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Speaking Piano

Peter Ablinger, an Austrian composer, has created a system capable of transforming a child speaking into MIDI events played on a mechanically-controlled piano. The result? A creepy voice straight from a horror film. Ablinger describes the events as 'pixels', a system that takes human speech and translates it to a sequence of notes to be played on a piano by 'mechanical fingers.' Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Aluminum Titanium Guitar

This stunning metal guitar may not be a fully-functional musical instrument, but it will definitely make you look twice. Created by the Daishin Seiki Corporation of Japan with solid blocks of aluminum and titanium, it consists of 124 individual parts, and weighs in at just 7kg, thanks to the lightweight materials. Unfortunately, this beauty isn't playable due to the fact that the pickups are machined. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a crazy paper airplane machine gun.

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Shotgun Guitar

Pickup designer Bryan Fleming unveils "Gait-Gun," a functional shotgun that also doubles as a playable three-string guitar. In the video, we see Piedmont-picking phenom Reverend Peyton of Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band firing the gun at the 15-second mark, and quite accurately to boot. On the downside, it's one instrument you won't be able to bring on flights, that is unless...it's aboard a private jet. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a car pileup caused by first now in Montreal.

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Burning Man 747

Set to hit Burning Man 2016 is this virtual reality art experience housed inside a decommissioned Boeing 747. Officially called the "747 project," the aircraft will serve as a venue for showcases, as well as an incubator for music, art, live performances, experiences, and inspirational talks, complete with Google Cardboard integration. The Boeing 747's top has been chopped off to create an outdoor deck for sweeping views of La Playa. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.

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Veyron Limousine

Remember that mysterious Bugatti Veyron limousine that surfaced weeks ago? Well, it was being transported to the set of Pitbull's latest music video: "Greenlight". Built by the tuners at "USA Replica", this knockoff may not be powered by a W16 engine, but it will definitely make you look twice should it roll up at a traffic light. Continue reading for more spy shots of the Veyron limousine. Click here for bonus images of a real Mansory Bugatti Veyron.

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Guitar Amp Key Holder

Jack Rack's Key Holder looks exactly like a real guitar amp, albeit a bit smaller, and it's being offered for only $34.99, today only, originally $39.99. The Patented Pluginz Key Chains are made from an actual 1/4" musical input jack. Sturdy enough to hold your BBQ tools, kitchen utensils, or anything else you want to "Hang Like a Rockstar". Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Cymatics Sounds Visualized

New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford took various kinds of matter to demonstrate cymatics, the science of visualizing audio frequencies. In one of the examples, he takes a Chladni Plate - sand-covered thin metal surface attached to the top of a speaker - and plays different audio frequencies on a keyboard to move sand into mind-bending patterns. He also uses a vodka-filled petri dish taped to a speaker for playing audio frequencies of 50Hz and 100Hz to form standing waves in the liquid. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of 7 Mars mysteries that will boggle your mind.

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Bullet Earphones

Munitio NINES Tactical Earphones may look like real 9mm bullets, but these feature 9mm speaker drivers with rare earth neodymium magnets for superior dynamic range and quick recovery, when playing music. Its machined copper alloy housing, coated in brilliant titanium, provides unmatched sound purity and natural noise cancellation. There's also a Bass Enhancing Chamber engineered to produce the tightest, most accurate bass without distortion. Get a pair here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pro gamer completing Super Mario Bros. in 4 minutes and 57 seconds.

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Sennheiser Momentum

Sennheiser's Momentum Earphones (Android version here) bring elegant styling and premium performance together, all for $64.55 shipped, today only, originally $349.95. The sonic signature is pure Sennheiser Momentum - balanced, with powerful bass, smooth mid-range and extended highs. Momentum In-Ear is a perfect complement to your mobile phone, featuring a convenient in-line 3-button remote with microphone to control calls and music with the touch of a button. Product page (Android version here). Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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Saturn Aurora Sounds

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been detecting intense radio emissions from Saturn's aurorae, where magnetic field lines thread the polar regions. These signals have been shifted into the range of human hearing and compressed in time. The complex radio spectrum with rising and falling tones, is very similar to Earth's auroral radio emissions. These structures indicate that there are numerous small radio sources moving along magnetic field lines threading the auroral region. Time on this recording has been compressed, so that 73 seconds corresponds to 27 minutes. Since the frequencies of these emissions are well above the audio frequency range, we have shifted them downward by a factor of 44. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the giant machine they used to drill those sewer holes in the middle of streets.

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