There’s Microsoft: The Musical, and then Trombone Champ, a real PC rhythm game that is becoming one of the hottest on social media. It’s touted as the world’s first trombone-based rhythm music game, one that lets you freely play any note at any time. Unlike other games, you don’t just follow along with the music, but actually playing it.
Composer Frederik Gran is no stranger to writing music, but his latest piece is most certainly unlike any other. Why? He wrote the piece for a robot cellist equipped with two arms, each with their own job. One of them draws the bow, while the other does all of the fret work. This composition was designed to explores the specific and unique playing techniques afforded by this system.
If you thought the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) images were breathtaking, just wait until you hear what they sound like. NASA teamed up with musicians and had them assign unique notes to the semi-transparent, gauzy regions and very dense areas of gas and dust in the Carina Nebula, resulting in a buzzing soundscape that sounds other worldly.
A NASA scientist and his programmer brother have developed an online program that merges ocean color data with musical notes, resulting in an immersive experience into the ocean imagery Goddard researchers study everyday in an effort to understand the complexities of a large, changing ecosystem. This oceanographic symphonic experience all vegan when Ryan Vandermeulen stumbled upon an ocean color image of Río de la Plata.
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an optical microphone capable of seeing sound vibrations with such precision and detail that it can reconstruct individual instruments of a band or orchestra. To test this, the team captured isolated audio of separate guitars playing at the same time and individual speakers playing different music simultaneously.
Polish engineer Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron 3.0 is essentially a musical instrument that uses 512 floppy disk drives, 16 hard drives, and 4 flatbed scanners to play Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s song ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. Sure, this may just be the instrumental, but it’s still an impressive feat nonetheless.
The IKEA Swedish House Mafia OBEGRANSAD record player was announced at the IKEA Festival in Milan today, and it’s just one of three products from the special collection. This collection aims to offer a solution for the home setup, regardless if you’re a producer, DJ, musician, or just want to listen to music.
The Call of Duty Snoop Dogg Warzone patch is now live, and the rapper has become a fully playable character in the game. That’s right, he can be used in both Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone after purchasing the Tracer Pack: Snoop Dogg Operator Bundle. In addition to his own voice lines, he’s a part of the Executioners task force and favorites the PPSH-41 (unlocked free by achieving Military Rank 51 in Vanguard and Warzone). Read more for some gameplay footage and additional informaiton.
Mark Rober took his 7-years experience working on the Curiosity rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and used it to build a smart talking piano that can not only talk, but also play some of the world’s toughest songs. Called Chopstix, this transparent piano is capable of playing Rush E and all the keys at once, thanks to a solenoid to actuate the keys. These solenoids are located at the bottom of each key so when the rod extends, it mimics the motion of someone actually playing.
Inventor Handy Geng from China, creator of the world’s largest power bank is back at it again, and this time, he’s created a barbecue grilling machine that would be perfect for summer cookouts. This piano can not only be used to play music and grill food, but also driven around like a motorized scooter of sorts. Read more to see how he built the machine and for additional information.