Hipster Sound is a website with a simple, unerring purpose: to provide ambient recreations of "hipster" environments such as coffee shops, buffet cars and the capital of France. It's quite well thought-out. For example, the coffee shops have optional pianos. I couldn't find a meta-control for "coded resentment of fashionable young people," though.
My colleague Brent Butterworth has a fantastic new piece on Wirecutter about the recent revival of music on tape cassettes — and why it's so hard to make them sound good, on a very technical level. CDs can flawlessly reproduce the entire range of audio from 20 hertz (half an octave below the lowest note… READ THE REST
Over the last eight months, NASA's Perseverance rover has used two onboard microphones to record more than five hours of sounds on the Red Planet, from wind gusts to the roll of the rover's wheels and the buzzing of the Ingenuity autonomous helicopter's blades. Perseverance is the first probe to be outfitted with dedicated microphones.… READ THE REST
If you've run out of bat detectors but the bat detector store has already closed for the day, fret not! Here is kryptonaut's report about constructing a bat detector with a Raspberry Pi and other inexpensive components. The code isn't made available, but if you have some experience coding bare-metal on the Pi it shouldn't… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Hackers are at it more than ever. Major companies, governments, and organizations all over the world are hit by thieves looking for a big payday. It's not enough to have real-world thieves to… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Taking control of your money is a great step to building a better life. Since most of us can't rely on the occasional cash explosion to bail us out, we should learn a… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Do you love sampling and making your own music? Do you create karaoke songs for your friends? It can be a huge pain getting the vocals out of a song manually… READ THE REST