music
Here’s Where Gorillaz Get All Their Unusual Samples

Daft Punk isn’t the only musical group who packs its hits full of obscure and eclectic samples. Gorillaz have been borrowing funky beats and catchy rhythms from other artists for over 16 years now, and YouTube’s Kirima Nagi has found the source of almost every last one in this comprehensive quarter-hour video. Read More >>

science
A Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Could Turn Your T-Shirts Into Amazing Speakers

2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a heat-powered graphene chip that could replace the speaker in your phone, scientists at Michigan State University have developed a paper-thin, flexible electronic panel that could turn fabrics into speakers—among other applications. Read More >>

tv
Torchwood Is Getting a Fifth Series, But Only in Audio Form

If you were still somehow hoping that the Doctor Who spinoff series Torchwood could return to TV, six years after it last aired, then we’ve got some news for you. The good news is Torchwood is finally getting an official continuation! The bad news is if you wanted it on TV, because it’s going to be a new audio drama series from Big Finish. Read More >>

technology
A Graphene Speaker With No Moving Parts Uses Heat to Produce Sound

The traditional speaker design involves the use of a vibrating membrane that pushes air to create sound waves that travel to your ears. The technology has been in use for well over a century, but scientists at the University of Exeter might have found a way to improve how speakers work—eliminating movement altogether—using the wonder material graphene. Read More >>

audio
Forget Podcasts – Now You Can Make Your Own DAB Radio Show

Ever wanted to host your own radio show? Like, on the proper radio? Well, now could be your chance thanks to a new, experimental DAB radio station called Upload Radio. Read More >>

streaming
Your Favourite Music App Has Higher Quality Audio Than You Think

Chances are you’ve signed up to at least one streaming service—but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you’re always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files. Read More >>

daft punk
This Is Where All of Daft Punk’s Impossibly Catchy Samples Come From

Have you ever found yourself listening to some classic 70s funk, rock, or disco and suddenly recognised a portion of the song you swear you’ve heard elsewhere? As YouTube’s Daftworld reveals, it was probably in a Daft Punk track, given the duo’s almost bizarrely impressive ability to turn classic samples into electro hits. Read More >>

audio
The Sonos Playbase Will Add Oomph To Your Home Theatre Setup

Good news if you don’t have neighbours: Sonos has today announced a fancy new speaker system that is designed to sit under your telly: The Playbase. Giz UK got to check it out last week - here’s what we learned. Read More >>

gadgets
Sony’s Concept Earphones are Home to a Virtual Assistant

The virtual assistant hasn't exactly been a recent development, especially when you consider how old Clippy is. But that hasn't stopped the tech companies going nuts for them over the past year or so, and it seems like everyone is scrambling to get their own AI companions to market in the hopes that everyone will forget Siri and Google Assistant exist. Sony is the latest one to give it a go, but rather than sticking an AI into a phone or a glorified speaker it's gone and put it in a pair of earphones. Read More >>

audio
Leaked Sonos PlayBase Actually Has a Chance of Not Sucking

Sonos is getting ready to expand its home cinema lineup, according to multiple leaks that surfaced in the past few days. Photos of a new Sonos product called the “PlayBase” speaker have been featured in a B&H Listing, several tweets, and FCC listing. Base speakers of this kind—which sit directly under a TV—have typically received poor reviews from audio fans, but Sonos’ proprietary sound-tuning software could give this thing hope. Read More >>

headphones
Lightning Earbuds With Built-in Charging Make Avoiding Wireless Slightly Easier

After the initial outrage of Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 died down, users not wanting to go wireless soon realised that using the phone’s Lightning port meant they could no longer charge while listening to music. Pioneer’s new Rayz Plus earbuds include a simple solution to that problem, but they’re still far from perfect. Read More >>

comics
Listen to Stephen Fry and Watchmen’s Dave Gibbons Discuss the Art of Sound on Comic Books

Vworp. Kapow. Biff, bang, pow! The onomatopoeic words we’ve seen splayed out across comic pages over the years are some of the most important parts (and iconic) of the medium. But how do artists and writers actually come up with the words? For legendary Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, there’s a lot of fun involved. Read More >>

design
These Days Everyone Needs a Soundproof Cardboard Box You Can Scream in

Every time you turn on the news, open Twitter, or do anything other than hide under a blanket, there’s another good reason to just stop and scream for a couple of minutes. But to ensure you don’t disturb your neighbour's own screams, grab yourself one of these soundproof cardboard boxes. Read More >>

gadgets
New Features Turn This Classic Toy Synthesiser Into a Modern Instrument

Though musicians like David Bowie found ways to incorporate the Stylophone’s unique sound into their music, the tiny synthesiser has mostly been considered nothing more than a musical toy. But Dubreq wants to change that with a new feature-packed version of the Stylophone that might finally legitimise the toy as a real musical instrument. Read More >>

onkyo
Forgetting a £80,000 Pair of Diamond-Saturated Headphones on a Plane Would Be Tragic

Thanks to Onkyo, throwing on a pair of fancy rose gold Beats headphones is no longer a status symbol. Compared to Onkyo’s new Diamond Headphones which will be available — to a select few — for somewhere around £80,000, those rose gold ear goggles you were so proud of might as well be just another boring pair of white iPhone earbuds. Read More >>