Apple Music is leaving 2020 in its rearview with an applaudable power move. The streaming giant has made the leap into the world of hosting official DJ mixes this year, tasking everything from Boiler Room‘s exhaustive catalog to Tomorrowland Around The World performances, and Apple Music has now rounded up an eclectic 21-person roster of electronic royalty to curate exclusive New Year’s Eve sets.
Altogether, the hand-picked Apple Music curators touch each end of the electronic music spectrum and everything in between. Each producer on the lineup puts forth a distinctive hour, running all the way from the Good Faith author’s 63-minute set to Carl Cox’s blistering house and techno selections down to Dancing Astronaut‘s 2020 Artist of the Year champion, Lane 8, and even one of our 2021 Artists to Watch, TSHA.
Listen to each of Apple Music’s 21 NYE DJ mixes below.
There’s only one place where you can get a “watermelon sugar high” while being “blinded by the lights”: DJ Earworm‘s “United State of Pop 2020” mix. Despite the ever-changing circumstances of 2020, the Californian mashup extraordinaire’s collection of the year’s biggest pop hits arrived right on time, extending the annual December delivery tradition that DJ Earworm set in 2007.
While those attuned to the pop landscape can likely predict just what the “United State of Pop 2020” mix includes, it’s worth noting that the three-minute and 17 second endeavor encapsulates anthems from Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Jack Harlow, Dua Lipa, and Drake, to name just a few of those who get mashup nods. Find the full tracklist below.
24Kgoldn and Iann Dior – Mood Ariana Grande – Positions Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted BTS – Dynamite Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion – Wap Dababy and Roddy Ricch – Rockstar Dan featuring Shay and Justin Bieber – 10000 Hours Doja Cat – Say So Drake – Toosie Slide Drake and Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now Future and Drake – Life Is Good Gabby Barrett – I Hope Harry Styles – Adore You Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar Jack Harlow – Whats Poppin Jawsh 685 and Jason DeRulo – Savage Love (laxed – siren beat) Justin Bieber and Quavo – Intentions Lady GaGa and Ariana Grande – Rain On Me Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go Maren Morris – The Bones Megan Thee Stallion – Savage Roddy Ricch – The Box The Weeknd – Blinding Lights Tones and I – Dance Monkey
Congress’ 5,000-page COVID-19 relief bill holds promise for US citizens, small businesses, and independent music venues alike, but below the surface, it carries a hefty penalty: a 10-year prison sentence for illegal streaming.
Included among the pages of the bill is the “Protecting Lawful Streaming Act,” which seeks to dispel “commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services” from illegally streaming copyright material, a practice that costs the US economy an estimated $30 billion annually. Of note, the law, introduced by Senator Thomas Tallis (R-NC) in early December, does not affect individuals who use illegal streaming services or those “who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.” Rather, it only applies to those who make such illegal means of streaming available. If prosecuted, violators could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; they could also be fined up to $30,000.
The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act would go into effect with the signing of the COVID-19 relief bill. However, the fate of the legislation hangs unsteadily following President Donald J. Trump’s December 22 announcement that he asked Congress to amend the bill. “I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2000 or $4000 per couple,” Trump said in a video posted on Twitter.
Music Hackspace and Cycling ’74 have announced a monthly series of 4 free workshops to help people learn the fundamentals of music programming with Max, and 4 monthly meetups where participants can share their work and learn from one another.
The course and meetups are free for all. Cycling ’74 is also offering a free trial of the software, making this accessible to anyone who is curious about programming.
“We’re excited to partner with Music Hackspace to allow anyone to learn programming and music technology with Max for free,” says David Zicarelli, CEO of Cycling ’74. “From our experience, it can have a big impact for beginners to learn with real time guidance and be able to ask questions. Music Hackspace has built a great online learning framework that our users will benefit from.”
Details are available at the Music Hackspace site.
Donors can compete for an assortment of prizes such as a Miami jet ski outing with BLOND:ISH and a Tulum getaway to ABRACADABRA’s in-person festival in 2022, thanks to the digital event’s partnership with the Fandiem contest platform. See the full list of prizes here. View the full lineup and festival trailer below as the wait for set times ticks down.
Orchestral Tools has released Berlin Symphonic Strings – a new addition to their Berlin Series orchestral sample libraries.
Berlin Symphonic Strings extends the sonic possibilities of the Berlin Series by capturing the sound of very large string sections. The library incorporates 68 instruments across 5 sections: First violins, second violins, violas, celli, and basses.
All instruments were recorded at Berlin’s Teldex Scoring Stage in situ, with musicians in traditional seating positions, to provide a balanced, organic sound out of the box.
The new library features three legato modes – designed for slow melodies, ostinato patterns, and fast runs. Four dynamic levels plus numerous articulations enable maximum expression.
Here’s the video from their intro event:
Pricing and Availability
Berlin Symphonic Strings is available from the Orchestral Tools online store for an intro price of €399 through January 3, 2021. The regular price for the collection is €549. Anyone who already owns Berlin Strings can purchase the collection for a crossgrade price of €299.
UNTOLD has announced details of its 2021 festival cruise, UNTOLD Odyssey.
Scheduled to set sail on 9th June 2021, the festival cruise will last for five days, stopping at three stunning destinations along the Mediterranean coast – Rome, Ibiza and Barcelona.
While the line-up for the festival is yet to be revealed, it promises to be “exceptional”. The organisers have also hinted that one of the DJs on board will be familiar to fans of UNTOLD as someone who has created many unforgettable moments throughout the festival’s history.
The festival promises to cater to an array of musical tastes, from EDM and trance to techno. There will also be recreational areas including a gym, bowling alley, games room, casino, basketball court and football field on board, as well as several pools, a spa, bungee jumping, mini-golf and more.
UNTOLD Odyssey has implemented various safety measures to ensure it is COVID-secure. All passengers will be required to present a negative PCR test, taken a maximum of 48 hours before boarding. Contact tracing will also be implemented on board using mobility bracelets, and rapid testing will be available throughout the festival if necessary.
UNTOLD Odyssey will welcome 2500 guests on board from 9th to 13th June 2021. You can learn more about the various ticket packages available here. Check out the trailer below.
Sinevibes has released Blend 2 , a major update to its chorus effect for MacOS.
Blend is a multi-voice chorus comprised of up to 16 separate layers, each a chorus effect on its own, with a dedicated modulation generator and a feedback loop. Sinevibes says that, “Even with all 16 layers activated, the resulting mix is dense yet always silky smooth and musical.”
Blend’s flexibility allows it to create a wide variety of effects, like vibrato, tape wow, flanger, smear, dissonance and even reverb.
16 chorus layers, each with its own individual feedback line
16 sine wave modulation generators with proportional phase offsets (one per each layer)
Variable modulation stereo width
Selectable interpolation algorithm: Lo-Fi, Vintage, and Modern
Adjustable low-frequency cut filter
Lag filters on all continuous parameters for smooth, click-free adjustment
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