Voodoo Music + Arts Experience cancels 2020 event, looks to return in 2021

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience cancels 2020 event, looks to return in 2021Voodoo 2018 Katrina Barber C3 Press

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has announced the cancellation of their 2020 festival. The annual Halloween festival, hosted in New Orleans, has opted out of a postponement. Instead, the Voodoo team has proactively cancelled their 2020 festival six months ahead of it’s scheduled date. The announcement cited prioritizing the health and safety of fans and staff, of course referring to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Voodoo’s team clarified the festival will return to their regularly scheduled Halloween weekend in 2021. If ticket holders elect not to receive the full refund available to them, their tickets will be valid for the 2021 event with added loyalty program perks. View more information about the cancellation and ticket refunds here.

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LICK steps up to Skrillex’s ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ for ambitious new remix

LICK steps up to Skrillex’s ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ for ambitious new remixLICK Hard Summer

Yes! Oh my gosh!

LICKick has delivered a hefty riddim flip to Skrillex‘s groundbreaking, Grammy Award-winning “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” With the addition of a high-energy build after the original’s standard buildup, the remix throws a screaming synth into a modified, monstrous dubstep break. The second drop utilizes the original’s infectious melody in the fill, locking in listeners with a tickling pre-break crawl before the remix’s thrashing riddim section.

The “DARK VIBE ORDER” producer is known for his signature flips, gaining traction from a catalog packed with previous edits, from Skrillex and Wolfgang Gartner‘s “Devil’s Den,” to Virtual Self‘s “Angel Voices,” Kiiara‘s “Feels,” and many more. Most recently, Lick added a darker touch to Excision and Illenium‘s beautiful cross-genre “Gold” track. Lick performed at Digital Mirage earlier this month, and unleashed his set on Soundcloud.

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Major Lazer share remix of The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’: Listen

A steamy reggaeton take on the synth pop hit

Eoin Murray

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – 15:58

Major Lazer have officially shared their remix of The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’.

After teasing the remix during their A Very Lazer Sunday live stream a few weeks ago, the Diplo-lead group have dropped a steamy reggaeton rework of the synth pop-inspired original mix, which appears on Canadian star’s recent album, ‘After Hours’.

Check it out below. 

Diplo’s been busy in this time of lockdown, and said recently that he’s been in the studio putting the finishing touches on the new Major Lazer album. He also released the first handful of tracks from his forthcoming country-inspired album last week.

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Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share again on 1st May

Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share again on 1st May. 

On 20th March, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online music store and platform took no cut from purchases made on music and merch for a 24 hour period. With tour cancellations and festival postponements leaving countless members of the international music community out of pocket, the move was met with immense positivity from artists and fans alike. In total, $4.3 million was spent on music over the course of 24 hours, all going straight to the creators.

The platform has revealed that, as well as waiving its revenue share again on 1st May for 24 hours, it has some more plans in motion for the occasion, which will be announced next week. 

As a show of solidarity to support the artists and labels impacted through the pandemic, we have launched a weekly roundup of the most vital Bandcamp releases. Check out the most recent one here. Have a dig, and add some stuff to your wishlist to buy on the 1st.

We’ve also been inviting artists to share recent additions to their Bandcamp collections in our new feature series, Selections.  

Read our feature about the rise and rise of Bandcamp, one of the most vital platforms for independent music, here.

Free IAP sale: make your own split-screen music videos with Roland 4XCAMERA

You’ve seen those split-screen music videos. Now an app helps you make your own – and its normally paid in-app purchases are free for a limited time.

I’m posting this mainly because I hope some CDMer out there will do something weird and unexpected with it. But yeah, this is an app from Roland. And there are some useful features in it.

You can load a song onto your device and use that as a monitoring guide. (There are now even some drum performance video clips to get you started, but hey, you’re going to use your own stuff, right?)

And most importantly, the aspect ratios and layouts are handled for you. So basically you can power up your iPad or iPhone and focus on making your music performance work, rather than the tedium of learning how to deal with the video side.

I’m putting this out there in part because I’d love to see an electronic creation in this fashion. Let us know if you do. But it is absolutely useful having the in-app purchases (IAP) for free, because normally this is limited to two videos and doesn’t have full feature functionality.



