Tune in: Tropix Like It’s Hot virtual festival

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In recent months, electronic listeners have had no shortage of virtual festivals to stream. As many in-person events continue to transition to a digital format amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, dance aficionados continue to find a series of live-streamed festivals at their fingertips, and among them is Tropix Like It’s Hot.

Coordinators of Tropix Like It’s Hot include Dylan Christie, known to the sonically initiated as Tropix and Alex Corson. The event, which will be streamed live via Twitch from July 24 – 26, will notably include performances from a specially-curated selection of electronic acts, including headliners, Autograf, Firebeats, and Young Bombs. Other artists to receive the Tropix Like It’s Hot tap include Chris Varvaro, TELYKast, Who’s Calling, WAVES, and more.

Tropix Like It’s Hot has partnered with The Makin’ Lemonade Fund, a “virtual lemonade stand” organized by a collective of millennial and Generation Z college students and recent graduates to provide COVID-19 relief. Donations collected by The Makin’ Lemonade Fund specifically benefit Feeding America, the CDC Foundation, and Direct Relief. Tropix Like It’s Hot viewers will have the opportunity to contribute to the charity during the livestream. All proceeds from the festival will go directly to The Makin’ Lemonade Fund.

Organizers of the event have reportedly also teamed up with more than 100 college students in their efforts to launch Tropix Like It’s Hot, a concept festival geared towards this audience. In their hopes to provide guidance for students aspiring to break into the music industry, Tropix Like It’s Hot coordinators have organized interviews with a variety of different individuals who work within the industry, such as Two Friends. The interviews, which will air between live sets, will provide perspective on different facets of the music industry.

Speaking on the aim of Tropix Like It’s Hot, Christie said,

“We wanted to create a music festival that was unique and different compared [with] many that we have seen in recent months. Our goal was to target a new demographic who have yet to be introduced to the virtual music festival scene, while focusing on college communities and engaging them during these challenging times.

We want to inspire students who want to enter the music industry by including industry speaker interviews and content in between sets. [In doing so,] our festival has the ability to be more than a one-time experience for our viewers.

Kano, Stormzy, Charli XCX, nominated for 2020 Mercury Music Prize

The shortlist of albums for this year’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize album has been revealed.

The winner of the Mercury prize, now in its 28th year, will be picked by a panel of judges from the 12-strong shortlist announced today via Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio Six show. 

Among the albums nominated are London MC Kano’s comeback album, ‘Hoodies All Summer’, and Stormzy’s acclaimed ‘Heavy Is The Head’. Charli XCX’s lockdown album ‘How I’m Feeling Now’ has also been nominated for the award, alongside English artist Dua Lipa, and two-time MOBO award winner Moses Boyd. 

Albums by British and Irish artists, with a UK release date between in the last 12 months are eligible to win the Mercury prize, which will be awarded on the 19th September. Reactions to the nominees have highlighted the lack of Black women in the list, with numerous commenters on social media pointing out the omission of FKA Twigs 2019 album ‘Magdalene’ and Loraine James’ ‘For You & I’.

Previous years have seen Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta and The xx scoop the award.

See the full list of nominees here.

South London rapper Dave won the 2019 Mercury Prize for his debut album, ‘Psychodrama’.

Eric Prydz teases A/V live show, [CELL.], for Tomorrowland virtual festival

Eric Prydz has teaseed his new A/V live show, [CELL.].

Taking to social media to post a preview video, the Pryda label boss shared visuals of the new [CELL.] concept, which looks set to take place against the backdrop of an expansive, CGI tent.

[CELL.] will debut at Tomorrowland’s digital festival, Tomorrowland Around The World, which takes place on the 25th & 26th July 2020. Although the details of the new concept remain mysterious, a press release said that Prydz and Tomorrowland “are very excited and are looking forward to releasing this new dimension into the world.”

The new show is Prydz’s latest mind-bending concept, following last year’s EPIC 6.0 Holosphere at Tomorrowland 2019. Check out the teaser video below.

This is how we do it digitally… [CELL.]

Saturday 25th July@tomorrowland pic.twitter.com/znkho5c0Ji

— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) July 22, 2020

In June, Tomorrowland revealed the full line-up for the virtual event, with festival favourites Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, NERVO, Paul Kalkbrenner, and Steve Aoki all heading to the “main stage”. 

