The Wave, A Wearable MIDI Music/Sound Controller In The Form of a Ring

Genki Instruments is attempting to create one wearable sound controller ring to rule them all (sorry; had to do it).  The Wave is a MIDI controller housed in a wearable ring that controls sound, allowing you to play and modify sounds in thin air as it’s being made.  Essentially, it allows you to create and perform music in multiple, varied ways and is designed to work with keyboards, guitars, and even multiple music apps, such as Logic. Continue reading “The Wave, A Wearable MIDI Music/Sound Controller In The Form of a Ring”

Nintendo to Release FIVE-DISC Special Edition Soundtrack for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

A listing has popped up over at Play-Asia for a Limited Edition Soundtrack for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” which includes a Zelda-themed Playbutton (a portable music player that comes with pre-installed songs), some special edition packaging different from the standard edition, and a Sheikah Slate (straight from the game) slip-on cover for the box everything comes in. Either way, both editions of the soundtrack includes 5 discs, with each CD containing about 36 tracks each. Wooooooooowwwww…. Continue reading “Nintendo to Release FIVE-DISC Special Edition Soundtrack for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild””

2Pac’s “All Eyez On Me” – Geek Me Five #30

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing five simple and interesting facts about late, legendary rapper Tupac Shakur’s seminal album, All Eyez On Me.

1) 2Pac “All Eyez On Me” [Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wEfCPA; Spotify: goo.gl/Ca4bKF; Google Play: goo.gl/9NHCLp; Pandora: goo.gl/XB8YoR; Apple Music: goo.gl/QuUkDF]
2) “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” by Tupac Shakur [http://amzn.to/2w2Xmh5]
3) “Tupac Resurrection” [http://amzn.to/2x88qyo] Continue reading “2Pac’s “All Eyez On Me” – Geek Me Five #30”

Warning: This Video Contains WWE Superstars Singing ‘Great Balls of Fire’; You’ve Been Warned…

Well, all it took was for Jerry Lawler to get another Jerry (Lee Lewis) to give WWE the rights his biggest hit for the RAW-exclusive Bad Blood pay-per-view to be renamed “Great Balls of Fire.” Oh boy… However, I will say that the prospect and anticipation for a Universal Championship match with Brock Lesnar defending against Samoa Joe — as well as Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in an Ambulance Match — has amped for the show.  But just like WWE, they just have to quintuple-down on the pay-per-view absurd title of “Great Balls of Fire” by having a gaggle of WWE Superstars “sing” the lyrics to the Jerry Lee Lewis’ hit tune in the above promo video. Continue reading “Warning: This Video Contains WWE Superstars Singing ‘Great Balls of Fire’; You’ve Been Warned…”

Star Wars + Sgt. Pepper’s LHCB = The “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” Album

The music group Palette-Swap Ninja (consisting of Jude Kelley and Dan Amrich) have finally releases a project that took five long years to complete.  Their new album, a concept album titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, is available, and IT’S FREE!  And yes, this album combines the lore of Star Wars — particularly Episode IV: A New Hope, IN ORDER — and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and there’s good reason for that.  This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars on May 25, and June 1st will be the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Continue reading “Star Wars + Sgt. Pepper’s LHCB = The “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans” Album”

Astell & Kern’s $999 ‘heavyweight portable media player’ Kann; no, that’s NOT a typo…

Astell & Kern’s newest portable music player (or PMP with no “I”; sorry 50) — the $999 Kann — is out now, and for a portable media player, it has some pretty impressive modern-day inclusions.  This fact is interesting since most high-end portable music players are slow to included extra bells-and-whistles, if at all.  Not only is the Kann huge — it’s just over an inch thick (25.6mm) and weighs over half a pound (278.7g) — it includes a massive 6000mAh battery (for a supposed battery life of 14 hours), an integrated powered headphone amp, and both micro SD and full-size SD card slots. Keep in mind, this thing IS ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Continue reading “Astell & Kern’s $999 ‘heavyweight portable media player’ Kann; no, that’s NOT a typo…”

MiniDisc – Doc’D #62

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementation and lasting legacy of the MiniDisc media format.

1) MiniDisc Community Portal [minidisc.org]
2) The Oddity Archive, Episode 120: MiniDisc [https://youtu.be/HRlm7_ARJjI]
3) “RIP MiniDisc, 1992-2013” by Sascha Segan for PC Magazine, February 1, 2013 [http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415014,00.asp] Continue reading “MiniDisc – Doc’D #62”