What do you think you would hear in the world’s quietest room? Apparently, you really won’t hear much—but you will start to see things after about 30 minutes. Silence, it would seem, is indeed deafening.

– The world’s quietest room, an anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis, is 99.99% sound-absorbent. Apparently, after 30 minutes, people in the chamber tend to have hallucinations, and the longest anyone has ever sat in the place alone is 45 minutes. (full story)

– We used to call them bedroom producers, but pretty soon we’ll be calling them “couch producers.” Dubspot takes a look at the effects that touchscreen devices are having on music production. (Jamie Lidell, as you can see below, is quite a fan.) (full story)


– You owe it to yourself to check out this amazing display of analog techno, assembled on the fly with multiple reel-to-reel tape decks.


– The folks at Ithaca Audio recently made this hilarious and awesome live mashup from videogames of the past 35 years. See if you can name ‘em all. (full story)


– You’ve by now heard all about Daft Punk’s new release, which arrives on May 21. The duo’s main collaborator on the project, of course, is none other than disco producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers, who said of the studio sessions, “The collaboration felt so unbelievably natural that it made me realize that I need to be in the studio with people.” (full story)