Bach Prelude No.1 For Piano, Electronics & Typewriter

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Synthesist José Luis Amores shared this glitchy take on Bach’s Prelude No.1, arranged for Olivetti Studio 44 typewriter, Felt Piano, Deluge and DIY Monome Norms.

Here’s what Amores has to say about his arrangement:

“Taking his Prelude nº1 from the Well Tempered Clavier as a base, with its marvelous and modulating harmony, I tried to make it my own and played it with my muted felt piano and included some electronics sounds. I added a melody and a bass with the Deluge and also two tracks with crazy effects with the Compass script for Monome Norms (one track for the piano and another one for the Olivetti).”

Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland requests early release from prison due to coronavirus concerns

Fyre Festival’s infamous founder Billy McFarland has asked for early release from prison due to coronavirus concerns, TMZ has reported.

McFarland is currently serving a six year sentence for wire fraud related to the calamitous festival that never was. The Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio, where McFarland was transferred in October 2019, was recently described as a “petri dish, a breeding ground” for COVID-19 by local Congressman Bill Johnson.

McFarland’s lawyers have reportedly argued that the 28-year-old is an at risk inmate due to pre-existing health conditions.

“Mr. McFarland has informed us that he has pre-existing conditions that make contracting Covid-19 easier, and which increase his potential to suffer severe health issues and death if he does so, including being diagnosed with asthma as a teenager,” his lawyers allegedly wrote in court documents obtained by The Wrap. “Further, he has informed us that he was diagnosed on the ‘extreme’ scale of the allergy spectrum, for issues related to breathing and his cardiovascular system, and that he has experienced heart issues since his early 20’s.”

In one letter sent to New York Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, McFarland requests that he be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence on home detention. McFarland  also claims that he is also determined to continue making amends for his crimes, whether or not the decision is made to let him continue on home detention or not. “I know that by living every day with the dedication of helping those I let down and by doing it within the rules and regulations, I will slowly but surely continue down the path so I badly needed to regain.”

There have reportedly been 36 cases of inmates testing positive for coronavirus in the prison and 22 members of staff at the time of writing. TMZ reports that four inmates in the facility have died of the virus. 

McFarland has so far served 22 months of his six year sentence.

Charlotte de Witte announces two new remixes out next week: Listen

Banging trance and big-room techno heat from Charlotte de Witte

Eoin Murray

Friday, April 17, 2020 – 11:31

Charlotte de Witte will release two remixes of Jerome Isma-Ae’s 1994 hit ‘Hold That Sucker Down’ next week.

Set to land on Friday 24th April on Armada Music, the Belgian techno star puts some fresh flavours into the dancefloor classic, offering both a ‘Rave Remix’ and a ‘Trance Remix’.

These massive dancefloor-driven remixes follow de Witte’s ‘Vision’ EP released on Len Faki’s Figure label back in February. de Witte also launched her own KNTXT imprint in 2019 with ‘Liquid Slow’, a joint effort between the label boss and Chris Liebing. Earlier this year, she also released an EP from German artist Monoloc on KNTXT. 

Pre-order the remixes here

Pretty Lights appears to be prepping comeback, possible livestream event underway

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Pretty Lights was such a visible fixture in dance music’s global boom of the last decade, though these days Derek Smith is equally as famous for his reclusiveness as he is for the landmark work he created.

There was a number of live band iterations, rumors of a studio album back in 2017, and a tenth consecutive Red Rocks pilgrimage back in 2018, though since Pretty Lights’ 2013 LP A Color Map of the Sun, Smith hasn’t done much of note, and in recent years, he’s been entirely removed from any sort of spotlight altogether. Fans have anxiously awaited Pretty Lights’ return, and now amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, he may just be ready to resurface.

Ephemeral video application CHNL, that aggregates video content from user’s favorite artists into one running feed, posted on their social media platforms that it appeared Pretty Lights testing a YouTube livestream, alluding to a possible comeback underway. Users quickly noticed, and while there’s no official word from Pretty Lights’ camp on the prolific producer’s movements as of late, something about the influx of lockdown livestreams seems like the perfect place for Smith to dip his toes back into the pool after seemingly having been gone so long. Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Pretty Lights’ team for confirmation, though has not received word at the time of publishing. Stay tuned, this story is developing.

