instruments

Mars

NASA Successfully Landed Its Digging Robot on Mars

InSight is the first Mars mission to focus on the red planet’s interior, and will drill a hole five meters into its surface.
Becky Ferreira
11.26.18
Music

Who Needs a Guitar When You've Got a Perfectly Good Electric Fan?

Watch this man utterly shredding his fan guitar and bow down.
Madison Margolin
10.19.16
Music

Musicians Hacked Together New Instruments Out of Tattoos and Chess Boards

A London hackathon paired artists with coders to make new sounds.
Victoria Turk
9.21.16
Music

‘Playthings’ Is a Trippy VR Playground Where Instruments Are Made of Candy

I want to go to there.
Rachel Pick
2.25.16
Music

Crowdfunded Music Tech Is Creating Whole New Instruments

But do they augment musicianship, or dumb it down?
Harry Harris
7.22.15
Space

How a Bunch of Tiny Robots Will Help Crack Dark Energy

Automating the tedious work of manually resetting thousands of fiber-optic cables at a time.
Michael Byrne
6.28.15
Sound Builders

How to Build a Magnetized Piano Harp

In the final episode of season two of Sound Builders, Andy Cavatorta awakens dormant notes and pitches from one of the world's most popular instruments.
Xavier Aaronson
9.23.14
Sound Builders

How to Build a Robotic Accordion in an Afternoon

Call it a keycordion.
Brian Anderson
8.6.14
Sound Builders

The Fine Art of Turning (Toy) Weapons Into Guitars

Don't quite know how to Frankenstein that ol' rusty hatchet into a stringed instrument? Let Ken Butler show you.
Brian Anderson
8.5.14
Sound Builders

Watch Sound Designer Diego Stocco Build a 'Mad Max'-Style Bass With Pipes

A special rebroadcast of episode two of the first season of Sound Builders, our show about noise.
Brian Anderson
7.30.14
Sound Builders

Watch Psych-Pop Duo Peaking Lights Make Sound Waves with Recycled Electronics

A special rebroadcast of episode one of the first season of Sound Builders, our show about noise.
Brian Anderson
7.29.14
Features

At 81, the Godfather of the Synth Is Still Shaping Sound

Morton Subotnick is touring again, and I recently had the chance to catch up with him when he visited his former home of San Francisco.
Max Cherney
5.13.14
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