New ‘Quantum Choir’ Virtual Instrument Inspired By Choral Soundtracks

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Sonic Zest has introduced Quantum Choir, a new virtual instrument that is inspired by two very unique soundtracks:

  • the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score for Arrival, and
  • John William’s piece Palpatine’s Teachings from the Revenge of the Sith.

Quantum Choir is based on samples from a classically-trained tenor and bass choral vocalist. But the interface lets you twist and transform the sound – by jumping between vowels, adding LFO modulation and an array of other effects.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

Quantum Choir is available now for $20 USD.

Defected is hosting a livestream in aid of Ibiza Food Bank

The charity steam will take place on the label’s Twitch channel

Declan McGlynn

Thursday, April 15, 2021 – 10:19

UK house music institution Defected is hosting a livestream event to raise money for the Ibiza Food Bank (IFB) charity. DJs including Danny Rampling, David Penn, Roger Sanchez and the Melon Bomb crew will be performing from various locations including the roof of Ibiza club EDEN and the famous Wild Corner in Hï Ibiza. Manu Gonzalez will stream with views of Dalt Villa in Ibiza town. 

The stream is part of Defected’s Press Play series that’s seen DJs like Folamour, Riva Starr, Monki and many more play varied sets on their Twitch channel. 

Regarding the IBF fundraiser, Defected says: “The Ibiza Food Bank’s mission is to create a community of volunteers across the island who will collect food, coordinate donations, volunteer on local farms, man collection points or work in the food bank itself. The food Ibiza Food Bank volunteers collect will be prepared and donated to their charity partners.” 

The stream takes place on Friday, April 16th, starting at 12pm BST on Defected’s Twitch channel. You can donate to Ibiza Food Bank on their GoFundMe here

San Holo expands ‘bb u ok?’ tracklist with two new singles

San Holo expands ‘bb u ok?’ tracklist with two new singlesSanHolo Bbuok 1 1 Lead Photo Scaled E1612376709155

Bitbird founder San Holo made a last-minute decision to roll out not one, but two fresh, new singles in anticipation of the May 21 release of bb u ok?. The future bass talent’s sophomore album so far consists of five emotive pop songs, all of which fit comfortably under the same thematic umbrella. The Dutch DJ has incorporated his skillful electric guitar playing on each new single.

Now, “MY FAULT” and “black and white” arrive on the heels of the TikTok smash, “IT HURTS!,” which has accrued over 1.2 million Spotify streams since its March 10 release. “MY FAULT” encompasses an intimate atmosphere juxtaposed against a domineering bassline. San Holo explained,

“’MY FAULT’ is probably the most personal song I have ever written. It’s a song about a chapter in my life, a relationship with the highs and the lows.”

San Holo further revealed that “MY FAULT” was the first song he wrote on the forthcoming 20-track LP. Additionally, “black and white” follows a similar thematic approach, highlighting San’s dreamy falsettos but relaying a much more euphoric synth progression. Evidently, San Holo intends to impart a grander sense of authenticity and rawness in the upcoming project.

The double release is available on all platforms; stream the two bb u ok? additions’ official videos below.

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Richie Hawtin, deadmau5 launch digital collectibles gaming venture

Richie Hawtin, deadmau5 launch digital collectibles gaming ventureHawtin Testpilot

Richie Hawtin and deadmau5 will be launching a new gaming venture with Ben Turner, Dean Wilson and Inder Phull. The company, called Pixelynx, will create a bridge between digital collectibles, gaming, and virtual worlds. deadmau5 said in a statement that,

“What Pixelynx is offering goes beyond a ‘let’s dip our toes into the metaverse’ situation. The virtual world is continuously expanding and changing which is really exciting and we are growing with it, especially into new sectors like music and fashion. Gaming, virtual worlds, and interactive experiences offer limitless possibilities which we are able to carve new pathways forward in.”

The platform will find artists digitizing their brands into collectible goods that can be used within video games and virtual realities. Hawtin said of the venture in a press statement,

“As we step over the threshold into extended reality, the future is truly upon us. Pixelynx is here to support a positive and creative acceleration into this new space, collaborating with artists to empower their creativity in this new medium and with brands to develop unique digital assets that have meaning and value.”

Due to the popularity of games like Fortnite and Roblox, the platform hopes to be able to connect with fans who have started gathering virtually, especially during the pandemic. While some video games have managed to host virtual festivals, this new venture hopes to open up other avenues for artists to connect with fans.

deadmau5 has been busy over the past few months, uploading six previously unreleased demos to streaming platform Audius last week and releasing his first original single, “Nextra” via his newly-anointed label, hau5trap. Meanwhile, Hawtin recently joined 3LAU and representatives from the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for Amsterdam Dance Event’s (ADE) livestream event “ADE In Conversation.” In January, the artist shared his CONCEPT 1 series in its entirety to Bandcamp

H/T: Music Week

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