Beatport’s streaming service for DJs sends music directly to decks

DJs are used to lugging their music around on vinyl and less back-breaking external drives, but they soon might not need to bring much of anything for their next gig. Beatport recently introduced its $15 per month Link service that streams tracks dir...

Yamaha’s uniquely designed e-violin is all about the flair of the performance!

Short for the Yamaha Eletric Violin, the YEV explores a fundamental truth of electric instruments… and that is that electric instruments don’t need to worry about sound acoustics. A guitar is shaped the way it’s shaped so that air can vibrate in its hollow body. A drum too. Even a saxophone. But when you look at the electric versions of these instruments, you don’t need to worry about resonance, vibrations, and acoustics. That’s why an electric guitar is thinner and doesn’t have a hole. Electric drums are just literally tiles that you strike a drumstick against… and the YEV, just like with other electric instruments, doesn’t need to worry about hollow spaces and sound vibrations. However, what the YEV does with this liberation-from-volume is rather interesting, in that the violin is designed to be completely skeletal.

Looking at the YEV’s body, it’s easy to tell that it’s a violin, but I guess you’d spend a good 10 seconds marveling exactly how it treats surfaces and volumes… or in other words, how it looks. With an extremely streamlined body that houses all the electronics, the YEV comes with a relatively violin-esque silhouette, thanks to a curved wooden veneer that gives the violin its definition. The veneer also interestingly makes the YEV see-through, because the product doesn’t have a front or back, making for a very interesting performance, which is honestly what this violin is all about!

The YEV Electric Violin is a winner of the Design Intelligence Award for the year 2018.

Designer: Yamaha

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A turntable fitting for the 2020s

As a fitting companion to our favorite (and perhaps the most controversially popular) music playback device, the Elbow Cassette Player, Louis Berger’s oTon is a quirky playback device for serious design junkies and audiophiles.

With a design that’s audacious enough to get me to quit Spotify to listen to LP discs full time, the oTon is vertical, exposes most of the vinyl disc, and is practically completely transparent… a design choice that makes the album art on the vinyl discs visible during playback. The oTon works by wirelessly sending audio to a nearby speaker (it doesn’t come with an in-built speaker, as you’ll clearly be able to see), but another interesting little feature is the oTon’s ability to rip audio from the vinyl discs and export them to your phone, to listen to while on the go!

Designer: Louis Berger

Twitch streamers can soundtrack shows with Anjunabeats’ dance tunes

Twitch streamers don't have great options for legal music -- if they're not willing to pay for licenses, they typically have to either rely on free-to-use fare or accept that parts of their on-demand video will be muted. They'll have a better option...

Google’s subscription music numbers reportedly top 15 million

Even as subscription services eat up an ever-growing portion of the overall music business, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal report that Google's packages are not expanding at the same rate. RIAA numbers showed subscription services added more t...