A Scientifically Accurate Version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" has persisted as a lullaby because it's sweet and catchy and encourages curiosity and star-gazing. It also doesn't explain a damn thing about astronomy, something this updated rendition of the traditional ditty strives to correct. » 12/22/14 2:25pm 12/22/14 2:25pm

The Top 100 Songs of All Time as Graphs and Diagrams

Billboard's top 100 list of all time—well, of all time since the Hot 100 list began in 1958 anyway—is a nostalgia trip through American music of the past half century. Even if you're a cold-hearted music snob, Nathan Yau's charts and diagrams are a fun, clever spin on these familiar old songs. » 9/11/14 4:45pm 9/11/14 4:45pm

A Song That Sounds Like Vacation

Vacations are funny things: You pour so much time, energy, and daydreaming into them that, in the end, the reality rarely lives up to what you imagined as you refreshed Travelocity all those months. But if that imaginary perfect trip had a perfect sound, it would be the Portland-and NYC-based Akron/Family's Island. » 8/27/14 7:00pm 8/27/14 7:00pm

The Best Streaming Music Services You Aren't Using (But Should)

Streaming music apps and discovery services are a dime a dozen, but even the best ones have a hard time competing with the names everyone already knows. Even so, getting out of your comfort zone a little bit and trying a new service will only reward you with tons of great new music. Here are a few services we love… » 7/31/14 4:00am 7/31/14 4:00am

Neat trick instantly turns happy songs into sad songs and vice versa

Here's a fun little musical experiment from The Gregory Brothers. They flipped major and minor keys in popular songs to transform previously happy songs into sad ones and turn old depressing sad songs into happy ones. It sends your brain in a tizzy when you hear the words of songs you recognize but see them in a whole… » 3/26/14 10:49pm 3/26/14 10:49pm

Four-year-old adorably starts crying because of a beautifully sad song

Watch Jackson, an awesome four-year-old kid, become overwhelmed by a beautifully sad song while riding in his Dad's car. He tries to fight off the tears but he can't help it. He starts crying because the music is so touching but he doesn't want to change the song. He can't. He takes off his glasses to feel the hurt… » 2/04/14 12:23am 2/04/14 12:23am

Listen to the fascinating history of sampling songs in music

New music is often just old music put together in different ways. There's only so many notes you can play, tunes you can sing, words you can string, you know? It's just how it works, music sampling happens whether it's acknowledged or not. For an entertaining look at the history of sampling, watch the video above.… » 1/29/14 7:01pm 1/29/14 7:01pm

How Daft Punk made One More Time from a sample they say they never used

One more time. Even if you wear earplugs, turn off the radio and stay away from noisy clubs, you know Daft Punk's song 'One More Time'. It's one of those songs that seems to be inserted into the memory of every human who has existed since the year 2000. Here, EDM producer Sadowick Production reveals how Daft Punk made… » 1/02/14 8:42pm 1/02/14 8:42pm

Guy plays the 20 most overplayed songs of 2013 in one minute

Found by Redditor refie, here are 2013's most overplayed songs played back by one guy and his guitar in only one minute. The original songs were a pain, but his interpretation is pretty pretty good. » 12/12/13 11:48pm 12/12/13 11:48pm

What Is the Best Song To Type To?

Different folks like different music for different kinds of work. Some don't like background tunes at all. But when it comes to typing—real non-stop "I'll clean it up later" typing—you can get into a serious groove, and the right soundtrack can make it feel flat-out incredible. » 8/03/13 4:00pm 8/03/13 4:00pm

Twitter Music Is Finally Here for Normals

To say that Twitter Music is debuting today would be to discount the man hours Ryan Seacrest and other celebrities have spent assaulting their earholes with it. But, as shared on Good Morning America, Twitter's music service has finally arrived on the web and on the iPhone for the common man. » 4/18/13 8:30am 4/18/13 8:30am

"The Instagram Song" Will Make You Laugh and Cringe

Serious Instagrammers are a hardcore bunch. And, from what I can tell, you're either with 'em or you're just not. (Me, I've used it maybe all of four times ever.) » 9/18/12 8:00pm 9/18/12 8:00pm

Vimeo's Got a New Music Store for Easy Soundtracks

You've got your gorgeous, HD DSLR-shot movie all ready to upload. But you need music. And you really, really don't want to get sued. Vimeo's hoping you'll park your film with them, by way of an easy soundtracking service. » 9/21/11 11:00am 9/21/11 11:00am

Threats, Blowjobs, Drugs, and Other Notes at the DJ Booth

Being a DJ is likely one of the best possible vocations a human can achieve. You're paid to make people dance, right? But these people are usually drunk and awful. Here are their dispatches from the dance floor. [MetaFilter] » 8/15/11 6:20pm 8/15/11 6:20pm

Trail Maps for iPhone and iPad: Maps for When You Go Off the Grid

There isn't a pressing need for new map apps, since Google and Bing do such a good job of showing you everything around you and where you're going. But National Geographic's Trail Maps has you covered for camping trips where you're going to be away from a strong network connection for a while. » 8/02/11 6:10pm 8/02/11 6:10pm

Sound Epic for iPhone: Music Sounds So Much Better When It's…

Did you know music sounds much more awesome and epic when you slow it down and elongate every instrument, note and vocal? Yeah you already do. This app turns all your music into that Justin Bieber song that was slowed down 800x (okay this app only slows down songs 2-16x). But still. » 8/01/11 6:00pm 8/01/11 6:00pm

Looks Like the Spotify Hype Worked: Service Spots Itself 70,000 Paid…

Turns out a massive marketing push works wonders for your bottom line...if you happen to be Spotify, that is, and can also deliver a much-hyped, well-designed music streaming service (I'm using mine right now!). » 7/23/11 12:00pm 7/23/11 12:00pm

Songify for iPhone: I'm Going to Win a Freaking Grammy For This One

What if I told you that you could be a singer if you just spoke into an app. Seriously, that's all you have to do with Songify. The app autotunes your voice and stitches it against a song. YOU SOUND AWESOME. » 7/20/11 6:00pm 7/20/11 6:00pm

Watch a Delightful iPad App Cover of Cee-Lo's 'F You'

Ben Powell, the talented young musician who changed everything by showing us just how closely the Cat Piano iPad app could resemble Katy Perry's voice, is back with another enjoyable, if not quite as revelatory, iPad app-only cover. Here he takes on Cee-Lo Green's ubiquitous hit "F You" and this time around some… » 4/04/11 1:20pm 4/04/11 1:20pm

This Is What Pi Sounds Like

What do you get when you transpose the first 31 digits of the number pi into musical notes? Math that's never sounded so good. And if ever an unofficial holiday needed an anthem to get some much-deserved recognition, it's 3/14. [Reddit via Geekosystem] » 3/08/11 8:40pm 3/08/11 8:40pm