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Meet the YouTuber who's been making musical instruments out of produce for 11 years


Anything can be a musical instrument if you try hard and believe in yourself. Case in point: Junji Koyama, a prolific YouTuber and elementary school teacher who has been making flutes and horns out of produce -- yes, fruits and vegetables -- for over 11 years. Koyama records himself playing a song on each of his instruments, which range from carrots to radishes to, in one case, a dandelion stem. They all sound great, because he is a genius. Below, for example, is an ocarina made from a carrot (with leaves).

Arturia discounts its software instruments, effects and sound banks by 50 percent


Arturia has launched a new promotion to help those who are just starting their musical journey. Until February 17th, the company has discounted individual software instruments, effects and presets by 50 percent. The highlight of the sale is Arturia's Pigments software. At 50 percent off, you can get the company's original virtual synth for $99, instead of $199. Outside of the fact it's discounted, now is also a great time to pick up Pigments because Arturia recently released an update to add support for Apple's M1 chips.

Artiphon lets you play almost any instrument you want on one simple device


The Artiphon is back and better than ever. If you've heard of this smart "everyone" instrument before, you know that it lets you play any song on any instrument you can imagine -- all on the same device. The creators were aiming to reach an ambitiously wide spectrum of people, so when when they say the "everyone" instrument, they aren't kidding. Getting into music creation and learning to play an instrument may have been an overwhelming (and expensive) process in the past, but this super successful Kickstarter project has since changed the game. Now, anyone and everyone interested in music creation can pick up an Artiphon and get their groove on, even if they would never walk into a Guitar Center.

These impossible instruments could change the future of music

MIT Technology Review

What Sassoon had heard were the early results of a curious project at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where Ducceschi was a researcher at the time. The Next Generation Sound Synthesis, or NESS, team had pulled together mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists to produce the most lifelike digital music ever created, by running hyper-realistic simulations of trumpets, guitars, violins, and more on a supercomputer. Sassoon, who works with both orchestral and digital music, "trying to smash the two together," was hooked. He became a resident composer with NESS, traveling back and forth between Milan and Edinburgh for the next few years. It was a steep learning curve.