Porter Robinson has tugged at his fans’ eagerness for Nurture over the last year. The album campaign ultimately began when the “Sad Machine” artist joined Mom + Pop Music in January of 2020. Well, the final tease before Porter’s fans emerge victorious in the tug-of-war arrives in the form of the album’s binding tracklist.
The electronic superstar’s sophomore solo album lands everywhere on April 23. Last December, Porter mentioned that Nurture consists of his “favorite music [he’s] ever made,” also crediting COVID’s conduciveness to the project’s inception.
Previously released singles “Mirror,” “Something Comforting,” “Look At The Sky,” “Get Your Wish,” and “Musician” occupy five slots on the album. The prior titles plus the remaining nine can be pre-saved here. See the full Nurture tracklist below.
Snoop Dogg has partnered with cannabis service, Weedmaps to deliver an event that is sure to be an April highlight. The livestream event, dubbed the Even Higher Together Virtual 420 Celebration, promises performances by A$AP Rocky, Jhene Aiko, TOKiMONSTA, as well as exclusive and sure to be entertaining appearances from fellow cannabis enthusiasts G-Eazy, Mike Tyson, and more.
Programming segments from the event include a jam session hosted by Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang-affiliated acts as well as The Alchemist, as well as a panel hosted by rapper and activist Talib Kweli in conjunction with nonprofit the Last Prisoner Project. Snoop Dogg spoke about the forthcoming celebration, while hyping his aptly timed upcoming project, reminding fans,
“Anything celebrating cannabis and the culture around it, you know I gotta be there. Cannabis brings people together. I’m also dropping my new album, From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites on 4/20, to give my fans a little something to smoke to on this holiday, ya dig?”
For more information on the event, visit the official page here. The Even Higher Together Virtual 420 Celebration event is scheduled to go live at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 20.
Featured image: Maria Alejandra | Mata Photography
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) continues to foster forward-thinking discussion and innovation with the launch of the event’s free livestream series, “ADE In Conversation.” The series is set to feature a diverse set of people from the industry ranging from artists Richie Hawtin and 3LAU all of the way to representatives from companies such as Elrow and Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
The first hour-long session will feature conversations around two different topics. The first topic will see industry leaders including Elrow CEO Juan Arnau Jr., CAA’s head of Electronic Maria May, Fieldlab Events’ Pieter Lubberts, and Swallow Events’ Grego O’Halloran discuss the move back towards normality for live events in addition to how organizers will do things differently in a post-COVID environment.
The second topic will see 3LAU and Richie Hawtin come together to discuss the newly emerging world of NFTs alongside artist and researcher Mat Dryhurst. The trio will discuss what the implications are for the future of music ownership and, ultimately, the projected future of NFTs.
“ADE In Conversation” begins on April 15 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. CET). It is supported by The Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, and the series will take place on its online platform. Interested industry professionals and fans can sign up here.
As summer winds to a close this year, fans will descend on Chicago, the birthplace of house music, for a brand new two-day event that features some of the genre’s most in-demand forces. ARC Fest will host its debut run this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 – 5, at Chicago’s Union Park, promising a stacked cast of talent to mint the new festival.
Designed to be a creative homage to the city of Chicago and its rich musical history, ARC Fest looks to be a new landmark on the US festival circuit going forward. See the full lineup below, and click here for tickets to ARC Fest.
The new entry-level controller is the latest to support Serato 2.5
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – 11:36
Reloop has announced a new, small two-channel controller for Serato called Ready. The new unit is designed to sit over your laptop keyboard and offers two deck control with eight pads per deck, three-band EQ, dual-band filter per channel, tempo sliders, transport and FX control and mini jog wheels.
For connectivity, the Ready has a USB A output to hook straight into a computer as a soundcard and a USB B output to hook up to an iPad to control Algoriddim djay. Audio I/O is taken care of by a RCA master out and a 3.5mm headphone jack, with controls for cue mix, cue level and master volume.
HYBE, formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment and the record label that is behind K-pop superstars BTS, SEVENTEEN, ZICO, GFRIEND, and more, has acquired Scooter Braun’s label group, Ithaca Holdings. The $1 billion deal sees HYBE purchase the company that manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato. Additionally, the purchase includes the acquisition of Ithaca subsidiary Big Machine Label Group.
