Moses Sumney feat. Sam Gendel: Can’t Believe It

T-Pain’s “Can’t Believe It” gets a sultry, synth-heavy makeover thanks to Moses Sumney’s crooning vocals and Sam Gendel’s modulated instrumentals. The track—rife with alto auto-tunes, Gendel’s slippery sax sounds and a deep bass line—is the first from the singer’s new label and creative agency, Tuntum. Its music video (directed and choreographed by Sumney and produced by his label) reflects the textured and dreamy nature of …

MIT Scientists Turn Amino Acids Into Music

Expanding upon previous projects that laid the foundation for making music from amino acid chains, MIT scientists can now use their process to create never-before-seen proteins—especially ones with beneficial properties. Using amino acids as notes, and artificial intelligence to turn them into chords, scientists can craft proteins based on frequencies and patterns that they can hear, and lean into rhythms or loops that lend proteins …

Isao Tomita: Arabesque No. 1

84-year-old composer and synth soothsayer Isao Tomita passed away this weekend in Tokyo. He introduced the near-infinite possibilities of a relatively new invention, the Moog modular synthesizer to Japan—approaching the instrument like an orchestra that could express sounds and “colors” never heard before, and evoke sensual qualities. Especially loved was his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing (with the impressive subtitle: Virtuoso Electronic Performances of Debussy’s …