And on the App Store

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Where to start in Eurorack? This video makes you a Buchla Music Easel-style rig, but in modules

Eurorack may be known for its addictiveness, but some synth lovers suffer just as much for tyranny of choice. This tutorial cures both that and Buchla Music Easel envy.

The Music Easel, if you don’t know it, is a beautiful instrument – a lunchbox full of seemingly limitless possibilities. And you can even get a brand-spanking new rendition of the 1973 original, with the Buchla name badge (or their current incarnation).

But even though that instrument is known for its all-in-one design, there’s reason to think Eurorack as an option – greater flexibility, lower cost, each by a significant margin.

Or to put it another way, it’s a great way to understand different module choices without getting overwhelmed. And that’s where this video from Mylar Melodies comes in:

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It’s a pretty good rundown of the Music Easel itself (meaning a useful explainer there), as it starts with the real thing. Then, mindful of limitations, it walks through a suggested system with related features, plus how to make sounds and sequence your ideas, too.

Also, there’s a big supporting star in the form of Arturia’s low-cost MicroFreak, so this gives you a taste for what that instrument is capable of – and how you might connect it, analog style.

(I’m also tempted to try some of this stuff in VCV Rack and other computer software – and the MicroFreak still holds potential.)

Amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, sequencing, and a techno jam – all bases covered!

Mylar Melodies promises more in this series.

It’s the first in a new “suggested systems” concept series I’ve been brewing for some months – using a small 62HP Intellijel Palette eurorack case to make examples of focused, purpose-driven modular rigs and then demo and explain them on camera. Eg. “Generative melody system”, “subtractive semi-modular synth expander”, “self playing drone machine”, and first and foremost “Buchla Music Easel-inspired synth”. 

It’s based on the infinite number of “where do I start” posts where people are getting lost in this format as they’re paralysed by choice – so it’ll give some much needed tangible serving suggestions (far smaller than off the shelf systems, except the Erica Synths Pico), and it’s also a way to discuss basic modular concepts in a form that’s actually clear and digestible – which I just don’t think you can do when you have a massive modular on camera. And mores the point, I don’t want to glorify having a massive rig, full stop – I think it’s far better overall to glorify having a tiny one. So that’s what this aims to do. 

Look forward to more in this series – it’s a great idea!

PS, you can check out the Intellijel cases and power and accessories used in this series:

Now let’s see if Eurobuchla becomes a thing. West Coast – as in the west coast of Portugal?

Disclosure to host special ‘Self Isolation’ F.M. stream for Earth Day

Disclosure to host special ‘Self Isolation’ F.M. stream for Earth DayDisclosure Simon Emmett Bw Billboard 1548

Disclosure have announced a special edition of their “Self Isolation F.M.” series to take place on Wednesday, April 22 in celebration of World Earth Day. All proceeds raised during the live stream will go towards the Red Cross.

Since kicking off their new installment of “Kitchen Mix” in late March, Disclosure has outputted a handful of lockdown-friendly sets including a Boiler Room performance. The streams have been spearheaded by Guy in his Los Angeles setup while his brother and other half of the duo, Howard remains in the UK. In addition to the recent series, Disclosure has been offering up isolation treats in the form of their Record Bag Spotify playlist, updated daily with medicinal ear candy.

The Earth Day special will begin April 22 at 11:30am PDT and stream live on Youtube.

Find out more information and donate here.

We’re hosting a special edition of Self Isolation F.M. tomorrow in celebration of Earth Day 🌎 Live on YouTube from…

Posted by Disclosure on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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Soundation Collab Live ‘Like Google Docs For Music Production’

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Soundation has announced Collab Live, a new online tool for ‘multi-player’ music creation that they describe as “Google Docs, but for music production.”

With Collab Live, you can invite anyone in the world to your project. All you need is a laptop, an internet connection, and your collaborators’ usernames or email addresses. Sharing settings allow you to configure permissions the way you like.

Soundation says that there’s no limit on how many people can be in a single project, so applications range from small group remote collaborations to distance learning with a virtual classroom of students.

Automatic Sync

With Collab Live, every move you make is auto-saved and synced in real-time.
Collab Live also lets you share imported or recorded audio in an instant, letting your collaborators hear the track the way you hear it.

Collab Live also lets you see collaborators’ cursors and actions, as they make them.

Pricing and Availability

Collab Live is available now in a beta version for all users. It’s free to try on a single project. Unlimited projects are available with their $6.99/month Premium service.