New Iannis Xenakis Box Set Coming In January

New Iannis Xenakis Box Set Coming In January

Berlin-based Karlrecords has announced a new box set of the works of pioneering electroacoustic composer & architect Iannis Xenakis.

Xenakis (1922 – 2001) was a composer, music theorist, architect, performance director and engineer. His works explore set theory, stochastic processes, game theory, electronics and more.

He also worked as an architect with Le Corbusier, and created the unique Philips Pavilion at Expo 58, which featured site-specific spatialized music.

The 5 LP / 5 CD box set celebrates the 100th anniversary of Xenakis (on May 29th, 2022). The tracks have been mixed and mastered for the release to reveal their full sonic range and dynamics.

The box set is scheduled for release in Jan 2022, with pre-orders starting in December.

Formats:

  • 5x 180gram LP incl 4c insert and download code + booklet
  • 5x Digipack CD + booklet
  • Digital download

Preview Mycenae Alpha from the upcoming Iannis Xenakis box set:

Foo Fighters will celebrate Record Store Day with a disco album as the Dee Gees

Foo Fighters will celebrate Record Store Day with a disco album as the Dee GeesFoo Fighters Reading 2019 Emma Swann 0F8A5986

Foo Fighters are getting on the disco revival bandwagon, donning a new alter ego, the Dee Gees, for an upcoming LP titled, Hail Satin. The album will be available in record stores on July 17 as part of Record Store Day, and will feature five Bee Gees covers.

Included in Hail Satin will be a cover of Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing,” which Foo Fighters performed during the Rock-N-Relief livestream in March. The track saw Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on backing vocals, while the band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, sang lead.

In addition to the five Bee Gees covers, the B-side of the record will feature live versions of tracks from Foo Fighters’ most recent release, Medicine at Midnight. The album’s lead singles, “Shame Shame,” “Waiting on a War,” and “No Son of Mine” are all included on the tracklist, in addition to “Making a Fire” and “Cloudspotter.”

Foo Fighters spent much of the pandemic delivering socially-distanced performances to benefit Save Our Stages, Rock-N-Relief, and other causes to support artists and tour teams throughout the pandemic. They helped reopen California last week with an intimate live gig for a fully vaccinated audience at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Unmasked anti-vaccination protestors gathered outside of the concert to protest how the band has required vaccination to attend their concerts. Foo Fighters also required attendees to be vaccinated at their June 20 show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Madison Square Garden show saw the first official introduction of the Dee Gees as they covered the Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing.” Grohl took on the lead vocals for a faithful rendition of the track, and gives fans much to be excited about for the upcoming stylistic sidestep.

H/T: Pitchfork

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Enjoy ILLENIUM’s Las Vegas TRILOGY show from Allegiant Stadium via livestream

Enjoy ILLENIUM’s Las Vegas TRILOGY show from Allegiant Stadium via livestreamIllenium

Livestream tickets are officially on sale for ILLENIUM‘s TRILOGY concert at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. On July 3, ILLENIUM will christen the brand new state-of-the-art venue, showcasing three individual sets over the course of a single evening. Each set is designed to commemorate one of the DJ’s previous three albums, AshesAwake and Ascend, respectively. The event marks the final chapter of ILLENIUM’s recording trilogy, as he embarks on a new musical journey with his forthcoming LP, Fallen Embers, scheduled for a July 16 release.

Produced by an award-winning team with 16 cameras filming in 4k, the TRILOGY livestream is set to be a one-of-a-kind ILLENIUM fan experience, featuring exclusive backstage content, behind-the-scenes footage, and previously unseen interviews, while also capturing every angle of the concert. What’s more, ILLENIUM plans to crowd-test elements from Fallen Embers during a final 20-minute live preview. Powered by Tixr, the digital event will be made available on any computer or mobile screen, as well as via Tixr’s Roku TV, Apple TV, and Fire TV apps.

Purchase livestream tickets to the ILLENIUM’s TRILOGY event here.

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Damon Albarn shares title track from upcoming solo LP, ‘The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows’

Damon Albarn shares title track from upcoming solo LP, ‘The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows’R1320 QA Damon A

Following the recent news that Damon Albarn would be releasing his second solo effort, the Gorillaz mastermind has now shared the LP’s first single. “The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows” acts as the record’s titular offering, with the full album set to be released on November 12 via Transgressive Records.

Albarn’s vocals float over vast orchestral soundscapes; fluttering instrumentals build hopeful tones. The album’s name, The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows comes from a John Clare poem titled “Love and Memory.” While the project began as an orchestral piece inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscapes, the record turned into a full-length album while in lockdown. Albarn stated in a press release,

“I have been on my own dark journey while making this record and it led me to believe that pure source might still exist.”

