Haken ContinuuMini Practice Guide

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Synthesist Josh Madoff is a fan of the ContinuuMini – one of Haken Audio’s unique expressive synthesizers.

The ContinuuMini, like all of Haken Audio’s instruments, is designed to support very precise performance control. Taking advantage of these capabilities requires practice, so Madoff created this video to demonstrate his approach to building performance techniques for the ContinuuMini.

Here’s what he has to say about the video:

“I made an in depth guide to practicing the Haken ContinuuMini.

There’s a fun intro, with lots of examples of musical performance and sound design. The guide goes over setup, then in-depth tutorials for practicing dynamics, vibrato, scales, and arpeggios.

I wanted to help people unlock the musical potential of their ContinuuMinis and encourage more musicians and hobbyists to try out one of my favorite instruments/sound design tools. (I don’t work for Haken, just a big fan).”

You can find out more about the ContinuuMini at the Haken site.

Music festivals may not go ahead in 2021, MPs warn

Major UK music festivals including Glastonbury may be prevented from taking place in 2021 unless their insurance is underwritten due to COVID-19, MPs warned in parliament yesterday.  

Speaking in the House of Commons, Julian Knight, Conservative chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: “The UK is the leader in the world in terms of music and arts festivals. The sector is worth £12 billion and supports many thousands of highly-skilled jobs as well as the financial lifeblood of the nation’s musicians.

“However, there will be no festival season next year unless insurance is underwritten in case of Covid disruption.”

Knight called for Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State at the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, to meet with MPs to see how reinsurance could be put in place, noting that due to a minimum lead time of six months, “the reinsurance needs to be in place now before the likes of Glastonbury commit.”

MP Caroline Dinenage replied: “Festivals are such a vibrant and integral part of our creative community and our economy, and I am well aware that many will take decisions very soon about whether they can go ahead next year, so this is a very urgent situation.

“There is a sub group of my entertainment and events working group looking very specifically about how we can get festivals reopened and in the last few weeks I have met with representatives from festivals in Edinburgh and only yesterday from festivals on the Isle of Wight.”

Conservative MP Theresa Villiers also asked: “Will the minister give serious consideration to Government support for an indemnity or insurance scheme so that they can make those decisions in the confidence that if there is a third wave, then their losses are going to be mitigated?”

MP Caroline Dinenage replied: “I’m well aware of the concerns and the challenges of securing insurance for live music events.

“It’s something we’re looking at very carefully but the key really is for the industry to build an evidence base that absolutely demonstrates insurance coverage is the only barrier to events taking place.”

Festival organisers seem optimistic that events will take place in the new year. Earlier this month, We Out Here Festival in Cambridgeshire announced the first wave line-up for its 2021 edition, and Glasgow’s Playground Festival announced the artists scheduled for next year’s event, with Groove Armada, Kraftwerk and Maribou State all confirmed for performances.

In October, Glastonbury’s lawyer, Ben Challis, told the Behind The Noise Podcast that discussions were already underway to make Glastonbury 2021 go ahead.

NGHTMRE disperses thrusting remix of ZHU’s 24kGoldn feature ‘I Admit It’

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After recently performing a back-to-back set with ZHU on the U.S.S. Hornet for Digital Mirage’s Friendsgiving, hosted by Proximity and Brownies & Lemonade, NGHTMRE has unveiled his propelling remix of the former’s 24kGoldn feature “I Admit It.” In recent years, the producers have alternated between originals and remixes involving the other; NGHTMRE first remixed ZHU’s “Blame,” in 2018, which provided the platform for their first collaboration, “Man’s First Inhibition,” featuring Kidd Keem in 2019.

Adding to the catalog of collaborative releases is NGHTMRE’s pulsating remix of “I Admit It,” which finds the edit don contrasting elements of dubstep neurofunk with anthemic future bass melodies. Speaking on the revamp NGHTMRE said,

“ZHU is one of my personal favorite artists and it’s always dope working with him. He has an amazing vision for what he wants and always makes it happen. For this remix, I tried to give it even more energy than the original, and added a second drop that’s a bit more melodic. I hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as I did making it!”

Stream NGHTMRE’s remix of ZHU’s “I Admit It” featuring 24kGodln below.

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The world’s first AI DJs playing AI music are here

Sensorium – the social VR music platform whose list of collaborators include Carl Cox, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren – has announced that it’s teamed up with AI-music generating platform Mubert to create the world’s first virtual avatar DJs playing only AI-generated music. Sensorium claim they’re “the world’s first AI-driven DJs that will autonomously create a constant flow of ever-changing music that adapts to all kinds of moods and environments.” 

