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Tag: Music

Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up

Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up
Remember when you needed a phone line and a dial-up modem to get online? Heck, I was using modems to connect to services like Compuserve and Prodigy before anyone even knew what the Internet was. One of the most annoying things about dial-up modems was that stupid squealing sound they made when you were trying to connect.

AUUG Motion Synth Turns iDevices into Dedicated Musical Instruments

AUUG Motion Synth Turns iDevices into Dedicated Musical Instruments
If you’re looking to make music with your iPhone or iPod Touch, check out this add-on, which looks pretty neat. The AUUG Motion Synth is a combination grip/case for your iDevice, which lets you use your hand and motion to play music.
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Helium Portable Speaker Charges in Five Minutes, Lasts Six Hours

Helium Portable Speaker Charges in Five Minutes, Lasts Six Hours
A few months ago we heard about a supercapacitor designed by a high school student that could lead to quick charging and longer lasting mobile phones. The Blueshift Helium speaker gives us a taste of that future.

Split is a Teeny, Tiny MP3 Player That You Control by Biting Down

Split is a Teeny, Tiny MP3 Player That You Control by Biting Down
At first glance, Split might look like a pair of handy dandy wireless earphones, but they’re more than that. They’re actually self-contained MP3 players that you can control without a display or buttons. Greenwing Audio definitely succeeded in making the most compact music players I’ve ever seen.

Bob Dylan Complete Collection Volume 1 to be available on a USB drive Stuffed inside of a Harmonica

Bob Dylan Complete Collection Volume 1 to be available on a USB drive Stuffed inside of a Harmonica
I readily admit I’m not a huge music buff. I like to listen to some tunes when driving in the car, but other than that I’m pretty much music-free at all other times. My problem is that I can’t concentrate with any sound going on around me.

Kinect-based Computer Orchestra Uses Computers as Musicians: You Are the Conductor

Kinect-based Computer Orchestra Uses Computers as Musicians: You Are the Conductor
Nowadays it’s quite possible to create and play music live using a computer. You can also use MIDI controllers to make it easier for you to interact with music software and audio files. However, pushing keys and fiddling with knobs isn’t intuitive or fun to watch.

Disarm is an Orchestra of Instruments Made from Weapons

Disarm is an Orchestra of Instruments Made from Weapons
This is not your typical orchestra. The instruments look especially unusual, and that’s because each of them is made using decommissioned weapons. They were put together by artist Pedro Reyes in an effort to convert weapons into actual, playable instruments.

IDNAtity Creates a Song Based on Your Genetics

IDNAtity Creates a Song Based on Your Genetics
Not everyone’s lucky enough to have a musician for a boyfriend or girlfriend. If you want a song that’s truly created for you, then you might want to check out IDNAtity.

TouchKeys Multitouch Keyboard Kit: More Control at Your Fingertips

TouchKeys Multitouch Keyboard Kit: More Control at Your Fingertips
Keyboards and synthesizers are some of the most complex electronic musical instruments. Even the basic ones are loaded with a variety of tweaks that help you achieve a variety of sounds. But unlike a guitar where you can bend, pluck or hammer the strings to modify the sound on the fly, keyboards and synths require you to make your adjustments using separate sliders or knobs.

Drummerz Drum Sticks for Touchscreen Devices: Pedal Not Included

Drummerz Drum Sticks for Touchscreen Devices: Pedal Not Included
There are lots of drum kit apps for mobile devices, but they’re not that easy to use. Many of them look and are arranged like real drum kits instead of being optimized for touchscreen use. Also if you’re a drummer you’re more used to using drum sticks instead of your fingers.

C.24 Wireless iPad Piano Keyboard: Play Me off Keyboard Cat!

C.24 Wireless iPad Piano Keyboard: Play Me off Keyboard Cat!
There are plenty of apps which let you use your iPad like a piano, but to be honest, playing on a toucscreen is just not the same as using a tactile keyboard. And while Ion has been making a wired iPad piano keyboard for a while,  it’s not exactly the type of thing you’ll throw in your backpack.

Human Speaker: Manual Auto Tune

Human Speaker: Manual Auto Tune
There are dozens of ways we can modify our voice, but designer Nic Wallenberg made a silly device that bypasses the vocal chords altogether to make unusual sounds come out of one’s mouth. Hence the name Human Speaker.

Leap Sensor Virtual Drum Machine: AirBeats

Leap Sensor Virtual Drum Machine: AirBeats
Earlier this year we saw AirHarp, a virtual harp that uses the Leap gesture controller, letting the user make music by playing an imaginary harp. The developer behind the AirHarp recently introduced a similar program but for a more popular instrument.

QuNeo Multitouch Music Controller: A Fingers-on Review

QuNeo Multitouch Music Controller: A Fingers-on Review
A while back, I wrote about the QuNeo, a reasonably priced, multitouch music controller, packed with triggers and modifiers. The folks at Keith McMillen Instruments were kind enough to set me up with a QuNeo so I could put it to the test.

Neuro Knitting’s Scarves Will Cover Your Neck in Brain Waves

Neuro Knitting’s Scarves Will Cover Your Neck in Brain Waves
Customized scarves are nothing new, but artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet still came up with something truly novel and different in this category. They worked with Sebastian Mealla from the Music Technology Group in Barcelona to create something called Neuro Knitting.

Turntable Ashtrays: Scratch n’ Whiff

Turntable Ashtrays: Scratch n’ Whiff
Musicians and things that can be smoked go together like people and vices. Overly realistic and thus useless analogy FTW! But if those things do have a space in your life, check out the Decktray. Made by artist Terry Griffiths, these functional artworks are ashtrays that look like turntables.
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