Why You Should Care About the Fire That Destroyed Thousands of Master Recordings

What exactly is a master—and what did we lose when they burned?


Full Transcript of XXXTentacion Domestic Abuse Recording Released

The full recording captures the late controversial rapper admitting to instances of violence and domestic abuse and discussing his struggles with suicidal thoughts and trauma.


Bees Go Eerily Silent During Total Solar Eclipses

“It was like 'lights out' at summer camp!”


“I’ll kill these n------": Georgia school official resigns after tape of racist comments comes out in lawsuit

The recordings are part of a federal lawsuit filed in June against the school system.


Zen and the Art of Extreme Metal Production

Dave Otero has worked with everyone from Primitive Man and Khemmis to Cephalic Carnage, so we went to Denver to find out what makes him tick.


Listen to a Bleeped Version of the Mooch's Legendary Interview

Though we don't get to hear everything, the sunniest moments—"fucking paranoid schizophrenic," "suck my own cock"—made it in there.


Listen to the Eerie Warbles of the Oldest Sound Recording in History

The French sound recording pioneer Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville never expected his samples to be played back, but scientists found a way.


The Wild Ass Story of Recording Metallica’s ‘Ride the Lightning’

Author Mark Eglinton shares an exclusive excerpt from his new book, 'So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica’s James Hetfield'


Alex G Opens Up About How He Gained Momentum As a Young Musician

In this episode of VICE's 'Autobiographies,' we meet up with the introverted Philly-based musician before he plays a hometown gig.


​How To Piece Together an Album From 10,000 Different Samples

'Indians & Cowboys' is stitched together from bits of music from 75 different countries.


Meet the Guy Who Has Recorded Almost Every Major Seattle Album

Soundgarden, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Murder CIty Devils, you name it, Jack Endino has recorded it.