Snowbombing announces Bicep, Andy C, Cinthie, more for 2022 festival

Snowbombing has begun revealing the line-up for its return next April.

Camelphat, Andy C, Rudimental, Wilkinson, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Cinthie, Solardo, Eats Everything and 2manyDJs are all confirmed to DJ at the ski-based event, while Bicep and Kurupt FM are both down to play live.

The festival will once again take place in its usual base of Mayrhofen in Austria, and there will also be takeovers from Defected Records, Glitterbox, He. She. They., Sink The Pink and Bez’s Acid House, among others.

The festival will take place from April 4-9. You can find more information here.

Last month, Snowbombing presented a virtual edition of the festival in place of its usual in-person event.

Spotify unveils personalized ‘Only You’ in-app feature, as well as new Blend mixes

Spotify unveils personalized ‘Only You’ in-app feature, as well as new Blend mixesSpotify Airpods

In an effort to show all of their 345 million users how distinctive each individuals’ music taste truly is, Spotify has offered iOS users their latest in-app feature, Only You.

The new features displays an interactive slideshow that reminds users exactly what their special listening patterns are. The slides include listeners’ wide array of differing artists, genres and songs, and most-visited musical eras. Hopping on the Astrology bandwagon, the streaming giant offers Your Audio Birth Chart—a personalized astrological “reading” that takes users’ favorite artists and breaks them up into Sun, Moon, and rising: top-played from the last six months, streamers’ more vulnerable side, and an artist they’ve recently fallen in love with. Finally, the feature presents Dream Dinner Party, giving listeners a choice of their favorite artists with whom to have their hypothetical dream meal.

In addition to warming the hearts of their subscribers with their own unique tastes, Spotify has also revealed Blend, a feature that allows users of both iOS and Android devices to combine tastes with friends and other users. The feature allows streamers to invite their friends and Spotify does the rest, curating a playlist that unites the tracks each user listens to, serving as an exciting way to reconnect after a long year of flagrant separation. Blend is set to continuously update alongside users, allowing for their respective tastes to potentially morph into something new.

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Mike Posner summits Mt. Everest, raising funds for Detroit Justice Center

Mike Posner summits Mt. Everest, raising funds for Detroit Justice CenterMike Posner Everest Gofundme

In 2019, Mike Posner spent six months walking from one coast of the United States to the other. Despite a stop in Colorado after being bitten by a rattlesnake, Posner was able to walk into the ocean in Los Angeles, completing his journey. About halfway through his Walk Across America, as he headed over the Rocky Mountains, Posner began to consider another daunting journey—summiting Mt. Everest.

“While my walk was about me finding myself, I want my climb to be about others,” Posner said.

The musician began training with Dr. Jon Kedrowski, who has summited Mt. Everest several times. Spending six months to prepare for the trip, Posner and Kedrowski embarked on their journey to Mt. Everest in April. Now, Posner has shared that he, Kedrowski, Dawa Chirring Sherpa, and Dawa Dorje Sherpa have reached the summit of Mt. Everest and have begun their journey back down.

Posner climbed Mt. Everest to honor his late father, raising funds for the Detroit Justice Center. The musician has already raised $229,831 of his $250,000 goal on GoFundMe, with Posner sharing,

“I’ve decided to dedicate my climb to raising funds for the Detroit Justice Center – the only organization of it’s kind doing criminal justice reform work that would make my dad beam with joy – and it’s led by Black women.”

Posner released his latest album, Operation Wake Up, in 2020. The musician also revealed that he continues to sit on a number of unreleased collaborations with the late superstar producer and frequent collaborator, Avicii.

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Nene H announces debut album, ‘Ali’, on Incienso

The album is out next month on the New York-based label

Christian Eede

Thursday, June 3, 2021 – 18:42

Nene H will release her debut album via New York label Incienso next month.

The eight-track ‘Ali’ was formed as a tribute to the Berlin-based artist’s late father, and the compositions were informed by both Middle Eastern and western musical forms. The record incorporates vocals in both German and Turkish as a means of representing the artist’s roots in both countries. 

