In an exhibit called The Space John Peel’s 25,000 records will be scanned and displayed. How many of you dream of scanning all your record’s covers and audio files and having them virtually online? I have about 5,000 all pre-1990 waiting.
“The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket will recreate the late broadcaster’s home studio for an Arts Council project called The Space. The artwork of the records will be scanned and although listening may be limited due to copyright issues, there will be access to the BBC radio archive of Peel Sessions.” – bbc.co.uk
I was asked to make a “The Horrorist” chart for Beatport and so I did. Here’s 10 tracks I love and having “spinning” in my Traktor set up right now. If these tracks don’t make your feet tap there maybe something wrong with you.
“The current Beatport catalog is made up of more than 700,000 tracks, 160,000 releases.” – Wikipedia
Listen to the chart: beatport.com/chart/the-horrorist-top-picks…
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One of the most amazing concepts to get our heads around is the fact that in the future we will be printing our own 3D products. The RIAA is going to freak once we start printing and trading records. A MakerBot Thing-O-Matic starts at around $1100 USD. In the words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “Earl Grey hot.”.
“A 3D printed record for the Fisher-Price record player playing ‘Still Alive’ from Portal” – fastne55
For more info: store.makerbot.com/thing-o-matic-kit-mk7.html
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I would love to have one of my own releases in the wheel of this bicycle and ride around NYC!
“What if you would be able to generate music by the simple act of riding your bike?… And yes it was pretty difficult, but loads of fun…. the idea is pretty simple; basicly, a wheel and dynamo work the same way as a record player. But it was not as easy as it looks. First, we had to come up with a solution for the wheels; how can we change the records?” – pieterstreepjefrank
For more info: featsperminute.com
Amazing effort and interesting outcome. It reminds me a little of Australian band Severed Head’s early experimental music.
“Experimental analog sampling with modified vinyls. Sectors from a vinyl record are cut and replaced by pieces with exact shape from other records. When played in a vinyl player the needle follows the grooves from both sectors creating sampled tunes or loops.” – blog.ishback.com
For more info: blog.ishback.com
I’ve DJed on and off over the years and recently I picked up a Traktor S4. I love the thing. Native Instruments really has the software and hardware working together in a dreamlike manner. With the Sample Decks it’s also very interesting from a producer’s standpoint. What you see above is Vestax’s answer to the S4 the VCI-400. It does much of the same with a few differences. You can easily switch out the faders, the filter knob has a light when it’s on and some other niceties. The S4 is probably still the best choice for most people though. The new VCI will be available early next year.
“At about 2 inches shorter than the s4, the VCI-400 strikes a nice balance of being well spaced but looking reasonably portable. It will fit in more backpacks and conveys a nice solid look that feels at home next to turntables and mixers. Most other plastic controllers do seem a bit out of place in the rugged and utilitarian dj environment.” – djtechtools.com
For more info: djtechtools.com/vestax-vci-400-exclusive-video-and-photos
One of the nice features of the new Traktor Pro 2 (and S4) is that when you create a Loop it automatically saves it in a folder for use to use in your DAW or anywhere else. It also labels the Loop so you know what track it came from so you can give credit where do if you so choose. I’ve been building a nice collection of tidbits and started throwing them into the new meta.dj app with some interesting results.
“Are you half producer and half DJ? Has your style outgrown the abilities of 2 virtual decks, digital wax and a mixer?” – soundtrends.com
For more info: soundtrends.com/apps/metadj-1
One of the great things about the Traktor S4 system is it’s Loop Decks and multicolored/use wave display. From a producers standpoint who DJs the DJ PowerTools sound packs could be interest. They are basically sounds specifically created for use within Traktor. We are at the point where Traktor can be used as a studio remix tool. In some ways it’s more fun than a carefully planned DAW session.
“DJ PowerTools are the world’s first sound packs designed for controllerists. Using cue points and effects, any DJ can play synth instruments inside DJ software and remix songs on the fly.” – djtechtools.com
For more info: djtechtools.com/store/dj-powertools.html
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Marc Houle is from Canada, lives in Berlin and is on the Minus label. Apparently is also has great taste in music. At least his taste matches with my own. You can decide for yourself if you want to live in a Liquid Sky soundtrack or not. He has this mix set with Downloads enabled so grab it while you can.
1) Rick Hicks – Dee Ex
2) Absolute Body Control – Is There an Exit?
3) AK 47 – Stop! Dance!
4) Nine Circles – Twinkling Stars
5) Aviador Dro – Telepatia
6) Rick Hicks – Beloved
7) Ciaran Harte – Love is Strange
8) Cinema 90 – In Ultra Violet
9) Fall of Saigon – She Leaves Me All Alone
10) Fiction Technology – In the City
11) Martin Lloyd – Equilectric
12) Iron Curtain – Condos
13) Rick Hicks – Rom Hero
14) Oto – Anyway
15) P1/E – 49 Second Romance
16) Polyphonic Size – Logione Polygonale
17) Scatterbrain – Crosses Over Verdun
18) Solid Space – A Darkness in My Soul
19) La Folie – Hew New Dress
20) Transparent Illusion – Demente
21) Cluster – Caramel
22) Twilight Ritual – Webman
23) Autumn – I Say Hello
24) Das Kabinette – The Cabinet
25) Moderne – Switch on Bach
26) Polyphonic Size – Mode
27) Raid Over Moscow – Yellow Finger
28) Oppenheimer Analysis – The Devil’s Dancers
29) Stereo – No More
30) La Folie – Portability
For more info: facebook.com/marchouleminus
Photo credit: Johnson Cameraface
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djay hits 1.2 with some nice features. We need a 12″ screened iPad ok Apple? By the way there’s no reason you shouldn’t load two copies of one of your own tracks in this thing and make a quick remix!
“Key Lock: Utilizing zplane.development’s advanced time-stretching technology, élastique efficient, Key Lock offers the ability to stretch the audio of each turntable individually in real-time, enabling users to change the speed of the song without affecting its pitch. Enhanced Audio Analysis: Features high precision beat-grid and onset extraction with a visual representation on the wave form; users can now beat-match songs with even greater precision. Loop / Cue Snapping: djay aligns loops and cue points to the song’s beat grid based on the enhanced accuracy of the audio analysis.” – synthtopia.com
For more info: algoriddim.com/djay-ipad