Watch and listen to the fascinating process of making a steel pan drum

Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of banging and hammering and mashing and even torching involved in making a steel pan drum but watching it all come together and to see flat steel get shaped in the most irregular pounding way to create the most perfect sounding notes for each section is pretty damn awesome. I couldn’t… » 5/18/15 9:21pm 5/18/15 9:21pm

Watch a musician play every instrument in a 70-person orchestra at once

This is great. Ben Morfitt cleverly and hilariously recorded a video of himself playing every instrument of a 70-person orchestra at the same time. It looks like he’s conducting an entire orchestra of musicians but it’s really an expertly edited cut of 70 versions of himself playing all at once. » 5/13/15 9:02pm 5/13/15 9:02pm

Grooveshark Defiantly Resurrected By a Rogue Pirate

Last week, after a protracted court battle with music rights holders, the illegal online streaming service Grooveshark went dark. But an ambitious, and mysterious person named “New Grooveshark” emailed me today with news that they’d defiantly brought back the site at a new address at grooveshark.io. The shark just… » 5/05/15 5:35pm 5/05/15 5:35pm

How to Experience Your Favorite Music Festivals Without Actually Going

The warm weather means music festival season, where all of your favorite bands play for throngs of revelers who love them as much as you do. The only downside, of course, are the ticket prices, crowds, and general hassle of going. Here’s how to bring that experience home to the comfort of your couch. » 5/04/15 8:00pm 5/04/15 8:00pm

Guy invents color-coded chord wheel to translate music into paintings 

Tim Bavington—an artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada—is not the first artist who tries to paint music but he might be the most precise at it. He came up with a color-coded chord wheel that helps him translate notes into colors so he can make paintings that are exact visualizations of his favorite songs. » 4/16/15 9:33am 4/16/15 9:33am

Use Comment Hashtags to Sort Your Music in iTunes

Many of us might have switched over to streaming services without so much as a backwards glance, but iTunes still has some advantages going for it—not least of them smart playlists, and the ability to customize them as you see fit. Using the comment fields and your own choice of hashtags you can create personalized… » 4/03/15 10:33am 4/03/15 10:33am