Finally a Movie Shows How French Electronic Music Is More Than Vocoders

Thanks to Daft Punk, the 1990s French "touch" electronic music scene has its legendary figures, masks and vocoder robot voices and button pushing and all. We've got the sound and look, but seriously, we're missing a little fiction to glorify the music's rise into one of the more influential electronic music movements… » 1/26/15 11:40am Monday 11:40am

Here's What Embroidery Patterns Sound Like Played Through a Music Box

If you step back and compare the two, the intricate patterns you'll find in a detailed folk embroidery don't look that much different than the series of punched holes you'll find on the scrolling scores used in a traditional hand-cranked music box. Artists Zsanett Szirmay and Bálint Tárkány-Kovács saw the same… » 1/20/15 2:20pm 1/20/15 2:20pm

Interview: RZA Wants to Buoy the Music Industry—With a Speaker?

Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA started working with speaker manufacturer Boombotix in mid-2014, and he says he wanted make more than just another branded product. "I just had a bigger idea than sticking my logo on something," he told me at CES in Las Vegas. "I thought we could make this great product a little greater." His… » 1/08/15 3:45pm 1/08/15 3:45pm

Bang & Olufsen Invented a Giant $2800 iPod 

Something about Bang & Olufsen's BeoSound Moment looks familiar, huh? The aluminum and glass slab is basically a big iPod that's supposed to power wireless music throughout your house. This thing is going to cost a damn fortune, but there's a lot of lovely design to admire—even if no normal human will be able to… » 1/08/15 10:21am 1/08/15 10:21am

Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great

Sorry folks, there's no new version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at this year's CES, and no word on when the fabled consumer version might appear. So why am I writing this post? The company has added 3D positional audio to its already mindblowing Crescent Bay demo, and it's even better than before. » 1/06/15 5:28pm 1/06/15 5:28pm

Sennheiser's Dope Momentum Headphones Are Now Wireless, Noise Canceling

I've fallen in love with the Momentum headphones Sennheiser launched a few years ago. They're my gotos: The cans that sit on my desk everyday. Usually, I don't care that somebody made existing headphones wireless or that they managed to make them noise canceling. Bluetooth? Yawn. Noise canceling? Whatevs. But I'm… » 1/06/15 12:00pm 1/06/15 12:00pm