GRiZ shares 12 Days of GRiZMAS lineup ahead of pre-Christmas Digital Charity Festival

GRiZ shares 12 Days of GRiZMAS lineup ahead of pre-Christmas Digital Charity FestivalGriz Grant Grizmas

Hop into your comfiest holiday pajamas and gather around the electronic yule log because the full lineup for the 12 Days of GRiZMAS has finally arrived. The charity-inspired event, which kicked off on December 12 and will be burning through December 23, features a who’s who of holiday acts, ranging from DJ Diesel and Emancipator, to Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke and the man who has brought the event to fruition for the past seven years, GRiZ himself.

The 12 Days of GRiZMAS culminates just before Christmas Eve with the much anticipated Digital Charity Festival, which since its initial announcement, has decked the halls with a lineup including Subtronics, JAUZ, and Zeds Dead, featuring additional guest appearances from holiday helpers like ODESZA, Louis The Child, and Ganja White Night. However, those eager to celebrate can see the Grammy-nominated Mike Posner among a seasonal sampler of talent for the holiday happening’s Global Mic Night on Wednesday, December 16th. The digital events are constant leading up to the holidays, so check the full schedule below and decide which sparks your holiday spirit.

The 12 Days of GRiZMAS is designed with the idea of giving back at its core. The annual celebration is a success story in itself, having raised over $200,000 in recent years to fund music, art, and coding programs for Detroit’s inner city youth. To donate or find more information about the individual events, visit the 12 Days of GRiZMAS’ official website.

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Jai Wolf celebrates a half-decade since his iconic debut with ‘Indian Summer’ re-release

Jai Wolf celebrates a half-decade since his iconic debut with ‘Indian Summer’ re-release69035392 505319636896391 4869965582983292127 N

More than a half-decade later and Jai Wolf‘s 2015 freshman release “Indian Summer” still holds up as one of highest ranking outings from the New York producer’s widespread index. In commemoration of five trips around the sun since Jai Wolf’s enlistment on ODESZA‘s Foreign Family, he’s repackaging “Indian Summer” with a celebratory five-track edition and coinciding vinyl release.

Including two modern updates to his breakthrough single, Jai Wolf recruited both MEMBA and Duskus for blissful re-imaginings of “Indian Summer” as part of the anniversary reissue, also ensuring Kasbo’s unforgettable adaptation from Wolf’s Kindred Spirits Remixes EP wasn’t left behind. The five-year celebration couldn’t arrive without something new from Jai Wolf himself, who finally unleashed his “Indian Summer” live edit that his listeners have certainly been longing to experience in person again. Jai Wolf shared a heartfelt message as he reflected on a half-decade of his statement-making entrance to the electronic music game, stating,

“Surreal to think it’s been 5 years since we put out ‘Indian Summer’ with Foreign Family. We’re celebrating with a very special anniversary vinyl featuring 2 brand new remixes from MEMBA and Duskus + the iconic Kasbo version + the live version of the track. From travel vlogs to wedding aisles, I’m forever grateful for everyone who used the song to soundtrack their lives. Much love to Foreign Family and ODESZA for finding this song a home <3.”

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New radio station, EastEast.Radio, to highlight music and artists from Middle Eastern and North African countries

A new online radio station with an emphasis on artists and music from Middle Eastern and North African countries (MENA) has launched this week. 

Delivered by EastEast.World magazine in conjunction with Cultural Creative Agency, EastEast.Radio is a 24/7 global streaming platform hosting archival and contemporary recordings to connect new audiences with the music of MENA countries. 

With exclusive collaborations from international musicians, DJs, and labels, the station aims to present a diverse line-up by spotlighting lesser-known instruments, genres, and musicians alongside emerging modern talent. 

The station will also showcase a programme of podcasts complimenting EastEast.World’s written content to stimulate fresh conversations about a variety of topics in the global music scene – from the decolonization of musicology to contemporary philosophy, book reviews, and introductions to traditional music genres.

