North Korea is a weird country. Heck, so is the United States of America. But the USA doesn’t play creepy, Blade Runner-like Theremin music in the nation’s capital each morning just after dawn. North Korea does.
“Cat music” is a funny YouTube search, filled with lullabies for kittens and clips of cats singing. But what happens when you take a cat’s meow, cut it up, and turn it into a club banger? Great things, my friend. Great things.
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.
Did you know that Amazon Prime comes with a pretty crappy streaming music service? Maybe not, and Jeff Bezos reportedly wants to try again with a new standalone, Spotify-killing music offering. The kicker: Amazon can make it really easy to buy your favorite records, too.
What do you do when you face millions dollars in fines for committing a crime that didn’t necessarily hurt anyone? (Though it does hurt an industry.) If you’re Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, you make an art project that highlights how ridiculous those fines seem.
I offer my deepest apologies to Wu-Tang fans. The buyer of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, a record-slash-art-project of which only a single copy will ever be sold, is now owned by a huge douchebag. The millionaire buyer’s identity has been revealed as pill price gouger Martin Shkreli.
They sold it.
Hacking records is old hat in the music world. But have you ever wondered what happens when you hack everything you can find into a whirling tower of techno-making mechanical marvels? See above.
Your favorite internet radio service will soon make it easier to buy concert tickets. Pandora just bought Ticketfly, a Ticketmaster competitor, for $450 million. Why? Because it’s a great idea.
YACHT’s new album, I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler, drops on October 16, but the collective is teasing the new songs in expectedly inventive ways. You can only watch the video for the new single “L.A. Plays Itself” when Uber puts surge pricing into effect in Los Angeles. This is a fun trick.
Parrot just revealed the third generation Zik headphones. The Zik 3.0 will look very familiar if you’ve ever seen the Zik 2.0, since the design remains largely unchanged, it’s just available in some gaudy new styles. But a couple of tiny tweaks like wireless charging and USB audio make them even more futuristic.
The first time I saw Gwar was in 1995. The band of interplanetary warriors was featured on Beavis and Butthead, and I was watching (even though I wasn’t supposed to). Today, a Gwar slave at a TED Talk explained to me how the band expressed its history in the poverty-stricken South with dark themes like death and…
It’s hard to say exactly when I learned how to steal music. At first, I think it happened when I learned how to torrent. Then I recall my late nights with Napster. But if I really think hard about it, I remember middle school and Columbia House and that incredible eight CDs for a penny deal. That’s when I started…
Apple Music is finally here! You know what that means? That means it’s time to cancel your other premium streaming services and coast through the rest of the summer on Apple’s dime. Here’s how.
Nearly two years ago, I bought a CD while waiting for a bucket-sized iced coffee, sweet with a splash of whole milk. It wasn't a long wait, but it was long enough for me to spot the new Vampire Weekend album, remember I'd pirated their first two and hand my Starbucks gift card back to the barista. "I'll also take …
Music is inherently orderly (at least, most of it is), but you'd never know it by looking at a page full of notes and notation. However, a new TED video shows how the backbone of any piece of music—rhythm—can be easily visualized using a simple wheel and hand.