New 3,500-capacity music venue, Forum, to open in Birmingham

A new music venue will open its doors in Birmingham this year.

Housed in a building formerly home to the city’s Birmingham Ballroom and Birmingham Academy, the newly renovated, multi-faceted 3,500-capacity Forum — a venue designed with DJs and live electronic acts in mind — is getting ready to open for summer.

Promoters already confirmed to host events include AEG Presents, Goldenvoice, Kilimanjaro Live and Cream, with local Birmingham promoters Leftfoot, Shadow City and Foliée also planning to host events at the new Forum. Tom Ranger, who has worked with the likes of Oval Space, The Pickle Factory, Percolate Live and Dreamland Margate, has been named the Head of Events & Programming.

Speaking about the new venue, Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “The club scene is a huge part of British culture and heritage spanning decades. We need to preserve it so that future generations can share the experience and pursue careers and opportunities within this sector for years to come.

“At the moment our clubs are fighting to survive during the pandemic so it’s really inspirational that Forum Birmingham will reopen saving a cultural institution in the city and giving the local industry a much needed shot of confidence.” 

You can sign up for more information and pre-sale tickets here:

Stop what you’re doing to listen game music going very wrong and very polytonal

2021 needs an anthem, and clearly, it’s bitonal Nintendo Switch paused game racing music in chaotic dissonance. “Nothing’s gonna stop me now.”

Yeah, eat your heart out, Charles Ives. Got this on repeat, as does everyone else, judging by retweets. Oh yeah, also to Mr. Ives, the WSJ in 2004 is trashing you.)

(I think the game is Future Aero Racing S Ultra, if I’m not mistaken – which amusingly another reviewer says has an “upbeat soundtrack” as a “pro.”) Hey, remember how there was that whole debate over equal temperament in recent weeks? There are enough dissonant keys overlapped here that I can’t even say for sure if it’s “out of tune” (as in competing tuning systems), but I can certainly say this counts as polytonality.

How does something like this happen? Well, there’s a lot of, you know, code in games. Music is often late in the pipeline. And so just as graphics can glitch, yeah, you could have dynamically-rendered musical assets that are not lining up.

Chiming in on that thread, something went a bit amiss on the PlayStation RPG Ancient Roman, too, it seems. Now this I rather love. Not black MIDI, maybe… purple MIDI. Keep it going to the end for that drum fill. Honestly, soundtrack, I feel you.

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Oh, my. Things are not right on this farm.

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Okay, okay, to the composer, I’m really sorry. (Follow that thread for more on this side tangent.)

But to anyone who says music theory isn’t useful?

Wellllll… without music theory, who will do a full analysis of what happened here? Who, I ask you?

Journalist Chris Scullion adds:

I think we should compose a compilation of made-up wrong game music, and call it Known, But Shipping. Who’s in?

(Thanks to my sister for this one.)

You can now hear what a spider web sounds like thanks to AI

Scientists have shared what a spiderweb sounds like using Artificial Intelligence. 

Markus Buehler, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, alongside his team, recently created 3D models of spiderwebs to study spiders’ vibrations — their way of communicating — while undertaking tasks in the web such as construction, repair, hunting and feeding.

“Spiders utilize vibrations as a way to communicate with the environment, with other spiders,” Buehler said. “We have recorded these vibrations from spiders and used artificial intelligence to learn these vibrational patterns and associate them with certain actions, basically learning the spider’s language.”

The spider signals are low, long chimes, which become more complex as the web becomes more dense. Spider signals are usually completely inaudible to human ears.

You can hear the spider signals below.

(via Reuters)

Artificial intelligence, the doom mongers say, will make many human jobs obsolete, and some believe it will destroy the music industry too. But the flipside is a brave new world where AI and people can co-exist, collaborate, and make beautiful music together. In a 2019 feature, DJ Mag investigated the weird and potentially wonderful world of algorithmic sounds.

