Atari, at 50, leaves a legacy of electronic imagination in visuals and sound

It’s official: video games, or certainly their leading icon Atari, have crossed the half-century landmark. But maybe that’s why the aesthetics of some of Atari’s earliest greats now sound newly fresh – not only retro, but as something elemental no deep in music, art, and culture.

Weddell seal vocalizations are cooler than your synthesizer, and we’re still learning more

When it comes to chilly polar sounds, it’s tough to top the incredible Antarctic Weddell seal. These creatures live in some of the most extreme conditions on Earth, above and below sea ice – and scientists are discovering more and more about their audible and inaudible vocalizations.

Peter Kirn - June 28, 2022

Trace the Black roots of disco, house, and techno in videos and reading – summer school is in

What a week – the Juneteenth commemoration in the US, Chicago house music interest trending as it’s repurposed for new big-name pop, and the death of disco legend Patrick Adams. Every day is a good day to know your roots, so let’s do this.

Peter Kirn - June 23, 2022

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