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.
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We have seen the future of music streaming, and it will be transmitted directly to your brain, thanks to Elon Musk’s Neuralink. His brain interface company Neuralink is currently developing devices that can be implanted in the human brain, such as flexible threads, thinner than human hair, designed to be implanted into the brain to monitor brain activity. In other words, these are ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces capable of transmitting brain impulses to machines, with the ultimate goal of humans merging with artificial intelligence. Read more for two videos and additional information.
At $1799, the A&futura SE200 is the world’s first music player to boast a multi-DAC set-up – two Sabre ESS9068AS DACs (in dual configuration) as well as a single AKM4499EQ. For those wondering what a DAC is, it refers to a chip that takes digital data and transforms it into an analog audio signal. Most smartphones contain only a very basic DAC that produces decent sound for you to carry on a conversation, but not optimal for high quality music recordings. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Based on the OP-1 portable synthesizer, the OP-S Concept smartphone by GRIS Design packs a miniature version of that into a pocket-sized device. Aside from its smartphone capabilities, it boasts a full keyboard, audio I/O with 32bit DAC, four integrated high-capacity surrounding microphones, front-facing speakers, and three cameras, perfect for a mobile recording session. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Sure, the Game Gear Micro may be the latest product from SEGA, but way back in 2007, the company released the Grand Pianist. It’s still the world’s smallest functional grand piano, and yes, it has self-playing capabilities. Measuring just 4mm wide, each one of the 88 keys work just like on a real piano, and there’s already 100 built-in songs (expandable with an SD card). Read more for two videos and additional information.
“Never Gonna Give You Up,” a song recorded by British singer and songwriter Rick Astley, was first released on July 27, 1987, but thanks to the internet, it’s been a popular meme for the past 12-years. For those who don’t know, this song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the UK, and eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States. Read more to see what happens when an AI-powered neural network attempts to continuously generate new parts for this song.
Mike Clifford wanted to do more with LEGO, and that’s when he came up with the idea to use the bricks, along with some other materials, to craft a functional guitar. The shape of the body was designed in Fusion 360, while a Les Paul vector file was used as a starting point. The Les Paul shape was traced, and then the spline tool aided in creating a slimmer, curvier, body shape. Next, an X-Carve CNC machine was used to cut out an MDF template before going to town on the LEGO bricks. Read more for a video and additional information.