Musi turns your messy room into music

Since 2010, there has been an uprising of digitally enhanced instruments. So why hasn’t anyone created an instrument that creates dynamic melodies based on its surroundings? A bit far-fetched, you may say. But what if that instrument could take the crap you left on the floor and turn it into electric symphonies? The Musi is a device that turns the objects around it into rhythmic melodies. So if you’ve ever wanted to argue your way out of a messy situation, the Musi seems like the perfect excuse. “No, I’m sorry, but cleaning would disrupt the musical masterpiece laid out on the floor.”

It functions through an octagonal octave reading system, which essentially wraps the device in an octagonal octave. Depending on the distance to the objects you’ve laid around it, the device will lower or raise the pitch. The closer it is the lower the pitch, and vice versa. Turning the device on activates the sensors on each side of the machine, which in turn sparks off a melody based on the objects you’ve laid around it.

Musi was designed by Ernest Warzocha, an interaction designer who recently graduated from School of Form in Poznan, Poland, where he studied communication design. Musi was part of his graduation work, and he made two versions: the Musi and the Musi Pro. Both were inspired by creative learning techniques and projects like the Cubetto, an analog game designed to teach children coding. This child-oriented design has found its way into the Musi Pro, which has a stronger focus on the musical aspects of the device. It can be used as a MIDI controller together with music production software, whereas the original Musi simply interacts with its environment in one basic setting. Going Pro allows the user to change the BPM, sensor range, note length, reverse the order of notes, and, if you’ve got several, you can create chords by connecting a few sub-modules to the main module.

Practical uses for this device are still uncertain, but it might be different enough to spark curiosity among other musicians, and perhaps make people less prone to cleaning their rooms. If nothing else, it certainly looks like a fun device to use in the classroom, if for no other purpose than to learn music in a very physical way.


Winamp eyes big comeback in 2019 with podcast, streaming support

Classic audio player Winamp is getting a major overhaul in 2019 that's designed to bring it up-to-date and make it competitive with the likes of Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Audible, and more, all in one go.

Jam out in style with the 25 best playlists on Spotify

Music is the world's most potent drug, and the best playlists on Spotify will make you catch feelings. We've scoured the service for its top collections, and brought them together in one place -- for you.
Home Theater

Apple Music recommendations could get superpowers thanks to latest acquisition

Following the approval of its Shazam acquisition, a new report has surfaced saying that Apple has acquired music analytics firm Asaii, with its founders now members of the Apple Music team.

From 'E.T." to 'Lord of the Rings,' these are the best movie soundtracks ever

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled popular music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.

Here are the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.

A wealth of rich tunes: Cash in with the best songs about money

There may not be as many songs about money as there are songs about love, but it's a close second. If you're looking for a skrilla-inspired playlist, check out our picks for the best songs about money.
Home Theater

Genius gives Apple Music a brainy boost with new lyrics integration

Genius has announced its most in-depth partnership to date with Apple Music, bringing lyrics to the app as well as making it the default player for the Genius mobile app and website.
Home Theater

5 gorgeous turntables that spin stacks of wax in style for less than $500

Vinyl records are awesome, but they're also finicky. To get the best out of your stacks of wax, it's best to play them on a quality turntable. Here are the best turntables to be had for under $500.

Spotify vs. Pandora: Which music streaming service is better for you?

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.

The best new music this week: Kurt Vile, Valley Maker, and more

Are you looking for the best new music? Each week, we scour the internet to find the most compelling new releases. On tap this week: Kurt Vile, Valley Maker, Broncho, The Dodos, Colter Wall, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Amy Winehouse is coming back as a ‘hologram’ for a 2019 world tour

Amy Winehouse is set for a holographic return to the stage in 2019 in a global tour featuring her greatest hits, though how fans of the late singer feel about the "comeback" is another question entirely.

How to convert and play FLAC music files on your iPhone or iPad

The high-resolution revolution is upon us, and FLAC files are a popular way to store hi-res sound. But what if you’re an iOS user? Check out our article to find out more about FLAC files, and how to use them on Apple devices.
Home Theater

Make your vinyl collection really shine with one of the best phono preamps

Whether you're looking for a quick fix to set up your first turntable or a long-term audio upgrade for higher-quality sound, here are the best phono preamps you can buy that won't empty out your wallet.
Home Theater

The best MP3 players of 2018

Want to go for a run, but your phone is weighing you down? No worries. Can't fit your whole music library on your smartphone? Don't sweat it. Check out our list of the best MP3 players, and find one that works for you.