Burning Man changes theme title for 2021 edition due to “colonial history”

Burning Man has changed the title of its 2021 theme due to the original title’s “colonial history”.

Despite ongoing uncertainty about whether the gathering will take place this year or not, an update was shared to The Burning Man Journal earlier this month (16th), in which its organisers announced this year’s theme: Terra Incógnita, which translates to mean “unknown land”. The event’s organisers have now decided to change the theme’s title, after “learning that the phrase has a colonial history, and it reflected back some of [their] own implicit biases and default perspectives.”

Burning Man have confirmed that a more detailed statement regarding the event’s retitling — which is now The Great Unknown — will be released in the future, the Reno-Gazette Journal reports.

In January this year, Burning Man’s organisers said it is “impossible to say right now” if the flagship festival would go ahead this year. Speaking in an update, the team said: “After a year without Black Rock City we’re all longing to reconnect – for a going home after all that staying home. Yet our enforced apartness has also served as a powerful reminder that the idea of home is just that – an idea – and not a particular place.

“Quarantine has led us to rethink the very meaning of place, and rid us of certain illusions about it – like the notion that our city was always there somehow, always a certain way, which was never true at all. It was always a figment of our collective imaginations, and fundamentally different each and every year.”

In May last year, Burning Man launched Kindling, which was followed by the launch of its online Multiverse in September. In August, a documentary all about the art at Burning Man was also released.

New KalimbaGo Part Kalimba, Part Video Game

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Off Topic: Evie Innotech has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of the KalimbaGo – a new instrument that’s part Kalimba and part video game.

The KalimbaGo pairs a traditional Kalimba thumb piano with a Wi-Fi enabled computer & screen. The interface can be used to tune the KalimbaGo and also for learning to play the instrument using a video game-like interface.

Pricing and Availability

The KalimbaGo is available to project backers for about $70 USD.

Note that crowd-funded projects involve risk, see the project page for details.

Popular Online Gear Forum Now ‘Gearspace’, Leaving ‘Slutz’ Behind

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Popular online gear forum Gearslutz has announced that it is rebranding as ‘Gearspace’, after more than 18 years.

The site, which describes itself as ‘The No.1 Website For Pro Audio’, has come under criticism for years for its name.

Common complaints about the ‘Gearslutz’ name include:

  • It’s unprofessional – the site has grown from being a gear forum to being one of the world’s most important resources for musicians, so many think that they name should evolve along with the site;
  • It’s sexist – the inclusion of ‘slut’ in the name is offensive and exclusionary; and
  • It’s blocked at work – the fact that the name incorporates ‘slut’ means that it’s blocked by many company’s proxy servers/firewalls – so you can’t check out the site at work.

Site owners announced plans in January to change the name, in response to a Change.org petition.

Gearspace says that “Our aim is for the new name to be more inclusive and better suited to professional environments and the audio education world.”

The changes are expected to be completed by mid-April 2021.

Ministry of Sound announces series of reopening parties this summer

Ministry of Sound has announces a series of reopening parties taking place this summer.

Legendary London institute Ministry of Sound (MoS) has <a href="

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According to the club’s website, line-ups for the events are being finalised, but the opening party will take place on Friday 25th from 10PM until 6AM, with another eight-hour party taking place on Saturday 26th.

“We’ve come a long, long way together, and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” MoS said on the listing page. “Dust off your raving shoes, call your friends, cancel your Zoom subscription and let’s never speak of quizzes, banana bread or Joe Wicks ever again. It’s Summer 2021 and it’s time for a FUCKING PARTY.”

Tickets for the opening party on Friday 25th June are on sale here for £26.

Elsewhere in London, fabric has announced a 42-hour reopening party in June later this year, with Tottenham’s The Cause announcing a two-day program of events, and South London mega-venue Printworks hosting a mammoth three-day run of reopening celebrations.

MoS came in at No. 26 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs Poll last year. Undoubtedly one of the most iconic clubbing brands in the history of dance music, Ministry of Sound’s London club is the stuff of legend. Having opened its doors in 1991 to showcase the American house sound, its early days saw the likes of Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles regularly grace the booth. Across the decades, the Elephant and Castle-based institution has grown considerably, with countless side projects and offshoots but the London club — with its focus on exceptional sound — is still the epicentre of the global brand.

