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Tag: Music

Before the iPod, Before the Walkman, There Was the Mikiphone

Before the iPod, Before the Walkman, There Was the Mikiphone
Today we have portable audio players like the iPod that play digital files on the go. Before that, we had CD players like the Discman, and before that we had cassette tape players like the Walkman.

Trumpet iPhone Amplifier: Brass Blast

Trumpet iPhone Amplifier: Brass Blast
Artist Christopher Locke – who also made these gadget fossils – used a salvaged trumpet to make an analog amplifier. Just like th iVictrola, the trumpet does all the work, so there’s no electricity needed. Locke uses it for his iPhone, but actually it can be used with any media player that will fit on the steel dock, provided that it has built-in speakers.

Super Mario Bluegrass Bros.

Super Mario Bluegrass Bros.
I’ve heard plenty of versions of the Super Mario Bros. theme song over the years, but I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve heard a version of the tune played Arkansas bluegrass style.

Korg Wavedrum Mini Turns Desktop Tappers into Drummers

Korg Wavedrum Mini Turns Desktop Tappers into Drummers
Korg synthesizers were a mainstay for 80’s pop bands and are still widely used for all sorts of musical needs. Korg isn’t just about keyboard synthesizers though, it has a bunch of other gear too. One of the latest products to come from Korg this cool new Wavedrum Mini portable drum synthesizer.

Michael Jackson Meets the Transformers

Michael Jackson Meets the Transformers
If you ever wondered what it might look like if the Transformers got their groove on to The Funk of 40,000 Years, now’s your chance. This unusual Japanese animation from last Christmas features the Autobots getting down to Michael Jackson’s classic Thriller, complete with all the zombie-like dance moves you’d expect from such a thing.

iDuck Bath Speaker: Rubber Duckie, You’re the One

iDuck Bath Speaker: Rubber Duckie, You’re the One
I’m a shower kind of guy, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the need for some entertainment if you’re taking a soak after a long day at work. I like the fact that this little thing gets the job done without spending hundred of dollars on speakers and a system for your bathroom.

Ziggybox: Cigarette-Controlled Synthesizer Makes Smokin’ Sounds

Ziggybox: Cigarette-Controlled Synthesizer Makes Smokin’ Sounds
The image below might look to you like some cigarettes lounging around in couple of ashtrays, but there’s more to this scene than meets the eye. Take another look, and you’ll see a cable leading from the table to a laptop, and you’ll realize that it’s actually a controller for a synthesizer.

Duet 2 Lets Mac Heads Record Pro-Quality Music

Duet 2 Lets Mac Heads Record Pro-Quality Music
If you are a Mac user that likes to record things like live music or podcasts, a new device has surfaced from Apogee called the Duet 2. This is the follow up to the original Duet and is designed specifically for Mac users.

Stereolizer iPad App Digitally Revives the Cassette Tape

Stereolizer iPad App Digitally Revives the Cassette Tape
A new iPad app called Stereolizer takes advantage of the abundance of Internet radio stations and lets users record tracks from stations onto a digital cassette tape. The tapes seem to be graphical equivalents of an audio file, but the illusion Stereolizer provides is aesthetically pleasing.

Ocarina of Tetris: A Line Piece to the Past

Ocarina of Tetris: A Line Piece to the Past
I’m quite late to Oliver Taylor’s ocarina party, but even with close to three hundred thousand views his perfect, no-look rendition – via Link – of the Tetris theme in Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a tune that still needs to be spread around.

Is Your iPod Feeling Horny? Mate Its Bottom With This Speaker Dock

Is Your iPod Feeling Horny? Mate Its Bottom With This Speaker Dock
This gigantic speaker dock for iDevices uses LG Hausys’ HI-MACS material so that it can deliver a full spectrum of sound with minimal vibrations. It was designed by Korean architect Shi-Hyung Jeon to mimic traditional Han-bok and Beo-seon clothes.

Rocksmith Guitar Game: A Levelled Up Guitar Hero?

Rocksmith Guitar Game: A Levelled Up Guitar Hero?
One of the criticisms about the now extinct Guitar Hero and its competitor, Rock Band, is that they don’t really teach people how to play songs or how to use actual musical instruments. Which, of course are misguided arguments, because I don’t think that was really the goal behind the games.

Gemini FirstMix USB DJ Controller: Mix Tracks on the Cheap

Gemini FirstMix USB DJ Controller: Mix Tracks on the Cheap
I have seen a lot of DJ gear over the years, most of the stuff can run $1000 or more and it is aimed at the serious amateur or the pro DJ looking to get more action in the club.

Phantom of the Floppera: Floppy Music x4

Phantom of the Floppera: Floppy Music x4
We’ve heard floppy drive music hacks before, but never on this grand of a scale. By wiring a few floppy drives to a  microcontroller, YouTuber FunToTheHead cranked out this beautifully musical floppy drive hack.

Zoybar TOR 3D Printed Guitar Looks Cool and Doesn’t Sound Half Bad Either

Zoybar TOR 3D Printed Guitar Looks Cool and Doesn’t Sound Half Bad Either
If you ask me, the uses for 3D printing technology keep getting more and more impressive. Take, for example, this guitar that had its body parts manufactured using a 3D printer. If you watch and listen to the video below of Bård S D’s open-source Zoybar TOR guitar, I think you’ll be impressed with what he was able to do with a 3D printer: Not bad for something that was modeled in the digital world, then printed, eh?

Want to Sound Like T-Pain Without an App? There’s a Mic for That!

Want to Sound Like T-Pain Without an App? There’s a Mic for That!
Following the success of Smule’s I Am T-Pain app, the R&B star collaborated with Jakks Pacific to make the I Am T-Pain Mic, so you can auto-tune your voice even if you don’t have an iPod Touch or iPhone and say silly things like “buy you a drank” without people recognizing your real voice.