Martin Garrix is set to play a headline live stream set at Hydeout digital festival.
Following the launch of Singapore’s Hydeout: The Prelude, a new digital concept presenting performances from the likes of Alison Wonderland, DJ Snake and Don Diablo, details have been revealed for a STMPD label showcase and headline set from Dutch EDM superstar Martin Garrix in the virtual Hydeout world.
Garrix’s performance will be premiering at 9PM CET tomorrow, 5th March – two hours after the STMPD RCRDS episode premiere at 7PM CET. Alongside the performance, viewers, aka The HydeTribe, will be able to fully customize their party avatars and test their skills in three different games. Hyde.Hoops offers the chance to shoot some virtual hoops, Hyde.Attack will get hearts racing in an energetic game of dodgeball and Hyde.Chef is set to get mouths watering as users will serve guests traditional Singaporean dishes in a fast-paced memory game. Competing against other users from all corners of the globe, subscribers can win Hydecoins, giving them the opportunity to purchase additional episodes and avatar skins.
There are two payment options available for Hydeout: The Prelude. The full Hydeout experience is available with a Season Pass for USD $49.90, or, users can register for a Pay-As-You-Go pass, and purchase a HydeCoin Lite Bundle (1,250 HydeCoins) for US $9.90 to watch the Martin Garrix episode (950 coins). Playback will be available for five days after purchase.
Hydeout are also currently celebrating STMPD RCRDS’ 5TH anniversary from now until the 6th March, 4PM SGT, where HydeCoin bundles are on a 50% sale – key in ‘STMPDISFIVE’ at the checkout to access the discount. Visit the Hydeout site HERE to purchase passes for the episode.
The star studded collaboration fans have been waiting for featuring Loud Luxury, GASHI, and Ship Wrek has arrived. Titled “Amnesia,” the single gives Loud Luxury fans the house sound they love, while adding a spicy new twist thanks to Ship Wrek’s influence and GASHI’s smooth vocals.
“Amnesia” is the first time Ship Wrek and Loud Luxury have come together to produce a single, and their chemistry is apparent from the track’s first note. It is also the first output from both groups in 2021. GASHI is no stranger to electronic collaborations having previously been featured on music by DJ Snake and Lost Kings. “Amnesia” is out now via Big Beat Records.
Square Inc – the financial services company founded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey – has bought a majority share in Jay-Z’s TiDAL for $297m. TiDAL was founded in Norway in 2014 before being acquired by Jay-Z and other artists including Beyoncé and Rihanna in 2015. Those artists are now the “second-largest group of shareholders”, Dorsey explained in a series of tweets. “Given what Square has been able to do for sellers of all sizes and individuals through Cash App, we believe we can now work for artists to see the same success for them, and us,” Dorsey tweeted.
“TIDAL started with the idea of honouring artists by being artist-owned and led, focused on an uncompromised experience of the art. It’s refreshing and right. The vision only grows stronger as it’s matched with more powerful tools for artists, inclusive of new ways of getting paid.” You can read the full Twitter feed here.
Dorsey’s comments echo the recent focus on artists’ rights, independence and incorporating new ways for artists to connect with fans and generate revenue. Square’s own fintech background implies systems that have been brought to the forefront by recent high-value NFT auctions could be brought to music and artist tools sooner rather than later. The new interim head of TIDAL, Jesse Dorogusker, said streaming will continue to be part of the service, alongside new tools for artists.
Jay-Z joins Square’s board as part of the deal. Of the acquisition, he said: “Artists deserve better tools to assist them in their creative journey. Jack and I have had many discussions about Tidal’s endless possibilities that have made me even more inspired about its future. This shared vision makes me even more excited to join the Square board. This partnership will be a game-changer for many. I look forward to all this new chapter has to offer!”
Ontario-based synth designer Mike Beauchamp shared this sneak preview of his upcoming Therevox ET-5 synthesizer.
