Just as music lovers thought the era of virtual festivals and livestreams were coming to an end, the rise in COVID-19 cases across the United States has reopened the door for online events as multiple states continue to encourage residents to stay home to flatten the curve.
DJ Snake has remained relatively silent during quarantine outside of the release his ear-ripping, dubstep cut, “Trust Nobody,” however, this period of quietude is poised to end very, very soon. Snake is positioned to make his quarantine livestream debut with a special back-to-back set alongside his hooded colleague, Malaa, on July 30. The performance will be streamed live from both artists’ YouTube channels. In contrast with Snake, Malaa has been relatively active throughout quarantine, playing a few virtual performances at Digital Mirage 2, Room Service Festival, and Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas’ Virtual Rave-A-Thon.
Not much information has been revealed as to what the livestream will entail other than its existence, time, and place. Watch the livestream on July 30 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST via DJ Snake’s YouTube and Malaa’s YouTube.
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With an already strong body of work under his belt in 2020, Miguel Bastida has returned with another resume-building, minimal tech house heater, “Soul Sunset.” The single is driven by a swirling bass line and a catchy vocal hook, capped off by Bastida’s aptitude for crafting steady grooves.
The latest track has been released via Sonny Fodera‘s SOLOTOKO imprint, and marks Bastida’s first release on the label since 2018. Dancing Astronaut caught up with the rising Spanish producer to chat about his new tune and see what’s on the horizon.
How did you go about using the vocal sample in the song’s hook and making it your own?
Bastida: I was looking for a catchy voice and when I listened to that package, I was like WOW! Time to make some nice vibes, something more commercial than what I usually do.
Why was SOLOTOKO the right label to release “Soul Sunset”?
Bastida: I met Sonny Fodera some years ago, and after sharing some moments and music with him, I understood that he loves soul and house-y vocals, so I thought it was a really good idea to share this track with him. It finally worked out and we are happy to release it on Solotoko.
You’ve already released a formidable body of work this year, what’s next?
Bastida: This year is very, very different, COVID-19 changed the game. I didn’t have too much time to produce new music [prior], so this year was perfect to fix some ideas in the studio. I released an EP on Cr2, and SOLOTOKO’s release is the first one of this strange summer season. I have another release in August on Sola, “Kausaler.” A couple of collaborations with Toolroom and other big labels are also being cooked up.
This transcript has been edited for clarity.
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A fundraiser has been launched for the funeral of late singer Denise Johnson.
On Monday 27th July, a statement issued by Denise Johnson’s family announced that the singer had passed away suddenly after an illness, aged 56. She had been due to release her debut solo acoustic album in September.
Now, with permission of Johnson’s family, a fundraiser has been set up by Elliot Eastwick to raise funds for the Madchester vocalist’s funeral. The fundraiser has so far raised over £13,000.
Johnson began her career with American soul band Maze during the ’80s, and went on to perform with Primal Scream for five years, featuring on the band’s landmark 1991 ‘Screamadelica’ album. Johnson also worked alongside the likes of The Pet Shop Boys, Bernard Sumner, and Electronic.
You can donate via the fundraising page here.
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It has been just over a year since Game of Thrones hung it up and we all said goodbye to Westeros and some of the most polarizing characters in recent TV history, like Maisie Williams’ beloved Aria Stark and Lena Headey’s infamous Cersei Lannister. Now, the aforementioned pair are reuniting on a new project—anchoring Madeon‘s new music video for his 2019 standout, “Miracle.”
The Lena Headey-directed visual feature, which stars her Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams, came together last year when Headey reached out to Madeon while he was touring. The result in a brilliantly expressive concept that offers a different, artful perspective on the visual and emotional aesthetics Madeon built around Good Faith. Get lost in the glassy void of Madeon’s new “Miracle” video below.
Her vision was so clear, it was very different from the way I've illustrated the universe of "Good Faith" up to that point but that's what made the idea so fascinating
They focused on the drama of the music and made a beautiful video. I'm very honored that my music inspired them!
— Madeon (@madeon) July 29, 2020
Hack your Launchpad! Novation’s new r_cycle lets you design your own layouts and interactions, and even turn them into instruments and effects, all in the free Pure Data environment.
r_cycle, the creation of Novation’s Mario Buonifante, is a free and open source set of tools for working with a variety of Launchpad devices. You can create your own pad layouts – drum pads, keyboards, buttons, grids, and radios – plus work with the various shortcut buttons. And there are a number of helper objects/abstractions for working with sound and patterns. This is more than you could do with MIDI alone – you really get an API to do all the customization of the Launchpad you could desire.
You’ll need a recent device – Launchpad Pro MK1 or MK3, Launchpad MK2, Launchpad X, or Launchpad Mini MK3. Those devices are the most useful, anyway, thanks to RGB color and (apart from the Mini) velocity sensing.
macOS, Windows, and Linux all work (32- and 64-bit – I tested nearly everything).
How to get started (even for total beginners)
Grab the tools here; it just went public:
I worked with Novation to write a two-part introduction to r_cycle, and Mario was terrific and responsive to some feedback.
This introduction doesn’t even assume any knowledge whatsoever of Pure Data. So if you just have the idea that you’d like to create an instrument or effect or use your controller a different way, it absolutely starts at the very beginning. (And if anything is unclear, actually, let me know!)