By collaborating with Mubert, the platform is shifting focus not just catering to real-world DJs placed in virtual environments, but fully virtualising the experience, including the music itself. The music has the ability to be created in real-time by the virtual DJs, “based on an extensive database of samples”. The music generated will depend on the crowd’s reaction. You can get a sense for Mubert and how quickly it can generate music from only a few tags here. 

There are a number of implications for the technology, not just that the DJs don’t need to be paid, and the music doesn’t need to be paid for, but the curation of the look and sound of a perfect transition DJ between two ‘real’ ones, or a warm-up DJ is now a few clicks away. Judging by the music currently available on Mubert – you can generate your own here for free without an account – while it’s impressive, it’s the equivalent to what you might hear on a podcast or advert, rather than in a club. You can watch the video below to get more of an insight. It’s only a matter of time before those algorithms improve. How widely we see the tech implemented will be an interesting development in the years to come, as the virtual club was fast-tracked into reality in 2020. 

Since its foundation, Sensorium has raised over $100m in funding and recruited some big-name DJs as mentioned. It was created in partnership with the likes of Yann Pissenem, creator of the Night League who own Hï Ibiza and Ushuaïa as well as music streaming service TiDAL. It launches in 2021. Find out more here.

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Armin van Buuren drops A State of Trance end of year mix 2020: Listen

The mix includes over 100 trance and progressive tracks

Chiara Wilkinson

Friday, December 11, 2020 – 18:52

Armin van Buuren has shared his A State Of Trance 2020 end of year mix.

Including over 100 trance and progressive tracks mixed by Armin, the ASOT 2020 Year Mix features the likes of Above & Beyond, Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, and Paul van Dyk, and is available to listen to now via streaming services.

Speaking in a tweet, Armin van Buuren said: “During these difficult times, it makes me proud to see theASOT community remain strong. Therefore it brings me joy that although it was a chaotic year, I can proudly present the new ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2020’!”

Listen to the ASOT 2020 Year Mix below.

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Armin van Buuren will play alongside over 25 other artists at Tomorrowland’s NYE virtual special, including Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer and Martin Garrix.

You can listen to Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance 2019 Year Mix here.

The BPM Festival shares first phase of 2021 lineup featuring Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, and more

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Following a successful 2020 inaugural event, The BPM Festival will soon be returning to the Costa Rican beaches. From March 3–7 2021, global house and techno talent is set to make its way to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, for the sophomore iteration of The BPM Festival, which will include the likes of Dubfire, Hernán Cattáneo, Latmun, Loco Dice, Nicole Moudaber, and Paco Osuna. Artists on the sophomore event’s lineup will perform at a handful of outdoor and open-air locations. More acts will be announced in the time leading up to The BPM Festival sequel.

The festival organizers are reportedly working within Costa Rica’s COVID-19 guidelines and are committed to transparency and safety. If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations, would-be attendees will have the option to exchange their tickets through a credit option, sell their passes as part of a resale option, or seek an 85 percent refund.

Come March 2021, visitors arriving in Costa Rica will be expected to provide proof of medical insurance to cover any potential COVID-19 health issues. Additionally, incoming travelers will also need to complete a mandatory Health Pass form. Those who are denied entrance to Costa Rica based on the country’s health regulations will not be eligible for refund or credit. Learn more about The BPM Festival here.

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Tomorrowland shares full timetable for New Years Eve virtual festival

Tomorrowland has revealed the full timetable for its NYE virtual special with performances from more than 25 artists.

Taking place across four stages inside the digital environment designed by Tomorrowland’s creative team, the online event will be adapted to all 27 time zones in the world – from 8pm-3am local time.

Artbat and Meduza will play the Atmosphere stage; David Guetta, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer and Martin Garrix at the Melodia stage; DJ Snoopadelic, Duck Sauce and Tchami at the Planaxis stage, and Coone, Da Tweekaz and D-Block & S-te-Fan at the Pulse stage.

There will be a countdown to midnight with ‘fireworks’ in each time zone, with the likes of Armin van Buuren, Boys Noize, Charlotte de Witte, Kölsch b2b Joris Voorn, Maceo Plex, Netsky and Sub Zero Project playing into the late hours – as well as a virtual afterparty with music by David Guetta’s underground alias, Jack Back.

Speaking about their special b2b set at the Atmosphere stage, Kölsch and Joris Voorn said: “We’ll only be playing our own music – brand-new and made in the last half year – which will create a really exciting atmosphere on stage. We’ve seen a little sneak preview of the stage and it looks pretty insane – we immediately thought of a spaceport.”

A Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 NYE Pass costs €20 and includes one access to all four stages, while a €25 NYE Pass + on-demand pass lets ticket-holders relive all the performances on-demand from January 1st until January 14th 2021. There is also the €50 Home Celebration Pass, which includes four on-demand passes. Tomorrowland gift packages and additional add-ons are also available.

