The M Machine. Simply hearing the pseudonym for the San Francisco trio brings a few prominent images to mind: captivating electronic synth and bass melodies, a common theme of their love of high-tech throughout the group’s music and imagery, and finally, the unmistakable illuminated “M” logo that looms behind the stage. As fans anxiously await previews of new music and projects, Andy of the The M Machine explains developments of the group’s complex and intricate live set up for future touring performances. Andy begins by delving into the birth of the original The M Machine idea, divulging that the group has always placed a strong emphasis on visuals, where the concept for the original LED light-up “M” wall was first established. He explains, “for every piece of audio that we triggered in our live show, I programmed a corresponding light sequence on the M. By syncing audio clips in Ableton with their corresponding light sequences we could showcase a perfect visual representation of every sound we performed.” After touring with Porter Robinson earlier this year and debuting the “M” creation, the trio began to feel limited by the light-up pixel wall and yearned for a fresh artistic way to represent The M Machine sound.
Here, Andy introduces The M Machine’s latest development. The ‘Virtual M’ is a 3D visual composition created by TouchDesigner that allows the group the ability to play with space and dimensions while still displaying eye-catching imagery and staying true to the ‘M.’ As a teaser for what’s to come from the trio, a video remix example of the ‘Virtual M’ playing in correspondence with “Tiny Anthem” displays the entrancing abilities of the group’s new visual tool.
“By automating clip speed, video effects, and masking in Ableton, I can create synchronized video mixes to expressively represent the audio in nearly limitless ways … creating a truly immersive visual experience that more perfectly represents our sound and approach to pushing the boundaries of creative technology as far as we can.”
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Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two remixes against one another to determine which production made better use of the original. With remix packages growing in length and increasing in frequency, the number of reworked tracks has skyrocketed. After wading through the archives, we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
San Francisco’s The M Machine has risen to the challenge of taking on one of 2013′s most highly regarded works, Mat Zo‘s “Lucid Dreams.” The M Machine stays true to Zo’s feathery, intricately layered tune but turns down the tempo and weaves in a heavier bass underlay and a darker melody while still highlighting the poignant aspects of Zo’s original work.
In conjunction with the “Lucid Dreams” announcement, The M Machine took to their Facebook page to explain future plans. The trio divulges that there are plenty of originals and singles in the works and are headed towards an EP release. They plan to diverge from a ‘Metropolis Pt. 3′ and hope to transition towards a different artistic and thematic direction. In the meantime, listen to The M Machine’s remix of “Lucid Dreams” and purchase the Lucid Dreams (Remixes) on iTunes or Beatport today.Posted by
While OWSLA head Skrillex is boarding his own Mothership to go on a fall tour, he’s sending label delegates North to spread to good word to his Canadian brethren. The M Machine, Alvin Risk, David Heartbreak, Kill Paris and Blood Diamonds will hit the road this November on OWSLA Presents…Good Times, hitting four provinces in nine dates. Though the tour is something of a pared down version of the label’s 2012 outing, the tour recap above gives a taste of what to expect from the insanity. To get down, turn up, and wild out, check the tour dates below.
OWSLA’s BBC 1Xtra After Dark Series is off to a phenomenal start. After last week’s heavy, 40-track offering from Kill the Noise, this week features San Francisco trio The M Machine for arguably the series’ best mixtape to date. With a tantalizingly diverse track selection and frequent vocal overlay from Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech in The Great Dictator, The M Machine’s hour-long mix recalls the best elements of Mat Zo’s February Essential Mix.
Having just unveiled Metropolis Remixed, the mixtape is naturally inundated with potent renditions from the remix album. Supplementing the mix are countless underrated tracks from Modeselektor, Jaymes Young, and Robotaki, as well as some unreleased originals from The M Machine.Posted by
Few artists have managed to capture and maintain the level of talent and artistic vision that San Francisco’s The M Machine has, shying away from the easily obtainable spotlight for a shot at capturing fans beyond the main stage and bottle service dance floors. The trio, who have just closed the doors on their Metropolis story arc, have lent their finely-tuned talents to the remixing of synthpop heavyweights Empire of the Sun’s “DNA.” A gorgeous track before TMM touched it, “DNA” gets an eerie yet beautiful revival in the back-to-back remix package dubbed “Helios” and “Apollo.” In accordance with the sun god aesthetic that their name would suggest, both remixes are as beautiful and otherworldly as the heavenly bodies they are intended to represent. “Helios” bounces amidst lush padwork and an injection of contagious and energetic piano rolls while “Apollo” takes a more aggressive route, ditching the twinkles for bruxism causing synth stabs and haunting vocal stutters.Posted by
While there are countless reputable labels to speak of in 2013, few have proven as forward-thinking and innovative as OWSLA. With a roster that continually boasts the highest caliber of underrated artists, Skrillex’s savvy label has seemingly gathered the best of today’s genre-pushing producers under one roof. OWSLA is set to take over an entire stage for the final day of TomorrowWorld, bringing some of its most promising bass music producers for a Sunday extravaganza.
Shortly after the one year anniversary of their first collaborative extended play, Skrillex and Boys Noize reunite to release their sophomore Dog Blood EP, a sequel to their inauguration, Middle Finger Part 2. While the original Middle Finger offered both its title track and “Next Order” as two of the hottest records in dance music during 2012, they’ve doubled up in quantity and quality with their follow up — sticking to their promise that it would be “the best shit [they] done.” After dominating festival season side by side, Sonny and Alex’s latest work had leaked early last month, but is finally seeing its official unveiling with its Boysnoize Records release today.