Hack What You Want For Making Music [Novation]
There are really two major ways you might work with these tools. You might just use Pd as the glue between your Launchpad and other tools (live coding environment Tidal Cycles / SuperCollider, for example). Or you might build your instruments and effects inside Pd – and we give you some tools and techniques to help with that.
Part two will be up next week, but if you really can’t wait, you’ll find the patch featured then, SliceExample, in the examples folder of GitHub.
Novation has been great about their support for the hacker and live coder communities, and this is really a big deal, seeing a Pure Data-based tool from a major manufacturer under a permissive open source license. Knowing the CDM readers and all of you in the Pd world, I’m sure you’ll have some more feedback and ideas. I also hope we get to see what tools and music you create!
Sequential’s Pro 3 embodies the digital-plus-analog approach we’ve come to associate with Dave Smith. Now its digital oscillator is open to custom wavetables.
The Pro 3 is a versatile choice as a premium monosynth / paraphonic synth – two analog VCOs, and a third digital oscillator, plus multiple filters. There were always 32 factory wavetables available. These are single-cycle wavetables – but that can contain a lot of sonic possibilities, based on harmonic content.
Now you can swap up to 16 of your own custom wavetables into those slots, with the free 1.1 OS for Pro 3 and a new Web-based Wavetable Generator. Import any wavetable you want – design it yourself or you can find loads of single-cycle waveform collections online – and use the Web interface to add it to your Pro 3.
That makes this a really deep instrument, between the three filters (Prophet-6, Oberheim OB-6, and classic ladder), the option of either mono- or 3-voice paraphonic operation, and a bunch of sequencing, arpeggiation, and envelope and modulation options, plus effects (delay, reverb, etc).
I know a lot of people are seriously unloading gear at the moment, but… if you had a big studio of stuff and wanted a single instrument to with some depth in this price range, I can imagine a lot of sound options with the Pro 3. Standard edition is US MAP $1599 with a special edition for $2099.
And custom wavetables has to put it up on the list if Sequential was what you had in mind.
It’s also nice to see Sequential embrace Web functionality; it’ll be interesting to watch if they do more with their product range through this route.
If you’ve got some other Sequential gear, they’ve been posting some nice, deep, no-nonsense but creative tips series for their hardware lately. Here’s a clever use of delay lines by Noir Et Blanc Vie:
During a hectic, crowded festival, a Kasbo set can certainly usher in a much needed aura of calm. Almost like a meditation, the Swedish artist seamlessly blends organic instrumentation with electronic production, resulting in a warm, serene sonic experience. His new single, “Play Pretend,” is no different. Featuring silky vocals from Ourchives, the track is a nostalgic take on the story of a relationship that may have run its course.
“Play Pretend” is the first single from Kasbo’s upcoming sophomore album, The Making of a Paracosm. The forthcoming LP will be released on October 23 via ODESZA‘s Foreign Family Collective and Ninja Tune imprint, Counter Records. The new album comes as a follow up to Kasbo’s acclaimed 2018 debut LP, Places We Don’t Know.
Stream ‘Play Pretend’ below.
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Coachella has forced a UK charity to change its forthcoming festival name.
Following the announcement of The Multiple Sclerosis Trust’s Couch-ella festival, the charity’s chief executive, David Martin, said lawyers had contacted the trust about possible confusion between Couch-ella and the annual Californian festival.
“They asked us to reconsider our name and see if there was something else we could use to avoid confusion,” Martin said. “Half of me thought ‘Shall we take them head-on?’ but in reality when lawyers get involved it costs a lot and we didn’t want to waste any of the charity’s money.”
In an interview with the BBC, the MS Trust said the lawyers had also informed the charity that the “chella” suffix was trademarked. The MS Trust’s online festival, which takes place on the 22nd August, has been renamed to MS Trust Home Festival, will feature comedy, music, yoga, dance and more.
Earlier this year, Coachella was forced to cancel its rescheduled 2020 event amid the coronavirus pandemic. The California festival had originally been moved from its original dates in April to the 9th – 11th and 16th – 18th October 2020, as various global festivals and events, including Tomorrowland Winter, Miami Winter Music Conference, SXSW, Miami’s Ultra, announced cancellations or postponements in the same weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
‘Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert’, a documentary about the festival which features performances from Radiohead, Björk, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Rage Against The Machine and LCD Soundsystem, premiered via YouTube Originals in April this year.
Following the difficult yet ultimately wise decision to postpone the 2020 event, Imagine Music Festival organizers have released the phase one lineup for the 2021 festival. Giving festival-goers plenty to look forward to, the stacked lineup boasts big name artists like Illenium in addition to rising artists like LICK. The roster of talent also touts never-before-seen back-to-back sets from artists such as Kayzo and Subtronics.
Imagine Music Festival’s 2021 iteration will be held from September 17 – 19, 2021. Taking a page from Electric Forest‘s book, the 2021 installment will take place in the woodlands of Chattahoochee, Georgia. Three-day general admission passes for the festival begin at $189. VIP tickets start at $289. Camping passes are also available. Visit Imagine Music Festival’s official website for more information.
See the full Imagine Music Festival 2021 lineup below.
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