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Electronic Music

OP-Z Portable Synthesizer

OP-Z Portable Synthesizer
$599  Buy Link Comment

Teenage Engineering’s OP-Z combines a synth and sequencer in a minimal device. It can record 8 audio tracks and 8 control tracks at once, and has a 2-octave keyboard, speaker, microphone, headphone jack, and USB-C/MIDI ports built in. It also works wirelessly with iOS.

Roli Beatmaker Kit

Roli Beatmaker Kit
$299-$339  Buy Link Comment

This set from digital instrument maker Roli includes everything you need to play drums and other rhythmic sounds with your fingers. The kit includes a touch-sensitive Lightpad Block, a Loop Block, synth apps, over 300 sounds, and a 6-month subscription to Melodics.

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How to Be a Kraftwerk

How to Be a Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk’s 1978 The Robots is an electronic music masterpiece. But it was originally performed by four musicians robots. Doctor Mix shows us how to perform the track with a single Arturia Matrixbrute synthesizer, which is able to perfectly replicate all of the the classic sounds.

Carpenter Brut: Maniac

Carpenter Brut: Maniac

Put on your leg warmers, and pour a bucket of water on yourself! Electro-rock act Carpenter Brut is here to light up the place with a fantastic live performance of Michael Sembello’s hit Maniac from the 1983 film Flashdance. The track is available for download on their live album.

Oh, My!

Oh, My!

Remixer and composer Melodysheep used sound samples and footage from The Wizard of Oz to create a wonderful and ethereal new track perfectly suits the dreamy feel of the film. We love the way he incorporated the Tin Man’s clank into the rhythm.

Nigel Stanford: Automatica

Nigel Stanford: Automatica

Musician Nigel Stanford is accompanied by a roomful of KUKA industrial robots in the video for his dynamic electronic track Automatica. The robot arms play guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, and of course wield deadly lasers. The brief behind the scenes video is worth a watch too.

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

One of the more entertaining robotic groups we’ve heard was built by FT Mechatronics, whose electronic band consists of a variety of stepper motors, solenoids, hard drives, oscilloscopes, a robot xylophone, nixie tubes, and a tesla coil. Here, it plays Hello by OMFG.

Alternative Doctor Who Themes

Alternative Doctor Who Themes

George C Music has been creating alternative versions of the Doctor Who theme music, to approximate what it might have sounded like if created by other musicians. We can’t decide if we like the Kraftwerk or the John Carpenter version best. The swing jazz is cool too.

softPop Analog Noise Creature

softPop Analog Noise Creature
~$350  Buy Link Comment

A nifty noisemaker for electronic musicians, the softPop’s analog brain makes a virtually endless variety of sounds. Its semi-modular design means you can modify sounds not only with its sliders, but via a patch bay. It can also process external sounds through its filters.

Flop Good Inc.

Flop Good Inc.

There’s something about the high-pitched sound of the scannner stepper motor that suits itself so well to Gorillaz Feel Good Inc., it now takes its place as our favorite cover track from Paweł Zadrożniak’s electromechanical orchestram, beating out The Final Flopdown.

Ronald Jenkees: Quest for the Jam

Ronald Jenkees: Quest for the Jam

Electronic music phenom Ronald Jenkees’ music video is a tour de force of colorful retro-style pixel art, created by animator Ben Luce of Soul Proprietor, who will use funds raised by fans of the video to support cancer research. From the new album Rhodes Deep. (Thanks Scott!)

Glorious MIDI Unicorn

Glorious MIDI Unicorn

It took him a whole lot of work, but Andrew Huang created a seemingly magical piece of music which looks like a unicorn when viewed in the note grid of his MIDI sequencer. For more musical images, check out the works of musician Savant.

Jamie XX: Gosh

Jamie XX: Gosh
$1.29  Buy Link Comment

Romain Gavras’ video for Jamie XX’s electronica track Gosh leaves a whole lot open to interpretation, but it’s still one of the most visually powerful music videos we’ve seen, as a veritable army of followers flock to a mysterious man. From the album In Colour.

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Stranger Things Live Cover

Stranger Things Live Cover

Given all of the intricacies of S U R V I V E’s original version of the Stranger Things theme song, we think that musician Wandertalk did a great job replicating the sound on his collection of retro and analog synthesizers.

Dato Duo Synthesizer

Dato Duo Synthesizer
~$334+  Pledge Comment

Toon Welling and David Menting designed this plaything which encourages face-to-face interaction, with one person controlling an analog synthesizer, and the other controlling a sequencer on the other side. Its simple enough for kids, but awesome enough for all ages.

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