In terms of techno offerings, ANNA, Dixon, Charlotte de Witte and Tale of Us are all slated for sets at Tomorrowland Around The World, and they’ll be joined by Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, and Patrice Baumel. There’ll also be hardstyle, bass and tech house available for the people of Tomorrow, with the Atmosphere, Core and Elixir stages just some of the eight virtual spaces hosting acts across the two days. 

Tomorrowland Around The World will be accessible by tablet, smartphone, or laptop, and tickets starting at €12.50 are on sale now via the Tomorrowland website.

You can now patch in Pd inside VCV Rack – modular modular free free

VCV Rack offers loads of choices of modules. But what if you want to build your own? Then there’s Prototype – and now it works with the free graphical patching environment Pure Data, so you can create without coding.

Prototype already supports various scripting languages (Lua, JavaScript), the excellent SuperCollider, and now just added Vult’s own DSP code language. But if you have some spare Pd patch lying around, or some Pd patching chops, you can also work visually whith dataflow patching, starting with Prototype 1.3.0. That’s particularly powerful as a way of expanding Pd for live performance or production or combining your patch with other tools.

Pd is graphical, capable of all kinds of sound tricks, well documented online, and free. So it’s a great way to for instance build a weird oscillator or delay quickly.

Here’s how to use it. Prototype is an official VCV Rack module, but not installed by default, so first head to the Library to install it:


Once you’ve restarted, you can instantiate Prototype as a module. You’ll need to point your copy of Rack at the location where your latest version of Pd is stored. Click the top of the Prototype display and choose Set Pure Data Application, then navigate to the appropriate directory.

The easiest way to understand how to use the two together is to browse through the basic examples included in this build. Right-click on the module and select Plugin > Open plugin folder. Then inside /examples, you’ll find templates and examples for multiple environments, including Pd.

So, for instance, choose vco.pd and try connecting an output (to route signal from the oscillator), then an input (to experiment with frequency modulation). You can also turn knob k1 and change the frequency.

Yo dawg, I heard you like patching, so I put a patching environment inside your patching environment so your patches can patch patches while you patch. Uh… I’m sorry. I swear I’ll stop doing this thing that was already old in 2009.

Prototype is actually a very capable environment – true to its name. So there’s a fair set of functions accessible from inside Pd in Rack:

  • Audio input (via adc~) from the 8 ins (and obviously audio-rate signal can also be used as control – this is a modular environment)
  • Audio output (via dac~) to the 8 outs
  • Control input from 6 knobs on the module panel
  • Control input from 6 switches (buttons) on the module panel (essentially a toggle in Pd parlance)
  • Set color of 6 lights (feedback only) and 6 switches
  • Write text to display

Pd support is based on libpd, the open source embeddable implementation. The work was done by CHAIR (Clemens Wegener and Max Neupert) and – this is cool – was supported entirely by community fundraising.

Developer Peter Brinkmann just celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the libpd library’s first launch, together with me and Hans-Christoph Steiner. (I can take credit for… well, hatching some of the idea and then basically encouraging the other Peter to do most of the work.) Now Dan Wilcox has done a great deal of the work bringing libpd into its present state.

The only thing that’s missing from libpd in Prototype is the ability to change labels on the panel, which would be nice. I suppose one could go create a dedicated Pd-based module; libpd also supports array access and readback, which could have some powerful applications – but that’s getting ahead of this project. (And it’s open source, so you could fork this.)

There is one major limitation, and it’s the fault of Pure Data, not VCV Rack or Prototype – for now, Pd (and by extension libpd) can support only one instance at a time. That is, you can’t have two Pd engines each running their own Pd patch at the same time. In VCV Rack, you’ll see this:

Multiple instancing is on the roadmap for libpd, though, and I have heard encouraging signs that may happen soon.

In the meantime, you can make your patch as complex as you like – you just have to have only one module in which it runs. That means also limited knobs and switches, but you could still do a lot.

Check out announcements and more resources on the VCV Rack Community:

Pure Data added to VCV Prototype

The Vult language also looks really cool – maybe a nice bridge into writing actual DSP code.

Vult added to VCV Prototype

Guess I need to do some learning, and some prototyping, and some coding, and some tutorial writing, and some music making. Stay tuned.

