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You Should Go Get Your Free 8GB Of SXSW Music

South-by-South-West, the back-patting tech conference masquerading as a music festival, is currently wrapping up in Austin, Texas. In among the press conferences, there’s been time for some actual bands to play — and for those of us unable to be there in person, the festival has released 8.42 gigabytes of DRM-free MP3s for your listening pleasure.


If You Try The HTML5 Drum Machine, It's All You'll Do For The Next Hour

This dead simple drum machine that runs in your browser is so much fun.


Inside The Small Studio Making The Wackiest Synths I've Seen

Critter & Guitari make some of the most unique synthesisers I’ve ever seen. They don’t just sound cool — they’re explicitly designed to be both familiar to experienced musicians and encourage people to engage with the gear in new and creative ways.


The Insane Skills Of A Concert Pianist In A Cool POV Video

Video: A video of guy playing piano could sound like a boring thing to watch, but if that guy is the skilful and amazingly talented concert pianist Jason Pelsey it can be as extreme as any insane wingsuit clip we shared here. Check it out.


A Britney Spears Music Video Without Music Is All Squeaks And Squealing

When Britney was a superstar, she was one of the brightest to ever burn. It’s almost fitting to watch a musicless version of her music video because it’s just Britney, betch.


I Heard The Future Of Sound Technology While Bjork Whispered In My Ear

First launched as a Kickstarter back in 2013, Dysonic’s RondoMotion’s 3D head-tracking technology is now being used to power trippy acoustic effects in Bjork’s MoMA retrospective. It’s true 3D listening in your earbuds. That and also Bjork.


Listening To A Vintage Synth Next To Its Reboot Is Just So Satisfying

Last year, Korg set out to recreate the Arp Odyssey, a legendary synth that went out of production back in 1981. How does the result sound? Pretty darn good!


Ro-Bow Is A Violin-Paying Robot That Actually Sounds Pretty Good 

Described as a kinetic sculpture, Ro-Bow (as the name suggests) is a violin-playing robot that uses electromagnetic actuators to play digital files. Yeah, it won’t be the first chair at the London Philharmonic any time soon, but its pretty amazing to watch all the machine’s parts work in unison to produce some pretty decent tunes.


Jack White's Newest Interactive Music Video Is Three Stories In One

Jack White’s music video for his latest single That Black Bat Licorice is three videos in one. If you just hit play you’ll see an animation of Jack White. If you hit “3” while the video is playing, you will get a live action version of the first one. And if you hit “B”, a video of people headbanging like mad.


The Origin Of Joy Division's Most Famous Album Cover, Finally Revealed

The cover of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures is famously graced with the radio pulses of a dying star. Its origins, however, have always been unclear. But now, Scientific American‘s Jen Christiansen has followed the rabbit hole to the very end — to an obscure 1970 PhD astronomy thesis and the guy who wrote it.