Medicom has been creating Daft Punk figures for a while now, including versions of the secretive duo as they appeared promoting their latest album, Random Access Memories. But the toymaker is now introducing versions of the figures dating back to their 2001 album Discovery, which for the first time will include…
I think the moral of the story (to my peasant ears, at least) in comparing a $5000 Martin D-42 guitar vs a $150 Motion TD-107 guitar is that if you know how to play the guitar, you can make any damn thing with strings sound good. But if you have better ears for audio quality than me, listen to Paul Davids compare the…
What could possibly be the reason for an engraving machine to make these noises? Do spacey-sounding arpeggios make it engrave better? Does it support MIDI?
Spotify, the original titan of the music streaming world, is packed with plenty of great—but there are still plenty of third party add-ons that can enhance the original app even further. Here are some of our favorite utilities for doing more with Spotify and taking your streaming to the next level.
Last night, Kim Kardashian released video snippets of Kanye West talking to Taylor Swift on the phone about lyrics in his then upcoming song “Famous.” But because West apparently didn’t inform Swift that he was recording the call, he may have broken federal wiretapping law.
Scientists have been studying the origins of musical taste for years. There’s certainly evidence for biological influences, such as the idea that our taste in music changes with age. Now a new study in Nature has found that your taste in music could also be due to the makeup of the songs predominant in your culture.
Some combinations of notes inherently sound better than others, right? It’s why the bread and butter of pop music, which is engineered to be upbeat and danceable, is highly consonant major chords. It’s why unpredictable 12-tone compositions create unease in the listener, and why Stravinsky’s dissonant Rite of Spring…
In 2011, a university student in Poland named Paweł Zadrożniak hooked up two floppy disk drives and started making music. Five years later, he’s assembled a full symphony.
Being able to play music is a gift, but learning to play an instrument is morass of frustration—especially teaching yourself the guitar. Hands have to be bent in uncomfortable positions, uncalloused fingers get sore, and it becomes clear that human extremities innately possess the coordination of a newborn deer that’s…
Do you remember those birthday cards that played a song when you opened them? Do you remember how they were sort of cool, but everyone closed the card immediately out of embarrassment? That is how I feel about Spotify’s new feature, which lets you create a personalized playlist to go with your out-of-office email.
It’s been a weird time for movie theme songs lately. We had the dire Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliot Ghostbusters theme. Suicide Squad gave us an ‘unofficial’ theme that wasn’t great. Then Rihanna’s Star Trek Beyond music video has us wishing she was in the movie. But what was the last truly great movie theme song?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, also known as Jay-Z’s music streaming service that lets you listen to Kanye’s music a little bit earlier.
No one is impressed by your dumb choreographed videos, OK Go. It’s old. It’s masturbatory. You’re hurting yourselves and the people closest to you, and you need to stop.
Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad sits down to talk about music—its purpose, its function, its meaning—with filmmaker Mac Premo in this wildly frenetic video and somehow manages to explain why music is so special. Abumrad says that unlike words, which are basically just a code or an agreement between people, music just is what…
It is delightful even when it’s a cover/parody done by four Japanese comics. I would listen to this a thousand times over that Fall Out Boy disaster they released last week.
Jack White is divisive musician. Mayo is a divisive condiment. For some people it’s the only thing that ties a sandwich together, while for others it’s a boring, expensive quest to achieve some dated form of rock-and-roll authenticity that totally overshadows its musical talent. ...Yup!
It actually makes us feel bad for a couple reasons, first and foremost being that the song is just not very good. But even more unfortunately, we fully expect a legion of jackasses to flood the internet and blame this on the fact that the new Ghostbusters movie stars women.
Last week the Helsinki District Court decided that Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of file-sharing portal The Pirate Bay, owes quite a bit of money to the music industry. Specifically, he owes a coalition of Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music, and Warner Music $400,000, as reported by Torrent Freak.…