This wonderful electronic music was created using an optical synthesizer called a Variophone, which was invented in the 1930s. Variophones were photoelectric instruments. These instruments use sound waves that have been cut onto cardboard disks. Both the music and the abstract spiral animation were way ahead of their time.
Over the last few months, Andy from the synthwave group Atomic Ghost and I have been working on some remote remix collaborations. Basically: I send him a vocal track and a guitar track, and he does the rest. We're working on a full debut EP right now, but we decided to drop our first new… READ THE REST
Uwe Schütte's new book, Kraftwerk: Future Music From Germany, had me at the EMS Synthi AKS on the cover. This iconic and much sought after suitcase synth from the early 1970s was used extensively by Brian Eno (from Roxy Music onward), and by David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, and it turns out,… READ THE REST
In this episode of "Songs That Changed Music," Warren Huart looks at the pioneering synthpop of Tubeaway Army and Gary Numan and how Numan's "Cars" would end up having a profound impact on burgeoning new wave, mainstream pop, electronica, industrial music, and more. Bonus track:Fast-forward to 2009: Image: Screengrab READ THE REST
Belgian waffles are a blank template for unforgettable weekend breakfasts. From savory creations with avocado, bacon, and goat cheese to the traditional sweet kinds with berries, powdered sugar, and syrup, waffles are unstoppable. However, nothing brings down a waffle-inspired dream morning like the antiquated, dirty waffle iron that cooks unevenly or worse, unexpectedly burns and dries… READ THE REST
Summer is here, which means we're spending less time under blankets and more time under stars. And, while we're no longer chasing the sun quite as fast, sometimes random household chores do need an extra flash of light here and there. This One80 LED Headlamp will help you get the darker things done so you can get back… READ THE REST
From your music streaming subscriptions and bank accounts to your work laptop, passwords unlock the most vital things in our lives. Unfortunately, that's a mess to track unless you're exceptionally organized or have some intricate communication system for your passwords and logins. If you aren't, you might deal with many forgotten unique passwords, annoying security questions, and botched password… READ THE REST