Tagged With Music

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One of the tasks any respectable virtual assistant should be able to carry out for you is to discover new music, and Siri is certainly up to speed in this regard. If you're lacking inspiration for your next road trip tune or party mix, here are some of the ways you can get Siri to help.

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On the day after Black Friday — known to those in the industry as the slowest blogging day of the year — Kenny G did a legendary tweet. It depicts the famous saxophonist gazing directly into your soul, resting on his bicycle with confident masculinity, his arms crossed. "My hands are for one thing," he proclaimed. "Playing sax."

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For the past few years, Canadian mashup artist Daniel Kim's Pop Danthology has been like a Cliff's Notes for the absolute best pop music tracks of the last 12 months. We've shared them before — here's 2014, here's 2015 — but we won't be sharing this year's mashup. Why? Because Kim says copyright strikes on services like YouTube and Soundcloud make it impossible to share them without being targeted.

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The surfaces of ROLI products practically beg you to touch them. Unlike the slappy, clicky keys or gorilla glass surfaces on most new tech, they're coated in a responsive, almost fleshlike silicon rubber that's at once alien and intuitive. So what are you waiting for? For the first time in the company's history, it has made an instrument that is decidedly not for musicians.

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Japanese artist Ei Wada specialises in turning old consumer electronics into new musical instruments. He's rigged up old CRT TVs to simultaneously function like bongos, transformed AM/FM radios to squeal like a theremin, and converted a busted office fan into a wailing guitar. That and more, it all seems to bring him endless joy.

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In such a saturated market, game makers are always searching for a twist or edge to push their title ahead of the pack. While some might focus on visuals, or a cool mechanic, there a many opportunities to explore in the audio experience too, as sound designer Martin Stig Andersen discovered when he decided to incorporate a human skull into his work.