App turns iPhone into turntable that plays music printed on paper


PhonoPaper is one of those apps that is useless but so cool that it feels like magic from the future when you're using them: It scans printed sound waves, turning them back into music, messages, or any other kind of sounds as you move your iPhone or iPad across the paper. Watch—and listen: » 5/23/14 3:30pm 5/23/14 3:30pm

A Noob’s Tale: Fiddling with My First Modular Synth Rack

I’m just getting started fiddling with modular synthesis. Everything I know up to this point is pure book-learning. I’m like the Prioress in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. She has no firsthand experience of the culture (“And Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly, / After the scole of Stratford-atte-Bowe, / For… » 5/20/14 4:31pm 5/20/14 4:31pm

What Will the Appliances of the Future Sound Like?

It's the year 2044—what does your kitchen sound like? What about your power supply? How about the laundry room, or even your new, high-tech burglar alarm? Disquiet, Gizmodo's subdomain of all things sonic and ambient, is challenging its readers to come up with a speculative soundtrack for the home of the future—or,… » 5/09/14 1:03pm 5/09/14 1:03pm

Is There Such a Thing as a Sonic QR Code?

There are at least two things that Sony Pictures marketing executives did not consider when preparing a cross-promotion between its new Spider-Man film and the song-identification app Shazam. I first read about this promotion this morning on io9.com, because pretty much the first thing I read every morning is Morning… » 4/30/14 6:50pm 4/30/14 6:50pm

A Simple Photographic Trick Lets You See Invisible Things

The world is full of things you can't see: the heat coming off your hand, the spray of a sneeze, even the sound of two hands clapping. But a simple camera trick called Schlieren flow visualization turns those invisible waves of light into beautiful plumes of movement. With this trick you can literally see invisible… » 4/09/14 4:00pm 4/09/14 4:00pm

Listening to the Secret Sounds of the Large Hadron Collider

From the Golden Gate Bridge to an ancient Japanese bell, the physical structures around us are humming with secret sound. Artist Bill Fontana has made a career of capturing these haunting and complex soundscapes. As an artist at residence at CERN, he's mostly recently been listening in on the world's largest particle… » 3/12/14 9:40am 3/12/14 9:40am