Violin makers routinely finish their instruments with a thick coat of varnish, the better to protect and preserve the wood. Now Swiss scientists claim that this varnish also plays a role in the overall sound quality of the instrument.
The modern piano evolved rapidly in the first 150 years after its invention, but it is now so good, acoustically, that it probably won’t change much more in the future.
Technically speaking, pianos tuned to coventional 12-tone equal temperament aren’t actually in perfect tune. A new video from MinutePhysics explains the math behind this musical oddity, and why in the case of pianos, close enough is good enough.
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.…
It's not so simple to become an electronic musician. The equipment is expensive. There's not a good how-to book. It's sometimes a little unclear what exactly electronic music is. That's why the Contact musical interface is so intriguing.
For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were…
It’s been almost three centuries since Bach wrote The Well-Tempered Clavier, a simple set of compositions that became definitive in music theory. J.S. probably would’ve been surprised—but delighted—by the work of Luisa Pereira, who has translated some of his rules into the most modern form imaginable: The sequencer.
Most musical instruments look a little weird, if you stare at them for long enough. When aliens finally make contact, they'll be confused by our habit of gripping wood and metal structures and throttling sound out of them. But some devices are odder than others. Here are the strangest musical instruments of all.
Guitar tuners aren't always the simplest gadgets in the world, even if they're mostly charged with an impossibly simple task. In fact, advanced features on more expensive tuners might confuse someone who doesn't know what they're doing. This one, though, opts for simple and cheap. There's something to be said for that.
The harmonica is already a bit of a beginners instrument. Even if you just blow through the thing, you'll get notes that are all in the same key. A listenable mess. This "Rolmonica" from 1928 makes it even easier by playing the right notes for you; all you have to do is blow.
Many of us have been victims of theft at one point or another, but one Vancouver-area guy was so bummed out about his stolen musical gear—especially a 1953 Gibson Les Paul guitar he had for 43 years—he's launched an all-out internet campaign to get it back.
Combine equal parts DJ Miguel, middle-grade strippers, iPads embedded into guitars, iOS music apps, twins, record scratching, cowbell, and what do you get? A piece of sonic expression that is beyond any explanation, classification or definition. [XLR8R]
The not-so-cleverly-named turntabletar is something that should never be used IRL. Still, there's no denying its novelty. Two midi turntable controllers have been melded with a mixer and strapped to something resembling a guitar neck. But instead of fret bars and strings, the neck has a crossfader, which, of course,…
I may've done a few years of piano lessons as a kid, but wouldn't know the first thing about what makes for a good piano. That's why I'm going purely on my first impression with this Whaletone piano, which is making me salivate with desire.
Ignore the overwrought, coming of age type soundtrack and you'll see a rather neat idea: a musical instrument that plays music by "reading" barcodes. The Barcode Piano consists of tiles and a board. Each tile is associated with a number which triggers a certain tune. You can arrange the tiles in preset songs or any…
For the musical mollusk in your life: the Snailele, a baritone/tenor acoustic/electric ukulele/conversation piece. Just try not to get salt on the frets.
Keeping the same oak paneling that makes Moog synthesizers so distinctive, the Minimoog Voyager XL celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog, which bands such as Kraftwerk and Yes pounded their fingers across so electronically.
Your buddies have been giving you a hard time about your iPad, pontificating on its uselessness at every turn. Whatever. Just show them the Mantaray iTar, the first serious guitar-style synthesizer frame for the iPad. Two words: content creation. [LikeCool]
Internationally-known for its harmonicas, Hohner doesn't like to discriminate. Especially against little people. Measuring just 3.5cm long, the world's smallest harmonica plays the whole octave in C-Major and costs an equally small $23. [LatestBuy]
This idea blows my mind: An electric guitar tuner that analyzes a full strum all at once, telling you which individual strings need tuning. Brilliant!