Braun said in a statement,
“This is an opportunity for us to make history and further innovate the music industry and revolutionise the game itself. Its implications for the business will be monumentous for a long time to come. I am incredibly grateful for Chairman Bang’s friendship and his willingness to support the creative journey of an artist.”
Braun will become a board member of HYBE following the acquisition, while Scott Borcehtta, who ran Big Machine Label Group, will remain chief executive of the group. CEO of HYBE, Bang Si-Hyuk, said in a statement,
“The inevitable joining of HYBE and Ithaca Holdings marks the start of a new adventure no one could have possibly imagined. The two companies will work closely together by leveraging our proven track records of success, know-how, and expertise to create synergy, transcend borders and break down cultural barriers.”
Big Machine made headlines with the purchase of Taylor Swift’s first six albums. The company then sold the rights to Swift’s catalog last year. Swift is currently re-recording her first several albums as a means of retaining ownership.
Developer Massimiliano Cerioni let us know that he’s introduced a new Max 4 Live device, Simbiosi.
“Simbiosi is a multi-channel, multi-mode delay plug-in, whose audio engine is made entirely in gen~, ” notes Cerioni. “That’s why I think it can be a game-changer, it sounds different from any other M4L device.”
Culto is designed to create a wide range of delay-based effects, including delays, flanger, chorus, tremolo, vibrato, and comb filters, complex drones, cinematic textures and evolving soundscapes.
10 full-range delay lines starting from 0.2 ms up to 5 seconds
16 phase-locked waveshaping LFOs with various shapes like sine, triangle-like waves, distortions, and downsampled pseudo-random number generators
Pricing and Availability
Simbiosi is available now with an intro price of €19, normally 29 €.
Eric Prydz is set to play under all three of his alias’ at a new festival in Chicago.
Taking place across Labour Day weekend (September 4th & 5th), a new multi-stage festival titled ARC will make its debut in the city’s Union Park, with surrounding Parties throughout Chicago set to be announced in the coming months.
Among the artists slated to perform at ARC — which will also include art installations and food outlets — is Eric Prydz, who will perform under all three of his aliases, Eric Prydz, Cirez D — b2b with Adam Beyer — and Pryda. It’ll be the first time the Swedish festival king has performed under all the monikers at one event.
Elsewhere, the likes of Camelphat, Deborah de Luca and Hot Since 82 will step up for sets across the weekend, with Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Nicole Moudaber and The Martinez Brothers also among the first names confirmed.
Speaking about the debut event, ARC said: “It is with brighter days ahead that ARC charts a path forward for dance music’s diverse creeds, offering a much needed flagship for Chicago and a new marquee date on the international festival calendar.”
Attendees can sign-up for the exclusive pre-sale immediately at ARCmusicfestival.com. General tickets will be on sale from April 15th, with payment plans and travel packages coming soon.
British/Nigerian genre-fusing act Abi Jenaé delivers her latest banger titled “Break It Down.” The record is an upbeat, vibrant club jam that sees Jenaéworking with the late US-based Nigerian producer Dokta Frabz who laces her with a rousing brass-driven backdrop. Jenaé takes the reins here and with her commanding vocal tone she delivers a mix of English raps peppered with Yoruba lines every now and then. Her style is reminiscent of 90s femcees like MC-Lyte, QueenLatifah, and Eve. She definitely imbues the spirit of that era and stays focused on her punchy bars and flows but it’s nice hearing how she fuses it with some of her fun demeanor and upbeat charisma.
Abi Jenaé is based in South London and started rapping in the mid-2000s and has been putting pen to paper since then. No full project is attached to this song so we can assume it’s a one-off affair.
I’d also like to dedicate this post to the producer Dokta Frabz who unfortunately lost his life due to gun violence earlier this year. He was living in the DMV area and even till now the full details of his death are still foggy.
It was the once and future Buchla. But back in 1987, the Buchla 700 was so painfully ahead of its time that … well, its ideal moment is probably really now, right now, on your iPad. And so you’re in luck.
ID700 is beautiful, focused, and musical. The work of modosc designs in Berkeley, the iOS app is a labor of love by one Jonathan Schatz – a musician and developer who worked directly with Don Buchla on the 200e series. And it has the insane sonic possibilities of the original, thanks to 4 oscillators per voice * 12 voice = 48 oscillators, with wildly editable envelopes (15 per voice, for 180 envelopes) and modifiers.