The ET-5 is the latest in his line of Therevox instruments, inspired by the Ondes Martenot (1928) and the Electro-Theremin (1950). Like earlier Therevox instruments, the ET-5 is played by moving a finger along a reference keyboard, giving you continuous control over pitch, and pressing dual pressure-sensitive keys on the left of the keyboard, giving you continuous control over the volume of each oscillator.
New features in the ET-5 include:
The ET-5 features completely redesigned Intensity Keys that provide a progressive tactile feel, allowing more nuanced control of the two oscillators.
The ring has been completely redesigned, with a significant reduction in friction for faster glides, slides and expressive bends.
The length of the fingerboard has been increased by over half an octave.
A new 3.5mm Patch Panel allows complete reconfiguration of the the ET-5’s controls to any parameter on the synthesizer. Mults are also provided for advance routing, splitting and adding signals. The Patch Panel also makes it easy to integrate with Eurorack gear, and 1/4″ CV outputs are also provided to control large format and vintage gear.
Next to each intensity key is a new slider/fader control that replaces the “hold knobs” on the ET-4.3, allowing the levels of the oscillators to be held without using the intensity keys. These sliders generate a control voltage that is available to be mapped on the Patch Panel, putting the control of any parameter under your fingers.
The fingerboard is now also pressure sensitive. This is a feature that has been requested for a long time and took a lot of work to get right. Like the new hold sliders, the fingerboard pressure can control any parameter through the Patch Panel and the control voltage is also available as a 1/4″ output on the side of the ET-5.
The new FX loop also has a wet/dry mix CV control available on the Patch Panel, designed in a unique way that that preserves the trails of your reverbs and delays.
A dedicated 9V power output on the Therevox can power your guitar pedals directly as they are inserted into the ET-5 FX loop.
The level control for the FX loop is now also a gain control for a custom-voiced saturation stage before the new 3-pole filter.
The spring reverb circuitry has been redesigned to reduce noise and increase frequency response.
A built-in tuner lets you tune the analog oscillator to any interval.
In addition to MIDI over USB, the ET-5 now has a 5-pin DIN MIDI output to directly control other gear. The two intensity keys work on separate channels, allowing the ET-5 to independently control two synthesizers at the same time, or blending separate voices on a single synth.
You can now also “freeze” the pitch of Oscillator 2. When this is enabled, pressing down on the fingerboard will grab and hold the pitch in that position ,allowing for easily changing drone notes and polyphonic melodies.
Beauchamp says that the ET-5 design was driven by feedback from existing Therevox users.
“Being able to see how our customers use their Therevox and how it integrates with their music-making environment informed the design of the ET-5. Also the local synthesizer collective meetings have been a great resource for hands-on experience with new and vintage synthesizers.
These meetings refined my taste in filters and contributed to the design of the new 3-pole filter, and were definitely responsible for the inclusion of a 5-PIN DIN MIDI output being added to the ET-5.”
Pricing and Availability
Details on pricing and availability for the Therevox ET-5 are still to be announced. There is a contact form on the Therevox site if you want additional information or to get on the wait list for the ET-5.
You can’t keep a Two Voice down. The 1975 classic saw a modern reissue by its original creator a few years back. And now it’s back in production again, while also marking the return of the beloved Oberheim badge.
Believe it or not, it isn’t all that easy to keep control of your own name, because of how trademark law works. I mean – not sure how to word this exactly, but it’s possible that some other company might come along and take your name. Yeah, I know, the one you’re born with – crazy, right? Not that I’d know anything about that.
Anyhoo – leaving discussion of trademark trolls aside, whoever those might be, Tom Oberheim is again selling synths with the iconic 70s logo. I have to say, it’s one of the classier-looking affairs in synth history.
