Burning Man announces virtual event for 2021

Tickets are available now

Christian Eede

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 16:46

Burning Man has confirmed plans for a virtual edition of the festival this summer.

Taking place from August 22nd until September 7th, the virtual event will follow on from last year’s Burning Man Multiverse virtual edition, which took place instead of the usual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s usual edition of the festival has also been cancelled, with the virtual event taking its place instead.

Those who attend the virtual event will be able to explore six Virtual Burn Worlds that will allow people to see 3D art, participate in community workshops and meet attendees from all over the world. People will be able to experience the festival via a standard desktop or mobile device, or with a VR headset. 

Tickets are on sale here. You can check out a trailer for the Virtual Burn 2021 below.

Burning Man’s real-life 2021 edition was officially called off last month, with organisers confirming that they hoped to be back in full force next year. Organisers had considered making vaccinations mandatory for all those that wished to attend this year’s event before deciding to pull the plug altogether.

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Armin van Buuren releases second collaboration with Tom Staar ‘Let Go’ featuring Josha Daniel

Armin van Buuren releases second collaboration with Tom Staar ‘Let Go’ featuring Josha DanielWww.youredm.com67armin Van Buuren Tongue Out Djakarta Warehouse Project 2018 Rukes

Armin van Buuren has released his second collaboration with Tom Staar, this time bringing along Josha Daniel for “Let Go” landing via Armada Music. The single follows the pair’s April 2020 big-room track “Still Better Off” featuring Mosimann, as well as as slew of music from Armin van Buuren in 2021, with a fiery streak that includes “Tell Me Why,” “Divino,” “Magico,” and “Leave A Little Love.”

“Let Go” debuted on van Buuren’s latest A State Of Trance compilation earlier in May and quickly became the trending track in episode 1016 of his radio show. The single features a mammoth patchwork of addictive progressive grooves, jolting basslines, and impassioned vocals. Both the Dutch superstar and British house producer showcase the best of their veteran impulses, combining soothing melodies with mystical soundscapes that offer listeners an immersive, out-of-body experience. Stream “Let Go” below.

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Friends of the late SOPHIE launch art auction to raise money for trans rights

Friends of the late SOPHIE launch art auction to raise money for trans rightsSophie Osheaga Cred Takemorephotos

In the five months since the trailblazing producer’s tragic death, friends and collaborators of SOPHIE have come together to organize God Is Trans, an online auction of SOPHIE’s clothing, art pieces, and memorabilia to “honor her radical generosity, artistic vision, and commitment to supporting the trans community.”

All proceeds will go to the Tides Foundation, the financial sponsor of Trans Justice Funding Project, a community-led endeavor hinged upon leadership roles in the trans community and the experiences trans people face regarding racism, transmisogyny, economic injustice, and other intersecting oppressions. 100% of the profits go toward grassroots trans justice groups, with no restrictions and no strings attached. In the last eight years TJFP has distributed more than $4.5 million toward equality and justice.

Items up for auction include a print by “It’s Okay To Cry” music video director Nick Harwood, an Eckhaus Latta white silk dress, and a number of photos, paintings, sculptures and more. See all editions at the God Is Trans website.

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Love International, Dimensions and Hospitality on the Beach festivals postponed

Three festivals that had been due to take place at Croatia’s Garden Tisno resort this summer have been postponed.

Dimensions, Love International and Hospitality On The Bench were scheduled to happen in July. Dimensions has now, however, postponed to September 2nd-6th, while the other two will now take place in summer 2022. 

“We did all we could to make July happen,” a statement shared by Dimensions reads. “However, as things stand, there’s still a high level of uncertainty about events taking place in Croatia in early summer and continued unpredictability surrounding travel and the ability to deliver a high-class event.”

The postponement of the three festivals follows on from the UK government’s announcement last week of a new traffic-light system for travel. Croatia is currently listed as an amber country on the system, which means that all of those travelling back from the country must quarantine and take PCR tests before and following their return.

All tickets for the three festivals can be carried over to their newly rescheduled dates. Other festivals due to take place in Tisno this summer, such as Outlook and Defected Croatia, have not yet postponed their events.

Carl Cox signs to publisher and label BMG, announces new album

Carl Cox signs to publisher and label BMG, announces new albumCarl Co Website Image Krtb Standard

Global techno icon Carl Cox has officially signed with major publisher and record label Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). This new partnership expands BMG’s recording artist arsenal of legendary names in dance music, including acts such as The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, and publishing rights to works from Aphex Twin, Bebe Rexha, and more. Speaking about the new signing, Cox announced his first album since 2011, stating,

“I had my first ever single out with BMG many years ago so I couldn’t be more pleased to be signed there as a recording artist. Being around the studio all year during lockdown and digging deep has, I hope, set the foundations that will make the first album something special… Oh yess!”

