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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…

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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

Sony has released a PlayStation VR Music Video that you can walk around in…

I have been a proud owner of the PlayStation VR hardware since its launch last year, and for the past several months I’ve enjoyed playing VR-based games and demos, while also having a fun time playing non-VR games in theater mode.  VR, in general, is successful when the visuals and audio become optimally immersive, but most of the focus had been on visuals.  To show how capable PSVR can be by having the audio and other sounds adapt to your movement in the virtual space, Sony brought in violinist Joshua Bell to record a 360-degree virtual reality studio session at Air Studios’ Lyndhurst Hall in London. This project, which features adaptive audio and positional tracking, allows the subject wearing the PSVR helmet to semi-realistically “step inside” the recording studio.

Continue reading Sony has released a PlayStation VR Music Video that you can walk around in…

Here’s A Spotify Playlist of Songs Full of Architectural Shout-Outs!

It doesn’t take too much time to consider that the artistic value, inspiration, and composition of architecture and music can often intersect one another; you also don’t need to have an awesome friend like Dr. Faye A Hays to tell you that, but it helps. ArchDaily’s sister site ArchDaily Brasil partnered up with Spotify to create a music playlist featuring songs with many references to architecture and urbanism. The songs in the included playlist contain anything from shout-outs to notable cities, iconic buildings and revered architects. In the list you’ll hear anything from David Bowie singing about Philip Johnson (Doc’D, episode 53) to Laurie Anderson referring to Buckminster Fuller and The Beatles acting concerned about their visits to minimalist apartments (hmmm, I smell a sitcommmmmmmmm…..)

So, The Arizona Cardinals Use WWE Women’s Champion Becky Lynch’s Theme Song To Celebrate Scores…

Becky lynch wins the title and the @azcards play her theme music after a fitz td!!

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This past Sunday night, while Becky Lynch was becoming the first-ever WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion at the ALSO-first SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view event (since February 2007’s No Way Out) WWE Backlash, the Arizona Cardinals paid tribute to her in a very interesting way. After Larry Fitzgerald scored a touchdown in the Cardinals’ home opener for the season, the stadium speakers played her awesome theme music. Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ooooooohhhhhhh…

Continue reading So, The Arizona Cardinals Use WWE Women’s Champion Becky Lynch’s Theme Song To Celebrate Scores…

Watch and Listen to The Star Wars Theme Being Played on Floppy Drives…

Five years ago in 2011, Paweł Zadrożniak, a university student in Poland, hooked up two floppy disk drives and began making music. Now, he’s assembled a full symphony, which he calls the “Floppotron,” a large assembly that includes 64 floppy drives and eight 8-channel controllers with envelope stimulation.  The device was shown in a video on his posted to his blog. showing off the improvement made from the original two-drive setup over the course of five years. Continue reading Watch and Listen to The Star Wars Theme Being Played on Floppy Drives…

Rocky Romero of NJPW Just Dropped An Album. Say What?!?

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Are you familiar with New Japan Pro Wrestling, then you’re PROBABLY also familiar with Rocky Romero. If not, you should know that he’s a longtime tag team specialist and sometimes dons the mask of Black Tiger, a legacy gimmick once held by the legendary Eddie Guerrero. He also has something in common with WWE stars John Cena, Shawn Michaels, and Tyler Breeze: he performs his own theme song, “RPG Vice Theme,” where he’s the vocalist AND producer. However, the story doesn’t stop there… Continue reading Rocky Romero of NJPW Just Dropped An Album. Say What?!?

#HappyStarWarsDay! Here’s J.J. Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda performing the new Star Wars cantina song…

Today, Abrams joined Miranda, as part of #Ham4Ham, the tradition in which Miranda and the Hamilton cast give short street performances to crowds that are unable to get into Wednesday and Saturday performances of the awesomely-nominated-for-SIXTEEN-Tony-Awards Hamilton, put on this collaboration live on the streets of New York.

The song, titled “Jabba Flow” — Miranda says the song’s lyrics are in Jabba the Hutt’s native language — will be available to stream on the official Star Wars website and is currently available for purchase on iTunes for 99¢. However, you could just watch and re-watch the live performance clip above all day long!

Here’s a Full Swedish Orchestra performing a Mega Man Medley…

The eight-minute video above is something else.  It features the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, comprised of people in their 50s (or older), many of whom have likely never played a game in the Mega Man series, flawlessly perform theme songs from the games.  It is quite the amazing sight! Most of the set has music from Mega Man 3, but also includes music from 1 and 2, as themes representing Spark Man and Elec Man sound as if they were part of a film score. In other words, it’s wonderful to hear the music I’m used to hearing on the NES now being played by a full orchestra.

Things That Make You Go WOOOOOOOO! My Favorite Ric Flair Non-Wrestling Moments

Last week, 16-time World Heavyweight Champion and two-time WWE Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair celebrated his 67th birthday, but it’s clear that his fanbase extends beyond the confines of the squared circle. Flair has his fair share of followers in the entertainment industry, as he’s dipped his hand in some movies, cartoons, game shows, video games, commercials and other projects. Such as…. Continue reading Things That Make You Go WOOOOOOOO! My Favorite Ric Flair Non-Wrestling Moments

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