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This Scrolling Storybook is Also Playing Its Own Fantastic Soundtrack

The stories Mari Lesteberg tells won’t put her on the New York Times’ bestseller list, but that doesn’t make them any less fantastic. Watching her simple side-scrolling tale of a little girl venturing into a dark cave isn’t terribly exciting, until you realise the artwork is actually playing the accompanying soundtrack using the tiny piano on the far left. Read More >>

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You Can Play This Tiny Keyboard With Your Gestures

Keys is a MIDI keyboard, built with aspiring piano students in mind. It's a pretty small guy, making it a great travelling companion (who says you can't play a keyboard by the campfire?). But the coolest thing about Keys is it incorporates gestures—so you can travel up and down octaves by just waving your hands. Read More >>

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The Vinyl Artwork on Qbert’s New Album Doubles as a MIDI DJ Controller

Audiophiles have a laundry list of reasons why you should be buying your music on vinyl, but with DJ Qbert's new album Extraterrestria, aspiring turntablists now have a reason to skip the MP3s too. Using printed MIDI technology from a company called Novalia, the artwork in the vinyl's sleeve doubles as a DJ controller for Algoriddim's djay iOS app. Read More >>

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A MIDI Joystick is Definitely the Best Way to Play Music

In the music video for his aptly-named track Arcade, M4SONIC is seen playing a custom-made arcade-style joystick that's actually a MIDI instrument. Instead of using a piano keyboard, or a rhythm pad filled with countless buttons to trigger MIDI samples, this creation let M4SONIC channel his childhood Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat skills into his music. Read More >>

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Beatstep is a MIDI Controller and Step Sequencer in One Tiny Package

Inexpensive, portable hardware for electronic music usually comes short on the features. A beginner 25-key MIDI keyboard, for example, isn't going to get you very far towards making big music, even if it does fit in your backpack. Arturia's new Beatstep is remarkable because manages to put both a software controller and sequencer in one portable package. Read More >>

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Akai MPC Fly Stuffs a Classic Sampler into an iPad Case

Akai's original MPC revolutionized music forever by combining all of the tools a producer needs—a sampler, mixer, multi-track recorder and editor—in one device. The new ultra-portable iPad version of the hardware might do the same thing for a new generation. Read More >>

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Turn Your iPad Into a Music Studio With Griffin’s New MIDI Gear

The iPad offers great promise in terms of music making, and I'm not talking about karaoke or strange virtual guitar concepts: artists like Gorrilaz have managed to record full songs using them. Now you can, too, thanks to Griffin. Read More >>