Pretty Lights teasing livestream comeback?!

BREAKING: Our app caught Pretty Lights testing his livestream software on YouTube. A Pretty Lights comeback during the quarantine is going to be HUGE 🚨

Posted by CHNL on Saturday, April 18, 2020

Gareth Emery releases ‘Elise’ with DIY music video during lockdown [Watch]

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COVID-19 lockdowns are hitting everyone differently. Like many artists having to cancel touring and halt travel plans, Gareth Emery is no different. Ahead of his long-awaited fourth studio album the British DJ/producer has unveiled “Elise” alongside an emotional music video.

While his initial shooting plans fell apart, he was able to put together a guerrilla operation using a tiny crew, iPhones, and his own editing skills. The track is euphoric in nature as Emery hones in on his beloved trance sound with melodic leads, fitting perfectly under an impactful video. It follows the LA-based artist through a quarantined city, struggling to fly home to Europe and be with his family. He eventually makes it, ending the video with the message of “We’ll be OK,” a quick allusion to previous single “You’ll Be Ok.” Emery shared some words on the video:

“It’s my favorite music video I’ve ever made. Not because the editing or filming is the best—it isn’t—but because it provides a message of hope…It was also important to me to highlight the lives indirectly impacted by this tragedy. I stand behind a period of lockdown to protect our most vulnerable, but the impact on local businesses and the people that run them is also devastating, and that is no more apparent than on the ground in Los Angeles.”

Emery’s The Lasers LP is set for a July 2020 release, and “Elise” is the project’s closing track. Listen below.

Armin van Buuren shares final single from ‘A State of Trance 2020’ ahead of LP’s release

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Armin van Buuren is on the brink of debuting A State of Trance 2020, and with less than a week to go until the double-disc compilation album lands on April 24, the trance titan is engaging his following with “Punisher.”

Produced alongside Fatum, the collaboration provides the finale to a four-week release schedule, during which van Buuren piqued and subsequently spiked the excitement that surrounds the forthcoming LP with by debuting a new single from the project each week.

The effort commenced with van Buuren and Super8 & Tab‘s “Leka,” and proceeded with the MaRLo and Mila Josef-assisted “This I Vow” and the Tom Staar and Mosimann cooperative, “Still Better Off.” An vigorous final installment in this pre-release period, “Punisher” stretches taut synth work across a three-minute span. A staccato beat strikes, conferring a fervency to the tune that fittingly concludes the stream of A State of Trance 2020 singles.

Photo credit: Bart Heemsker

Tiësto harnesses Becky Hill’s vocals for ‘Nothing Really Matters’ [Stream]

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Collaborations are a dime a dozen these days, so it’s always welcome when two seasoned veterans of dance music come together. Two such veterans are Tiësto and Becky Hill, and after their collective years in the genre, there was no way their new track, “Nothing Really Matters,” would be anything less than soul-shaking.

Since she made waves with her vocal additions to Oliver Helden’s “Gecko (Overdrive),” Becky Hill has become one dance music’s go-to singers. Over the last few years, she’s worked on music with MK, Rudimental, Matoma, on top of her own seasoned solo catalog.

Now she can add Tiësto to her Rolodex, and with an excellent track attached. “Nothing Really Matters” invokes the same classic energy as most piano house, except the consistent chords don’t dominate the soundscape. Tiësto is a master of working with vocalists, and he created the ideal backdrop for Hill to thrive.

Photo Credit: Rukes

Feed Me returns to Monstercat with dubstep number ‘Coffee Black’

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Legendary electro house producer Feed Me has made his triumphant return to Canadian label Monstercat with his second release of the year. Fresh off the success of his Monstercat debut, electro house track “Money, Destiny,” Feed Me just released his newest take on dubstep titled “Coffee Black.”

“Coffee Black” opens with a bright, melodic pluck before increasing the energy with scattered high-pitched vocals and vibrant synth stabs. Following the climax of the buildup, listeners are instantly reminded of why Feed Me has remained such an iconic musician in the electronic music scene. Aggressive bass growls mesh with tantalizing arpeggios and bright vocal chops, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of early 2010s brostep.

With two Monstercat releases now under his belt, it’s very possible that a full Feed Me EP is soon on the way.

Photo credit: Rukes