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360 Degree Drum Kit

Sure, it's not practical or usable in a concert setting, but Yamaha's 360° spherical drum kit is definitely the coolest-looking one we've seen yet. It was designed by Yamaha's motorcycle division, and a company representative said: "This design seeks to create an ideal form that will allow human beings to go beyond existing methods to express themselves. The design resembles a globe and allows performers to let their imaginations run wild on an assortment of different kinds of drums. Energy erupts centered on the performer and creates an increasingly visually dynamic world of sound." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a SpaceX launch in 4K resolution.

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Two-String Piezoelectric Violin

What happens when you combine 3D-printing technology with a musical instrument? You get this beautiful two-string piezoelectric violin. It will make its official debut at the 3D Print Design Show in New York, and was designed by architects Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of MONAD Studio. Goldemberg says: "Our desire to create unusual instruments emerged when we realized the aesthetic and technical issues we were facing as architects did not differ much from those of musicians and composers." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including "Artoo in Love, an R2-D2 love story.

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Eton Rukus

The Eton Rukus may be priced at just $44.99 (today only) shipped, but it's no ordinary portable Bluetooth speaker. The sun's rays powers the device to keep your tunes playing, and if your phone starts to die, just plug it into the Rukus for a charge. When it gets dark out, the internal lithium battery will keep the music going for hours. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Jamstik+ Smart Guitar

First there was Jamstik, now Zivix has unveiled the new and improved Jamstik+. It's essentially a guitar MIDI controller that uses natural guitar frets and strings, rather than switches and piezo sensors. It offers a wireless BluetoothSmart connection for compatible iOS devices to make connecting simple. Don't know how to play? The included apps will guide you from how to hold a pick correctly to creating your own song. Continue reading for two more videos, the Kickstarter page and more information.

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LEGO Record Player

Most record players aren't the most exciting of musical devices, but "The Planet" just might be the exception. Hand-built by Korean brick master Hayarobi, this complete LEGO-based turntable consists 2,405 pieces, and is powered by a LEGO Power Functions Battery Box, along with a LEGO Power Functions M-Motor. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and additional information.

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Instrument 1

Instrument 1 is when violin, guitar, cello and keyboard are all combined into a single, digital instrument. It basically consists of a board that resembles the fretboard of an electric guitar, complete with six pressure- and velocity-sensitive ridges instead of strings, with a volume and mode knob, as well as bridge buttons, on one end, and speakers on both. A built-in accelerometer allows the device to be aware of its orientation. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page.

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Large Asteroid Impact

Sure, a large asteroid may not impact Earth in our lifetimes, but if one does happen to appear out of nowhere, this simulation shows what it may look like. Anselmo la Manna took this devastating computer simulation - from the 2005 Discovery Channel miniseries Miracle Planet - of a massive 310-mile-wide asteroid impacting the Earth and paired it with Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky." Continue reading to watch.

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon Guitar

Doni's Custom Guitars have built two custom instruments modeled after the iconic Millennium Falcon spacecraft from the Star Wars Universe. The first - Han Solo Guitar - combines a standard six-string electric guitar with an original Millennium Falcon model. The second - Rebel Bass Guitar - is a four-string bass guitar with a Millennium Falcon model. Continue readingfor more pictures and information.

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Unconditional Rebel

Photo credit: Colossal

When you film 80 extras lined up along a dirt road in an industrial area in France at 1000-frames-per-second, something magical happens: an entire 3.5-minute music video made from just 5-seconds of footage. Put simply, a car drove by at 31mph and filmed them engaging in a host of activities. French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello describes it as "the shortest shooting ever" and what unfolded as a "dreamlike mural." Sure, there were a few digital effects added later, but the ensuing "Unconditional Rebel" music video by French musician Siska is a conversation piece nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Millennium Falcon Turntable

Photo credit: Picotek Designs via Laughing Squid

Officially known as the "Millennium 1200", this custom-built turntable is based on a Technics SL-1200 and fitted inside a Star Wars Millennium Falcon toy from 1977. Musical instrument repairman Marco Garza bought this old toy for a mere $2 and gathered additional parts from Green Guy Recycling. After all was said and done, it took approximately 9-months to transform this from toy to turntable. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an absolutely massive flock of birds in the Netherlands flying around

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