Watch a new series on the South African electronic music scene

A new series about the South African electronic music scene is out now.

Titled JIVA!, the five-part series, produced by Cape Town’s Blue Ice Africa, follows the story of street dancer Ntombi, who while “juggling a dead-end job, family duties, and a rocky love life” enters a dance competition with dreams of leaving Durban.

The soundtrack for the film, features gqom, amapiano and afrohouse artists in the form of Citizen Boy, DJ Lag, Nuz Queen and Dladla Mshunqisi, and all five episodes are available on Netflix here.

Watch the trailer, and check out the soundtrack for the film, below. 

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Paul van Dyk has remixed Energy 52’s ‘Cafe Del Mar’: Listen

Paul van Dyk has will release two remixes later this month.

Following the release of his ambient album, ‘Escape Reality’, last year, and the subsequent Guiding Light LP, the trance legend has remixed Energy 52’s ultimate Ibiza track, ‘Cafe Del Mar’, for a new EP.

Marking the first new release on Superstition Records in almost two decades, the new remix package from Paul van Dyk will be released on the 23rd July, and will be comprised of an ‘XOXO’ mix and a ‘Shine’ mix.

According to a press release, “the XOXO remix slows the tempo slightly and employs crisp percussion and deep, pulsing bass while still maintaining the out-and-out exhilaration of that epic breakdown, while for the trancepurists the Shine remix delivers the atmosphere of the late ’90s alongside the sharp production aesthetics of the modern day”.

Pre-save the remix ahead of its release here, and pre-order it via Beatport here.

Back in 2018, Italian duo Tale Of Us gave ‘Café Del Mar’ a glorious melodic makeover to mark the 25th anniversary of the track’s release.

Since the early ’90s, when pioneers like Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, and Jam & Spoon crafted some of the earliest and best-loved trance records, the genre has gone through huge swings in popularity. Today, the sound is as strong as ever, as artists like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, and plenty of newcomers fly the flag for trance the world over. To find out why the genre has endured for so long, DJ Mag spoke to some of its greatest producers – and some of their answers may surprise you.

You can listen to previews of the remixes here.

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Free DD Day Masterclasses Celebrate Legacy Of Delia Derbyshire

Delia Derbyshire Day (DD Day), a non-profit dedicated to preserving the legacy of pioneering electronic musician and synthesist Delia Derbyshire, has announced a series of free masterclasses.

The DD Day 2021 masterclass series will take place on the first Wednesday of every month, from July to November 2021.They will take place on Zoom from 19:30-2100 UK time.

These expert talks are free to attend, but reservations are required and limited to 100 attendees.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The overall theme for this year is imagination – how Delia overcame barriers and limitations and how we have had to do that over the last year or so. We will be referring to Delia’s archive, work and the creative approaches she and the pioneers of her time employed.

We’ll start with a bit of chat/interview with the host and link to Delia in general. Then there will be a more detailed presentation by the guest, unpacking something they want to focus on, offering insight and inspiration. Ending with discussion with host and live Q&A.

We have a live captioner for each event. Please tell us of any access needs when you book your ticket through Eventbrite.”

See the DD Day site for details.

Soundiron Intros Ancient Greek Winds Virtual Instruments

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Soundiron has introduced Ancient Greek Winds, a collection of 9 traditional Greek woodwind instruments, designed to capture the essence of the classical Hellenistic period.

The sound library is based on a collection of restored artifacts, including single and double-reeded aulos flutes from bass to alto, as well as conch shell horns, brass salpinx horn, pan flute and plagiaulos. Each instrument is fully playable, with sustains, staccatos, true legato, dynamic expressions and effects tailored to its specific characteristics.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Ancient Greek Winds is the perfect melodic complement to our Ancient Greek Strings and Ancient Greek Percussion libraries. Each instrument was hand-crafted using period-accurate methods, building materials, and tools by the Athens-based historical research group Lyr?vlos, led by Panagiotis Stefos. Fashioned from wood, reeds, conch shells, and bronze, these musical treasures faithfully explore the distant musical past and would be right at home in the hands of bronze age musicians over 2,500 years ago.