Porter Robinson unveils 2021 Secret Sky lineup: REZZ, Baauer, Boys Noize, and more

Porter Robinson unveils 2021 Secret Sky lineup: REZZ, Baauer, Boys Noize, and morePorter Robinson Photo Credit Rukes

Porter Robinson has teased the lineup for this year’s Secret Sky festival by playing select songs from artists on the piano. Covers included REZZ’s “Edge,” Bauuer’s “Home,” Boys Noize’s “MVINLINE,” and much more. Now, ahead of Robinson’s feverishly anticipated sophomore LP, the 28-year-old producer has shared the full lineup for Secret Sky’s return.

The full roster includes Swardy, Yvette Young, SEKAI NO OWARI, REZZ, No Rome, Masakatsu, IMANU & Buunshin, salute, Kero Kero Bonito, Bauuer, serph, Laxcity, Boys Noize, James Ivy, Wave Racer, and, of course, Porter Robinson himself. Secret Sky will take place virtually on April 24, which will coincide with the release of Robinson’s new full length album, Nurture. Partnering with Goldenvoice and Brownies & Lemonade, Secret Sky will be an all-day streaming event. 

Last year, the festival managed to raise more than $100,000 for the MusiCares Relief Fund, which helps donate funds to those in the music industry that have been unable to work due to the pandemic, and hopes to bring in more in 2021.

Registration for the festival will be available here.

Porter Robinson unveils 2021 Secret Sky lineup: REZZ, Baauer, Boys Noize, and morePorter Robinson Secret Sky 2021 Lineup

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Live Nation, Veeps aim to standardize post-pandemic livestream concerts with 60 newly equipped venues

Live Nation, Veeps aim to standardize post-pandemic livestream concerts with 60 newly equipped venuesWiltern LA Credit ALive Coverage

Just as corporate America learned that remote employment would endure beyond the pandemic, the music industry recognizes that livestreamed concerts are here to stay too. Now, emerging livestream platform Veeps, founded by former pop-punk rockers Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte, has partnered with Live Nation to retrofit over 60 venues for this purpose.

The Wiltern in Los Angeles will be the first venue to take on its own livestream series as a result of the joint venture. The digital concert series will feature performances by Young Thug, LANY, Freddie Gibbs, among others. The historic venue’s digital transmissions will run through July 9, 2021, well into the time period where live indoor shows should be back in action.

Other confirmed venues that Live Nation and Veeps will optimize for livestreaming include The Fillmore in both San Francisco and Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans’ House of Blues, the Bay Area’s Shoreline Amphitheater, and Washington’s famed Gorge Amphitheater.

The ulterior intention behind the project is to assimilate livestreams into contemporary tour schedules. For example, an artist would be able to expand their outreach to foreign territories during a stop at New Orleans’ House of Blues during a US tour, or reach a wider national audience with a performance at The Gorge.

Tickets are currently on sale here.

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Tchami, ZHU share new music video for joint single, ‘All On Me’

Tchami, ZHU share new music video for joint single, ‘All On Me’Zhu Tchami

Still riding the high from the October 2020 release of his debut album—Dancing Astronaut’s Album of the YearYear Zero, Tchami has just delivered the video for his collaboration with ZHU, one of the LP’s top standouts, “All On Me.”

Reaching nearly six and a half million streams already, “All On Me” has proven to be a fan-favorite from the album, certainly deserved of its own visual component. Featuring contemporary/interpretive dance choreography set in an abandoned building, the story follows a woman’s personal journey, encountering someone unexpected along the way. Choreographed by the highly acclaimed Amy Gardner, who has also assisted on visuals for the likes of Prince, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, this latest output showcases a newfound sense of intricacy.

Watch the music video for “All On Me” below.

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Pendulum return once more with new single, ‘Come Alive’

Pendulum return once more with new single, ‘Come Alive’Pendulum

Pendulum are back with a new single, some of their first new material since 2010’s platinum-certified Immersion LP. Now, following up on 2020’s hiatus-snapping twofer, “Driver” and “Nothing For Free,” the legendary Australian electronic outfit have turned in another new single, “Come Alive” as summer 2021 approaches.

