Beats From Beer – A Free ‘Beer Can Drum Kit’

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Free Sample Library: Caelum Audio has shared the Beer Can Drum Kit – a free collection of 31 weird and wonderful .wavs, made entirely from flicking, tapping, shaking, crunching and dropping a cold, crispy can of beer, and then processing the resulting sounds.

They note: “On a very rare occasion when there was a can of beer left over in the fridge, we decided to see if we could make some cool sounds out of it, rather than immediately drink it.”

The free sample library features a beer-infused collection of 5x Kicks, 5x Snares, 4x Snaps, 5x Toms, 5x Hats & 7x Misc sounds.

Pricing and Availability

The Beer Can Drum Kit is available now as a free download – free as in no-signup share-on-Facebook BS, just click the link and download.

Valentino Khan and Nitti Gritti converge on new bass-house cut, ‘Your Body’

Valentino Khan and Nitti Gritti converge on new bass-house cut, ‘Your Body’Nitti Gritti Insta

Nitti Gritti and Valentino Khan have once again fused uproarious comedy with an absolute club smash, this time landing via Spinnin Records. Touting a heaping dose of bass-house fervor, “Your Body” brings about the best of both producers for a well-rounded catalog standout.

Taking to social media, the two posted a video of their latest “DJ Class 101,” a segment dedicated to prepping classmates for the ultimate DJ lifestyle, including but not limited to, boozing, private jets, and a jam-packed calendar itinerary. The hilarity ensues as their latest track reverberates in the background, culminating in a bumping bass line and a resounding house-primed temp. As live shows come back, Gritti and Khan sink their teeth into “Your Body,” turning out a setlist ignitor just as the festival circuit jumps back into action.

Get moving and stream “Your Body” below.

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Should Electronic Music Gear Manufacturers Give More Attention To Accessibility?

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This official Arturia video features London-based producer Jason Dasent talking about how he worked with the company to improve the accessibility of KeyLab and Analog Lab V.

Dasent is a producer, engineer and keyboardist from Trinidad. As a visually-impaired person, he’s committed to breaking down barriers to accessibility and creativity.

While this is a promo video for Arturia – it’s great to see a synth company taking accessibility seriously, and involving a visually-impaired person in both the development and promotion of their accessibility features.

Arturia worked with Dasent to implement text-to-speech feedback for Keylab and Analog Lab V, converting anything that you would see or read into audible speech, to allow visually-impaired users to navigate. As a result, gear that would otherwise be an impenetrable mess of buttons and knobs can be a powerful tool for someone with limited or no eyesight.

Thinking about accessibility often results in usability improvements for all users.

Should electronic music gear manufacturers give more attention to accessibility? Check out the video and share your thoughts in the comments!

And, if you know of other companies that are working to make their gear accessible, leave a comment and let us know what they’re doing!

Non-binary artists and creatives database launched to platform DJs, producers, dancers and more

The database is the project of Manchester artist DJ Soyboi

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Monday, July 19, 2021 – 15:41

A database platforming non-binary artists and creative figures has been shared online to mark Non-Binary Awareness Week.

Posted over the weekend, and available as a Google Doc, the database is the project of Manchester artist DJ Soyboi. It highlights DJs and producers, bands and singers, artists, dancers and lighting technicians.

Sharing the database via their Twitter account, DJ and producer India Jordan said: “I don’t want to see no more excuses for lack of NB representation!”

The likes of India Jordan, Kiwi, CCL, Ifeoluwa and Jex Wang feature among the DJs highlighted in the database. Links to the social media accounts, websites and Bandcamp pages of those featured are also included in order to help people more easily find their work.

You can access the database here.

Sequential Circuits Six-Track Firmware Update

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In his latest video, synthesist Espen Kraft takes a look at upgrading a Sequential Circuits Six-Track, from 1983, to the latest firmware.

Six-Trak firmware V14 makes it possible to detune the oscillators in Unison mode, by using the “fine frequency” parameter. Free/locked LFOs are also one of the features.

Moon Modular 569 Sequencer Hands-On Demo

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Synthesist John L Rice shared this unofficial overview of the Moon Modular M 569 Quad Sequential Voltage Source, a modern step sequencer that builds on the design of the classic Moog 960 Sequential Controller.

The Quad Sequential Voltage Source is an analog step-sequencer with up to 32 positions, arranged in four rows. While the Moog 960 featured three synchronized rows, the Moon M 569 has four rows that are completely independent. That means you can use it as four individual sequencers of different length, or combine them to create sequences of longer lengths. It also adds trigger switches, so you can enable or disable triggers on the fly. And while the Moog sequencer runs left-to-right, the Moon sequencer can run left-to-right, right-to-left, ping-pong and random.

As a result, the Moon Quad Sequential Voltage Source offers the same big knob tactile immediacy of the Moog 960, but lets you create syncopated step sequences and polymetric patterns, with up to four individual patterns.

Topics covered:

0:00 Beginning
0:17 Introduction
0:36 Master Section Overview
1:29 Single Row Overview
2:17 Single Row Detailed Description
3:41 Congrats, you now know that I make dumb dad jokes! 😉
4:07 Audio Examples With Text (no voiceover)
4:12 Basic Modes
4:45 Shift Inputs
4:59 Shift Button
5:12 Direction Switches
6:40 Range Switches
7:07 Step OFF Example
7:30 SKIP Function Example
7:55 RESET Function Example
8:39 STOP Function Example
9:00 Modes Affect Jacks And Function Switches
10:28 The Mysterious 2×8-8 And 1×16-16 Modes
11:10 Please Ignore My Modifications 😉
11:30 Light Wiggling To The End
12:47 End

Technical details:

Moon Modular 569 Quad Sequential Voltage Source
Synth Tech MOTM-300 VCO and MOTM-380 LFO
Moon Modular 517 VCF
Oakley/Krisp1 Dual VCA
STG Soundlabs Envelope
Strymon BigSky and Timeline pedals
Lexicon MX400
Allen & Heath MixWizard 20S
Tascam SD-20M flash recorder
Canon C100 MkII camera
Canon CN-E 20mm lens
PC running Windows 10 Pro
Sony Vegas Pro 13 NLE
Stedman N90 microphone
John Hardy M-1 mic pre
Warm Audio WA-2A compressor

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for nightclub entry from end of September

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for entry into nightclubs in England from the end of September, it has been announced. 