Book your tickets via the Tomorrowland website here, and view the full timetable here. 

DJ Mag’s Declan McGlynn wrote about how Tomorrowland’s virtual festival set a new standard for digital events during the Covid-19 lockdown: read the feature here.

Eris Drew shares remix of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Reckoning’: Listen

Eris Drew has shared a remix of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Reckoning’, making a surprising appearance on Morissette’s ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Mix Alanis’ EP.

From the Canadian artist’s ninth studio album released in July, ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Road’, the remix EP also includes re-imagined tracks from MNDR, MUNA, and Girlpool. 

Drew’s version of ‘Reckoning’ is a fierce seven-minute-long cut with tangles of Morissette’s ghostly vocals. Speaking in a tweet, Drew said: “It was wild to wake-up a few months ago to an email asking me to remix a powerful song by Alanis Morissette. My version is a windy 152 BPM interpretation, which I hope honors the intensity of the original song.”

Morissette described the project as: “A handful of remixes by an incredible group of womxn + a couple acoustic songs from my show earlier this year at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.”

According to an article in Rolling Stone, a portion of the proceeds from ‘Such Pretty Forks in the Mix’ will be donated to Safe Place International, an organization that helps LGBTQ+ refugees in Turkey and Greece.

You can listen to ‘Reckoning – Eris Drew’s Standing at the Gate Remix’ and the rest of ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Mix Alanis’ EP here.

DJ Mag met with Eris Drew in Berlin last year to talk about breaking club conventions, turntablism and personal empowerment – read Lauren Martin’s cover feature here.

In October, DJ/producers Eris Drew and Octo Octa, real name Maya Bouldry-Morrison, who are partners both in life and music, announced they would be joining the likes of Bonobo, Kölsch and Maribou State with ‘fabric presents: Octo Octa & Eris Drew’.

Burning Man-style festival in Tulum linked with surge in COVID-19 cases in New York

A sold-out art and music festival which took place from November 11th -15th in Tulum, Mexico, has been linked to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in New York, a report from the Daily Beast reveals

Art With Me is a Burning Man-style beach festival, with a programme of art and wellness workshops during the day, and a line-up of electronic music acts at night.

Despite the festival providing a list of recommendations on its website to help limit the spread of coronavirus, video footage from the event showed maskless crowds packed on dancefloors in front of DJ booths, with multiple guests and performers confirming that there was next to no mask-wearing or social distancing. 

One attendee, who wished not to be named, told the source: “there was not one mask and I got more sick than I ever did in my entire life after that party.”

A Danish DJ, Be Svendsen, told the Daily Beast that he contracted COVID-19 after performing at the festival, and that he “heard of at least 17 other people” who also came down with the virus after attending festival parties.

Art With Me also appears to be linked to a rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in New York which can be traced back to the event. 

“I would say that 60-70 percent of my positives in the last couple weeks in New York City have been a direct result of either people coming back from Art With Me, or who have been directly exposed to someone who attended Art With Me,” Eleonora Walczak, founder of private COVID testing company in New York City and Miami, told the Daily Beast.

An administrator at Hospital de Tulum in Mexico also told the source that “multiple” Art With Me attendees had been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, and were primarily North and South American tourists.

Mexico has had over 1 million cases of COVID-19 and over 100,000 deaths in the country at the time of this article.

Last month, a new rapid COVID-19 testing kit designed for the live events industry was announced. Swallow Events, which is behind the kit, says it’s the first company to offer a full rapid testing screening service facility to detect COVID-19 to event organisers throughout the UK and the rest of the world. The new service offers Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency-approved 15-minute turn-around pop-up testing facilities which can be conducted by government-approved healthcare professionals on any size and scale.

New book, Greg Wilson’s Discotheque Archives, explores dance music’s “pre-rave era”

The book is a collection of columns originally published in DJ Mag

Chiara Wilkinson

Thursday, December 10, 2020 – 16:32

Discotheque Archives is a new volume penned by electro-funk pioneer, Greg Wilson – exploring the “pre-rave” era of dance music through a series of columns detailing his first-hand experience of the scene. 

Following the roots of electronic music in the 1960s to the underground experiments of the 1980s, Wilson concludes the volume at the beginning of the rave explosion. Composed of several articles which first appeared in Wilson’s monthly DJ Mag column, the book collectively sheds light on 25 significant venues, records and labels which contributed to the cultivation of dance music culture. 

Wilson’s original Discotheque Archives column in DJ Mag, edited by Josh Ray, was dubbed a ‘guide to dance music’s pre-rave past’ – with the tagline ‘To Know The Future, First You Must Know The Past’. 

The limited paperback edition of the book features illustrations by Pete Fowler as well as an extensive list of the 500 records mentioned.

Discotheque Archives costs £15 and is available to buy here