EastEast.Radio’s inaugural recordings feature the likes of Sublime Frequencies, Ostinato Records, Debora Ipekel, Ashiqs, and Canary Records. You can listen to them here. 

How To Use MIDI Polyphonic Expression(MPE) With The ASM Hydrasyth

How To Use MIDI Polyphonic Expression(MPE) With The ASM Hydrasyth
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Sensel shared this in-depth look at using MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) with the ASM Hydrasynth.

The Hydrasynth keyboard is, notably, one of the few synths or MIDI controllers that supports polyphonic aftertouch. This gives you the ability to expressively control each individual note in a polyphonic performance, beyond the initial note velocity.

While the Hydrasynth keyboard is impressively expressive, MPE gives owners of the Hydrasynth module or people that prefer alternate controllers a new way to expressively control the synth.

In the video, Sensel’s Peter Nyboer takes a look at how to setup MPE on the Hydrasynth, and how to get the most of it, with different sound design ideas for different types of music.

The video explores using the Sensel Morph as an MPE controller, but a similar approach should work with any MPE controller. And, as more synths add MPE support, the possibilities explored in this video should be relevant to more and more synths.

Topics covered:

00:00 – Intro
00:30 – About Mutants
01:14 – System Setup for MPE
01:55 – Applying MPE modulation to your patch
03:10 – MPE Kick!
04:24 – MPE Arpeggiator
05:06 – MPE Dance Music Stab
06:45 – MPE Wavescan on Oscillator

If you’re using and MPE controller to expressively control your synths, let us know how you’ve got it set up in the comments!

New Software Synth Pairs Classic Roland Jupiter-8 Sound With MPE Support

New Software Synth Pairs Classic Roland Jupiter-8 Sound With MPE Support

TAL Software has announced TAL-J-8, described as ‘a very accurate emulation’ of the Roland Jupiter-8.

The software synth was calibrated to their own Jupiter-8, above. All sounds are generated without the use of any samples, with the same endless modulation possibilities as the hardware.

In addition, there are useful additional features, like MPE support and a calibration section that can make the filter ‘scream’.

Features:

  • Authentic emulation of the 80’s hardware synthesizer.
  • Use the calibration section for extreme resonance and filter overdrive.
  • VCO based UNISON with stereo spread option and a full stereo signal path.
  • MPE support.
  • More than 200 factory presets by solidtrax, emptyvessel and others.

Pricing and Availability

TAL-J-8 is available now for Linux, Mac & Windows with a 20% intro discount (normally $80 USD).

The DJ Mag Best of British Awards is going digital for the first time

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the DJ Mag Best of British Awards 2020 will now take on Sunday 20th December 2020. A previous version of this story stated Thursday 17th December.

The DJ Mag Best of British Awards 2020 will go fully digital for the first time in its history later this week. Taking place this Sunday 20th December at 5pm GMT, the awards ceremony – presented by Jemma Bolt – will be aired live on our website, as well as our YouTube and Facebook channels.

The digital rollout will include exclusive performances and content from winners of categories including Best Producer, Best Track, Best Rap Track, Best Rap Album, Game Changer, Outstanding Contribution, Innovation & Excellence, Best Solo Stream Series, Best Radio Show, and more.

The DJ Mag Best of British Awards party usually takes place at London’s Steelyard, however, due to coronavirus restrictions that cannot take place in their standard format this year. The dedicated DJ Mag Best of British broadcast will feature showcases, DJ sets and AV performances from award winners, as we celebrate the best of the UK’s underground electronic music scene.

Voting for our annual Best Of British awards closed on 25th November. Positioned as a counter-balance to the Top 100 DJs poll, our Best Of British is where we focus on homegrown talent, with over 20 awards up for grabs.

Watch the DJ Mag Best of British Awards 2020 live on DJMag.com, or via our YouTube and Facebook channels.

