Bromance’s dark prince of techno has completed his first full-length album and he’s ready for the world to know it. This week, Gesaffelstein released a 40-second clip of menacing static over foreboding visuals of monochrome circuitry to announce the album’s title and release date. Aleph will be unleashed just in time for Halloween on October 28th, so mark your calendars and commence your countdowns.Posted by
There’s a reason why Pioneer has emerged as the face of the DJ tech industry. The company has never been content to rest on its laurels, and its latest line of products illustrate exactly that.
Since its 2011 launch, the DJM-900nexus has reigned as the industry standard DJ mixer. One of the few legitimate complaints about the hardware has been its lack of direct connectivity for Serato users. Enter the DJM-900SRT. The brand new iteration sports an internal Serato sound card for native control of the popular DJ software via USB.
Following her solo stage turn, Bromance’s leading lady has joined forces with LA-based producer Craig Williams on a delightfully dark techno EP that showcases the best of what each artist has to offer. Louisahhh!!! sounds downright menacing on title track “Rawhide,” snarling against the Australian transplant’s rhythmic pulsing bass backdrop and tightly coiled percussion. Despite technically being the B-side, “Chip a Tooth” is every bit as appealing as its predecessor, allowing Louisahhh!!! to revel in sneering “I’m too tough for you” over Williams’s varied and overdriven rolling bass line. Motorik mainstays JoeFarr and CSMNT61 both provide remix support on “Rawhide” as well, serving up thumping throwback and bassy percussive takes respectively to complement the attitude-laden vocal leads.
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Besides starring in a series of viral YouTube videos that launched such artists as Madeon and M4SONIC to prominence, the Novation Launchpad was one of the first controller to offer 64-button Ableton Live integration at an affordable price point. However, one of the biggest reasons why some artists elected for the Akai APC40, its chief competitor, was the Launchpad’s lack of buttons and faders. Novation has sought to address this issue with the introduction of the brand new Launch Control this week.
Sporting 16 fully assignable knobs and eight pads, the Launch Control is designed to provide the finely tuned and tactile control over Ableton’s mixer and effects that the Launchpad could not offer on its own. The controller also comes bundled with a series of built-in factory and user instrument templates to enable even further seamless workflow integration without the need for remapping. Check out more details and multimedia supporting the new controller here.Posted by
Welcome back to Dancing Astronaut Studios with Dubspot! The last two weeks of Dubspot Online courses have found us exploring the most effective uses of the equalization and compression concepts we learned last time, as well as introducing some new basic concepts as well.
When I first started producing as Sicarii, I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have to the order in which I applied effects to my elements. For example, did you realize that equalizing audio before compressing it can result in a significantly different sounding end result than doing the vice versa? The same goes for compressing before or after applying reverb, delay, and so on.
What happens when you combine two of the most innovative forces in electronic music today? Only good things apparently. Moderat represents exactly that, a German supergroup of sorts comprised of Apparat‘s Sascha Ring and Modeselektor‘s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary. For those seeking something quite off the beaten EDM path at Electric Zoo this year, look no further than this eclectic and accomplished trio.
While the genre-defying project actually draws its roots from a 2002 EP entitled Auf Kosten der Gesundheit (meaning “at the cost of health”), it was Moderat’s eponymous 2009 full-length effort that put the collaboration on map and spurred an innovative tour that prompted Resident Advisor to name the act the #1 Act of the Year. After four years of focusing on their respective projects, the trio has returned with their sophomore effort Moderat II, a varied eight-track LP that ranges from breathtakingly beautiful to delightfully dissonant in its sonic approach. Led by the menacing allure of vocal single “Bad Kingdom,” II is rounded out by the lush ambience of tracks like “Let in the Light” and “Damage Done” and the low-end leaning glitch beats of “Gita.” If the latest album is any indication, Moderat will deliver a must-see set for Electric Zoo attendees interested in ditching the cookie cutter builds and breaks to explore the frontier of forward-thinking electronic music.
Behind the Twin Peaks Stage at a sold out Outside Lands, Ryan Raddon wears a fitted San Francisco Giants hat and a tight-lipped grin. With a swelling crowd clamoring for his Sunday night headline set behind us, the man known to his fans as Kaskade has every reason to be happy at this homecoming of sorts.
Raddon’s affinity for the festival’s host city goes far beyond his forehead. While he originally hails from the Chicago suburbs, Raddon’s Kaskade project was born in the City by the Bay after he moved there to work A&R for OM Records and start a family with his wife Naomi. Both initiatives proved successful; Raddon used OM as a launchpad to his present prominence and is now a globe-trotting father to three daughters.
Welcome to the first week of Dancing Astronaut Auditions! We asked to hear your music and you more than delivered, flooding our inbox with hundreds of your own tracks. The following five tracks represent some of the best musical output we encountered. Please continue to send your unsigned original mixes to firstname.lastname@example.org!
When Toolroom Records announced its retrospective Anniversary Remixes series, it seemed inevitable that “Downpipe” would be given the full treatment. The track is simply iconic in its sound and sustained relevance, representing one of the most successful releases that Mark Knight‘s label has delivered over the past decade.
Indeed, “Downpipe” has been given about as much attention as any track can garner, with a three-track remix package crowned by a rework from trance titan Armin van Buuren himself. Infusing the tech house original with muscular lead synthesizers and melodic trance breakdowns, van Buuren reinterprets “Downpipe” through the prism of the hybrid house and trance movement that his more recent fare has drifted towards. The end result is a powerful and driving remix that seems just as capable of living up to its signature sample and making fans’ hands shake as the original.
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Welcome back to Dancing Astronaut Studios with Dubspot! My first two weeks of Dubspot Online courses have been going great, introducing basic mixing concepts to provide a foundation to build upon as the curriculum broaches more advanced concepts. Our instructor Daniel Wyatt is extremely knowledgable and interactive, hosting helpful office hours and providing personalized video walkthroughs in response to our homework submissions.