Dock skips the built-in speakers, and instead gives you 40 watts of stereo amplification that can power speakers of your choosing.

Concrete Speakers From 25togo: Heavy Duty Sound

Concrete Speakers From 25togo: Heavy Duty Sound
These substantial bookshelf speakers from Taiwan’s 25togo feature cabinets made from concrete. The cement and glass construction of the In Visible City speakers is said to project a powerful, clean sound profile. The compact speakers feature angled corners, which afford them flexibility in placement.

Denon S-52 Tabletop Stereo Packs a Punch

Denon S-52 Tabletop Stereo Packs a Punch
This new audio system from Denon is loaded with just about every feature you’d ever want in compact stereo. The Denon S-52 combines a radio, CD player, iPod Dock and wireless audio streaming in a single box.

Keyboard Folds in Half to Fit in Overhead Bins

Keyboard Folds in Half to Fit in Overhead Bins
Here’s a unique keyboard for the musician who’s got to take their instrument everywhere they go. The Infinite Response Vax 77 is designed to fold in half so it can fit in the overhead compartment on airplanes.

Sony Srs-Ax10 Speakers: the Aliens have Landed

Sony Srs-Ax10 Speakers: the Aliens have Landed
Maybe it’s just me, but latest desktop speakers from Sony remind me of something out of the original War of the Worlds movie. The new SRS-AX10 speaker system offers a bold design that floats its speaker drivers in the air.

Yamaha Player Pianos Add Internet Music Streaming

Yamaha Player Pianos Add Internet Music Streaming
Yamaha has always been on the cutting edge of piano technology, and has just announced a cool new feature for their Disklavier player pianos. Their already amazing self-playing pianos can now stream content live over the Internet.
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