There’s a demo of the new one, but let’s listen on this one from 2016:
Returning this to Tom means that Oberheim rejoins two other Bay Area synth brands – Roger Linn Instruments and Sequential (formerly Dave Smith Instruments) – currently actively producing products under the supervision of their original founder. That’s not just a bit of trivia – Tom, Dave, and Roger have been known to meet up for coffee in Berkeley, back when we were all allowed to do that sort of thing without endangering one another. (It’s also worth noting that Tom deserves some credit alongside Dave and Roland for helping champion the emergence of MIDI.) And Oberheim rejoins the likes of Moog and Buchla in reclaiming a historical brand and making new stuff.
That history and those connections have shaped a lot of the synths we use today. And they’ve left a legacy of other people, too, not just the names you know. Tom very humbly says on his product website’s history section, that the people who helped him make the products deserve credit – “the creative, hard-working engineers, technicians, and support people that have helped me so much over the years at my three companies.”
And that itself is important. Synth history isn’t just a series of frozen snapshots in time, but the connections we make with one another. I know we feel that especially strongly now when those connections are so often remote.
The Sequential OB-6 made by Oberheim with Dave Smith is still the one most of us would consider buying – and to be honest, it’s way up at the top of the list of instruments I’d want to play right now. (On top of that, the firmware update the OP-6 got with MPE and extra filter mode is now shipping.) The Two Voice is going to be more of a limited edition luxury.
But what a luxury that Two Voice is. It’s remarkably ahead of its time – the notion was to put two of the voice modules together with a sequencer to make a clever all-in-one performance keyboard. That could have come off of a 2021 product release. The smart part is, it works as a two-voice poly keyboard, as a 2-voice sequencer, or with one synth track and one sequencer track – so you play one voice from the keyboard and one with the sequencer. And you can use the keyboard for transposition. Plus it has ample modulation sources – two envelopes, two LFOs, a noise generator and a sample/hold.
The TVS Pro, the 2016 reboot, added more performance features – a velocity-sensitive Fatar keyboard with aftertouch, improvements to the sequencer (with two channels and 16 steps plus song abilities). You get eight, sixteenth, and triplet ratchet modes, so you escape some of the rhythmic monotony of the 70s – and a ton of patching and MIDI.
It’s really one of the more perfect modern instruments. The Special Edition gets a limited run and personal signatures from Tom – pricing and delivery to be announced.
But there’s something great about seeing that logo again, on a machine that Tom got his hands on – plus all the other folks he honors on that history site.
Dimensions has announced the full line-up for its 2021 edition.
After being forced to cancel last year’s festival due to coronavirus, Dimensions will be taking over The Garden in Tisn, Croatia for the first time later this year, running from the 13th – 17th August.
With the likes of DJ Stingray, Helena Hauff and Floating Points, as well as JASSS, Ash Lauryn and Youandewan returning for 2021 after being confirmed for last year’s instalment, the full line-up has been revealed, alongside the clubs and labels collaborating with the festival for showcases.
Across the festival’s five days, more performances will come from Timedance founder Batu, D. Tiffany, DMX Krew, DSV1, and Deep Medi Muzik’s Mala, with Mafalda, Peach, The Ghost, rRoxymore and Zip also lined up for sets at The Garden.
This year’s event has been dedicated to the late Alex T, a DJ and integral member of the UK dance community, who also had a residency with Dimensions Festival. Alex passed away in January 2019 after a short battle with Meningitis.
You can find out more about Dimensions, and purchase tickets for the festival here.
Check out the full line-up below.
With our sights set firmly on the summer, we’re delighted to share our complete line-up for Dimensions Festival 2021. We can’t wait to see you all in Tisno Tickets are on sale now: https://bit.ly/Dim2021
Though Justin Bieber‘s recent announcement of his sixth LP Justice and the revelation of its album artwork was cause for celebration for “Beliebers,” it appears that Justice and company just might not be as enthused about the news. Why? Well, one glance at Bieber’s Justice album artwork will underscore similarities between the visual representation of the LP’s title and Justice’s long-used logo.
