If you’re like us at all, you’ll have a reading list that’s as long as your arm. Instead of doing your typical list of books on a guest blog, Rob Boffard turns to an unconventional medium: rap video.
Musician Tony Ann recreated popular ringtones—like the iPhone’s Marimba and T-Mobile’s jingle—with a piano. Though hearing other people’s ringtones in real life is totally annoying, listening to their piano arrangements is quite nice (in a “hey, I know this tune but can’t quite figure out why I know it” sort of way).
As most of the io9 staff is American, our knowledge of Eurovision is very poor. But we do know that it’s a crime that Belarus has been knocked out and can’t win the whole thing.
What’s this? Oh, just John Carpenter performing the theme from Escape From New York live in a Los Angeles recording studio. (Carpenter directed the video, too, natch.) Crank it up, imagine yourself infiltrating the prison that’s replaced Manhattan, and succumb to the incredible urge to suddenly don an eye patch.
A couple of days ago, we asked you for your favorite scifi novelty songs, and boy did you deliver. Now we’ve handcrafted a Spotify playlist which is packed full of earworms for you to
enjoy, and you guys have only yourselves to
Vinyl nerds love limited editions, and one of the rarest subsets of gimmick records are the liquid-filled variety. You read that right—liquid-filled vinyl. The concept isn’t all that new, and was first (abortively) attempted by Disney in the ’70s, but it’s only become popular and viable in more recent years.
In celebration of Star Wars Day, J.J. Abrams himself made a cameo. He showed up in New York City alongside Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda to sing “Jabba Flow,” the song the duo co-wrote for Maz Kanata’s castle in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
I wish I could see more of the build process for artist Koka Nikoladze’s mechanical beat machines, but the little teasers of shaping springs and wires and wood in the video will have to do. In the end, the machines become adorably weird music boxes that are totally programmable and can “produce different kinds of…
On Friday, we looked at “Doctor Jones,” a song that somehow references Indiana Jones, but also gets everything about that character wrong. Now we’re asking you, what’s your favorite song about a science fiction book, movie, TV show, or game?
The band Radiohead erased itself from the internet earlier this week Or did it? Now, from the echoing empty chambers of the band’s blank slate of engagement, there is a new auditory experience.
Radiohead has left the internet. The band seems to have removed its online presence, replacing its home page with a plain white screen, deleting its Twitter and Facebook history—and sending out hard copy leaflets in the post.
Hey, who remembers Aqua? And now, who remembers anything about Aqua that isn’t about how they got sued by Mattel for the song “Barbie Girl?” Because they also did a song that mentioned Indiana Jones. It is very bad and also very amazing.
Lots of people say they’re children of the ‘80, but I’m of the belief that isn’t true unless you know The Monster Squad. Fred Dekker’s under-appreciated 1987 monster mash-up remains a worthy cult classic and Mondo is about to pay tribute in an awesome way.
An ancient song repertory lost since the 11th century has been reconstructed by researchers from the University of Cambridge.
Prince always had superpowers. You only had to witness him picking up a guitar or sitting down at a keyboard to know it. His voice could encompass Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and Mick Jagger, while remaining recognizable as its own thing. But around the time he created his own musical fantasia out of Tim Burton’s …
“Prince está muerto. Prince is dead.” A female voice announces these words in a sing-song, matter-of-fact tone during The Gold Experience, Prince’s 1995 album. Prince hadn’t actually died, of course—he had changed his name to a symbol and created a brand new identity. He reinvented himself, as he did so many times…
Yes, this vocodery song about Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer, will totally get stuck in your head. But it’s totally worth it, because everyone should think about Ada Lovelace more.
Master of horror John Carpenter is, of course, also a master musician, having created the iconic, influential scores for classics like Halloween, They Live, and Assault on Precinct 13. His new album, Lost Themes II, is out April 15 (NPR is currently streaming the whole thing). He just dropped a woozy video to promote…