If you’re reading Beatport News, it’s likely that you aren’t afflicted by the condition known as “specific musical anhedonia,” so consider yourself lucky. A recent study led by a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Barcelona, Josep Marco-Pallerés, says that it’s possible for some people’s brains to react totally indifferently to music.
Over the years, recorded music has used a number of different media to reach the ears of listeners—from the original 78 RPM records on up to 12″ vinyl, eight-tracks, cassettes, CDs, and digital downloads. But every once in a while, an artist takes a totally divergent approach to releasing their music. Such is the case with “Saturn V,” a new production from Brooklyn trio Archie Pelago, which, in addition to being included on the group’s recent Lakeside Obelisk EP, has been released as an exploratory videogame.
A staple of Warp Records’ renowned roster and a longtime innovator in the realm of electronic music, Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher) has announced that his next release will consist of five new tracks composed for and performed by a 78-fingered guitarist, a 22-armed drummer, and a “keyboard player resembling a future life form”—otherwise known as the members of the Japanese robot band Z-MACHINES.
You know when you see Olympians before their big showdowns warming up with iPod earbuds in their ears? Turns out that whatever they’re listening to, on top of getting them pumped for the event, is actually increasing their chances of performing better, studies say.
Analog synths—we all love them, but few of us know how to actually open them up and get inside their guts when something goes wrong. That’s why there are people like Philipp Heimrich in the world, an expert synth repairman who, from his Berlin synth shop PhilSynth, has managed to save a large number of 808s, Junos, and many more prized analog pieces from heading to the electronics graveyard.
Hearing—it’s a sense all music lovers hold dear. But how well do we actually hear the music we listen to? Are we able to distinguish the subtleties of stereo depth, frequency-range coloring, clipping distortion, and the like? While we’d probably all like to think that we do, now there is an online challenge that can help us prove it once and for all.
Oh, the age-old art of blowing into videogame cartridges in order to get them to actually work. Sure, it’s a skill that won’t exactly get you a job these days, but most anyone who grew up around the not-so-far-gone days of cartridge-based videogame consoles had that maneuver imprinted somewhere in their DNA years ago. Now, a Japanese electronics tinkerer by the name of Basami Sentaku (at least according to his YouTube channel) has turned that act into something a whole lot more musical, by spinning old Nintendo games into 8-bit harmonicas.
When it comes to emerging production technology, some of the most fun, innovative, and—best yet—inexpensive tools come in the form of apps. Turning images into playable pieces of music, VOSIS is just the latest intriguing iOS application to appear on our radar.
A new research project has attempted to break down what makes certain DJs so damn good. The findings have been detailed in a lengthy paper, with some surprising results about what—in scientific terms, that is—makes a world-class jock.
We’ve long known that music can affect and benefit the brain in pretty crazy ways, but did you know that your musical tastes can also somewhat predict your personality? A study conducted by Heriot-Watt University was able to determine that “dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle,” whereas “reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle, and at ease.”