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Art or Sound at Fondazione Prada
Ca' Corner della Regina is a majestic Venetian palazzo overlooking Canal Grande, built between 1723 and 1728 by Domenico Rossi. At the end of 2010 Fondazione Prada began a restoration process on the historic building while also breathing new life...
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Interview: Roger Linn
Without a multi-million dollar budget, high-tech research lab or an engineering degree, Roger Linn created the LM-1 Drum Computer in 1979, the first programmable drum machine that used digital samples of acoustic drums. Unlike other drum machines...
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Ototo by Dentaku
We've all found ourselves banging out a rhythm with some produce or tapping the keys to an imaginary keyboard on a pile of books—right? Now music creativity has reached ingenious new heights with the Ototo, an all-in-one musical instrument invention...
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gTar by Incident
Anyone who has tried to learn guitar has, no doubt, found that there's more to shredding like Jimi Hendrix than paisley scarves—playing guitar takes hours of practice and serious dedication. For those looking for a more interactive guitar-learning...
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Land of Light
Land Of Light, an eponymous new album from London-based duo Jonny Nash and Kyle Martin, is an ethereal labor of love intended for serious listening. The talented musicians spent the last three years creating the 37-minute-long LP, and the upshot...
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J. Glinert
When you ask East Londoner Tom Budding to tell you about the selection of items in his newly opened shop, his face lights up. Stocked with a handsome assortment of practical goods sure to delight any discerning adult, J. Glinert is Budding's professional...
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Remote Recording
For outdoor live shows, off-set film shoots and small club gigs, on-site recording isn't as easy as it sounds. Bringing a solution to locations where facilities aren't available, Remote Recording puts a fully functioning studio inside a coincidentally...
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The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB) is committed to an inclusive approach to music-making, opening up their expert ensemble to a range of site-specific musical experiments and collaborations with musicians from around the greater New York area...
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Ariane Moffatt
We recently visited the acclaimed Canadian singer Ariane Moffatt at her Montréal studio in the Mile End section neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal just days before she launched her latest album, MA. Having written in both French and English...
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Musical Toys
Developing an interest in music at a young age is tremendously important to a child's development. While toy versions of instruments have always been popular among parents, it can be difficult to parse the cheap imitators from the quality products...
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JMC Soundboard
Designed by master guitar-builder Jeanmichel Capt with the exceptional creativity and skill he employs to sculpt musical instruments, the JMC Soundboard creates a beautifully encased sound system that blends seamlessly into most any environment...
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Instrument
When you can't get that riff out of your head, or feel compelled to turn the music up a notch, it's the instruments at play. Lyrics play second fiddle in any song with a sick drum beat, electrifying guitar solo or melodious piano part. But as the...
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Rubber Tracks
With Chucks on the feet of countless lead singers, Converse's roots in rock 'n' roll go almost as far back as the genre itself, a tradition the brand is keeping alive with this week's opening of Rubber Tracks, a world-class recording studio open...
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Beachcomber's Windowsill
Five years in the making, Stornoway's recently-released debut album Beachcomber's Windowsill like so many records before it, is the story of a homegrown musical enterprise. The band of Brits, named after a town on the Scottish isle of Lewis, met...
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Sleeper Projects Drum Kit
Sleeper Projects' full-size nesting drum kit's beautifully understated design features minimal hardware and maple shells with a handsomely subtle finish. Filled with clothes and belongings, the kit weighs under 50 pounds—enough to avoid extra...
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Schoenhut Pro Baby Grand Piano
The newly launched line from veteran toy maker Schoenhut (timed to coincide with their 135th anniversary) includes this 49-key Pro Baby Grand piano, which introduces a true piano sound to pint-size proportions without the use of electronics. The...
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Tom Tom Magazine: Interview with Founder Mindy Abovitz
Tom Tom Magazine, a print publication for, about and made by female drummers, appeals to any girl who has ever been told she can't do something because of her gender. “Women just aren't encouraged to play drums,” said founder and editor...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Micachu and the Shapes
by Gregory Mitnick Following British musician Micachu through the aisles of a hardware store and along the streets of NYC, our video on the 23-year-old documents how she builds her experimental instruments. We also learn how her classical training...
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Creston Electric Instruments
by Noah Armstrong A one-man operation in Burlington, VT, Creston Electric Instruments builds fairly traditional electric guitars, generally styled in the Fender tradition, but custom-designed according to each customer's expectations. Owner Creston...
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Experibass
Sound artist Diego Stocco—featured here previously for his Music From a Tree—has gone and reinvented a musical instrument again. When he contacted us recently to tell us about it, he could barely contain his excitement. â€...
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Timber Timbre
Toronto-based Timber Timbre's third self-titled studio release keeps a soft and moody vibe with eight simply structured songs that seem meant for listening to in the dark. Taylor Kirk, the man behind the project, has a singing voice thatâ...
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Kinny Stereo Acoustic Guitars
Add new dimensions to guitar recording with Paul Kinny's Stereo Acoustic guitars, which use two sound holes to create a richer, more dynamic sound. The mammoth design, both intriguing and off-putting, is reminiscent of harp-guitars employed...
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