Best in music tech 2019 – MusicRadar

As 2019 comes to a close, we're taking a brief moment to acknowledge the people and products that have helped make the last 12 months in music tech, so exciting.  Our end of year poll represents a mere cross section of the huge range of new gear and high-achieving producers, writers and DJs that have…

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Lee Gamble: Exhaust EP

There’s a line on Lee Gamble’s Exhaust that really gets under the skin. It pops up on “Naja,” named for a genus of venomous snakes better known as cobras. Against a backdrop of spa-time sounds, an emotionally blank but texturally fried voice says, “You can breathe, forgive yourself, and move on.” It calls to mind…

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Enchante: Mind in Camden 2

The British duo RAP’s EXPORT arrived earlier this year like a manila envelope with no return address, the intent as cryptic as the contents. The music was a mixture of stern techno and melancholy synth-pop that, depending on where you dropped the needle, might recall ’90s trance, Dutch gabber, the ambient pianist Harold Budd, or…

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Trailers of the Week: ‘Fantasy Island,’ ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ ‘Trolls World Tour,’ and More

Broken “What is the true price of the products you buy,” asks a voiceover as the trailer opens. Netflix’s new investigative documentary series will answer that very question. The clip shares several alarming examples: cheaply-made furniture falls on consumers, counterfeit name-brand cosmetics test positive for horse urine, and overwhelming amounts of plastic get dumped into the…

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Andy Stott: It Should Be Us

The vanguard club sounds of the past decade have tended to favor gleaming surfaces and vivid shapes rendered in crisp high definition, affording dazzling visions of the technological sublime. Andy Stott’s It Should Be Us is a report from the opposite extreme. No spotless chrome expanses, rippling LED arrays, or algorithmic pulses here: The Manchester…

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Armin Van Buuren Talks How Streaming Culture Influenced His ‘Balance’ Album, Trance Music’s China Crossover & More

Armin van Buuren by Ruud Baan.Ruud BaanThroughout the entirety of his career, Armin van Buuren has been consistently putting out studio albums alongside his constant output of mixes, EPs and the famous A State of Trance compilations. When the trance icon announced his seventh studio album Balance as his first full-length project in four years—his…

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Russia’s GAMMA festival: An experimental showcase where dance music is still misunderstood

The festival’s programme showcases many genres of electronic music, from techno to ambient to baroque with vocals generated by AI. The latter is the result of GAMMA_LAB AI project, which brought together international artists and scientists to create completely new performances using technology. Peter Kirn, a Berlin-based artist, founder of online magazine CDM and one…

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Justin Timberlake Returns as a Performer and Producer for ‘Trolls World Tour’ Soundtrack

Pop star Justin Timberlake, who earned an Oscar nomination for his contribution to the first “Trolls” movie three years ago, is returning to the franchise as the executive music producer of Dreamworks Animation’s “Trolls World Tour” soundtrack, scheduled for this March. . Assisted by Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer/producer Ludwig Göransson, Timberlake produced, wrote and…

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Nikita Zabelin to release debut solo album, Rhizome

The Moscow-based artist is releasing the project on his own imprint, Resonance Moscow, later this month. Nikita Zabelin has revealed details about his first solo full-length. Out later this month on his own label, Resonance Moscow, Rhizome merges IDM and minimalist ambient sounds. Conceptually, the album seeks to counter Western notions of the Russian electronic…

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Techno rebellion on the dancefloor

At two years old, Ariana Paoletti danced wildly around her living room to Madonna’s True Blue (1986) album. “I guess my love of music and dance started early,” she says before the eve of her performance at the Far Out Left festival, organised by Social and Regenerate. Today, she’s a fiercely feminist DJ pushing the…

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Magic Leap rattles money tin, assigns patents to a megabank, sues another ex-staffer… But fear not, all’s fine

Analysis Augmented reality hype-merchant Magic Leap has had to whip out its begging cap, sorry, sorry, its once-in-a-lifetime investment chest again for venture capitalists to top up with with millions of dollars. Having burned through $2.6bn – that's billion – on its way to producing an AR headset that has so many limitations it seemingly…

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20 Essential Krautrock Songs

This week, Stereogum are media partners at Berlin’s intimate psych-rock festival Synästhesie. To celebrate, we’re looking back on a pivotal, deeply influential genre from Germany. For a corner of popular music that revolutionized multiple genres at once from the late 1960s onward, it really bears noting first and foremost that “krautrock” is a pretty lousy…

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Rádio Quântica celebrates four years with compilation featuring Violet, Photonz and more

Lisbon’s foremost online community radio station is four. Rádio Quântica, the Lisbon-based, online radio station run by Violet and Photonz, is celebrating its fourth anniversary of operations with a 24-track compilation. Featuring contributions from Violet and Photonz, as well as BLEID, who compiled the project, DIOGO, Maloka, Odete, Prec, Shcuro, Vandi and many more, the…

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You can learn a lot from Surgeon’s live rigs

Our friends at Resident Advisor took a peek at the techno legend’s battle-tested live rigs. And it’s not so much about gear – it says a lot about musical technique. First, it’s simple but irresistible – Surgeon’s live rig is devastatingly effective, thanks to some economical decision making and inarguable musicianship: Octatrack – six drum…

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Hiro Kone: A Fossil Begins to Bray

