Murakami turned a Pharrell music video into an anime-style video game

Here's the official music video for Pharrell Williams' latest single "It Girl". It's a visual trip that combines lovely anime and nostalgia inducing 8-bit video games with the always colorful imagination of artist Takashi Murakami. It's not so much a music video as it is moving art. » 10/01/14 12:24am Today 12:24am

You Can Spot a Fake Stradivarius By the Tree Rings in the Wood

Of the many theories swirling around why legendary Stradivarius violins are so great (aside from, you know, it's just all in our heads), almost all have something to do with the wood. Maybe it was trees growing in a Little Ice Age or logs being stored in Venice lagoons or a special wood preservative. It makes sense,… » 9/26/14 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm

Beautiful music of a string quartet visualized as colorful dot clouds

This cool video produced by the New York Times tries to explain the mystery of how a string quartet communicates by transforming their movements into visual data. Every member plays a different and very complex rhythm but, when the four combine, the result is perfectly harmonious. » 9/24/14 10:00pm 9/24/14 10:00pm

Hear Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Sing A Duet, 33 Years Later

In 1981 Freddie Mercury recorded "There Must Be More to Life Than This," which originally featured additional vocals from Michael Jackson. The song was eventually released without Jackson's voice, but thanks to the new compilation Queen Forever, you can finally hear Freddie and Michael together. » 9/22/14 7:00pm 9/22/14 7:00pm

Spotify Hack Plays Only the Most Dramatic Part of Your Favorite Song

There's probably a perfect moment in your favorite song where everything just clicks. Wouldn't it be great to skip right to the zenith of every tune? Music Machinery's Paul Lamere think so—he's just devised a Spotify plugin that takes you right to the most dramatic moment of any song. » 9/06/14 12:00pm 9/06/14 12:00pm