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Moog recreates classic Model 15 modular synth in iOS app

<b>Moog’s latest iOS app is new version of a vintage modular from 1974.</b><p>Moog has revealed its latest offering for iOS, a modular synth app based on the …

I Celebrated Earth Day at a Trippy Underwater Concert in Berlin

Listening to music underwater is all in your head.<p>It's 1 AM and I'm confused. I'm new in Berlin and it's dark and hot and people here are naked and Prince just died and I don't really understand what's happening.<p>I'm in a saltwater pool straddling a neon-blue noodle, surrounded by 50 floating …

BBC's classic early electronic compilation gets reissued

<b>Including the iconic original Doctor Who theme.</b><p>In 1958, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop invested in the future of music by experimenting with electronic …

Coffee shops take flak for being markers of gentrification. But they might not be so different now from the social and intellectual hubs of 350 years ago<p>It’s a bright February morning at the Proud Archivist (now the Proud East), a coffee shop facing the canal just off Kingsland Road in London, and …

Coffee

Why People Love Bass

The beat drops and people start nodding their heads. It's a common behavior, so it's easy to disregard. But the reasons why humans respond to a killer beat aren't necessarily obvious.

The world’s most secretive places

From an isolated Pacific island without running water to a James Bond-like spy base in England, these five places are practically off-limits to even the most curious travellers.<p>The most alluring things in life are often those that are off-limits. And as travellers, this means that we’re fascinated …

North Pole

YouTube acquires platform that lets artists sell direct to fans

<b>YouTube strengthens its grip on the music space with the purchase of BandPage.</b><p>YouTube has acquired BandPage, a tool that helps artists sell direct to …

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‘Error 53’ fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6

It’s the message that spells doom and will render your handset worthless if it’s been repaired by a third party. But there’s no warning and no fix<p>Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim they have been left holding almost worthless phones because Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the …

Mobile Technology

Synths That Bring Back the ’80s in All Its Glory

Three classic synthesizers from the 1980s make a comeback in miniature form with the Roland Boutique series<p>By<p>Michael Hsu<p>Michael Hsu<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@michaelhsu108<p>michael.hsu@wsj.com<p><b>YOU’VE PROBABLY</b> never heard of the Jupiter-8, JX-3P and Juno-106, but if you listened to the radio at …

Synthesizers

Time for a Neck Adjustment?

Few things are more frustrating than when you pick up your favorite guitar and discover it’s not playing right. Either the action has “magically …

Guitar

8 Podcasts That Will Captivate Your Mind

A month ago, if you asked me what my favorite podcast was I would have paused awkwardly and asked, “What’s a podcast?” A lot has changed since …

The Recording Guitarist: Tracking Yourself on Acoustic

<b>Photo 1: Tiny adjustments in angle between the guitar and mic dramatically alter your tone.</b><p>Miking guitar amps is one of the easiest studio tasks. …

Lose Belly Fat With Just Two Exercises

It's simple, but effective—and will rev your metabolism for hours afterwards<p>A while back, I asked Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.—one of the world’s top trainers—to create a cutting-edge fat loss program for <i>Men’s Health</i>. And, of course, he obliged.<p>But a curious thing: One of the workouts in the plan …

Workouts

Artist Cultivates 1.2-Acre Field Into Massive Crop Art Paying Homage to Van Gogh

Displaying a talent cultivated throughout his lifetime, Stan Herd‘s aptly named “earthworks” are a uniquely rural form of art. His latest piece (a massive reformation of Van Gogh's 1889 <i>Olive Trees</i>) <i></i>sits in a field in Eagan, Minneapolis, gaining worldwide attention. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, …

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The Best Ear Training Apps for Producers, Engineers & Recording Musicians

For most engineers, the ultimate goal is to be able to “feel” their way through a mix, and to do their work in a completely natural and intuitive …

Chick Corea And Béla Fleck On The Joys (And Challenges) Of Collaborating

One is a legendary pianist and NEA Jazz Master, who began his career in Miles Davis' band and went on to shape the sound of jazz fusion with Return to Forever. The other is a world-renowned banjo player best known for his role in the bluegrass scene, including work with progressive bluegrass band …

New Albums

The Art Of Working The Microphone (Or How To Record Vocals Without Compression) - Recording Revolution

<b>Ask any of the all time great recording engineers what their favorite vocal chain is in the studio and you’ll likely get a list of three things: a</b> …

Ease Your Neck and Shoulder Pain in Less Than 10 Minutes

It's not as enjoyable as a massage, but it works better<p>If you regularly get neck or shoulder pain—or even burning sensations down your arm—try this stretch from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour.<p>It’s designed to relieve the “neuro-tension” in your neck and traps and help mobilize your …

Workouts

Jimmy Page's Acoustic "White Summer/ Black Mountain Side" Set Is Pure Perfection

An Influenced Artist and Master<p>On April 29, 1970, <i>Jimmy Page</i> proved that he was force to be reckoned with not just on the electric guitar, but the …

Maïmouna Guerresi’s Mystical Portraiture

The bodies of the people Maïmouna Guerresi photographs—usually friends and family, shot against a wall outside her house in Dakar, Senegal—seem to extend beyond their physical boundaries. Her subjects are shot in costumes that Guerresi constructs herself, often using textiles collected from her …

Novel Bojotar blends guitar, resonator and banjo into new hybrid

"The Bojotar came to fruition as a means of consolidation," Thayer told Gizmag. "I was looking for a sound and instrument to satisfy a personal …

What a Fender Amp Looks Like When You Tear It Apart

The Fender '65 Princeton Reverb tube amp, deconstructed<p>A guitar amplifier is an electronic device that transforms a board and six strings into a furious agent of cultural change. The amps most coveted by guitarists do this with vacuum tubes. These archaic bits of technology heat electrodes in …

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How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

Derek Trucks talks guitar and plays incredible slide

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It Took A Musician's Ear To Decode The Complex Song In Whale Calls

<i>Humpback whales don't just sing songs — they compose</i> <i>with the whales around them, singing a song that evolves over time. Scientists didn't know that until they started recording whale sounds in the 1960s and spent years listening. The evolution of this "culture of listening" among researchers is the</i> …

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