We’ve featured a variety of iPhone musical instruments around here, including pianos, guitars, drums, and even ocarinas, but this is the first time I’ve come across an app that lets you play your iPhone like it was a violin, viola or cello.
If you want to pretend to be a DJ, you could always go out and buy DJ Hero, but if you really want to scratch your own tunes, check out ION Audio’s Discover DJ – a real turntable controller for your digital music applications that costs about the same amount as the game.
Here’s something everyone needs more of – dancing musical monkeys. No not that kind of monkey dance, Steve Ballmer.
Thankfully, this dancing monkey won’t fling poo all over your house, rip your face off, or make you buy Windows ME.
After a few too many days wearing those dainty little earbuds that ship with most media players these days, it’s easy to forget what a real pair of headphones look and sound like. That’s what Nixon’s Master Blaster headphones are all about.
While word on the street is that future versions of Rock Band might actually teach you how to play real instruments, modder Andy Lunn couldn’t wait that long and figured out a way to make real music with his Guitar Hero drum kit.
Shimon is one of the musical robots at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. While it’s not quite up to par with Daft Punk, Shimon’s ability to improvise and provide accompaniment in real-time is simply amazing.
The guys at Japan’s Gakken Otona no Kagaku Magazine are at it again, this time, they’ve created a really cool kit that lets you build your own mini electric guitar. Now, I’m not talking about the type the comes with Rock Band or Guitar Hero either.
The AQ Amigo is made of plastic, but it’s so thin it seems more fragile than a pair of ceramic speakers. At 0.98 inches thick, it’s just a bit fatter than a typical laptop screen.
The speaker is equipped with two 1.2-watt 19 mm “Exciter” drivers.
One of the best (and easiest) ways to leave your unique stamp on your guitar playing is by keeping a few really sweet picks around. Note, please, that this only applies to actual guitars–not the little plastic variety.
Retro gamers, If you’re looking for some nice background music for your holiday parties, you might want to check this out.
Chiptune musician Rush Coil has put together this full-length digital album of classic Christmas tunes, rearranged with the inimitable sounds of classic 8-bit sounds of 1980s video games.
The DJ Mouse is a nice gadget for budding DJs to mess with. The left- and right-click buttons double as loop play/hold controls, while the scroll wheel fast forwards or rewinds. The built-in jog dial takes care of the wiki-wiki.
One of the most beloved and most famous brands in music, the Walkman was the iPod of my childhood. Funny how both names make no direct reference to their products. Anyway the first ever commercially available Walkman was the TPS-L2, which was released in July 1979; it’s blue-and-silver body still looks sexy to me.
This weird iPhone musical instrument was spotted at a meet-up of MAKE Japan. Of course. There are three iPhones in that plastic (acetate?)... thing, running what seems to be an Ocarina-like app. I'm guessing the contraption sends the air blown through the mouthpiece to all three phones at once...
Activision has a real obsession with heroes… at least, the musical kind. They’ve just filed a trademark for Drum Hero. But can’t we pound on plastic drums already? In several different ways? I guess it really needs its own brand.
Anyone who’s played Rock Band knows that the singing part of the game is quite forgiving, in the sense that you don’t have to know the right words to the song. In fact you can just moan and groan throughout a song, as long as you moan and groan on key.
The thinking geeks at ThinkGeek recently unleashed one of their most awesome creations: WEARABLE ROCK. Their Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt features a semi-guitar with 14 major chords – which were recorded from a real electric guitar – assigned to different areas on the neck, so you can play songs for real without really knowing how to play the guitar.