The record industry has suffered its fair share of setbacks, most notably the disruption of the business due to digital music files. But many audiophiles and music purists continue to cherish their vinyl collections. For those old school souls, a new promotion offers a cool bit of innovation that allows you to create your own, playable records at home, out of ice.
Earlier this year we went hands-on with Leap Motion and its gesture interface that promises to bring the seemingly high-priced dream of Minority Report-style interfaces to the masses. We're still a few months from its official launch, but one developer has already come up with an amazing innovation on the technology called the AirHarp.
Although the rise of virtual instruments has changed the sound and look of the music landscape, for instrumental purists there is still a way to indulge in tech-powered music advances without losing that old school feel — as long as you're okay with your bass player being a robot.
Apple's recent decision to erase the DVD/CD drive from its laptops is perhaps the clearest signal that the era of music CDs is largely over. But USB sticks and iTunes downloads have proven to be unwieldy and hard to manage, so it's no surprise that a new rumor claims Apple is working on a streaming music radio service.
What if you could take the infinite color block mixing dynamics of a Rubik's Cube and toss in a music control and creation device? Such a device sounds like a cool bit of sci-fi imagining, but one designer wants to make it real.
Truly affordable personal humanoid robots are probably at least another decade or two away, but in the meantime there are a few options for those of us on a budget looking for our robotic fix. The latest starter robot is actually a transforming speaker that can dance better than most humans.
Imagine you had a set of Lego blocks that allowed you to create never-ending combinations of shapes that functioned as musical instruments. That's exactly the vision one electronics designer had when he created the amazing Molecule Synth.
With jangly repetitive tunes, inexplicable noises and "Good Games!", arcade sounds were so hypnotic you wondered how walked out of the arcade with no lunch money but a huge smile on your face at the end of a day. It's time to tap that feeling again with a chiptune synthesizer designed to make you the arcade music wizard this time.
The humor and gimmickry of today's ads have become a large part of the Internet's viral video story. But one of the chief purveyors of these virals, Old Spice, just turned the volume up a notch with a hilarious new interactive video that lets you play music with muscles.
Remember the excitement of waiting for a new album to come out? Driving out to the record store or even just going to your favorite pirating website and getting this brand new hour or so of music. Well, those days are dead, since most kids listen to music on YouTube.