Christopher Wilson’s Riot Ten project launched into the dubstep stratosphere with his Hype Or Die series. 2016’s Bunji Garlin-assisted “Like Kanye” marked his breakout, and shortly thereafter, Wilson found himself regularly touring across the US as a result. As the pandemic halted touring and live shows, Wilson opted to take advantage of the opportunity and get to work on his latest LP, Hype Or Die: Homecoming.
Filled with collaborations from the likes of Add1ction, Mikes Dead, Bon Nero, Global Mongo, Titus, and more, the LP displays Riot Ten’s versatile studio hand while up-keeping his brain-rattling production style. Tracks such as “Ready For War” with Dogma and Born Of Osiris’ Joe Buras incorporate metal tropes, continuing on contemporary dubstep’s standing relationship with the genre. Meanwhile, “Don’t You” features bouncing basslines and a thrumming atmospheric appeal. An interlude marks this sixth track on the album, carried through with a peaceful piano arrangement and soothing synthwork.
The album was led by its first five singles, “Control,” “Ready For War,” “Don’t You,” “Get Out,” and “Poppin,” saving the bulk of the 13-track release to be shared in the full album drop. Riot Ten joined Dancing Astronaut‘s Saturday Night Sessions for the series’ 41st episode, where he reflected on how both of his sons have long been his artistic inspiration.
Insomniac has enjoyed a stellar rebound year in 2021, especially after Day Trip Festival’s debut, and the events giant is keeping it all-gas-no-brakes as we head into the summer swelter. Pasquale Rotella‘s team has officially released EDC Orlando‘s 2021 lineup, thanks to some sly probing from a few of the festival’s performers. EDC Orlando teased the lineup release via Instagram, and it drew some bean-spilling comments from Louis The Child, R3HAB, Devault, and Galantis, among others. The comments section essentially disclosed each artists’ inclusion in the lineup. Whether Insomniac was in on this or not, it evoked a thrilling buzz, and Insomniac responded in kind with the full talent roster for this year’s event.
Returning to Tinker Field on November 12 – 14, EDC Orlando is gearing up to host many of the biggest names in dance music. In addition to the aforementioned artists, ZEDD, Kygo, Kaskade, Excision, Armin van Buuren, and others will tend the decks at the outdoor baseball stadium in Orlando, Florida. See the official lineup below.
Kaskade made sure to grace fans’ ears with new music primed for a massive Los Angeles takeover that included playing SoFi Stadium on July 17. “Hypnotized” is the fourth single released ahead of Kaskade’s highly anticipated REDUX 005 EP release. Despite not having a release date yet, the project is already coming together quite nicely with previously released singles “Where Did You Go”, “New James Dean”, and “Hot Wheels” preceding the latest tease.
Since its debut in 2014 with REDUX 001, Kaskade’s REDUX EP series has consistently delivered some of the most popular songs from the vet’s catalogue. From “Tight,” to “Nobody Like You,” and many more in between, the REDUX banner has become synonymous with top-notch quality over time. Minting a strong summer comeback as dance floors the world over continue to reopen, Kaskade planted a flag in Los Angeles that saw him performing in the City of Angels three times in as many nights, hitting Academy on July 15, followed by Exchange on July 16, capped with an awe-inspiring SoFi Stadium performance for his biggest solo headlining show to date on July 17.
In this video, Roger Gentile performs his virtual instrument arrangement of the jazz standard, When I Fall In Love, by Victor Young.
While percussive sounds have long been sampled or synthesized with reasonably realistic results, until recently, attempts at creating realistic solo brass performances have often sounded cheesy or ‘uncanny valley’ off.
In this performance, though, Gentile plays Audio Modeling’s SWAM Flugelhorn – a physical modeling instrument, running on an iPad- creating a performance that’s very realistic and, more importantly, musically expressive.
Here’s what he shared about the technical details:
In this recording, the following instruments were used:
Swam Flugelhorn, Yamaha KX88 with BC3, Midisolutions Breath controller, CME Widimaster, Hammond B3 and GSi Burn.
SWAM (Synchronous Waves Acoustic Modeling) is a synthesis approach that combines concepts of Physical Modeling and Behavioral Modeling. Swam Flugelhorn uses Audio Modeling’s SWAM-B engine, which synthesizes instruments using pure Physical Modeling, so there are no samples used.
Check out the performance and share your thoughts on it in the comments!
Excision will also be heading off to Bass Canyon at the end of August, which takes place at Washington’s famed Gorge Amphitheatre. Tickets for Lost Lands are currently sold out, with a few tickets for Bass Canyon still available for sale.
The Recording Academy has updated its rules and guidelines, including a new ban in the “For Your Consideration” advertisements created by record labels for the Grammy voters. Chart numbers and sales figures will no longer be allowed to be included in the “For Your Consideration” ads, as the Recording Academy aims to focus on the artistic merit of a work, rather than its success within general audiences.
The new rule regarding the ban of record sales and chart placements was not included in last year’s guidebook, and many previous “For Your Consideration” ads included the numbers as a means to prove the success of a recording.
The 63-page document regarding the updated rules and guidelines for the upcoming 64th annual Grammy Awards was shared to the Grammys’ website. The Recording Academy’s new President and CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., was announced in May. The month of May also saw the Recording Academy vote to disband nomination review committees.
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