Vaccine passports for UK clubs “unworkable”, Nighttime Industries Association CEO says

The Nighttime Industries Association (NTIA) has said that vaccine passports for UK clubs is an “unworkable” option.

After it was revealed the the government has been considering vaccine passports for reopening the hospitality and nightlife sectors, which currently remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTIA has issued a statement warning that the scheme could cause “further anxiety” for venue operators, with CEO Michael Kill calling the passports a “clear subject of cross sector discrimination.”

“The additional barriers around mandatory vaccination certificates to gain access to businesses within the sector is unworkable,” Kill said in a statement, “and would cause further anxiety for operators, creating more barriers to businesses, and potential conflict between staff and customers, as well as being discriminatory, given that the core of our market will not have been given the opportunity to have the vaccine by the time the roadmap engages the sector.”

He added that there was “a clear disparity between the way that the Night Time Economy and Hospitality sector businesses are being treated by the Government,” with businesses such as supermarkets and non-essential retail being given extended hours and no mandatory track and trace – despite the fact that they will reopen prior to the hospitality sector’s current reopening date of June 21st.

In February, MPs were warned that UK nightlife faces “extinction” without more government support, after a survey of over 20,000 night time economy businesses, workers and consumers were asked to share experiences and opinions on the huge problems currently faced by the sector amid the pandemic.

In the key findings of the survey, which were compiled by the Night Time Industries Assocation, the inquiry found that 85% of people working in the night time economy are considering leaving the industry, and that 78% of workers within the sector had, at some point in the last 12 months, been furloughed. The NTIA also highlighted the fact that on average, businesses in the night time economy had been forced to make 37% of their total workforce redundant, and that in the second half of 2020, clubs and music venues traded at an average of 28% of their pre-coronavirus turnover.

Elsewhere, a vaccine passport for tourists to enter Spain — including Ibiza and the rest of the Balearic Islands — will be ready by June, the Spanish government has said. Speaking at a press conference in Playa de Palma last Thursday (25th), Spain’s tourism minister, Reyes Maroto, told reporters that a new coronavirus vaccination certificate “will replace current restrictions when it comes to travelling”, and is expected to be ready by summer.

Honey & Badger issues an open invitation to Brussels with double-sided house EP, ‘Cimdix’

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Standing out in the crowded field of house music is a tall order, but this hasn’t been even a mild deterrent for Honey & Badger, whose name might be more familiar than ever of late due to his still-uncovered presence on DJ Snake and Malaa‘s sophomore Secret Room tracklist. Hailing straight out of Brussels, Belgium, the masked one-man show is now paying homage to his hometown with a two-sided EP on Terminal Underground, Cimdix.

As painted by Honey & Badger himself, both of Cimdix‘s inclusions properly reflect the respective day-and-night atmosphere of the country’s capital. “77” brings out the spirit that encapsulates spending a sun-gleamed summer afternoon in the heart of Brussels, while “KO” fast forwards the clock and moves you into the darkest depths of a Brussels club—post-COVID of course—with each of the two numbers serving as a welcome virtual invitation into the Belgian producer’s city of choice.

Stream Honey & Badger’s full Cimdix EP below.

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Reflecting on ‘Harmonica Andromeda’ and more: 10 gems from KSHMR’s Reddit AMA

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From hardly humble beginnings under The Cataracts banner to his debut album, Harmonica Andromeda, KSHMR specified no stage in his career as off-limits during a March 26 Reddit AMA. The question and answer session was open, real, raw. And, in a rare—if not unprecedented—approach, KSHMR even took the time to record video responses to some fan questions, further amplifying the highly personal nature of the r/EDM-hosted endeavor.

10 gems from the Reddit AMA spanning the long-awaited return of “Welcome to KSHMR,” Harmonica Andromeda muses, whether he’d ever take his talents to Bollyword, and more can be found below.

Read KSHMR’s Saturday Night Sessions with Dancing Astronaut, featuring an exclusive one-hour mix, here.


His favorite song on Harmonica Andromeda is “Paula.”

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And he would “never consider” remixing it.

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Hans Zimmer, Porter Robinson, and Dr. Dre, among others, influenced KSHMR’s creative process as he crafted his debut album. In a post-Harmonica Andromeda period, he hopes to collaborate with Brandon Flowers and several other non-electronically affiliated artists.

