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 Today 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 Tuesday 2:20pm

My Never-Ending Search for Comfortable In-Ear Headphones

I'm a headphone junkie. I have headphones in all shapes and sizes, but there's one small problem: I don't like things that dig deep into my ears, which most traditional in-ear headphones do. So I've embarked on a search for more comfortable options...and it's been more complicated than I expected. » 1/16/15 1:32pm 1/16/15 1:32pm

Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler video is even weirder without music

I didn't think it was possible for that impossibly weird cage fighting nude shorts music video by Sia with Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler to get any weirder than it already was but if you remove out all the music from the video and replace it with sounds of what's actually happening, boy, it's a freak show. » 1/12/15 11:11pm 1/12/15 11:11pm

Fascinating break down explains why Taylor Swift songs are so catchy

If you existed in the year 2014, you have probably either cringed or sang along or cringed while singing along to Taylor Swift's oppressively catchy song Shake It Off. Just why the hell is it so catchy ? Well, for one it's pop. But also as Chilly Gonzales explains, it's the same principles that has made other tunes… » 1/09/15 11:16pm 1/09/15 11:16pm

Cool SFX: Watch Zooey Deschanel dance with an invisible person

Here's the music video for She & Him's song Stay Awhile. It's a lovely stroll that follows Zooey Deschanel dancing around with an invisible person inside a bedroom, a living room and the clouds. Dancing alone is always the best since no one is watching but dancing with an invisible person looks even better. » 1/08/15 10:45pm 1/08/15 10:45pm

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

See Which Bands Are Taking Up Most Room on Your iPhone

iOS 8 brought with it an avalanche of new features and options, but one that you might not have noticed yet is the ability to break down how much storage space each album and artist is using up. If you need to trim down a bloated music library then this feature can help you spot the worst offenders when it comes to… » 1/02/15 5:17pm 1/02/15 5:17pm

The Vinyl Artwork on Qbert's New Album Doubles As a MIDI DJ Controller

Audiophiles have a laundry list of reasons why you should be buying your music on vinyl, but with DJ Qbert's new album Extraterrestria, aspiring turntablists now have a reason to skip the MP3s too. Using printed MIDI technology from a company called Novalia, the artwork in the vinyl's sleeve doubles as a DJ… » 1/02/15 8:42am 1/02/15 8:42am

This weird medieval instrument sounds like a badass electric guitar

I didn't know a medieval instrument could sound so cool until I saw this video. French musician Guilhem Desq electrified his hurdy gurdy and connected it to a sampler to create these amazing sounds that seem to come straight out from Tom Morello's guitar. Go to the two minutes mark to see what I mean. » 12/17/14 8:49pm 12/17/14 8:49pm

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. » 12/16/14 5:30pm 12/16/14 5:30pm