Floorplan: Supernatural

Robert Hood began his career with Underground Resistance, a Detroit collective known for its bold, anti-corporate vision of techno as a musical form by and for the black youth of a city left behind by a racist nation. Hood left Underground Resistance in 1992; today he lives in Alabama and works as an ordained minister…

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Space Dismension Controller: Love Beyond the Intersect

Jack Hamill has spent the past decade building out his Space Dimension Controller project as though it were a Hollywood blockbuster franchise. The music, a mixture of Detroit-inspired techno, electro-funk, and atmospheric electronica, conveys a cinematic sensibility that’s reflected in his titles (earlier albums The Pathway to Tiraquon6 and Welcome to Mikrosector-50 were both bookended…

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Brutaż to reissue 1993 techno compilation, Frequencies From The Edge Of The Tektonic Plate

The double-vinyl pack will be the Warsaw label's first full-length. Warsaw label Brutaż has revealed details for its first full-length release. It's a reissue of the seven-track techno compilation Frequencies From The Edge Of The Tektonic Plate, originally released on the Vancouver label Outersanctum Music in 1993. This will be the first time the compilation,…

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Ellen Allien shares new EP, La Música Es Dios

It’s the third release on the Berlin techno stalwart’s UFO Inc. label. Ellen Allien has shared a new EP, La Música Es Dios. The EP (which from Spanish translates to “Music is God”) is the latest release on the Berlin techno stalwart’s UFO Inc label. It features three tracks, including Allien’s second, more melancholy take…

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Techno Jew’s Harp

We already know what it sounds like when 30 jew’s harp players perform a song together. Now hear how its unique and twangy sounds can be used to play techno music, courtesy of musician Ildar Gimadiev, who had us dancing to the beat by the end. (Thanks OrionFyre!)

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Black Metamorphosis

The first album in a proposed trilogy, Black Metamorphosis is rooted in Lamin Fofana’s experience as a black African in Berlin. The music is a wash of tone, infused with both grace and unease, at once elegiac and ambivalent. It is intended as the answer to a question Fofana posed in a recent interview: “What…

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The stage is set for some music

Macha Gharibian Trio November 22 and 23, 9.30 pm onwards Windmills Craftworks, Whitefield Entry: ₹500 (standing), ₹1,000 (sitting), via windmillscraftworks.com Singer, pianist and composer Macha Gharibian is of Armenian origin, but shuttles between New York and Paris as a jazz artist extraordinaire. A classically trained pianist, who has composed for both theatre and film, Gharibian’s…

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Tesla’s Cybertruck is perhaps the most advanced, worst-designed truck in modern automotive history

Lasers, holograms of ex-girlfriends, and techno music. That’s what kicked off Tesla’s truck reveal event, and to be honest, I was pretty stoked for the first 3-5 minutes… right before Elon announced and revealed what the Tesla Cybertruck looked like. The truck made its appearance, amidst fog and laser beams, and my heart instantly collapsed.…

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Rolling Techno

In this latest Beat Dissected, we’re going to create a rolling techno beat inspired by the likes of Andre Crom, Perc, Setaoc Mass and Tommy Four Seven. Beat Dissected is a regular series in which we deconstruct drum patterns, showing you how to program them in any DAW. Just copy our grid in your own…

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A Temple to Techno Opens in Queens

Anyone nostalgic for the Budapest underground club scene circa 1990 will be in their element at Basement, a subterranean nightclub in industrial Queens dedicated to techno music. Drawing inspiration from Berghain in Berlin and the vibrant raves of former Eastern bloc countries, Basement is a conscious (some might say self-conscious) throwback to the pre-iPhone, pre-bottle-service…

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‘Philharmonia Fantastique’: Mason Bates’s New Concerto Has Animated Future

EXCLUSIVE: Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra is a Vulcan Productions short film that accompanies a new 25-minute concerto composed by Mason Bates (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs) and features the talents of Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jim Capobianco. The film combines live-action and animation to take audiences “inside” the instruments of an orchestra to…

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Berghain resident Phase Fatale explores sound and control on Scanning Backwards

“A musical and physical deprogramming and reprogramming, psychic driving and de-patterning, the erasing and replacing of memories.” Berghain resident Phase Fatale returns to Ostgut Ton with his second album, Scanning Backwards. Featuring eight tracks precision-engineered to rattle your skull and vibrate your internal organs on the dancefloor in Berghain, the album explores instances where music is…

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7 Winter Music Festivals For Escaping The Cold

FriendShip. Courtesy of ALIVECOVERAGE.ALIVECOVERAGEHead to a warm destination this winter to escape the cold and see performances by some of the top names in electronic dance music. From Fiji to Miami and Tulum to the Dominican Republic, there are multiple music festivals taking place this winter in various tropical spots. Dance on beaches and forget…

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The 50 best albums of the 2010s

Like television and film, the music industry has undergone seismic changes over the last 10 years, the effects of which we could be parsing for many decades to come. With more access to more music than ever, we continued to fragment as listeners, our journeys often guided by individualized feeds, subscriptions, and playlist algorithms. This…

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Deena Abdelwahed is back on InFiné with new EP, Dhakar

The four-track 12-inch is out January 17th. Deena Abdelwahed has new music coming in January next year. Dhakar, which spans four tracks, will be the Tunisian artist's first original material since last year's RA-recommended album, Khonnar. The dance floor-focussed EP spans techno, EBM, IDM and dub. It's out on January 17th through French label InFiné,…

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Sarah Simonit delivers techno dreams in ‘Delirium Tremens’

Rising Italian star Sara Simonit debuts on Pig&Dan's famed Elevate imprint with a new three-track solo release, Delirium Tremens. The EP follows the Ibiza-based producer's Evolution EP with renewed vigor, illuminating Simonit's techno talents through its eerie sonic tapestries. "Furia" opens the Delirium Tremens instantaneously with booming subs, solidifying itself as a powerful stomper with its tribal percussion and…

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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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