Tuesday, April 18, 2017

MOOGFEST Announces Additions to copmlete 2017 Festival Lineup

Durham, North Carolina, April 18, 2017 – Today Moogfest announces their last and final additions to the 2017 festival, rounding out an already impressive lineup with DJ Premier, Zola Jesus, King Britt, Jana Hunter, Baltra, IDEO, Modular on the Spot, and Durham music collective The Floor. This announcement builds on Moogfest’s trajectory: balancing Future Sound (performances) and Future Thought (conference) conversations and workshops, with artists and technologists who participate in both sides of the program.

Grammy-award winning producer and half of the legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr, DJ Premier will grace the stage at this year’s festival. Premiere’s prized productions have threaded through the decades, defining the sound of multiple generations of hip-hop. Always evolving yet timeless, celebrated rappers and lyricists from KRS-One to Kanye West, have called on Premier to create the sonic foundation for their voices.

Dark wave electronic artist Zola Jesus is set to perform from her unreleased 5th studio album, TAIGA. Described by the artist herself, “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.” King Britt has prepared a Moogfest exclusive part-live/part-DJ set fusing his mastery in track selection with live hardware electronics, while NYC-based producer Baltra will perform a DJ set showcasing his expertise of gritty underground techno productions.

A&F Drum Co. - The Royals

A&F Drum Co. has made a light-weight drum set with a limited edition 2017 Royal Elite Snare that is custom engraved by John Aldridge.

Only ten are made per year:

Go here for more information

Artist testimonials: 

Mike Johnston  

"(speaking of our 3x13 Rude Boy) First snare drum i have bought in 15 years... Holy crap, it lived up to every ounce of expectation. It is almost as full sounding as any snare drum I have ever played." 

XLIVE 2017 Data & Analytics Summit Brings Out Netflix, Live Nation, FOX Sports + many more Live Event and Sports Industry All-Stars

A bright, airy entrance greeted the attendees of XLIVE’s 2017 Data and Analytics Summit as they entered the doors of The Paley Center in Beverly Hills this past April 4-5 for two engaging and insightful days alongside the live event industry’s biggest leaders. Welcoming companies such as Warner Brothers Records, Netflix, Los Angeles Kings, Ticketmaster, and Jacksonville Jaguars in addition to many others, the XLIVE Data and Analytics Summit convened a wealth of live event producers, sports executives, leading data, and analytics executives to discuss the latest technologies emerging at the forefront of event production.

Granting attendees unprecedented access to mingle with speakers throughout the course of the event, the XLIVE D&A Summit hit attendance capacity and offered up the opportunity for educators and educatees to interact in a casual environment - before, during, and after each panel. The panels, which took place one at a time throughout each day, were carefully designed to explore the growing industry of Data and Analytics and the rapid expansion of digitizing live event experiences, encouraging participants to harness the power of their data to more effectively engage attendees, understand customer behavior, increase revenue, analyze competition, identify talent trends, monetize assets, and enhance sponsorship activation.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Paradise Lost" by Alltta (20syl + Mr J. Medeiros) Released on Playground

Herrmutt Lobby has created an interactive version of "Paradise Lost" by Alltta (20syl + Mr J. Medeiros) in the Playground

Remix Alltta on your iPhone with PlayGround
• The Infinite Remix app

Download PlayGround on iPhone and iPad for free.

BRUSSELS April 11, 2017 - Alltta, a French-American duo composed of
20syl and Mr. J. Medeiros, will enter the interactive music catalog of
Playground on Wednesday April 12, 2017 with their song "Paradise Lost"
released recently on the album "The Upper Hand" on On&On Records. To
celebrate this event, Alltta's "Paradise Lost", in its interactive version, will be
available for free on Playground until Wednesday, April 19, 2017!
PlayGround is a mobile music application on iOS (iPhone and iPad) that
allows one to interpret music in real time through a playful multitouch
interactive "graphic interface ». A catalog of interactive songs from electronic
and hip hop artists is available for download and updated regularly.
PlayGround requires no theoretical nor any musical skills and can be played
at any age. Recording is available through the options menu and allows users
to share their favorite interpretations on social networks.
PlayGround was also declined in a monumental version in collaboration with
20syl on the project called "Le U - interactive ramp" which was on tour in
several towns of Pays de la Loire.

