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Roli BLOCKS


Roli BLOCKS appear to be simple LED lights at first glance, used for decoration, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize it's actually a modular, multi-touch music making system. That's right, the 4-by-4-inch Lightpad Block touchpad is an entire music studio, with each individual Block attaching magnetically to any of the four sides. Advanced musicians can attach multiple Blocks, while optional accessories have built-in buttons to change settings and build beat loops quickly during a performance. Simple dragging a finger enables you to glide between notes, bending the pitch as you slide into the next. Different sounds can be played depending on how long and hard you press down. New users can simply let the lights guide them, as in the Blocks can be set to only light up parts of the pad that are in the same scale, making it easy stay in harmony. Best of all, the music is played directly through a smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a concert played entirely with ice instruments.

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LOVE Smartphone Tunrtable

Yves Behar's LOVE is touted as the first "intelligent turntable" that enables vinyl collectors to play records directly from their smartphone. That's right, it reads vinyl with a stylus, connects to Bluetooth / Wi-Fi, and is controlled by your smartphone. To be more specific, once synced with an audio device, you simply place a vinyl on one of the two complimentary 7" record bases, while the intelligent system then scans over the record to determine its size and the number of tracks. If you would like to start listening to track three, just press the device's exterior case three times, or alternatively, select it directly from the app. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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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