Every instrument was recorded in precise detail by producer John Valasis, with round-robin variations and multiple dynamics and voicings. You’ll enjoy our flexible GUI features and a wide selection of chromatic and special effect articulations. The interface provides complete performance controls, including true legato response control, simulated portamento bending, arpeggiator, flexible step-sequencable filter and LFO systems and a modular DSP FX rack to shape your sound however you wish.

We’ve also created 20 unique sound-designed ambiences directly from the raw acoustic source recordings to give you added texture and even more creative potential.”

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability:

Ancient Greek Winds is available now, with an intro price of $44 (normally $59).

Enter for a chance to meet Jauz at Echostage on July 10 [Contest]

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Following a grand reopening affair in June and a stacked talent roster for Independence Day Weekend, which featured heavyweight dance acts including Steve Aoki, Loud Luxury, NGHTMRE, and more, Washington D.C.’s Echostage is set for another weekend of post-pandemic club debauchery. Assuming headlining duties on the weekend of July 10 is JAUZ with support from ARMNHMR and ACRAZE, and one lucky foursome will have the opportunity to meet the talent and enjoy side-stage access for the show.

Enter below for a chance to win a meet and greet for four (4) with JAUZ and ARMNHMR at Echostage, along with a pack of Echostage-branded merchandise. As dance floors across the US continue to reopen, a handful of fans planning to see the pair of selectors behind the decks in D.C. on July 10 might just get more than they bargained for.

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Free Open Source Drum Synth, ‘Chow Kick’, For iOS, Linux, Mac & Windows

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Free Music Software: Chowdhury DSP has introduced Chow Kick, a free & open source kick drum synthesizer for iOS, Linux, Mac & Windows.

Chow Kick is based on ‘creative physical modelling of old drum machine circuits’. Along with a highly parameterizable pulse shaper, Chow Kick uses a resonant filter with several nonlinear modes, creating a wide range of possibilities for sound designers. The kick drum can also be easily “tuned” with incoming MIDI notes to match the key of your song.

It’s available now as a free download.

Portishead drop ABBA cover in aid of mental health charity, MIND: Listen

The track is available to stream via Soundcloud

DJ Mag Staff

Friday, July 9, 2021 – 16:44

Portishead have made their cover of ABBA’s ‘SOS’ available to stream for charity.

After debuting their version of the track back in 2016, the Bristol trip-hop group have uploaded ‘SOS’ to SoundCloud to raise money for mental health charity, Mind.

Using its “fan-centric royalties” system, which sees Soundcloud pay out out based on fan listening times rather than ‘pro rata’, all listens of the cover will be donated to Mind, with both Portishead and SoundCloud also set to make additional donations to the charity.

Listen to the cover, which was originally recorded for Ben Wheatley’s 2015 film HighRise, below.

Earlier this week, it was announced that ABBA’s 1992 ‘Gold’ album has spent a record-breaking 1,000 weeks in the UK charts

Ice Cube says he’s not interested in taking part in a VERZUZ battle

Ice Cube has said he’s not interested in taking part in Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’s VERZUZ rap battle series.

The legendary rapper and actor, who recently shared that Warner Bros. studios had ‘refused’ to make any more sequels to his Friday film franchise, made the admission via The Breakfast Club morning radio show earlier this week.

Speaking with the hosts, Ice Cube said that although it was a “great idea, great concept”, but that it wasn’t on his “bucket list”.

“It started off on an adversary tip and then it showed a lot of love in VERZUZ so I like how it’s evolved,” he said, “because guys shouldn’t be really going up there putting catalogue against catalogue. That right there to me ain’t what it’s about.”

The rapper also told the hosts that if he was to ever take part in VERZUZ it would have to be a “lovefest”, and that he would pick an artist like Chuck D and celebrate their legacy by sharing his favourite songs from the Public Enemy frontman’s catalogue.

