Music

How An Atomic Clock Was Used To Record A House-Sized Instrument

Nestled on a Malibu hillside, three miles up a corkscrew-like road from the Pacific Coast Highway, sits a very peculiar house. Protruding through a missing window in the basement are 18 brass strings, tethered to a mountain 30 yards away. And at any time of day, you might hear their haunting vibrations echoing on the canyon walls.


Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head (And How To Stop It)

Whether yours is “Call Me Maybe”, “Who Let the Dogs Out”, “Mickey” or something equally infectious, at one time or another, you’ve probably had a fragment from a catchy (or obnoxious) tune stuck in your head.


Dire Straits Sold Heaps Of CDs Because They Were Pimping The New Format

“Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits is a song remembered for many things: a dirty hook to kick things off; background vocals by Sting; a cool, early-VR-style video; and the inevitable Weird Al parody. It was a successful single on Brothers in Arms, a successful album that was one of the first major hits on those shiny, new-fangled compact discs.


Spotify Adds Surprisingly Exciting Equaliser To Its iOS App

Remember equalisers? You know, the little dials that used to keep your tiny boombox speakers from tweaking out at high volume but have sort of disappeared in the world of digital music. Well, they’re making a comeback in the latest update to Spotify’s iOS app, and I’m unduly excited about it.


This SoundCloud App Plays Only Your Favourite Artists' Favourite Songs

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: SoundCloud is amazing. But many people, especially newcomers, complain that it can be hard to find the fist-pumping signal in the noise. A new SoundCloud recommendation engine called DiscoverTracks, however, makes it super simple.


Banks, Master Of Sexy Pool Party Songs, May Be Our Next Great Pop Diva

Certain songs and musicians conjure a very specific mood. LA-based singer Jillian Banks has mastered a kind of music designed to pipe through the air on a humid July night as you engage in a lascivious and potentially morally ambiguous make-out session in an infinity pool.


You Can Thank Cheesy, Retro Sci-Fi Music For The Creation Of The Synthesiser

You may not have heard of the “theremin”, a music instrument invented by Russian Léon Theremin in the 1920s, but you’ve probably heard it. It’s one of the iconic sounds of cheesy horror and early-20th century science fiction. An interesting fact, sure, but not as fascinating as the device the theremin eventually gave birth to — the synthesiser.


Awesome Kid Snuck Into 50 Music Festivals To Make This Super-Fun Movie

Coachella. Glastonbury. Bonnaroo. The Grammys. You name the music festival, Marcus Haney has somehow snuck into it. He makes fake passes, pretends to be the press, jump fences and does anything he can to get in and has somehow made friends with famous bands and shot their album covers. Here’s the movie trailer for his story, No Cameras Allowed.


How To Stream Splendour In The Grass 2014 Live

It’s Friday, and you’re still at work. Just think of how good you could have it: enjoying the day up in Byron Bay as the annual Splendour In The Grass music festival kicks off. Desk-bound music lovers aren’t about to miss out, however. You can stream the festival online!


A Website That Warps You Back To The Hit Songs Of Your Youth

Do you ever have flashbacks to that high school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead simple but super fun website now lets you travel back to those hit songs.