Drift away in Cristoph’s enamoring new release, ‘SFB’

Drift away in Cristoph’s enamoring new release, ‘SFB’Cristoph Live IG

Sought after for his highly versatile sound, Cristoph has mastered blending captivating layers with smooth house melodies in his creation of music heard in various dance-imposed environments, from underground clubs to poolside relaxation. Although the juxtaposition is no easy feat, the progressive artist returns with a brand new release that accomplishes in the form of “SFB.”

“SFB” delivers a unique blend of instrumentals and string instruments layered beneath a pulsing house backdrop. Smooth vocal accents keep the listener wanting for more as the energy remains both steady and addicting throughout the production’s runway. “SFB” is out now via Anjunadeep.

Stream below.

Featured image: Cristoph/Instagram

Nyege Nyege Festival shares compilation album following 2020 event

Nyege Nyege Festival shares compilation album following 2020 eventNyege Nyege Festival 2020 Credit The Cinyl Factory

Usually hosted on the banks of the Nile River near Kampala, Uganda, Nyege Nyege Festival was forced to move digital for their 2020 event. Now, after a successful livestreamed event featuring over 300 artists, label Nyege Nyege Tapes have shared a new compilation album starring talent from their sixth annual festival iteration.

L’Esprit de Nyege 2020 features a whopping 48 tracks, incorporating Afro percussive sounds and rhythms with forward-thinking and energetic electronic production. From Slammy Karugu’s techno offering, to Tyor Iganna’s highly experimental style, to Menzi’s industrial trap composition, the compilation spans a swath of genres and showcases the diverse talent Nyege Nyege boasts.

L’Esprit de Nyege 2020 is available on Bandcamp for a name-your-price donation. 50 percent of proceeds from the record will go towards the festival costs with the remaining 50 percent towards the artists featured on the compilation.

Recorded sets are available to watch on Nyege Nyege’s Facebook page. Stream the opening ceremony below.

L'Esprit de Nyege 2020 by Nyege Nyege Tapes

Featured image: The Cinyl Factory

Composer and synthesist Pauline Anna Strom dies, aged 74

Bay Area synthesist and composer Pauline Anna Strom has died at the age of 74.

The news was confirmed yesterday by her record label RVNG Intl, who wrote: “Heartbroken to say goodbye to Paula so suddenly. At least now at one with a world beyond ours to which she was connected.” 

According to a tribute written by RVNG Intl founder, Matt Werth, the San Francisco-based artist had undergone surgery for a broken hip in early 2019, but otherwise her health “appeared fine” and she had “remained dutifully locked down and in place through the pandemic to avoid risk to exposure.” No cause of death has been given.

Strom was born blind in 1946 in Louisiana, and began her musical career in the early 1970s, capturing her synth experiments using a Tascam four-track recorder. After retreating from music following seven releases between 1982 and 1988, Storm captured renewed interest thanks to a 2017 RVNG Intl. anthology of her work, ‘Trans-Millenia Music’. Her upcoming album and first new music in thirty years, ‘Angel Tears In Sunlight’, was announced by the label only last month, due for release in February 2021. 

Werth’s statement continues: 

“So, the suddenness of loss makes her passing all the more devastating. While there were certainly stretches of time over the past decade when I might not hear from her (or her from me), her force was always felt invariably if not in mysterious ways. This same energy has attracted so many listeners to Paula’s music and world-building, and will continue to endure and evolve.

It’s hard knowing that, beyond the sacred catalog of music that she leaves behind, those intimate interactions with Paula, her concurrently cantankerous and compassionate spirit leading our long telephone conversations down so many corridors and her wild, vivid dreams of creative places she wanted to explore, are but memories to retrace.

It was such a joy bringing more people into Paula’s immediate circle to experience and engage with this spirit over the past few years. While Paula was private, and might prefer the company of her “dinosaurs” Little Soulstice and Ms Huff, two lizards that cohabited her home, she was also warm and welcoming. She was ‘loyal, and she held a true compass of character.”

Listen to Pauline Anna Strom’s ‘Freedom at the 45th Floor’ below.

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