And yeah, a free patching environment with a free patching environment. Now let me reference something that isn’t Pimp My Ride.

Patching patching.

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Porter Robinson remixes his own ‘Get Your Wish’ under DJ NOT PORTER ROBINSON alias: Listen

It’s the second remix of the new track

DJ Mag Staff

Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 14:31

Porter Robinson has remixed his own ‘Get Your Wish’ under a new alias.

After releasing the original track earlier this year, with the first remix coming last week courtesy of American group Anamanaguchi, Robinson has released another remix under a new DJ alias, DJ NOT PORTER ROBINSON.

The producer/DJ hosted an all-day live streamed festival, Secret Sky, on Saturday 9th May, and at the end of his own set dropped another new single, titled ‘Look At The Sky’

Back in March, Robinson shared a new single, ‘Something Comforting’ from his forthcoming album, ‘Nurture’. Later that month, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Robinson launched an interactive website based around the new album, tailor made for shared musical experiences while social distancing. 

Listen to ‘Get Your Wish’ below. 

Insomniac sets Moombahton Massive virtual event hosted by Dave Nada, Tittsworth with Good Times Ahead, ETC! ETC!, and more

Insomniac sets Moombahton Massive virtual event hosted by Dave Nada, Tittsworth with Good Times Ahead, ETC! ETC!, and moreDave Nada DJ Heavyweight 2019 Billboard 1548 1

Insomniac‘s track record of virtual events has been unmatched in the last several months. The promoter giant has managed to host virtual renditions of their flagship festivals like Beyond Wonderland and Escape as well as online events for smaller brands and artist-curated lineups.

As for July 25, Insomniac is throwing a good old Moombahton Massive hosted by Hermanito label heads—moombah godfather Dave Nada and one of the genre’s most beloved selectors, Tittsworth. The event features a full slate of programming from some of the genre’s veteran talents including Chuckie, Craze, ETC! ETC!, Good Times Ahead, JSTJR, Nadastrom of course, Tropkillaz, and more. The six-hour program kicks off at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST via Insomniac’s YouTube page. Tune in for the moombahton extravaganza and see the full lineup below.

#MOOMBAHTON MASSIVE IS BACK! celebrating 10 years strong with a bunch of legends. join us this sat, jul 25th…https://www.insomniac.com/livestream/

Posted by Dave Nada on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

TYNAN revives Skrillex and Kaskade’s classic ‘Lick It’ with a heavy flip [Stream]

TYNAN revives Skrillex and Kaskade’s classic ‘Lick It’ with a heavy flip [Stream]Tynan Credit Facebook

Hard to believe it’s been almost nine years since Skrillex and Kaskade put out their seething electro collaboration, “Lick It.” It is, however, easy to believe that this track is still hotly relevant, proven succinctly by TYNAN‘s heavy, new dubstep take on the track.

Back in 2011 when the original mix came out, Skrillex had just flying kicked his way into the scene with his Grammy-winning EP, Bangarang, not even a year after his groundbreaking Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. Following those two releases, his influence has become ineffable. There is no way to calculate the number of tracks inspired by his sound or the number of young producers who followed in his wake.

Surely, TYNAN among them though. To flip a track from Skrillex and Kaskade takes intrepid confidence, and TYNAN does so by finding common ground between his intentions as an artist and the intentions of the original. Like Skrillex and Kaskade, TYNAN places no boundaries on himself when it comes to genres so he was able to completely shift the structure of the track while honoring the merits of the original.

Featured image: TYNAN, Facebook

UK launches first official Afrobeats chart

The first ever Official UK Afrobeats Chart will launch on Sunday

DJ Mag Staff

Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 16:35

The UK’s first official Afrobeats chart will launch this week.

Broadcasting on BBC Radio 1Xtra this Sunday (26th July), The Official UK Afrobeats Show will announce the first ever Official UK Afrobeats Chart, and continue to announced the chart every Sunday at 2PM thereafter.

The announcement comes alongside a Spotify playlist of the top 20 afrobeats artists of the last 12 months, featuring the likes of Burna Boy, J Hus, WizKid, and Aya Nakamura, as well as Not3s and Tekno. 

Check out the playlist below, and tune in to the BBC Sounds app on Sunday for the first Official UK Afrobeats Chart. The station will be celebrating African music and culture all weekend, as part of their #1XSummer campaign.