Regular readers of this blog will recognize the Schiit name, I've covered a number of their headphone amplifiers and digital converters over the past few years. The newest little Schiit, the vacuum tube Vali, looks exactly like the company's $99 solid-state amp, the Magni, but the internal electronics are completely different. As I listened to them both and switched back and forth they sounded similar. I listened more and the Vali sounded a wee bit sweeter and richer. Not as big a difference as I would have thought, but different enough.
Florida is an interesting place where interesting people come up with interesting interpretations of the law.
You don't even have to buy Carl Hiaasen novels at the airport to realize this, though it helps.
The latest interesting legal battle concerns the right to record and/or film proceedings when police decide to stop and talk to you.
This case concerns 33-year-old Brandy Berning. As the Sun-Sentinel reports, she was stopped by a Broward County Sheriff's deputy for allegedly entering an HOV lane at the wrong time.
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, she decided to record her … Read more
There's a lot going on in painter Hieronymus Bosch's turn of the 16th century-era triptych, "The Garden of Earthly Delights." Its central and right panels show humans in the eponymous garden and hell respectively. It is, in fact, the hell panel where Bosch's truly wicked sense of humor shines through in the various ingenious tortures he devised for sinners.
It was on one such torture victim that Amelia, a music student at Oklahoma Christian University, found several phrases of sheet music inscribed. On the man's bottom, to be precise.
Then she decided that music needed to be heard. "I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era," she said on Tumblr. … Read more
Anyone who watches the NBA knows that to win it all, you need size.
Samsung wants you to know that it's the same with smartphones.
Oh, Apple might think it's a terribly pretty and clever Steve Nash. But, let's face it, he should be called Steve Gnat when faced with the larger, extra-dimensional presence of LeBron James.
So in its latest ad for the Note 3, Samsung begins to chuckle at just how tiny Apple's device is.
The Note, you see, has 5.7 inches of HD. Apple, on the other hand, has 4 inches of … Read more
Apple will be heading to the SXSW next month, marking the first time the company will create an iTunes Festival event in the US.
Starting on March 11 and running through March 15, Apple will host five live iTunes Festival events at SXSW. The company plans to have several popular artists perform, including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and others. Apple says that it will make announcements on new additions to the festival in the coming weeks.
Apple has been holding iTunes Festivals in London for some time. So far, over 400 artists have performed at the festivals and Apple … Read more
It seems Compressorhead, a literal metal band consisting entirely of robots, has some hot competition. For his upcoming EP "Music for Robots," Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, has engaged the musical help of Japanese three-piece all-robot band the Z-Machines.
Or rather, the Z-Machines' musical producer Kenjiro Matuso engaged Squarepusher. In 2013, Matsuo and his team assembled the band, with the aim of creating machines that could perform in ways no human could. Several artists were invited to compose for the band -- which includes a 78-fingered guitarist (like Compressorhead's hydraulic guitarist, Fingers) and a 22-armed drummer. … Read more
Do you like to tap your spoon on your coffee mug at breakfast? Drum on the steering wheel on your way to work? Thrum your fingers on your desk? If so, you might want to check out a new Kickstarter project from UK-based computer music researcher Bruno Zamborlin that could just turn your random taps into compositions.
"About two years ago, my colleagues and I had this idea about transforming everyday objects around us into unique musical instruments," Zamborlin says in his Kickstarter introductory video. That led him to create Mogees, an app paired with a special contact microphone that affixes to practically any surface to make an object "playable." The result is that tapping on the glass wall of a bus shelter gives you a sound akin to an Indonesian gamelan. Sliding coins on a table sounds like ringing a bicycle bell. Even tapping on a car becomes a musical endeavor -- somewhere between twanging guitar strings and steel drum. … Read more
There are plenty of gadgets that help you record your guitar, tune your guitar, monitor the humidity levels, or send a wireless signal to an amp or sound board. The Acoustic Stream on Kickstarter just happens to do all those things, which may qualify it as the most overachieving guitar gadget ever created.
Currently working toward a $50,000 funding goal, the Acoustic Stream is centered around a Bluetooth connection with an iOS app. The device sits just inside the sound hole on an acoustic guitar. Tap on your guitar twice to activate the recording feature and capture your sound in the app. If your smartphone isn't handy, then just let the device capture the recording and sync it later.… Read more
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to discuss the latest thoughts of America's greatest artist.
If anyone knows of any just impediment to listening to his latest thoughts, please speak now or forever hold your peace.
Peace, you see, is something Kanye finds hard to hold. Sometimes, he has to let it out like a dove of aggressive thought.
I am grateful to Consequence Of Sound for telling me that on Saturday night, West performed at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and offered entirely uncorrupted (and slightly NSFW) thoughts.
He's fond of calling himself a … Read more
There seems to be one prerequisite for competing in the phone market: you have to compare yourself to Apple, mock Apple, and generally declare that Apple products are nothing more than store-label caviar.
Huawei has decided that it won't stoop to such things. Instead, it will mock both Apple and Samsung.
In a video posted Sunday to YouTube, the Chinese company wants you to know that it will create revelatory excitement at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
It features a Siri-like character explaining that there will be a beautiful, slim tablet. There will also be a smartphone … Read more