Photo credit: Love Hulten
A vocal synthesizer is basically an electronic device that combines basic sounds to imitate the speech of a person, but you’ve probably seen nothing like Love Hulten’s VOC-25. This conceptual vocal synthesizer is based on the Axoloti Core and utilizes 25 sets of plastic teeth, with each one representing a unique note on the keyboard. The three-part wooden setup draws inspiration from the classic desktop computer including monitor, main console and keyboard. Read more for a video and additional information.
Blanc, a full-face modular mask, was developed by a team of entrepreneurs, product designers and PPE specialists. Drawing inspiration from Daft Punk, this mask covers the users’ eyes, nose and mouth, while FDA-approved HEPA filters protect them from 99% of particles, which includes dust, mists as well as aerosols. The filters fit snugly into the mask frame and provide leak-free filtration for several days. A built-in visual color scale lets you know when to change the filters. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Even true wireless earbuds, like the AirPods Pro, can be a hassle to wear sometimes when out in public, but what if there was a device that could beam music directly to your head? Introducing SoundBeamer 1.0 by Israel-based company Noveto Systems. How does it work? The device employs a 3-D sensing module to locates and track the user’s ear position before sending audio via ultrasonic waves to create sound pockets. The sounds can then be heard in stereo or a spatial 3-D mode, the latter of which creates a 360° sound around the listener. Read more for a video and additional information.
Standalone music players are slowly vanishing due to smartphones and tablets, but Sleevenote aims to bring hi-definition, full fidelity album artwork to digital music. It enables the listener to fully appreciate and engage with an album’s sleeve and visuals. The artwork is presented using the entire display, creating focused experience for the albums you love. A retina-standard touchscreen brings the colors to life, while dedicated playback buttons up top keep the display uncluttered. Read more for a video and more information.
Photo credit: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona
NASA has just released a “Sinister Sounds of Space” playlist just in time for Halloween. You’ll find the “Trembling Quakes on Mars,” which uses sounds from the Mars InSight lander, “Sounds of the Ancient Universe,” captured by ESA’s Planck spacecraft, “Tunes from the Galactic Center,” using data made by observations from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and “Swirling Auroras of Jupiter,” in which NASA’s Juno spacecraft observed plasma wave signals from Jupiter’s ionosphere. Read more to listen and for additional information.
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the pandemic has caused them to think outside the box for their latest concert, literally. Held at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, everyone in attendance, including the band members, were encased in inflatable human-sized bubbles. Fortunately (or unfortunately), this is just a temporary thing, and was also for a music video shoot. Read more for a video clip and additional information.
Humans will most likely never be able to visit the center of our Milky Way galaxy, but thanks to NASA, we can still explore it. Telescopes enables us to view the Galactic Center in different types of light, and by translating the inherently digital data captured by telescopes in space into images, astronomers create visual representations that would otherwise be invisible to us. Now if you want to hear this data, the process is called sonification, which translates the ones and zeroes into sound. Read more for a video and additional information.
Let’s face it, most of the humming you do is probably not worth recording, but after running it through Google’s machine learning Tone Transfer tool, you may reconsider. Using your Android smartphone, tablet or desktop, you can turn these simple hums into a violin, saxophone, flute or trumpet solo. Google research scientist Hanoi Hantrakul considers this tool to be deconstructing the sound into “Play-Doh”, which can then be molded into something else. Read more for a video and additional information.
Anthony Dickens’ Circle Guitar is an electric guitar unlike any other, thanks to its built-in mechanical step sequencer capable of generating sounds, textures and rhythms that would be impossible with a conventional instrument. Its central mechanism, the motor driven circle that strikes the strings, can hit speeds of up to 250BPM. However, to program the sequence requires placing five different color-coded of plectrum in any of its 128 holes. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The LEGO Ideas collection just got a new addition, and it’s musical to say the least. This set was designed with the intricate elements of a real grand piano, complete with a motor and working keys. When you combine the finished build with the LEGO Powered Up app, anyone can become musical maestros at the push of a button, thanks to ‘auto-play’ with ten pre-set songs. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.