In response to SPIN‘s request for comment on the situation, Justice’s management said,
“Bieber’s team emailed us in May of 2020, asking to be looped in with Justice’s graphic designer to discuss a logo. We tried to set up a call between Bieber’s team and our designer, but the call was never completed and the conversation ended there. No one ever mentioned an album called Justice or a logo that says Justice. The first time we saw anything about it was the announcement.”
Although neither Gaspard Augé nor Xavier de Rosnay of Justice have publicly acknowledged Bieber’s February 26 album announcement, their label Ed Banger poked fun at the album artwork’s resemblance to Justice’s logo in an Instagram post. Bieber has not responded.
With just a two-word tweet—”WE BACK!!!”—DJ Snake formalized the closure of the gap between 2018’s “Taki Taki” and his and Selena Gomez‘s next collaborative undertaking. And, though Snake and Sel’s sophomore partnership taps into a different kind of heat than its Cardi B and Ozuna predecessor, the verdict is in: Snake and Gomez have struck gold yet again.
Deriving from Gomez’s Revelación EP, due March 12, “Selfish Love” saunters its way onto streaming platforms with pop-guided multilingual flair. In accordance with the Spanish language orientation of Revelación, which will be Gomez’s first all-Spanish extended issue, “Selfish Love” sees the vocalist fluidly intermingle two languages atop a Snake-supplied foundation. The easy listening appeal of “Selfish Love” recommends it for playlist queuing in the most casual of settings, and while fans can expect it to find its place among radio listings, the remix-ready nature of the original shouldn’t be lost on fans.
On March 4, The Magician can be found reaching into his hat and pulling out not a rabbit, but rather a remix of Nicky Night Time and Ali Love‘s Breakbot feature “Ubiquity.” With its honeyed, mid-tempo beat and the warmth of its classic disco trappings, the trifecta’s output—released in mid-January—gave the electronic genre further reason to rally around disco sound—something that producers and their respective followings have done ardently of late.
When Nicky Night Time and Ali Love declared a rework in order, The Magician emerged as an attractive tastemaker from whom to commission the alternative “Ubiquity” take, and now, Dancing Astronaut readers have the opportunity to see just how much of a bullseye this call was. Though The Magician’s black belt remix of “Ubiquity” won’t formally release until March 5, the full-length version is available one day early, only on Dancing Astronaut.
Lacking nothing by way of the energy that it brings to speakers, The Magician’s take foregrounds the drum work and general groove put into place on the original while adding touches of his own bold sonic signature. Under normal circumstances, it’d be something for dance floors to lust after, but these days, the would-be club favorite is reason enough to scuff the kitchen or living room floor—in characteristic Magician fashion.
Porter Robinson has shared a new track from his forthcoming album.
Having announced the first single from his forthcoming ‘Nurture’ LP last August, and track ‘Look at the Sky’ in January alongside new visuals, Atlanta-born DJ and producer Porter Robinson has now released a brand new single from ‘Nurture’, titled ‘Musician’.
A vocal-heavy, twinkling electronic pop track, Robinson shared in a press release that ‘Musician’ was one of the very last songs written for ‘Nuture’.
“The song is meant to feel like a celebration, like I’m reveling in the joy of newfound inspiration,” Robinson says. “If the rest of ‘Nurture’ is about me trying to find hope for the future, ‘Musician’ is like a celebration of that hope materializing.
“It was one of the last songs that I wrote for the album, and it’s honestly a celebration of the album itself. That’s where the title comes from. It’s like, ‘Alright, I’ve found my footing, and I know I can really do this now.’ And I just tried to throw all of my rules away and have as much fun as possible. Ironically enough, this is the least sad song on the album, but this is the song that makes me cry. It’s the fun one. I just sound so happy on that song.”
You can listen to ‘Musician’ below. Robinson’s album ‘Nurture’ will be released via Mom+Pop on the 23rd April 2021.