The Ibiza legend has been quite busy lately with both music and charitable ventures. As avid Carl Cox fans anxiously await a new full length LP, a fresh new remix of Deborah de Luca’s “Fuori” should serve as a decent holdover. The BMG announcement also closely follows Carl Cox’s recent launch of a WaterBear College of Music scholarship for a student pursuing a career in music business and electronic music.

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Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge unveils stellar lineup: The Chainsmokers, Alison Wonderland, REZZ, and more

Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge unveils stellar lineup: The Chainsmokers, Alison Wonderland, REZZ, and moreBeyond Wonderland Credit Ivan Meneses

As an increasing number of festivals announce 2021 post-COVID returns, Insomniac’s beloved Beyond Wonderland property is taking to Washington’s iconic Gorge Amphitheater for two full days of electronic music with some of the most in-demand DJs and producers in the world. Scheduled to take place October 1 and 2 this year, Beyond Wonderland’s announcement follows a chain of lineup releases from festivals such as Excision‘s Reunion, Firefly Festival, Holy Ship! Wrecked, and more.

Beyond Wonderland’s Gorge lineup features a slew of big names such as Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Alison Wonderland, REZZ, The Chainsmokers, JOYRYDE, Wuki, and SVDDEN DEATH, among many others, while also boasting an eclectic collection of rising stars like Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of 2020, Moore Kismet. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PT). For more details visit Beyond Wonderland’s official website here.

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Moritz von Oswald Trio reforms with Laurel Halo and Heinrich Köbberling

‘Dissent’ is the first album credited to the trio in six years

Christian Eede

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 16:55

Moritz von Oswald has reconvened the Moritz von Oswald Trio with two new members joining him: Laurel Halo and jazz drummer Heinrich Köbberling. 

Together, they will release the first album credited to the trio in six years, ‘Dissent’, this August. The album was recorded in Berlin in November and December 2020 then edited down from a series of extended jams.

“With the trio shifting towards stable foundations in noise and groove, the dance beckons, recalling some of techno’s jazzier inclinations while veering untethered towards into unfamiliar territory,” a press release says of the new album.

BMG’s Modern Recordings label will release ‘Dissent’ on August 6th. You can preview the album, in the form of a track called ‘Chapter ‘4, below.

A classic album by Moritz von Oswald, together with Thomas Fehlmann and Juan Atkins as 3MB, was recently reissued on Tresor.

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Bleep it out with Fenix, the Dutch modular you’ve probably never heard of

The Synton Fenix has been used by the likes of Martin Gore and has a story interwoven with decades of Dutch synth history. Here’s your chance to discover this little-known gem – and learn some synth technique you can apply to your own software/hardware modulars!

Roland Nebe of Making Sound Machines in Düsseldorf writes us with this one. They’ve been working on new videos with the Fenix IV, the latest in a lone and storied line of synths named Fenix that … you probably have never heard of. They are delivering an ultra-limited run of handmade systems now, so you could get in on this if you’ve got the means. But it’s great fun regardless – I’m certainly not buying a modular right now, but I love their jams and it gives me some inspiration for heading back into VCV Rack or Reaktor!

Now the “you’ve never heard of” part I’ll bet is for people who aren’t Dutch. Because if you are, Synton was not only a manufacturer but a major early importer. Founded by Felix Visser in 1973, they did their own keyboards, vocoders, sold modulars to Karlheinz Stockhausen and Big Briar (Bob Moog’s company) and created a ton of ahead-of-their-time designs. And then they went bankrupt, which was the other thing that often happened to 80s synth makers. (I know – even with the Karlheinz Stockhausen celebrity endorsement!)

Fortunately,  Marc Paping and Bert Vermeulen got the band back together and created a new analog modular system in 1997.

The modulars are beautifully designed, even if they have remained short-run affairs, in contrast to the creations of someone like Dieter Doepfer. And they’re modular in the patching sense, but designed as complete, standalone systems.

Now Priscilla Haring and Stijn Haring-Kuipers are making the Fenix IV.

And there’s more. They write:

The Fenix IV modular synth is the fourth member in the Fenix family of standalone patchable synthesizer systems. Made by Stijn Haring-Kuipers (This is Not Rocket Science) and Lauri Koponen (Vaski), with conceptual and practical guidance by master builder Bert Vermeulen (Synton / SyntoNovo). The first systems are being delivered right now.

