Bjooks, publishers of Patch & Tweak,Patch & Tweak With Moog & Pedal Crush, have announce an updated edition of their first book, Push Turn Move.
Push Turn Move is a densely illustrated 352-page hardcover volume that takes an in-depth look at the interface design of electronic instruments.
Updates in the new edition include:
‘Stunning’ new print and paper quality
An interview with the founder of Artiphon about the new Orba
Many new products are covered, including:
Novation Launchpad X
Moog Music’s latest semi-modular instruments
Ableton Live 11
Make Noise Strega
Mutable Instruments Beads
Native Instruments MASCHINE+
“Push Turn Move was the book that started it all for us, and it was truly a labor of love,” says Kim Bjørn, CEO and Founder of Bjooks. “At the time it was released just four years ago, I had no idea that it would take on a life of its own, or that it would be read by so many electronic music fans around the world. Since its original release, there have been many new innovations in the electronic music industry, so I thought it was time for an update.”
Sonicbits shared this video demo for Silk, a virtual analog synthesizer plugin dedicated to a single waveform: the sawtooth.
Silk has two sawtooth oscillators, which each generate a unison sound of 7 combined voices. These parts in this “multisaw” can be detuned and blended in, leading to a very ‘rich airy and bright sound’, with lots of harmonics. An additional noise oscillator can add some dirt.
These oscillators build the sonic heart of Silk. This sound is then shaped by the filter. In addition to the classic low, high and bandpass filters often used in subtractive synthesis, Silk has a formant filter, which produces voice-like sounds.
2 aliasing free multisaw oscillators
1 noise oscillator
Resonant filter with 6, 12, 18 and 24db/oct lowpass, 12 dB/oct highpass and bandpass
Formant filter with predefined settings for vowels
2 modulation ADSR envelopes
2 LFOs syncable to host
Flexible mod matrix with 8 slots
Effect section with 2-stage chorus, stereo delay and reverb
16 voice polyphony
Over 70 ready to play presets organized in categories
Resizable vector-based UI
Runs on Windows (VST2 and VST3) and Mac (AU, VST 2 and VST3), 64 bit only
Of the innumerous livestreamed performances from 2020, perhaps none were more spectacular than Ben Böhmer‘s DJ set delivered high in a hot air balloon. Filmed over Turkey’s gorgeous Cappadocia Park, the breath-taking set has now racked up over 13 million views, quickly becoming one of Cercle‘s most popular performances. Böhmer began his set with the debut of a fresh ID, a delicate melodic house track we now know is titled “Beyond Beliefs.” On social media, Böhmer described the meaning behind the title:
“This title symbolizes pure hope to me. I tried to counter the melancholic vibe carried through the song with glimpses of positive, shimmering elements. When your life plans collapse, hope is a great thing to hold on to. This track is my expression of the belief that one day everything will be ok.” –Ben Böhmer
“Beyond Beliefs” is the first single from Ben Böhmer’s upcoming album Begin Again, releasing September 24. Böhmer’s sophomore album arrives via Anjunadeep, the same imprint that housed his 2019 debut album Breathing. Again, the German producer took to social media to share inspirations behind the LP:
“This album means so much to me. I wrote it entirely during a period when my girlfriend and I were kept apart on other sides of the world for 9 months due to the global travel ban. During this time making music was my therapy and this album is the most personal music I’ve ever written. We went through such a rollercoaster of emotions and many challenges, and every track is a reflection of how I was feeling in those moments. As we now start our lives together sharing a house in Berlin I am able to look to the future knowing that despite all the ups and downs, we are stronger for everything we went through.” – Ben Böhmer
Stream “Beyond Beliefs” below, or revisit Böhmer’s Cercle performance here.
Originally teased during Seven Lions’ Sunset Music Festival finale, “Returning To You”also features former Bayer collaborator and Anjunabeats mainstay Alison May. Seven Lions and Bayer’s first-ever musical meeting, “Returning To You” merges melodic bass and trance, making for an explosive, emotive excursion that serves as a firm reminder of what dance music hinges on; connection, an atmospheric exploration of sound, and production that lies beyond the realm of tradition. May’s vocals guide the track with celestial ambiance, building up to a detonation of expansive synth work and melodic bass.
“Returning To You” sees its debut just before Seven Lion’s sold-out headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheater on July 28, with a special performance from Andrew Bayer. Listen below.
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