Nicky Mao knows her way around a modular synthesizer, but she isn’t a techno person. She doesn’t really come from an electronic music background, either. A San Francisco native who also spent significant chunks of time in Hong Kong, Mao came of age in the Bay Area punk and DIY scene, but it wasn’t until…

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Our Music Critics’ Picks for This Week

Chicago's Twin Peaks will head up an indie-rock show at Neumos on Thursday. Courtesy of the artists via Facebook This week, our music critics have picked everything from the the Emerald City Soul Club 14th Annual Rare Soul Weekender to Jesca Hoop to Young Thug. Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips…

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FACT mix 736: Baby Blue

Whimsical electronics, white-knuckle techno, euphoric trance and more from Vancouver’s Baby Blue. Hailing from Vancouver, Baby Blue is a producer, visual artist and DJ and has been organizing in her city for some time as co-founder of the influential s.M.i.L.e. collective. She initially experimented with noisy ambient compositions under the Tenderness moniker, before juxtaposing soundscapes…

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Behringer 303 clones revealed: $199 street

Behringer’s analog remake of the 303 is now out in the open – a $199 set of red, blue, and silver synths called the TD-3. On one hand, this might be the least exceptional of the low-cost Behringer synths, in that there are a lot of 303 remakes around already. There are boutique models, things…

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Jeff Mills has written 10 DJ commandments

Jeff Mills is viewed as a god by many, and yesterday he affirmed his deity parallels by penning 10 DJ commandments. Read this next: Jeff Mills: A science fiction story that's constantly unfolding Sharing his thoughts online, Mills said: “From my professional opinion, Electronic Music, in comparison to other genres, it isn’t an array of…

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Chapter 2: Amsterdam Dance Event – Sundown sees the capital come to life in an international cacophony of dance music

As dusk fell upon Amsterdam's canals this past third week of October, we bore witness to Amsterdam Dance Event's electrification the Dutch capital in an illustrious exhibit of dance music culture spanning every variety on a nightly basis, for 5 enchanting evenings.  Every affinity was catered to along the spectrum, with the happening's 400,000 participants choosing…

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Germany celebrates 30th anniversary of Berlin Wall’s fall

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany celebrated on Saturday the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanking Eastern European neighbors for spurring on the peaceful revolution. The toppling of the wall, which separated the Communist-ruled East from the capitalist West in Berlin for nearly…

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Jubilee: Call for Location

The cover of Jubilee’s Call for Location may be adorned with an illustration of a gecko—a salute to the South Florida native’s tropical upbringing—but perhaps a chameleon would be more appropriate. Jubilee (Jessica Gentile) has largely built her name in the DJ booth, adhering to an old-school approach and adapting her sets to the requirements…

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Among the Trolls

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen “Antisocial,” the new book by Andrew Marantz, plainly states its subject in its subtitle: “Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.” In order to write it, Marantz immersed himself in corners of the internet most of us would go out of our…

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DJ Nigga Fox: Cartas Na Manga

In early 2015, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke posted a few tracks he was taken with at that moment, ranging from Kool A.D. to musique concrète master Bernard Parmegiani, pummeling UK techno to Caribbean soca. But even among these eclectic selections, DJ Nigga Fox’s “Weed” stood out. At a time when few knew about Portugal’s Príncipe label…

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Electronic Landscapes by Isaac Diggs & Edward Hillel

 Electronic Landscapes: Music, Space and Resistance in Detroit grew from an initial trip to the city in 2011 to attend Movement Festival and experience firsthand the music Edward and I found so compelling.  Hypnotic and deeply soulful, the sounds produced by Detroit’s electronic musicians - whether, techno, house or hip hop - immediately captured our…

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Buttechno: badtrip

Like Yello, Pépé Bradock, and Aphex Twin before him, Buttechno is an electronic artist who takes his music both very seriously and with a welcome dollop of humor. His careful attention to the craft of production is accompanied by a tongue permanently in search of cheek. The prolific Moscow producer’s two contributions to Happy New…

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FACT mix 745: Visible Cloaks

Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran folds together haunting ambient moods, humid dub and glacial experiments on this meditative mix. Back in the mid-2000s, Portland-based producer and record collector Spencer Doran began recording under the moniker Cloaks. Influenced by Japanese electronic music, from the now-legendary new age recordings of Hiroshi Yoshimura to Mariah’s high-quality avant pop, Doran…

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Anna Meredith: FIBS

The clarion sounds that opened Anna Meredith’s first pop recording—a Novation synthesizer’s brass and tuba presets and a cello, on “Nautilus,” from the 2012 EP Black Prince Fury—simultaneously created her musical trademark and set her on a fresh path. The phrase is a bold, symphonic fanfare that, once the rock drums hit, announced a genre-free…

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Will Lister marks full Of Paradise debut with new Glow EP

The fast-rising Londoner’s latest offers a delightful medley of breaks, deconstructed house and techno. Will Lister is releasing a new EP at the end of the month. Glow marks the fast-rising Londoner’s debut proper on Of Paradise after previously appearing on the imprint’s various-artist compilation, Of Paradise Vol. 2, this past July alongside Interplanetary Criminal,…

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Clark – “Legacy Pet”

Chris Clark, the UK electronic producer who usually records under his last name, has been putting out records for more than a decade. Most of his records — including E.C.S.T. T.R.A.X., the 12″ EP he released last year — have been relatively cerebral experimental works, even when they’re at their most visceral. But on a…

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