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Tiny Darth Vader plays a mean Star Wars tune on his cello

Ryan, 7, pays tribute to Star Wars by dressing up as Darth Vader and playing "The Imperial March."

By November 9, 2015


Instrument 1: A violin, keyboard, guitar and cello in one digital instrument

A crazy gadget that looks like a toy fretboard peripheral for a video game is actually a highly versatile instrument that can be played in many ways.

By March 8, 2015


Young Star Wars fan caught singing 'Imperial March' on baby monitor

Some kids start loving Star Wars while they're still in the crib. Just listen to this little girl humming Darth Vader's theme song for proof.

By November 16, 2015


Watch Fallout 4 composer Inon Zur perform main theme on piano, it'll give you goose bumps

Plus, hear the full orchestral version included in the game.

By September 21, 2015


Sinuous 3D-printed didgeridoo embraces the player with sound

3D printing has allowed the creation of a suite of instruments that explore the relationship between humans and the instruments we use to create music.

By September 10, 2015


Say hello to a radically redesigned cello -- with optical effects

The Cello 2.0 from Bayer MaterialScience has a cutaway resin body that can display graphics or videos.

By October 23, 2013


The secret art of cutting music into records, one disc at a time

Peek under the veil of an underground group of musicians and sound engineers who own record lathes, machines that cut music records from blank discs.

By June 24, 2015


Wearable metronome keeps a silent haptic beat

Soundbrenner Pulse is a wearable, watch-like device that uses haptic feedback to keep a pulsing beat on your skin.

By March 31, 2015


This strange and beautiful object is a 3D-printed violin

A 3D-printed violin is just one of a suite of instruments designed to provide a collaborative experience exploring our relationship with sound.

By March 3, 2015


Here's how NPR introduced the Internet 20 years ago

Two decades have passed since NPR first hooked its staff up to the Internet. The original introduction memo has surfaced, and it's a blast from the past.

By April 28, 2014