“Representing my heritage and my personal loss in such way in such format would be something that I would be scared of doing couple of years ago,” Nene H says, “but I have also learned to own it during the past year – especially in these times of social movements against racism and discrimination, which is bringing to minorities so much power to be who they are and not try to blend in all the time.”

‘Ali’ is out on July 16th. You can listen to lead track ‘Lament’ below.

Earlier this week, DJ Mag premiered another new track by Nene H, ‘Aufprall’, which is lifted from a new compilation series by The Ruhr Museum and Essen’s Third Room Collective.

Loraine James shares video for new album track, ‘Running Like That’: Watch

Loraine James has released a new single and accompanying video, ‘Running Like That’.

The track, which features vocals from Canada-born, London-based singer Eden Samara, is lifted from James’ new album, ‘Reflection’, which is out on Hyperdub on Friday, June 4th.

Samara says the song’s lyrics are about being chased by the voices in your head. “I was imagining a car chase between someone and their shadow self,” she says.

The video, meanwhile, is by animator Rob Heppell and is said to take inspiration from the photographer Richard Misrach and the painter Andrew Wyeth, who are both American landscape artists that focus on the relationship between humans and the landscape. James herself features in the video, which you can watch below.

James first announced the release of ‘Reflection’ in March with lead track ‘Simple Stuff’, which was followed last month by ‘Let’s Go’.

Last month, DJ Mag premiered a remix by James for Poisonous Birds’ ‘We Can Never Not Be All Of Us’.

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Only 7% of artists have an inclusion rider, according to new survey

A survey carried out by Pirate Studios has revealed that only around 7% of artists have an inclusion or diversity clause in their rider.

As Pirate explains, “an inclusion rider or equity rider is a provision in an artist’s contract that stipulates a certain level of diversity is met on an event line-up”. The company, which runs a number of DJ studios in various cities, polled more than 700 artists within its community for the survey and also revealed that just 30% of respondents were aware of what an inclusion rider is.

One of those who has implemented an inclusion rider into his contracts is DJ and producer Om Unit. His particular clause stipulates that a promoter should book at least one person who would be defined as being a member of an under-represented group in electronic music to play on the same stage or bigger, or if a larger lineup such as a festival, a minimum of 20% of those booked should be part of a currently under-represented group in the scene. His contract also defines the term “under-represented group” in order to assist promoters.

Speaking about his reasoning for adding the clause to his contract, the DJ told Pirate: “I think it was a combination of influences really, firstly having a partner who is a woman and a DJ … sharing her experiences was very enlightening. Also, seeing the Black Lives Matter movement influence the music world in such a positive way … and having friends who identify as transgender or queer and speaking with them about their views and experiences.”

Pirate’s survey also revealed that upon learning what an inclusion rider is, 57% of respondents who didn’t have one agreed they would consider implementing one in the future. Many who wouldn’t called the clause ‘unfair’ or ‘tokenistic,’ while others feared being booked less. 43% of respondents who already have an inclusion rider in place recalled losing opportunities as a result.

Find out more about Pirate’s survey here.

Read DJ Mag’s 2020 piece about Pirate Studios here.

New Synth, Plinky, Offers 8-Voice Polyphony, Polyphonic Aftertouch, Granular & Wavetable Synthesis

New Synth, Plinky, Offers 8-Voice Polyphony, Polyphonic Aftertouch, Granular & Wavetable Synthesis
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In his latest loopop video, synthesist Ziv Eliraz takes a look at Plinky, a new granular and wavetable synthesizer.

Plinky is available both as a DIY project and as an assembled unit, offers 8-voice polyphony, features polyphonic aftertouch and can be be used standalone or mounted in a Euorack case.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
1:20 Overview
2:00 Note mode
3:55 Tape mode
5:00 Editing params
8:00 Connectivity
10:20 Storage
11:35 DIY kit
12:10 This setup
13:10 Synth
15:00 Sampler
15:30 Sampling
17:00 Slicing
18:20 Multisamples
20:10 Granular
23:35 Noise, distortion
24:05 Resonant LPG
25:05 Effects
26:40 Arpeggiator
27:30 Euclidean
28:50 Sequencer
30:50 Mod matrix
32:30 ABXY explained
37:00 Pros & cons
41:25 Outro

See the Plinky site for details.