The band’s signature blend of heavy guitar riffs, rushing synthwork, and Rob Swire‘s unmistakable vocals are on full display on “Come Alive,” with the group’s venerated sound still fully intact a decade later. While 2020’s comeback plans were hampered by COVID-19 shutdowns, Pendulum’s latest release, the two preceding tracks, and a livestreamed performance from the English Channel last year, all seek to lay the creative groundwork for the band’s full fledged return and the opening of a new stylistic era for Pendulum more than a decade since their last LP.

Hear “Come Alive” below, available now via Pendulum’s Earstorm Records.

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There’s a new “rare vinyl” record shop opening in Los Angeles

A new record shop is opening in downtown Los Angeles, run by Rolando Alvarez and Eddie Vela, the duo behind the city’s Dialogue and Midnight Lovers parties.

The pair launch Chapter One Records — a store they say specialises in “rare vinyl” — alongside their new vinyl-only record label, Dialogue Records. 

Artists connected to Dialogue and Midnight Lovers will play a part in curating the wax on sale at Chapter One Records, with SONN’s of Making Shapes, the west coast’s TK Disco, Dublab’s esteemed vinyl purist Daddy Differently, and Club Tularosa all involved. Resident labels include Stones Throw, Visionquest, and Let’s Play House.

According to the press release announcing the news, “Chapter One aims to fuel what its founders see as a cultural renaissance aimed to revitalize Los Angeles’ nightlife in the wake of shutdowns.

“This new creative hub will also offer their community a range of in-store gatherings and services including release listening parties, live stream production, media creation and more.”

Alvarez and Vela are launching Dialogue Records with a four-track EP from Romanian minimal mainstay Ada Kaleh. The ‘Solace in Repetition’ EP is out on Friday 23rd April and can be pre ordered here.

No Signal radio launches academy programme for young Black creatives entering music industry

No Signal radio has launched an academy programme.

Black British online radio station No Signal — which attracted 129,000 listeners from across 166 countries during the first global coronavirus lockdown — have launched a 12-week academy for young Black creatives entering the music industry: #NSAcademy. 

The programme will take 12 participants through the “how-to’s” of the industry from experts across radio, graphic design, social media and campaigns. The #NSAcademy Collective will then curate and produce their very own NS Academy Takeover on No Signal Radio.

Each participant will receive a fee of £1,000 to take part in the programme, and the collective will have a budget of £3,000 towards their takeover. No previous experience is necessary, and participants will be mentored through the programme by the Programme Manager, Tobi Kyeremateng, and Programme Assistant, Ibrahim Hashim.

Applicants for the NS Academy must be aged between 18 – 25 at the start of the programme, Black — “defined as people of Black African, Caribbean and Afro-Latinx heritage, including people of mixed-Black heritage”, and living in London or the surrounding counties. Applications are now open and will close on Sunday 2nd May, with interviews taking place the following week. All Academy sessions will take place weekly from 11AM to 3PM at the No Signal Studio in Tottenham from May until August.

You can apply for the NS Academy and find out more information here.

Last year, UK music and young people’s charity Youth Music has revealed the recipients of the first round of an incubator fund. The fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 to businesses and not-for-profit collectives working within the music industry. Among the first round of recipients were No Signal Radio, alongside Bristol digital broadcaster Noods Radio, London jazz group Ezra Collective, labels Black Acre and Saffron Records, and the UK-based, rap-focused video channel Link Up TV.

Solomun’s robust ‘Nobody Is Not Loved’ album rollout surges forth with ‘The Center Will Not Hold’

Solomun’s robust ‘Nobody Is Not Loved’ album rollout surges forth with ‘The Center Will Not Hold’Solomun Factory 93

Working toward the release of his upcoming album Nobody Is Not Loved, Solomun gives way to his fourth album single, “The Center Will Not Hold.” Following “Tuk Tuk” featuring ÄTNA, the tune bestows fans another glimpse into a new era of Solomun.

Starting out softly, the groove creeps its way into another mysterious house music escape. Hinging the album upon the strength that music has provided humankind throughout history, “The Center Will Not Hold” is another piece of the album’s puzzle and a strong one, at that. Combating the world-wide dance floor blackout, Solomun went to work to unveil his new label NINL, which will fittingly welcome its first album, Nobody Is Not Loved, on May 14.

Stream “The Center Will Not Hold” below.

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