We Are Rewind gives the portable cassette player a modern makeover

Everyone knows that LPs have experienced a resurgence, but it seems that the analog cassette tape may also be due for a comeback. With that in mind, a French entrepreneur is now offering a portable cassette player that's designed for modern times.

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MeloQuest turns learning to play piano into a gaming adventure

Learning to play the piano is tough, and can be a bit boring. Many people hire a tutor, but technology can help maintain your interest and keep you motivated too. MeloQuest has launched a mobile adventure game that's designed to do just that.

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Robotic string exciter makes for polyphonic music-making fun

Instrument maker Frank Piesik has built a three-string robotic music machine called Greg's Harp where three different actuators excite the strings in different ways to produce sound controlled by a MIDI keyboard.

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Optical guitar pickup can be programmed with a smartphone app

Rather than use magnets and coils to convert string motion into an analog voltage for amplified output, the ōPik uses infrared light to capture the vibrations of the strings above it. This versatile optical pickup has now launched on Kickstarter.

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Swedish retro designer turns MIDI percussion into boxy art

Created as a visual element for stage performances, the latest project from Love Hultén is an audiovisual sculpture called Slagwerk-101 – a set of percussion instruments driven by MIDI-controlled solenoids.

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Mini record cutter lets music lovers cut their own vinyl in minutes

Musician and designer Yuri Suzuki has collaborated with Japanese education company Gakken to create a cute little record cutting machine that gets music-making consumers cutting their own five-inch vinyl records in a few short minutes.

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