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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.


Gaze At The Amazing Adaptable Display Kings Of Leon Used On Tour

Live shows are supposed to be an experience, an experience which needs to be massive and visually arresting, especially when a band is playing an arena show. That’s exactly why Kings of Leon is playing against the backdrop of a newfangled hybrid screen/lighting rig on its Mechanical Bull tour. But it’s not the whole reason.


Tape Decks Hacked So You Can Scratch Cassettes Like They're Records

In the video above, audio nerd Jeremy Bell demonstrates his invention, the ScrubBoard, which allows him to scratch tapes with his hands as if they are records. One of the advantages to the ScrubBoard is that you don’t have to hit the crossfader cut off the sound, you can just lift your finger off which means that you can scratch with two hands at once.


This Guitar Blogs

What happens when you give Steve Benford, the Professor of Collaborative Computing in at the University of Nottingham, a guitar and some time? He creates an instrument that blogs is what.


Plex For Xbox One Makes It Easy To Stream Your (Pirated) Video To The TV

Following millions of user requests, Plex is finally launching Plex for Xbox. The popular media-streaming app is already available on a wide variety of platforms, it will soon be the easiest way to blast local (and pirated) content from your laptop or elsewhere onto your Xbox. The catch is that Plex costs $US5 per month (or $US50 per year or $US150 per lifetime).


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