The Best Bluetooth Headphones For Every Discerning Ear

I love headphones, always have. That's probably because for most of my life, I was hearing impaired. Headphones were the only way for me to hear music the way it was supposed to be heard—the treble, the bass, and everything in between. But I don't want to be tethered to my laptop and phone: I want to do it wirelessly. » 3/13/15 2:30pm 3/13/15 2:30pm

Ro-Bow Is a Violin-Playing Robot That Actually Sounds Pretty Good 

Described as a kinetic sculpture, Ro-Bow (as the name suggests) is a violin-playing robot that uses electromagnetic actuators to play digital files. Yeah, it won't be the first chair at the London Philharmonic any time soon, but its pretty amazing to watch all the machine's parts work in unison to produce some pretty… » 2/22/15 1:13pm 2/22/15 1:13pm

The Origin of Joy Division's Most Famous Album Cover, Finally Revealed

The cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures is famously graced with the radio pulses of a dying star. Its origins, however, have always been unclear. But now, Scientific American's Jen Christiansen has followed the rabbit hole to the very end—to an obscure 1970 PhD astronomy thesis and the guy who wrote it. » 2/18/15 5:50pm 2/18/15 5:50pm

Video: The incredible skill of hand making a guitar out of wood

I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell.… » 2/18/15 1:24am 2/18/15 1:24am

Apple Hires BBC DJ Zane Lowe to Work on Beats Streaming Service

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe has announced that he's leaving his job at the station. That normally wouldn't concern us, but it's where he's headed to next that's caught our attention — Cupertino, into the open arms of Apple, where he's expected to play an integral role in the formation of Apple's Beats-powered streaming… » 2/15/15 11:30am 2/15/15 11:30am

These Are the Songs You Have Sex to, According to Spotify

Music for the bedroom is no longer a case of slipping Barry White onto your vinyl player and leaning in to your loved on. More likely, it means firing up a cloud-based playlist and routing it through your Bluetooth speaker. So, perhaps, unsurprisingly, Spotify knows exactly what you're listening to when you do the… » 2/13/15 5:47am 2/13/15 5:47am

The Man Behind Iconic Video Game Music Finally Made a Chiptunes Record

Keiji Yamagishi isn't a household name but if you were playing video games say, 25 years ago, you know the sound of his erratic musical madness. He's the composer behind the music in classic games like Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, and Captain Tsubasa. Now he's finally released a record of his own. » 2/09/15 9:55am 2/09/15 9:55am

Study Finds Record Labels Take Most of the Streaming Money From Artists

Streaming music is controversial amongst many musicians who claim that they don't get a fair shake of the revenue that's being pulled in. A new study of the music industry by the French recording industry confirms suspicions that at least part of the reason artists are getting screwed is because labels are taking all… » 2/05/15 2:25pm 2/05/15 2:25pm