This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

Richard Jacques says he had to pinch himself when he got the call to score Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy game.“We all knew we wanted to carve our own identity, and it was one of the things that Marvel encouraged—[they] were always saying to us ‘We want you to make this your own,’” Szczepkowski tells WIRED.

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

When the cofounders of video game developer Ember Labs asked Ayu Larassanti to read for the part of Kena, the main character in their upcoming game Kena: Bridge of Spirits, she was surprised.

Apple's iOS 15 Is Here—These Are All the Top New Features

Apple's iOS 15 Is Here—These Are All the Top New Features

When you open the Photos app and go to the For You tab, you'll be greeted with a new version of Memories—this feature automatically generates a mini-movie of specific trips or events and automatically chooses a relevant song from Apple Music (but only if you have a subscription to the music service).

What Music Labels Learn When You Pre-Save Music

What Music Labels Learn When You Pre-Save Music

In a recent TikTok video, musician Clinton Kane riffs on the push by labels to get fans to pre-save music from artists, even before their songs are released.The benefits for the artists and labels are arguably greater: Pre-saving music requires direct access to your account on whatever music service you use.

Drake, Kanye, Lil Nas X, and the Art of Online Self-Creation

Drake, Kanye, Lil Nas X, and the Art of Online Self-Creation

Along with Kanye West, who released his 10th studio album, Donda, earlier this month, Certified Lover Boy is merely an accelerant to a larger conversation about how and what we need to make good art.

The Artful Escape Is Psychedelic Perfection

The Artful Escape Is Psychedelic Perfection

Never have I played a game like the intro to a Parliament record: Partying on the mothership / I am the mothership connection / Gettin' down in 3-D / Light year groovin'.Funk isn’t a perfect comparison for The Artful Escape, a game specifically about rock ‘n’ roll and a young prodigy’s journey to guitar stardom.

What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?

What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?

Could ideas like GENESIS.JSON be the future of original music, where composers use AI and the blockchain to create entirely new art forms?

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

This perhaps works best for music and video streaming subscriptions, where you know you won't be using them for an extended period of time: Maybe you're going to give an alternative service a try, or you've finally watched everything there is to watch on Hulu.

How to Use Apple Music, TV, and iCloud on Non-Apple Devices

How to Use Apple Music, TV, and iCloud on Non-Apple Devices

Speaking of Chromebooks, the Android app will run on these laptops if you need offline syncing and various other features.

Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

But when we play a game from childhood, or even one that looks like a game from that time, there’s a compounding effect of pleasure.

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

For decades, corporate concentration and the rise of streaming music platforms has shifted power to tech giants, and to a conglomerate that, through the staggering failures of US monopoly regulation, has come to dominate terrestrial and satellite radio, concert promotion, ticketing, artist management, and venue ownership, essentially every revenue-generating slice of the industry.

7 Apps to Make the Most of Your Streaming Music Subscription

7 Apps to Make the Most of Your Streaming Music Subscription

That means you're not restricted to just the features inside Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, or whichever streaming platform you're signed up for, because you can use tools that run on top of these services as well to add extra features and options beyond what you get by default.

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

The iPhone maker’s relatively new subscription exercise service, which requires the use of an Apple Watch , is expanding to include outdoor walking exercises led by celebrities, one of whom is country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton.

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

Such is the popularity of recommendation systems that we’ve come to rely on them to serve us what we want without us even having to ask, with music streaming services such as Spotify , Pandora, and Deezer all using personalized systems to suggest playlists or tracks tailored to the user.

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

If a song doesn’t fit into an existing playlist, consider making a new one around how the song makes you feel or the time of day you would want to listen to it in the future.

Cheap Home Audio Gear and Tips (2021): How to Get Great Sound

Cheap Home Audio Gear and Tips (2021): How to Get Great Sound

We have an Ultimate Work-From-Home Gear Guide .Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Enter your music streaming app's settings menu and make sure you set audio to high quality.

How My Record Player Helped Me Feel the Music

How My Record Player Helped Me Feel the Music

The last thing I'm going to tell you to do is to buy a turntable and a pair of powered speakers, especially in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis when millions of Americans are facing eviction at the start of the new year.We recommend a record player as low as $150 in our Best Turntables guide .

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

We want to dissociate on the couch with a free-to-play mobile game .Courtesy of Supergiant GamesI was a little late to the Hades appreciation train, but after buying it in November, I just can’t stop playing.

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

Marshall was one of Clubhouse’s first 100 users, and she quickly got hooked on the app, which works like an audio chatroom.Now, the emergence of audio social networks makes it even easier for anyone to broadcast their conversations to the wider world.

Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ for 2020: A Pair of $549 Headphones

Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ for 2020: A Pair of $549 Headphones

The company, unsurprisingly, is emphasizing sound quality with these, bringing many of the current AirPods features to the larger AirPods Max: adaptive sound equalization, active noise canceling, transparency mode, and spatial audio.

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

To put two Nest speakers together as a stereo pair, they need to be in the same room: Tap any speaker, then the cog icon, then Room to set this.David Nield via GoogleWith that done, tap on the first speaker, then the cog icon, then Speaker pair .

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

Music Beta was announced alongside the launch of Google Movies on the Android Market store, which was the precursor to Google Play.With Google Music, Google didn't need Amazon anymore.iTunes was the industry leader at the time, letting iPhone users shop for music and movies from their computers or phones.

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

“We were trying to pay some homage to the original two films while making it feel like it was contemporary," Parisot told Ars about how he approached bringing the Bill and Ted franchise into the 21st century.

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells.

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

A 2017 study by scientists at Colorado State University and the National Park Service found that human noise doubled background sounds in 63 percent of US protected areas.There are still some quiet places left, however, where the sounds of humanity give way to the natural world.

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

Ria, who is 16, based in the US, and whose favorite K-pop group is the boyband BTS, heard about the plan to prank Trump from other K-pop fans on Twitter, though she was aware that the idea was circling on TikTok, too.

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

Regardless of why you pick up an instrument—or what instrument you pick—my two decades holding drum sticks has taught me one thing: Learning to play music will do you good.Otherwise, here's a list of our favorite affordable instruments to get started with music.

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

He pestered Zur. He asked him personal questions—what kind of music do you like?Zur, who continues to compose for film, represents a new group of composers for blockbuster games, comfortable across mediums.

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Moments like these, along with flickers of inspiration from Cindy Sherman, the Italian horror film Suspiria, and the seductive glow of a neon sign, led photographer Rachel Cabitt to her latest project: drafting a storyboard for a suspense-laden tale about her lockdown experience in her New York City railroad apartment.

Childish Gambino's 3.15.20 Is Apt for This Isolated Moment

Childish Gambino's 3.15.20 Is Apt for This Isolated Moment

The show was smart to never settle on one remedy in particular—its genius is in its textual and subtextual slipperiness—but the question maintains a weighty relevance in Glover’s other pursuits, in his comedy, in his acting, in his video work , and most of all in his music as Childish Gambino.