Inside the last factory that still makes audio cassette tapes

Bloomberg Businessweek recently toured National Audio Company, a shop in Springfield, Missouri and one of the last and definitely the largest remaining manufacturers of the classic audio cassette tape. It’s almost adorable to see all the old machines whirring to pump out tapes that you thought no longer existed. »9/04/15 9:24am9/04/15 9:24am

Seeing the crazy movement of guitar strings in real time is so damn cool

This is wild. When cameras try to capture guitar strings being played, they see wavelength-type movements from each string because of the camera’s rolling shutter effect. But it can only be seen on camera, the wild wiggly effect is totally blind to the naked eye. Not anymore! This Wobble Strings project recreates a… »6/29/15 9:56pm6/29/15 9:56pm

Incredible microscope view of a vinyl record playing in slow motion

I don’t care that I supposedly understand how vinyl records work because I still totally think they’re the work of at least some low level sorcery. Trapping sound and music and voices? Come on! Anyways, my disbelief aside of analog technology aside, here’s a cool microscope view of vinyl records being played. »6/17/15 5:21pm6/17/15 5:21pm

Awesome orchestra plays an awesome medley of 30 hip hop songs

There are few things I enjoy more than hearing music played in a different way, especially when it’s hip hop music being played by an entire orchestra. It’s like the musical equivalent of getting a new haircut, you still recognize yourself but you’re just different enough that you come in with a completely brand new… »6/05/15 5:45pm6/05/15 5:45pm

Watch and listen to the fascinating process of making a steel pan drum

Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of banging and hammering and mashing and even torching involved in making a steel pan drum but watching it all come together and to see flat steel get shaped in the most irregular pounding way to create the most perfect sounding notes for each section is pretty damn awesome. I couldn’t… »5/18/15 3:11pm5/18/15 3:11pm

Guy invents color-coded chord wheel to translate music into paintings 

Tim Bavington—an artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada—is not the first artist who tries to paint music but he might be the most precise at it. He came up with a color-coded chord wheel that helps him translate notes into colors so he can make paintings that are exact visualizations of his favorite songs. »4/16/15 5:03am4/16/15 5:03am

A Britney Spears music video without music is all squeaks and squealing

Britney could never really sing and she could only really dance in choreographed stunt pieces and eventually became a crazy person and then a mom but when she was a superstar, she was one of the brightest to ever burn. It's almost fitting to watch a musicless version of her music video because it's just Britney, betch. »3/04/15 10:46pm3/04/15 10:46pm

Video: The incredible skill of hand making a guitar out of wood

I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell.… »2/18/15 1:23am2/18/15 1:23am

Fascinating video shows how a live orchestra scores an entire film

This is interesting not only because you get to see the juxtaposition of the orchestra and scenes from The Great Human Odyssey or because you learn how 70 musicians score an entire film in 3 days without any preparation or how the filmmakers painstakingly do their job, but also because it's just cool to see people… »2/12/15 9:50pm2/12/15 9:50pm

Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler video is even weirder without music

I didn't think it was possible for that impossibly weird cage fighting nude shorts music video by Sia with Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler to get any weirder than it already was but if you remove out all the music from the video and replace it with sounds of what's actually happening, boy, it's a freak show. »1/12/15 11:11pm1/12/15 11:11pm

Fascinating break down explains why Taylor Swift songs are so catchy

If you existed in the year 2014, you have probably either cringed or sang along or cringed while singing along to Taylor Swift's oppressively catchy song Shake It Off. Just why the hell is it so catchy ? Well, for one it's pop. But also as Chilly Gonzales explains, it's the same principles that has made other tunes… »1/09/15 10:55pm1/09/15 10:55pm