All Fenixes seek to bridge the usual divide of tonal versus experimental or additive versus subtractive synthesis and offer multiple types of oscillators, filters, LFOs, envelopes and effects to patch. The Fenix IV also bridges the usual analog versus digital divide.

Getting started with the Fenix IV modular synth by This is Not Rocket Science

In this video we’ll take a closer look at This is Not Rocket Science’s Fenix IV modular synth. Please join and watch us gleefully fumble through this insane bag of tricknology:

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In 30 minutes we will guide you through everything you need to get started with a Fenix IV. We will follow the signal flow and analyze audio with the built-in scope. We will start with  basic tone generation and guide you through your first patch using all the colours in the Fenix IV: Generators, Envelopes, Modulators, Filters, Effects and Utility modules – including the sequencer.

If you are watching this with a Fenix IV in front of you, this tutorial is meant to show you all you need to start and go and explore further on your own.

Prototype Jam! TINRS Fenix IV, mmalex Plinky and Faust on Teensy 4.0

Here’s a short jam using Fenix with other modular equipment:

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Playlist: TiNRS Fenix IV – Beats and Patches

Short form videos with patch inspiration and patch breakdowns are available here: 

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I seriously dig the array of modules – Roland isn’t kidding when he says this might be a good starting point when thinking about a VCV Rack or other software modular setup. When you’re faced with a blank canvas, something like this is a great balance of options:

YELLOW –  Generators
Fenix Oscillator
Digital Oscillator
Chord Oscillator

ORANGE – Envelopes

RED – Modulators
Triple LFO
LFO 1 & 2

INDIGO – Filters
Ladder Filter
Digital Filter
State Variable Filter (SVF)
Low Pass Gate (LPG)
Pink Filter
Blue Filter

BLUE – Effects
Wave Multiplier
Dual Delay
Ring Modulator

GREY – Utilities
Slew Limiter
Mixer 1 & Mixer 2 & Mixer 3
CV Adders
Offset Knob
Octave Selector Switch
VCA 1 – 5
Case Microphone
Out A & Out B (Master Mixer)
S&H (Sample and Hold)
Headphone Output




Breakaway shares stacked lineup with Kygo, Illenium, Madeon, SOFI TUKKER, and more

Breakaway shares stacked lineup with Kygo, Illenium, Madeon, SOFI TUKKER, and moreUmfj17c 093

After a year devoid of festival lineups, billing announcements are finally back in full force, with Breakaway joining the ranks of those making their return in 2021. The lineup features a string of heavy hitters, including Kygo, Illenium, Madeon, Gryffin, SOFI TUKKER, SIDEPIECE, Two Feet, Sam Feldt, and more.

Breakaway is set to take place on September 3 and 4 at the Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and tickets are currently available online. For those who bought passes for 2020, festival tickets will roll over to this upcoming September’s event.

The lineup for Colombus Ohio’s rendition of the festival is curated specifically for the area’s tastes. Meanwhile, Breakaway will also an event in Cancun this summer, a festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August, and will be making its way to Charlotte, North Carolina in October. Each of the festival’s other events will also feature lineups specifically curated to the locale.

H/T: EDM.com

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LA County Medical Examiner determines natural causes in i_o’s death

LA County Medical Examiner determines natural causes in i_o’s deathI O Credit BVLLSHVRK

As a tumultuous, taxing 2020 was beginning to wrap, electronic music suffered a devastating dagger in late November with the loss of Garrett Lockhart, better known as i_o. Close friends, collaborators, and fans mourned together in the loss of the bright, talented producer, suddenly gone at 30. At the time, i_o’s cause of death was unclear, though, with the abrupt nature of the artist’s passing, much of the ensuing conversation centered around mental health and i_o’s impact and legacy. Now, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office has determined the official cause of death to be natural causes, revealing that Lockhart suffered from late stage Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the thyroid. One common symptom of thyroiditis is depression, and if left untreated, can become more severe over time. Lockhart’s family also released a statement in tandem with the Medical Examiner’s findings, saying that, “while Garrett did suffer from depression and anxiety, he did not take his own life,” adding that,

“It is our hope that Garrett’s premature death can be used to create and normalize conversations surrounding mental health issues, realizing there may be underlying disease or conditions requiring medical attention.”

The LA County Medical Examiner’s ruling comes just says after what would have been i_o’s 31st birthday. Read the Lockhart family’s statement in full below.

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