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His involvement in The Cataracts pre-KSHMR led to artistic epiphanies that would later catalyze him to establish the KSHMR project.

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Watch KSHMR’s video response here or read the transcript below.

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“Making a ton of music” early in his career was his key to finding the direction that “really worked” for him.

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Watch KSHMR’s video response here or read the transcript below.

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For those who didn’t know, KSHMR’s “first real EDM tracks” were actually ghost productions.

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He considers melody “the best place to start” when writing a song.

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Watch KSHMR’s video response here or read the transcript below.

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If the situation were right, he’d “jump” at the chance to produce music to be used in Bollywood.

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Texture was a priority on many Harmonica Andromeda tracklistings, especially on “Song Of War” and the LP’s title track.

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Watch KSHMR’s video response here or read the transcript below.

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He’s pledged to make the next “Welcome to KSHMR” mix. The last installment in the series was volume eight, released in April of 2017.

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Kohmi’s ‘Vamp’ remix transcends Secret Room ID status to hit SoundCloud [Stream]

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With five words—”it’s about ID music tonight”—Malaa decisively set the tone for a February 20 stint that’s resurfaced in electronically focused conversations ever since. DJ Snake/Malaa devotees don’t need to be reminded of the date’s significance; they rightfully recall it as the Parisian powerhouses’ second Secret Room meeting. How could they forget the appropriately ID-packed performance that spread across nearly 42 full minutes? That’s a rhetorical question. Though, if Dancing Astronaut were to answer it, Kohmi would be one of our more compelling justifications as to why streamers simply could not. As for any “why?” that such a response would provoke, well, his remix of Outlander’s “Vamp” is worth 1,000 words.

Part of the shuffle of attention-warranting IDs interspersed in DJ Snake and Malaa’s set, the Confession frequenter’s rework is a dance floor driver that builds a strong case for a Shazam—at a minimum. Now blissfully available in all of its bold glory, Kohmi’s spin on the Outlander original brings the tally of outstanding Kohmi-issued Secret Room IDs to one. The companion ID, which notably provided the opening to DJ Snake and Malaa’s seminal Secret Room conference in December of 2020, will continue to wait in the wings, and when it eventually takes flight, it certainly won’t do so quietly.

Stream Kohmi’s remix of “Vamp” below.

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Endorphin.es Ground Control In-Depth Review

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In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the Endorphin.es Ground Control Eurorack step sequencer.

Ground Control is a 42 hp Eurorack performance sequencer that has 4 tracks: three melodic tracks and a drum track, consisting of 8 drum triggers and modulation/accent output. There are also dedicated mute buttons for each track, MIDI and USB-MIDI I/O, external CV and a 2-octave piano-style keyboard.

Topics covered in the video:

TIMELINE:
0:00? Intro
1:30? Overview
4:00? Workflow
5:30? Project scope
6:55? This setup
9:35? Arpeggiator
13:00? Live recording
14:55? Step seq
16:35? Drum seq
19:40? Performance
22:30? Load & save
23:20? Settings
24:35? Pros & cons
28:45? Outro track

For more info on the Ground Control, see the Endorphin.es site.

Glastonbury Festival teases new event, Live At Worthy Farm

Emily Eavis previously confirmed that the festival had applied for a licence to hold a concert at Worthy Farm in September

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Glastonbury Festival has teased a new event.

Late yesterday afternoon (25th), the official Glastonbury Festival Twitter account shared a mysterious teaser video with the hashtag #LiveAtWorthyFarm, featuring the festival’s iconic Stone Circle.

The video, which was also retweeted by the festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis, comes exactly a week after news broke that Glastonbury had applied for a licence to hold an event on the Worthy Farm site this year.

“For those asking for an update on our plans later this year, we have put an application in for a licence for a concert at the farm in September (around the time we’d usually do Pilton Party),” Eavis said. “Of course, we’ve no idea yet whether we’ll able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance. Unlikely we’ll have any news for a couple of months – but will let you know right here when we do.”

Earlier this year, after confirming that they would update Glasto lovers with news after cancellation speculation surrounding the flagship festival, Emily Eavis and Michael Eavis confirmed that 2021 would be another forced fallow year for the Somerset event.

Further details regarding #LiveAtWorthyFarm are yet to be revealed. In the mean time, check out the tweet from Glastonbury below.