The Godzilla franchise, created and owned by Toho, is recognized by Guinness World Records to be the longest continuously running movie franchise. It’s been in ongoing production from 1954 to the present day, with the film franchise alone consisting of 35 titles – 32 produced by Toho and three Hollywood films. So, it’s no surprise that its creators would partner with ESP guitars for a limited edition electric guitar, priced at a crazy $52,486 USD. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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How about a music festival that combines art, technology, and music? You’ll find it at the Gray Area Festival’s exhibit called ‘Inferno’ where attendees wear robotic exoskeletons and dance to a ‘dark industrial’ soundtrack. The only real bizarre aspect about this rave is that the subjects aren’t in control of the suits, but rather the ‘DJ’ who controls both the music and their movement. Read more for a video and additional information.
How To Make Everything’s Andy George wanted to combine his industrial and musical skills into a single project, and thus this flame-throwing Mad Max: Fury Road Coma-Doof Warrior style electric guitar was born. Long before the project began, he pitched the idea to famous online guitar teacher Marty Schwartz, and then took down notes on the best way to approach this fiery instrument. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Drone engines are great for flying, but Gamechanger Audio has found a new use for them, and it utilizes Motor Synth, their new analog electro-mechanical synthesizer. Put simply, it uses these motors as oscillators to generate unique sounds with a gritty, industrial tone. In other words, this synthesizer uses pickups to react to the changing magnetic field of its eight spinning motors, and since the sounds are created by the spinning motors while the pickups are reacting to a physical behavior, its unique sound is created. Read more for another video and additional information.
Musician and Oscar award winner Lady Gaga performed live for Apple employees on Friday at an exclusive Apple Park opening ceremony to mark the official opening of the company’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, and as a tribute to Steve Jobs. Drone videographer Duncan Sinfield discovered a new rainbow stage at the heart of its Apple Park campus, and yesterday, they discovered that it was for this event. Read more to see Lady Gaga perform “Shallow” on the stage.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is well underway, and one Belgian designer wanted to reimagine the title sequence in the style of another one of his favorite shows, Westworld. Called “Westerosworld”, this mashup consists of Westworld’s opening credits and throws in dragons, the house flags, Night King, as well as the Iron Throne, complete with a reimagined Game of Thrones’ theme song. Read more to watch.
Let’s face it, rock stars have been smashing guitars for decades, including Swedish-born guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. Global engineering company Sandvik decided to test their cutting-edge techniques by 3D-printing the world’s first all-metal, smash-proof guitar and then letting Malmsteen try it out. “We don’t make products for consumers, so people don’t realize how far in the forefront our methods are. Creating a smash-proof guitar for a demanding musician like Malmsteen highlights the capabilities we bring to all complex manufacturing challenges,” said Klas Forsström, President of Sandvik Machining Solutions. Read more for a how it’s made video, additional pictures and information.
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Niamh Houston, also known as Chipzel, was fascinated by the Nintendo Game Boy when she received the console and Super Mario Land for Christmas many years ago. During those days, she plugged in a small speaker to amplify the Game Boy sounds, as she says: “I remember the music the most. It was really raw and beautiful, and unlike anything else that you’d hear.” Today, she’s a big part of the chiptune scene, where you make new songs using old video game hardware, and for her, that means two Game Boy units. Read more to watch one of her performances in Tokyo.
Fender’s Game of Thrones Sigil Collection guitars will not only appeal to fans of the series, but just anyone who wants a cool-looking musical instrument. They were created by Ron Thorn of Fender’s Custom Shop and the Principal Master Builder, with each guitar representing the three primary houses: House Stark, House Lannister, and House Targaryen. One caveat: they range in price between $25,000 and $35,000. Read more for a video additional pictures and information.
To celebrate German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Google decided to create its first AI-powered Doodle, or a fully interactive musical experience that uses machine learning to harmonize with whatever notes you decide to play. This was a collaboration between the Google Doodle, Google Magenta, and Google Pair teams, and simply put, once you compose a two-measure melody by dropping notes onto the bars, AI takes care of the rest by harmonizing your music to Bach’s famous style. Check out the one we created here. Read more for a video about this special Google Doodle.