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The Most Influential Synths And Drum Machines: 808, 909, 303, Moog And More

Starting out as experiments into electronic music, these now classic synthesisers and drum machines helped create new music genres and the sounds we now take for granted.

The Effects That Altered Music Forever: Vocoder, Phasers, Auto Tune And Beyond

Always striving for a unique sound, modern music is built on techniques that have been developed, modified and twisted by countless recording artists, producers and studio engineers. While some were invented by accident and others were developed over generations of technology, these audio effects have shaped music as we know it.

1944's Big Screen TV Of The Future Wasn't Much Bigger Than A MacBook

With the nation focused on World War II, Americans of the early 1940s understood that they’d have to wait until peacetime for all their shiny new futuristic gadgets to arrive — including the TVs of the future, shown above in illustrations from the Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation. If you can believe it, these were the big screen models.

Future Fashion From The 1939 World's Fair Looked Really Uncomfortable

The Atlantic has a gorgeous collection of images from the 1939 New York World’s Fair, including the photo above, which is brand new to this retro-future bloggist. It all looks pretty standard — except for the outfits.

More Than A Record Shop: Inside Brooklyn's Massive New Music Outpost

Holy crap, someone is opening a new record store? Who in their right mind would open a record store? And in New York of all places, with its exorbitant rents! Didn’t these guys see what happened those who came before them? Well, this is different.

A Brief History Of The Winamp Llama

Winamp is dead. Everyone’s first music player is finally being killed off by AOL on 20 December after a glorious 15 year run. You know the history of the company, but what about the history of Mike the Llama, Winamp’s mascot, and the sound clip about “whippin’ the Llama’s ass” that we all remember so fondly.

Retroworld Is A Game About Actually Being A Gamer

It’s funny, games like to get introspective and meta all the time, but only about other games. RetroWorld is a game about actually being a kid who plays games, and it looks just wonderful.

Awesome Pictures Of Australia's Phone Network Being Built 50 Years Ago

Today in Sydney, Telstra is hosting a reunion of workers who helped build the first coaxial cable connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. These days we’re busy arguing over the benefits of fibre and copper for the NBN, but one thing hasn’t changed: laying those cables is some seriously hard slog, as you can see in these pictures of the network being built.

This Awesome Arcade Cabinet Looks Like A MiG-23

Crack out your flight sims: this arcade cabinet has to be the ultimate way to dogfight, resembling as it does the iconic MiG-23 fighter jet. Put together by Radek Michalowski, the cabinet is numbered 846 in tribute to the MiG-23 his friend’s father once flew. And it really does look like the plane it’s inspired by, with metal and a rivet skin reminiscent of old aeroplanes.

Video Games As Modern Art: MoMA Acquires Pong, Minecraft And First Console

Do video games like Pong and Space Invaders belong in Museum of Modern Art? Or does putting a game console from 1972 on a pedestal constitute an Emperor’s New Video Game-style overreach? A debate is raging, and MoMA is at the centre of it.

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