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The Field has been the contemporary godfather to all the short sample loop based acts that have popped up like dandelions on a grassy hill in recent years. His newest single has a softer touch unlike his club bangers from recent albums but I can’t imagine this album won’t have them, look forward to this one in October. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Pat Grossi is at it again with that untouchable sound he’s created for Active Child, I can’t see anyone else trying what he’s doing on stage. You try lugging around a harp and making R&B across America twice a year, no one has the balls, proper beauty Patrick!
Okay so i’m obsessed with The Miracles Club live because they have a dancer that looks like someone from a early 90s performance of Cirque du Soleil. The combination of sounds is very Detroit House to me but with this perfect twist of softness that comes from Europe, definitely for someone that appreciates what Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins honestly enjoyed making back in the day.
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Before I talk about the music, this image above made me laugh pretty hard, anyone know who made it?
Benoit & Sergio are writing the best summer jams from their DFA single Boy Trouble to this washy epic club monster, every time i’ve played its made the crowd happier than anything else.
I’ve been a sucker for everything Keep Shelley In Athens since I shared their first track on ISO50, I don’t know what it is but i’m soo hooked to it all and I don’t know anything about them and I like that, I just picture a faceless brunette girl and a guy from Greece working on music by a beach view window, sorry to share fake rumors.
Teeel shared this song with me by Stellar Door, another amazing FREE EP from a new artist, download it and support.
Here’s a slightly different take on the Monome / grid sequencer idea. Automata is a fun — and actually quite nice sounding — little Flash app by Batuhan Bozkurt in the same vein as Sound Matrix. The cool thing about this one is the directional settings allowing for some pretty complex interactions between notes (click a note multiple times to set direction). Have a good weekend.
If you make music or follow artists like Daedelus you’re probably familiar with the Monome, the grid based OSC controller that gave birth to new ways of composing and performing music. The same people that make the Monome are back with a new controller, this time in the form of the Arc, a high-resolution OSC controller with two knobs which double as push buttons. Like the Monome before it, the Arc is beautifully designed, outfitted in the signature walnut/aluminum casing. At $500 I can tell you right now I’m not getting one, but the Arc sure is pretty to look at; that led ring is absolutely stunning.
Whenever I see an elegant interface like this I’m always left to wonder why we don’t have more control surfaces for Photoshop (I know people have found ways to control Photoshop with midi but I’m talking purpose-built controllers). Really, if Adobe were to open up to native osc or even midi support, we’d be off to a running start with all the pre-existing musical devices out there.
Here’s a video of the Arc and Monome in action:
My buddy Ryan passed along this new track from Crystal Castles, which is actually more of a revised version of the song Not In Love (which is actually a Platinum Blonde cover). Though their version was one of the best songs off of their most recent album now they’ve got the legendary Robert Smith providing vocals and it’s even better. Where Harold Budd may have been the ambient, laid back way to start your day, this is your dancing till the day is voer track.
I was sitting in the car yesterday listening to the radio, a rare occasion, but it paid off as I found out about this fella’ named Harold Budd. I’d never heard of Harold before yesterday but it sounds like he’s had an amazing career. Here’s a snip from his Wikipedia page:
Harold Budd (born May 24, 1936) is an American ambient/avant-garde composer and poet. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in the Mojave Desert, and was inspired at an early age by the humming tone caused by wind blown across telephone wires.
The song I heard is called Bismillahi ‘Rrahman ‘Rrahim (which in Arabic means “In The Name of God, The Beneficent, The Merciful”) from his album The Pavilion of Dreams which came out in 1978. It’s a 4 track, ambient album that was actually produced by Brian Eno, who will be making an appearance on the blog later today. It’s an 18 minute ambient journey that’s somewhere between jazz and experimental electronic music. If you have the need to chill out and relax a bit you should definitely take a listen.
Both of these little worlds are part of the artwork created for the most recent Chillout Sessions: a compilation disc series put together by the Ministry of Sound Australia. The diorama-like concept was developed by Collider (design by Andrew van der Westhuyzen and cinematography by Brycen Horne). They decided to switch up the packaging after the first 10 discs:
The new Sessions concept involves miniature ‘worlds’ literally creating a package holiday that has both escapism and a sense of humour. [link]
I want to shrink down to size and move into one of these miniature worlds. As a concept I LOVE this. It was executed exceptionally well; from the world construction to the photography, this is a concept pulled off in every sense. Be sure to check out the video version of each: XII XI
I’ve really been enjoying the new Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs, though it took a bit of getting used to. It’s not that it’s bad it’s that it’s so damn catchy, where they’re previous albums were more… artsy, I guess. Anyhow, since I like the posters so much it makes these 2010 tour posters that much more amazing.
The posters were designed in collaboration between Ben LaFond of Burlesque Design and Dan Black of Landland and they couldn’t me any more epic. The poster at top is by far one of the raddest show posters I’ve ever see. All those colors and mayhem and bits, it’s just too cool for words. I guess you wouldn’t really have to worry much about registration with a poster like that, right? The other posters (there are more than you see above) are pretty nice as well, but that top poster? Man it’s amazing. Great work guys.
You can check out the rest of the posters by clicking here.
Thanks Caroline for the tip!