The iPad app is based on the voice architecture of the Buchla 700, but not slavishly so – and there’s no muddled skeuomorphism, either, which is good, because the Buchla 700 itself looked pretty wonky. So instead you get a native touch app with the deep architecture of the 700. The touchplate-style keyboard is still there, as it should be – it’s fair to say that the touch experiments of Don Buchla are part of a lineage that ultimately influenced the invention of the iPhone and iPad.
But having everything in a visual, flow-diagram interface is perfect. It means you can touch and drag to change just about any parameter, for fine-tuning frequency modulation, waveshape and timbral controls, and modulation. The ID700 app is remarkably flat; I expected some tabbed affair, but instead, you get a massively powerful single screen where everything is at reach. It honestly puts a lot of software synths to shame, and if you didn’t know the Buchla connection, I really do think you’d assume this 1989 idea came from last week.
Basically, the notion is FM synthesis with waveshaping, now with the ability to choose one of 40 wave shapes or draw in your own, and then a ton of powerful envelopes. That’s it – a recipe for FM + waveshaping + envelope the heck out of the result. Add in MPE control and tuning support, and you get a pretty perfect live instrument.
Details from the developer:
AUv3 and IAA support on iOS
twelve voices of four operator FM with twelve unique algorithms
fourteen complex envelopes per voice
two hundred professionally designed presets
two waveshapers per voice
over forty factory wave shapes plus an editor for user created shapes
Scala scale file support with over four thousand included tunings from the Scala scale archive
MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) capability for MPE controllers like the Roli Seabord, Linnstrument, and Sensel Morph
I’m definitely working this into a live set, and the iPad seems an ideal place to run it – you can always just record into your host. But given the MPE support and plenty of controller options now, I’d love to see this in a macOS AUv3, too, and it sounds like that’s coming. (See the recent, excellent Model 15 and … well, if you got stuck with just this synth and that synth, you’d more or less never run out of options.
I’ll try to make more sound examples soon, but here’s an example with just one preset, showing how easy to navigate the UI is, including quick access to modulation sources and tons of draggable/touchable timbral details:
The original Buchla 700
You’d be forgiven for not knowing the Buchla 700 – mention of Buchla history usually covers the modulars and Music Easel and skips over this chapter. But it’s worth knowing. As Jonathan writes:
In 1987 Don Buchla released the Buchla 700 synthesizer. It was the next logical step from Don’s previous digital synths (the Buchla 400, Touché, Buchla 500) but was also influenced by the synth trends of the 1980’s, specifically FM synthesis and the all-in-one workstation concept. As usual, Don was ahead of the curve and the 700 never took off. Very few were sold and even fewer functioning units exist today. I always loved the sound of Don’s digital oscillators, and combined with the scarcity of the instrument it seemed like a fun project to recreate it in software and reintroduce its concepts to the world.
And it looked like this –
The creation was an analog/digital hybrid the likes of which we didn’t see again until the current generation – computer-based digital synthesis, with analog filtering, modifiers, and amps. (The analog bits are easily modeled on the iOS app.)
Inside was not one but four computers, including an 8-bit 6303 microcontroller that handled analog and digital conversion. The heart and soul was a 16-bit Motorola 68000 – yes, the same one you know from the Apple Macintosh (and Amiga, Atari ST, and whatnot). That is, in some sense the Buchla 700 was the first standalone computer-as-synth, long before custom solutions tried to cram machines into purpose-built music hardware.
Developer Lynx Crowe worked on the software.
And it has been a digital synth-lover’s haven – something others have tried to recreate (even if this app is by far the most accessible rendition). That means there are some great notes on how it’s put together:
And yeah, Aaron Lanterman of Georgia Tech made a version of it in SuperCollider, which is also a lot of fun both as a tour of both SC and with some ideas around 700-ish synthesis:
Basically, the 700’s time is now – as the world embraces polyphonic expression, rich polyphonic instruments with loads of envelopes, a combination of FM synthesis and waveshaping (because the world is more comfortable with the gnarly results), and the world of tuning beyond 12-TET.