Music

This Old Cassette Recorder Actually Plays Spotify

Don’t judge a gadget by its outer casing. This might look like the kind of device that you — or, depressingly for us, your parents — used to make mix tapes on many moons ago, but inside lurks the ability to play tunes from Spotify.


What If We Visualised Rhythm With Circles Instead Of Traditional Bars

Music is inherently orderly (at least, most of it is), but you’d never know it by looking at a page full of notes and notation. However, a new TED video shows how the backbone of any piece of music — rhythm — can be easily visualised using a simple wheel and hand.


Brilliant Mashup Covers 20 Queen Songs In One Minute

Video: Being a Queen fan since I was little kid, I had my doubts about anyone covering 20 Queen songs in one single 60-second song and making any sense. I stand corrected: This medley is brilliant, smoothly morphing one song into each other while keeping every single hit recognisable.


Spotify Is Getting A Family Deal To Save You Money

If you and your partner both use separate Spotify accounts — or, worse, your entire family — then some good news: the streaming service is launching a family deal so you can all run separate accounts but save money in the process.


The Most Famous Drum Machine Ever Made Gets Its Own Documentary

If you’re a fan of hip hop or electronic music, you’ve heard that sick, signature beat of the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Heck, if you’re a fan of music in general you’ve probably heard it, because the 808 is the most famous drum machine ever made. And now it has its own documentary.


Bono Apologises For Putting U2 In Your iTunes

Apple’s decision to give away U2′s new album to each and every iOS user didn’t go very well. Now, Bono has apologised for what happened.


Three Uses For Spotify That Don't Involve Music

Spotify is the world’s best-known music streaming service, but music isn’t the only content you can find on the platform if you’re prepared to do some digging around. There’s a ton more available, if you know where to find it.


Michael Jackson's First Music Video And The Birth Of Green Screen

Everybody knows how the 13-minute-long, zombie-laden adventure that is the Thriller video shaped the history of music and saw the birth to a little phenomenon called MTV. Michael Jackson was primed to reinvent the medium from the start though, with his very first music video.


The Vocal Range Of The World's Most Famous Singers

The original title of this graphic is The Vocal Ranges of the World’s Greatest Singers. If you are confused as to why Axl Rose is on top of the chart over voices like Freddie Mercury or why the hell Lana del Rey and Lady Gaga are in this list, don’t worry, it all has an explanation.


Spring Doorstop Hacked To Make A Wonderful Electric Instrument

The geniuses at Slaperoo Percussion hacked together this prototype for an electric instrument made from a spring doorstop. Finally, somebody is harnessing the wonderful household tone we’ve been ignoring for years.


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