Ableton Announces Full Schedule For Free Loop Create Event, June 26-27

Ableton Announces Full Schedule For Free Loop Create Event, June 26-27

Ableton has announced the full program for Loop Create, a free series of events for music makers, scheduled for June 26–27, 2021.

Hosted by producer and film maker Sky Deep (above left) and DJ and multi-instrumentalist Christa Belle (above right), the event will feature sessions throughout the day, themed around ‘Site and Sound’.

Russian producer and audio engineer Anna Fruit
Russian producer and audio engineer Anna Fruit

Featured events include:

  • Liz Teutsch will lead a workshop on exploring our surroundings with everyday devices.
  • A.Fruit will take on a live challenge of creating sound effects on the spot.
  • Dan Keen and Leo Wyatt from LABS by Spitfire Audio will discuss turning field recordings into playable software instruments.
  • Sound artist and composer KMRU will give his personal take on how his environment has shaped his sound, and answer your questions in a live Q&A.
  • Perera Elsewhere will perform, with visuals from Hugo Holger Schneider.

Between sessions, you can join the Loop Cafe, a virtual hangout space where you can connect with other attendees.

Loop Create is free to attend. Register at the event site through June 20.

Accusonus Voice Changer A Powerful Virtual Sound Designer For Sculpting Voice Tracks

Accusonus Voice Changer A Powerful Virtual Sound Designer For Sculpting Voice Tracks
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Accusonus has introduced Voice Changer, an all-in-one virtual sound designer for applying effects to voice.

Voice Changer is comprised of three individually-customizable elements: character, environment, and effect:

  • Character – from trailer narrations to monsters, robots to anime protagonists – content can require varying characters, in turn requiring varying voices.
  • Environment – users can leap out of their studio, and lay out a fresh landscape beneath their voice. ‘Record’ inside a stadium, rainstorm, cave, airport, bathroom – anywhere.
  • Effect – regular microphones can become anything with this module. Emulate walkie-talkie chatter, a radio, vintage-style news broadcasts, space transmissions, and more.

Accusonus provides a wide range of presets, and users can create their own voices from scratch, then save them for future use.

Pricing and Availability

Voice Changer is available now for $4.99/month or as part of Accusonus’s Creative and Post-Production Suites. A demo version is also available.

99 techno artists contribute to compilation in aid of Colombian social justice movement

A number of techno’s biggest names have contributed new and unreleased tracks to a new compilation from Planet X which aims to spread awareness about police brutality and violence during Colombia’s anti-corruption movement.

Out today (June 3rd), ‘PX099: 100 Years Of Colombia’ takes in 99 tracks in total, and includes cuts from the likes of Marcel Dettmann, DJ Nobu, DJ Rush, Dasha Rush, Sunil Sharpe, Ben Sims, Lady Starlight and Planet X label boss Exos.

The project was born, a press release explains, with a desire “to draw attention to the ongoing violence being inflicted on peaceful, anti-corruption protestors by the state”.

Colombians have been protesting across the country since April, taking aim at increased taxes, police violence, poverty and a weak health care system. The protests, however, have led to, as Planet X says, “documented disappearances of hundreds of people, killings of civilians by police forces, sexual assaults made by members of the police, and thousands of injured victim.” The label points to a Colombian organisation called Temblores ONG as one of those working to spread awareness and help those suffering at the hands of the state.

To support protestors, Planet X is donating all the proceeds from sales of ‘PX099: 100 Years Of Colombia’ to groups in Colomba that are working within human rights and justice for victims of sexual abuse, as well as to arts initiatives in conflict areas. Among these organisations are Colpaz, Desaparición Forzada, Movice, La Red Jurídica Feminista and Fundación Escuela Canalón.

You can purchase the compilation, and check the full tracklist, here.