Moog Spent Three Years Building a $90,000 Copy of Keith Emerson's Synth

Keith Emerson's massive modular synthesizer was the centerpiece of his persona as the virtuoso keyboard player in progressive rock super group Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. The custom rig was his throne. Moog just spent three years reverse engineering the thing. Who's got $90,000 lying around to buy it? » 4/01/14 10:01am 4/01/14 10:01am

Why Vinyl Is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music

On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record store after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It's obsolete. » 3/21/14 3:00pm 3/21/14 3:00pm

Why Neil Young's New Pono Music Player Doesn't Make Any Sense

Neil Young is a lover of music, and so he has embarked on a well-intentioned quest to improve the quality of digital music. His Pono player is based on a good understanding of the problems with digital music—but its prescription for a solution only half-way makes sense. » 3/11/14 5:30pm 3/11/14 5:30pm

A New App Will Prevent Your Distracted Ass From Getting Hit By a Car

We spend our days walking around in a state of distracted bliss. It's dangerous. Let's not die, ok? While you're rocking out with your EarPods in, you're in danger of failing to heed the hazards of the world around you. A forthcoming app turns your phone's microphone into a second set of ears to keep you from going… » 2/26/14 10:20am 2/26/14 10:20am

Roland Aira: The Future of Drums, Beats, and Crazy Electronic Sounds

For a month, Roland has been teasing its mysterious "Aira" products with a series of videos that invoke the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers, classic beat machines that are amongst the best-sounding hardware, even 30 years after they first hit the market. But it turns out the new Aira series is hardly a throwback.… » 2/14/14 3:00am 2/14/14 3:00am

A Hacker Found GPS Data in the Audio of This Police Chase Video

It's incredibly noisy in the cockpit of a helicopter, and you'd assume the sounds you hear in any YouTube police chase video were just the deafening whine of the chopper's engine. But as one hacker discovered, that monotonous drone can actually hide some useful data, like the helicopter's GPS coordinates. » 2/03/14 10:20am 2/03/14 10:20am

Watching music videos without the music is pretty damn funny

This is genius. Mario Wienerroither replaces the music from popular music videos with imagined sound effects and noises of what's actually happening in the music video. If you see someone jumping around, you'll hear jumping around and not the song. The result? An awkwardly funny mashup of artists dancing by themselves… » 1/29/14 12:22am 1/29/14 12:22am

Moog's Theremini Makes It Impossible to Play the Wrong Note

Originally invented in the 1920s, the theremin is the weird instrument responsible for spooky science fiction soundtracks for a half-century. Its woozy sound is unmistakeable, but it is also notoriously difficult to play. Bob Moog started selling theremins in the 1950's, and today, his company announced a new version,… » 1/24/14 8:45am 1/24/14 8:45am

Build a Classic Korg MS-20 Synth With This Kit--Plus a New Keytar!

Announced exactly a year ago, the Korg MS-20 Mini analog synth is a lovely reboot of the classic 1970's instrument that inspired it. More than just a fun nostalgic throwback, it was a gnarly synth with an almost endlessly versatile sound. If buying an MS-20 Mini feels a little to contemporary—or the 1/8th patch cables … » 1/23/14 2:16pm 1/23/14 2:16pm