PlayGround • Music At Your Fingertips is available for free. The catalog
contains a few free songs and others can be purchased « in-app ».
The app was rewarded with a ‘Best of app 2016’ by Apple because of its
success in Japan and has been downloaded more than 460,000 times since its

Visit getplayground.com to view demo videos of the various tracks available.
PlayGround is developed by Herrmutt Lobby - a group of Belgian
musicians and programmers - they research and develop softwares and
hardware based on a series of innovative concepts grouped under the name
RTSM for Real Time Systemic Music.

Debut album "The Upper Hand" OUT NOW!
CD + Vinyl + Digital + Stream
Lyrics: https://genius.com/artists/Alltta
AllttA = 20Syl + Mr. J. Medeiros

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Native Instruments releases new video Deru: Everyday Inspiration

Berlin, April 4, 2017 – Native Instruments today released a new short film, following a day in the life of Emmy-winning composer and producer Deru, a.k.a. Benjamin Wynn. The three-minute video explores Wynn’s strategies for overcoming creative difficulties, and provides an insight into some of his favorite production techniques.

“Creativity is exploring something deep down inside of you – it’s really trying to go deep and figure out what’s in there,” says Wynn. “There are times when you’re down in the studio and you don’t want to work at all, the ideas aren’t coming, and you’re frustrated. You just have to work through all that, because that’s going to be there.”

Part of the video focuses on Deru’s use of FORM, the transformative, sample-tracking synthesizer from Native Instruments. To celebrate the synth’s recent 1.1 update, Deru has teamed up with NI to host a track challenge. Users can download samples created by Deru, then use FORM (a free demo is available) to transform them into a track. Winners, chosen by Deru and NI, will receive prizes including KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, an S-Series keyboard, and  special Deru giveaways. Visit the competition’s page https://www.native-instruments.com/deruxform for more information.

Deru recently contributed a work-in-progress to season one of Komplete Sketches – a series of 24 works-in-progress created by 24 contemporary electronic producers using only the instruments and effects of KOMPLETE 11. For the track, Deru used FORM to twist acoustic sounds from his personal library into an evolving drone, layered with meandering melodies and a weighty bassline. The track, along with the other artists’ contributions is available here. To see Deru perform the track live, and explain how it was created, see this video from Native Sessions: Creative Interfaces.

Wallace Detroit Guitars Announces Limited Edition 'Firehouse Series', Handcrafted with Reclaimed Wood from Iconic Detroit Firehouse

Aged Maple and Pine Salvaged from Floor of Old Detroit Landmark Inspires Twelve One of a Kind, Timeless Instruments
Detroit, April 5, 2017 Wallace Detroit Guitars, a Detroit-based guitar company that builds unique and timeless instruments using reclaimed wood from local landmarks, announced a limited edition 'Firehouse Series', available now. The instruments are lovingly crafted with original wood from the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, located at 250 West Larned Street in Detroit. Salvaged pine and maple from the building’s floorboards will allow Wallace Detroit Guitars to build ten of its flagship single-cutaway guitars and two guitars with a brand new offset body shape. Like all Wallace Detroit Guitars, these instruments will feature expert craftsmanship and premium components for a playing experience and sound that matches their one-of-a kind historical significance.

The new guitars are available now to coincide with the launch of Wallace Detroit Guitars’ new website, located at wallacedetroitguitars.com, and which features detailed photographs and specifications of each guitar. It also provides a deep dive into the remarkable origins and craftsmanship of these unique instruments, as well as availability and ordering information.
“Our goal with these guitars is to preserve the history of the city we love while honoring its tradition of superior craftsmanship,” says Wallace Detroit Guitars owner Mark Wallace. “Detroit is a community of people who know how to make stuff, and our company is cut from that same cloth. The firehouse at 250 West Larned Street served our city with honor for many years, and we are pleased to be able to preserve its history in this truly unique limited edition of instruments.”
For Wallace, these instruments mirror the revitalization of his beloved city, which is welcoming new ideas and creativity while continuing to draw from its rich past. “I’m trying to take something that was once great but has been and cast aside and transforming it into something new and vital,” he says. “It’s an exciting time for the city of Detroit because there are a lot of other businesses and organizations working from that same ideology. There’s really an energy building up.”

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dadamachines automat toolkit kickstarter is live

Dadamachines is enabling live acoustic triggers through MIDI with their automat toolkit that is now live!

see it here

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