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The Yaybahar: A New Instrument That Sounds Out of this World.

Someone Invented a New Acoustic Instrument and You Have to Hear it to Believe it.

These days, you’d be forgiven for thinking innovation is derived exclusively from computers, programmers and code. But the invention of the Yaybahar, “an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen,” proves that this isn’t always the case – there’s still room for creation on a traditionally fundamental level. The instrument, made of strings, wood, coiled springs and membranes produces a lush auditory landscape, unlike anything else.

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Intermission: Listening to Los Angeles

A new website streams live LAPD radio chatter over a background of ambient music. The result is hypnotic, beautiful, and utterly compelling.


"You are listening to Los Angeles" streams live LAPD radio chatter over a background of Creative Commons-licensed ambient music from SoundCloud. It was created by web and video game producer Eric Eberhardt, and it is hypnotic, beautiful, and utterly compelling.

Eberhardt explains how he came up with the idea for the site:

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