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Watch Alexa rap with Too Many T’s in this interactive music video

Alexa can already sing and rap, but now she’s the star of a new music video by the English rap duo Too Many T’s. The London-based rappers this week released an interactive video that lets Alexa sing along by triggering with voice commands, then pausing while she answers. The result is essentially a duet between Alexa and Too Many T’s that you can listen to at home using your own Alexa device, when played within earshot of your sound system’s speakers or some other source of audio. In the video below, Too Many T’s explain how the interactive experience works and demo it with an Echo Dot. If you don’t have an Echo device of your own, this would be the one to watch: However, if you do have an Echo or some other Alexa-powered speaker, you’ll want to play the “Home” version of the song instead. This is the version where they’ve left openings in the song for your own Echo to respond to the various triggers. To try this out for yourself, you’ll need a voice device that responds to the name “Alexa” (not “computer” or “Amazon” if you’ve changed it). And you’ll need to set your device to U.S. English. In the video, Alexa is asked questions like, “what’s 250 million times 0.004?” and “Alexa, can you sing in auto-tune?” (She can, and it’s awesome.) And...

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This MIDI-powered robotic music box is the good news I needed this week

It’s been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box. Tinkerer and music box aficionado Mitxela (via Hackaday) was pleased by this music box that takes punch cards or rolls as input, rather than having a metal drum with the notes sticking out of it. But who wants to punch cards all day to make a music box go? These things are supposed to be simple! Mitxela first made a script that takes a MIDI file and outputs an image compatible with his laser cutter, allowing cards or paper strips to be created more or less automatically. But then there’s the question of wear and tear, storing the strips, taping them together for long pieces… why not just have the MIDI controller drive the music box directly? It clearly took some elbow grease, but he managed to create a lovely little machine that does just that. The MIDI pattern maps to a set of small servos, each of which is attached to a rigid brass wire and plastic tip. When the servo activates, the tip pushes the corresponding little cylinder in the music box, producing a note. Now MIDI files (single-instrument ones,...

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Musicians, actors and influencers plan social media takeover to support #MarchForOurLives

Some of the biggest names in music, movies and social media are plotting an Instagram takeover in support of Saturday’s #MarchForOurLives. At noon Pacific today, celebrities including Snoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers and more will post the following message across their social media channels. Protect kids, not guns! Use your voice, share this picture and march in your city on Saturday, March 24th. #IWillMarch #MarchForOurLives Marches are taking place across the world. As of publication there are 831 March For Our Lives events and interested attendees can register to attend marches here: The...

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