Launched in March 2020, the VERZUZ series is a clash concept from Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, and has seen the likes of Alicia Keys, Beenie Man, Ghostface Killah, Snoop Dogg, and Method Man and Redman face off in music battles.

You can listen to the clip from the interview below.

Build smart, custom mechanical keyboards for MIDI – or really tiny Ableton Live control

John Park of DIY boutique Adafruit seems to be having some serious fun with tiny mechanical keypads – as hackable, ultra-compact MIDI controllers and (with screen) even the tiniest Ableton Live controller I’ve ever seen.

There’s been a very tasty nerd convergence, between the custom keyboard community – the folks who love building and modding their own mechanical keyboards – and the world of Raspberry Pi. The RasPi folks made a cute little low-cost microcontroller board with a new chip called the RP2040 as its brain.

The expanded processing horsepower and DIY-friendly ethos mean you can hack these things with Python – even if you’re just a novice, hobbyist coder, thanks to CircuitPython.

The projects look like easy builds, useful, and they’re just so damn cute. I’m a little afraid to check part availability in the midst of the Great Semiconductor Shortage we all find ourselves in, but I sure want to build these.

First, watch what they can do as MIDI keyboard – with the 1010 boxes, which we’ve reviewed here on CDM:

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But the killer is the Macropad, an RP2040- and CircuitPython-powered device that adds a display (plus lights under the keys). That’s enough to make a palm-sized Live controller – like someone shrunk an Ableton Push.

There’s even one knob. This is ridiculous. I adore it. And yeah, it works with MIDI, too.

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The Macropad itself is out of stock at Adafruit at the moment, but you could certainly riff on this idea with similar parts.

And hey, why stop there? This should spur some other keyboard-hacking ideas for your musical and visual use. Let us know what you make. Just don’t buy up all the microcontrollers, please.

Behringer TD-3-MO – Their Devil Fish TB-303 Knockoff – Now Available

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Behringer today officially announced the TD-3-MO Modded Out Bassline Synthesizer – a knockoff of the Devil Fish Roland TB-303.

The Devil Fish Roland TB-303 was created by Robin Whittle and adds a variety of features that make the 303 a more powerful instrument for electronic musicians, including extended bass response, overdrive control, more flexible synth control, cv & gate connectivity and more.

The TD-3-MO brings these mods to Behringer’s TD-3, making it inexpensive alternative to an original modded 303.

Features:

  • Analog signal path
  • Sawtooth and square waveform VCO with transistor wave-shaping circuitry
  • 4-pole low-pass resonant filter with cut-off, resonance, envelope, decay and accent controls
  • 16-step sequencer with 7 tracks, each with 250 user patterns
  • Filter frequency fully controllable via MIDI C/C
  • Sub-harmonics oscillator with switchable output level
  • Analog slide circuitry with external slide control
  • Slide Time control allows for variable slide time (up to 6 times longer)
  • Sweep Speed switch features 3 accent speed modes (slow, norm, fast)
  • Accent Sweep switch features 3 sweep combinations with high resonance mode
  • Filter FM control modulates frequency of the filter from the audio output of the VCA
  • Muffler circuitry features post VCA distortion with full bass response
  • Dedicated Accent push button to manually activate the accent
  • Soft Attack control for wide range of attack times for non-accented notes
  • Normal control for wide range of decay time for non-accented notes
  • Accent control for wide range of decay time for accented notes
  • Filter Tracking control for filter frequency tracking of the current note
  • Overdrive control adds insane spice and edge to your sounds
  • CV and Gate in/out connectivity
  • 16-voice Poly Chain allows combining multiple synthesizers for up to 16-voice polyphony
  • 15 controls and 33 switches
  • MIDI and USB implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection

Pricing and Availability

The TD-3-MO Modded Out Bassline Synthesizer is shipping now, priced at $199, with two options:

  • Silver Edition – TD-3-MO-SR
  • Amber Edition – TD-3-MO-AM