Physical copies of the album, including CDs, cassette tapes, and a limited edition color vinyl, will be made available. Deluxe editions of the album will include a casebound book with more photography, original scanned lyrics, artwork, a white vinyl pressing of the record, and a bonus 7″ featuring a song that had not made it onto the tracklist.

The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows marks Albarn’s second solo effort and follows 2014’s Everyday Robots. Albarn has spent the last year busy with his latest Gorillaz project, Song Machine: Season One: Strange Timez. The atypical 17-track album continued Gorillaz’s legacy of collaborating with artists of all genres and featured the likes of Elton John, slowthai, Beck, and more.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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ADE announces Don Diablo, deadmau5, Nico Perez, and more as speakers for fall return

ADE announces Don Diablo, deadmau5, Nico Perez, and more as speakers for fall returnADE Dancing Astronaut Credit Tim Buiting

The Netherlands’ government recently announced the country was allowed to return to large-scale events after continually easing COVID-19 restrictions, and as a result, planning for Amsterdam Dance Event is underway ahead of the October 2021 event. Organizers have announced the first set of speakers for the ADE Pro conference, and Don Diablo, deadmau5 alongside his business partner Dean Wilson, and Mixcloud CEO and co-founder Nico Perez are all slated to appear. They will be joined by IMPALA chair Helen Smith, musical duo Zaena x Jason Maek, and AR/VR expert Cortney Harding.

Topics expected to be covered by the speakers include a new way to generate income for artists through blockchain and NFTs, sustainability initiatives, and ways for artists to become more profitable through implementing better business practices. Lastly, speakers will discuss streaming reforms in regards to artist profits.

ADE is set to return to a live, in-person environment at Felix Meritis for its 25th edition from October 13 – 17. For those looking to attend, ADE Pro Passes are now on sale here.

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Jaguar launches new dance music podcast, ‘UTOPIA Talks’

Jaguar is launching a new dance music podcast, ‘UTOPIA Talks’.

The weekly series goes live on Apple Music, Spotify and Acast via Stak from Wednesday 30th June, and promises to explore the political, cultural and creative sides of global electronic music scenes. Confirmed guests include two DJ Mag cover stars, Sherelle and Sama’ Abdulhadi, and Queer House Party.

The first episode, ‘The Return of Raving!’, features exclusive interviews with The Blessed Madonna and Jayda G, among others. Forthcoming instalments will tackle issues such as inclusivity in nightlife, and music as a medium for vital messages.  

“I’m delighted to bring my podcast ‘UTOPIA Talks’ into the world! My generation is passionate about creating change and breaking boundaries, and this podcast is a space for in-depth, meaty conversations about issues in dance music culture and the wider world,” said Jaguar, who also recently announced plans for a new music training programme aimed at women and gender minority creatives. “I’m excited about having a platform to give my generation a voice, and I hope it becomes a cornerstone to young music lovers and artists.” 

DJ Mag spoke to Jaguar earlier this year about her role at the helm of BBC Radio 1’s ‘Introducing Dance’ show, and goal of using this to elevate POC, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people in the electronic music arena. Meanwhile, a taster of the ‘UTOPIA Talks’ podcast surfaced late-2020, which focused on “the realities and complexities of sexual assault.” 

New festival, Summer Of Love, to take place in Manchester this August

A new festival, Summer of Love, is set for an abandoned central Manchester building over the Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August. Romanian minimalists Raresh, Petre Inspirescu and Rhadoo are confirmed as headliners, and will play together under [A:RPIA:R]. 

The two-day party will run 11AM to 11PM. Promotion crew Animal Crossing are behind the sessions. The team, which formed in 2018, has previously held takeovers at Gottwood and Glastonbury festivals, and focuses on creating unique dance music experiences in unusual locations, such as derelict railway arches and abandoned car showrooms. 

“This is our moment to reunite, rejoice and celebrate the reopening of the world we love and have missed so dearly,” a spokesperson for Animal Crossing said. “The Summer of Love Festival represents our freedom, our connection, our artistic expression in an environment that has been created bespoke for the two-day music, arts & mindful experience.”

Dyed Soundorom, Shonky b2b Traumer, Onur Ozer, Priku, and Cristi Cons b2b Vlad Caia are among the other visiting guests down to play. Meanwhile, homegrown UK highlights include Bobby O’Donnell and Annie Errez of Leeds’ Mint, Ethel, Josh Baker, MOTUS DJs, and Into The Woods. 

A record fair hosted by Vinyl Pimp and Basement Wax will also feature, in addition to wellness elements and a food market. Presale tickets are available on 24th June, and general sale begins on 25th June. 

