The Technology of Music

Ancient Chinese Instrument Plays Mario Bros. Theme

ThreeQuarter_ShengWhen you actually start looking back through some of the more obscure bits of history, it really is astonishing how many things that we think of as fairly modern, have actually been around for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese, for instance, had a pretty good grasp on the workings of the cosmos, were able to do some remarkable things with gunpowder, and played Super Mario Brothers.

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User Input: AtomicToasters 8-Bit Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestras are the coolest, man!

Orchestras are the coolest, man!

We’ve been periodically using the tag “AtomicToasters 8-Bit Philharmonic Orchestra for some time now, almost since the earliest days of the site. While the 8-bit aspect of it does tend to make for some fantastic music, as demonstrated all those years ago with the original Nintendo console, and the old Nokia ringtones, we’re thinking it’s time to upgrade.

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User Input: 8-Bit Nostalgia

Reproduction video games, courtesy of videogamemuseum.com

On my drive home yesterday, the radio host was talking about how he’d just bought himself an original, first-generation, blow-on-the-cartridges-to-make-them-work Nintendo Entertainment System. The dilemma was that he had no games for to play on said machine, and was soliciting his listening audience to tell him how […]

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User Input: Pixelated Magic

Somehow, 3D just makes it weirder.

If you’re a gamer, you’re probably used to the current crop of games that’s out there right now. You know the type: immaculate gradients, faithful rendering, life-like splatter-patterns. Video games have finally reached the point where the graphics are actually better, in some cases, than the television […]

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Musical Interlude: Stephen Hawking Has The Moves Like Jagger

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I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it does conjure up an amusing mental picture.

Some very odd young man has created a robot band. And they’re improving. And they have a plan.

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MarioPaint Composer Masterpieces

Now show us what you can create!

Thanks to Jeff Glucker, I’m now going to be spending the weekend creating silly songs in MarioPaint Composer.

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