DJ Mag recently spoke with one of Manchester’s most promising emerging dance music talents, salute. And in other news from the city, electronic experimentalists Space Afrika revealed details of a new album earlier this month.  

Porter Robinson shares behind-the-scenes ‘Nurture’ tour preview

Porter Robinson shares behind-the-scenes ‘Nurture’ tour previewPorter Robinson Instagram

With the tour supporting his seminal Nurture quickly approaching, Porter Robinson is giving fans a look at the work going into the live experience. Fans got a first live look at the new material when he performed at his Secret Sky 2 live streamed event, but it looks like Robinson is entirely revamping the performance to take on the road. In the behind-the-scenes video, Robinson shared the inspirations behind the planning process:

“I don’t care about proving anything. I don’t care about proving I’m not a DJ or whatever, I’m not EDM, or all these various concerns that are sometimes floating around in my mind. I just want this show to be the thing that I want to go see right now. My gut was screaming like, ‘I want to, kinda, party a little bit.’ I still want to respect these songs and showcase them as meaningfully as possible, but you have to have some moments where it’s a celebration. Because a lot of times that’s what performance is, it’s a celebration of music, a celebration of life.” – Porter Robinson

The Nuture Live Tour begins September 23 in Eugene, Oregon, and closes on November 13 in San Diego, California. For the tour, Robinson enlisted the help of supporting artists Jai Wolf and James Ivy. Tickets for the tour are currently available on Porter Robinson’s website.

Porter Robinson shares behind-the-scenes ‘Nurture’ tour previewNurture Tour

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Arcadia’s Spider DJ stage features in school science textbook

Arcadia’s iconic Spider DJ stage is now featured in science lessons at UK schools. 

Examination body AQA has included a section on the spectacular installation piece in its physics textbook. This includes reference to the biodiesel that fuels the enormous structure, the 15-strong crew needed to set it up, and details of the electrical wiring used. 

The Arcadia team, which specialises in large-scale, theatrical, and immersive music productions, shared a picture of the book in a Facebook post: 

“Humbled to learn that the Spider is now featured in a Science textbook in schools. Our respect goes out to all of the students who’ve had a tough year, and we hope you all have a blinding summer.” 

Arcadia’s Spider, officially named Metamorphosis, has been a prominent fixture at festivals and other events across the world, including Ultra Miami. In 2019 it also launched its own weekender in London to mark 11 years of mind-blowing productions. 

Before the event was cancelled, the team had unveiled plans for a new project at Glastonbury Festival 2020 thanks to a £49,000 grant from Arts Council England. Prior to the pandemic, Arcadia had been a recurring feature at the world-famous event. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the crew has been focusing attention on Natures Spectacular, a new off-grid camp created to help people “reconnect as we emerge out of lockdown”. 

Tomorrowland officially cancels 2021 festival

Tomorrowland 2021 is officially cancelled. 

A new statement from the festival’s organisers confirms that, following last week’s decision by Belgian officials to not allow the annual event to go ahead in 2021, Tomorrowland will be cancelled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. 

Tomorrowland’s statement reads: “It is with heavy heart our organization must announce that the 16th edition of Tomorrowland Belgium cannot take place in 2021. The entire team fought till the end and did everything in their powers to write a new chapter in the history of Tomorrowland.”

You can read the festival’s full statement here.

Just weeks after Tomorrowland’s organisers told Billboard they were feeling “very positive” about its 2021 events, last week, the mayors of Boom and Rumst — where Tomorrowland is held annually — placed a ban on this year’s event happening amid concerns over rising coronavirus cases internationally.

In a press conference in Belgium on 17th June, officials told reporters that while they regretted the decision to force the ban on Tomorrowland, they would need to follow “current law”, and after considering the dangers of the recent COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak, they had decided that Tomorrowland was too great a risk to public health and safety.

Jeroen Baert (N-VA), mayor van Boom, said: “We are concerned about the health situation. We bear a great moral responsibility. I would find it difficult if there were victims due to a local corona outbreak. That is why we cannot approve this application now. The experts have been very clear to us, we can’t ignore that.”

Tomorrowland’s 2020 instalments were cancelled due to the pandemic, and 2021’s edition had already been moved to later in the year to try and avoid postponement.

Tomorrowland shared a statement with DJ Mag last week, which said: “No Tomorrowland for the second year in a row would in any case be a huge disaster for our company, but also for the more than 1500 suppliers involved, many freelancers and our thousands of employees. We are still 100% prepared to organise everything as professionally as possible if the epidemiological situation allows, and to celebrate a great end of the summer together with our visitors.”

Earlier this week, Belgian officials reaffirmed their position, stating that they would not be swayed on their decision to not allow the festival to go ahead. 

The festival’s digital offering, Tomorrowland: Around the World, will run on 16th and 17th July 2021.