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi made the announcement today (19th July), less than 24 hours after clubs were given permission to reopen without restrictions as part of England’s “unlocking”.  Speaking to the House of Commons, Zahawi said that, from Autumn, negative Covid-19 tests will “no longer be sufficient” to gain entry into clubs and other “crowded venues”. 

He said: “By the end of September everyone aged 18 and over will have the chance to receive full vaccination and the additional two weeks for that protection to really take hold. 

“So at that point we plan to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.”

Clubs are being encouraged to ask visitors to show their NHS Covid Pass in the meantime, adding that the government “will be keeping a close watch on how it is used by venues and reserve the right to mandate if necessary”.

These sentiments were echoed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a televised statement this afternoon, in which he said he “[doesn’t] want to close nightclubs again”, stressing that clubs “need to do the socially responsible thing” and to require the presentation of an NHS Covid Pass for entry. 

In a statement in response to Zahawi’s announcement NTIA CEO Michael said: “Leaving aside the fact that this is yet another chaotic u-turn that will leave night clubs who have been planning for reopening for months will now have to make more changes to the way they operate — this is still a bad idea. 80% of nightclubs have said they do not want to implement Covid passports, worrying about difficulties with enforcing the system and a reduction in spontaneous consumers, as well as being put at a competitive disadvantage with pubs and bars that aren’t subject to the same restrictions and yet provide similar environments.”

In what has been dubbed by some as England’s “Freedom Day”, all legal coronavirus restrictions, including social distancing, mask requirements and capacity restrictions in clubs and music venues were lifted at midnight on Monday (19th July). Thousands flocked to clubs around the country to mark the occasion. 

While there is no legal obligation as yet for venues to ask visitors to present a negative test, some clubs are implementing their own policies for entry to ensure events are safe, particularly in light of coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the country. The UK is now recording almost 50,000 new cases a day, with a further 25 deaths being reported yesterday (18th July). Cases are expected to continue rising in England in the coming weeks, sparking concern among world scientists who believe that England’s Covid unlocking is a threat to global efforts to end the pandemic

London clubs including The Cause and  Corsica Studios announced they will require that visitors present proof of a negative test from within 48 hours of entry. Pickle Factory and Oval Space will be checking guests’ temperatures on the door, and are encouraging people to take a test prior to events. 

Manchester’s White Hotel is asking that visitors provide either an NHS Covid Pass, certificate of double vaccination, or negative test. Brighton’s Patterns will not require proof of negative test or proof of vaccination, visitors are being encouraged to take a test before attending.

Last week, Peter Marks, the chief executive of nightclub umbrella company REKOM, which owns 42 clubs across the UK, announced that they would not be following the government’s advice in requiring visitors to present an NHS COVID Pass. 

Shanti Celeste and Gramrcy’s Peach Discs returns with new compilation, ‘Peach Pals, Vol.2’: Listen

Shanti Celeste and Gramrcy have released a second instalment of their ‘Peach Pals’ compilation series via the label they run together, Peach Discs.

Though the 11-track release doesn’t feature any new music by Celeste, Gramrcy does contribute a track, in addition to producers such as Peach, Happa, ISAbella, Knopha and Syz. 

It comes ahead of a number of further releases that Peach Discs is lining up for the rest of 2021. The compilation, a press release says, “provides a healthy snapshot of the label’s current sound as well as a glimpse into its future”.

‘Peach Pals, Vol. 2’ is out now and available via Bandcamp.

It follows on from the five-track first instalment of the ‘Peach Pals’ series, which was released in June 2020.

Shanti Celeste is set to play at London’s Phonox later this year, as part of Palms Trax’s residency at the club.

She’s also getting involved in Mix Nights’ upcoming expansion of its DJ courses for women and non-binary people.

Funds from Fyre Festival bankruptcy case paid victims just 4% of money owed

Funds from Fyre Festival bankruptcy case paid victims just 4% of money owedFyre Festival

In 2017, attendees headed to the luxury-branded Fyre Festival put on by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule made way to a Caribbean Island for a fun getaway weekend with top-tier talent and lavish amenities. Once arriving, festival-goers were faced with limited food, soaked med tents as shelter, and no lineup. The now-infamous event has seeped its way into popular culture as one of the worst-case scenarios one could conjure within the live events space. In short, Fyre Festival did turn out to be way too good to be true.

While the events of Fyre Festival happened a little more than four years ago, lawsuits tied to the event have dragged on. And for those who went to Fyre Festival, the saga continues as a class action settlement that entitled attendees to $7,200 each will now only see 4% of the money that they are owed, walking away with just $288.

The initial settlement, which was reached in April, expected to have a total of $2 million that could pay out attendees. Instead, only $1.4 million in assets where able to be recovered from the failed company, $1.1 million of which went back to legal fees. Of the $2 million that was supposed to go out to festival attendees, only $300,000 remained.

Meanwhile, Ja Rule still managed to profit from the failed event, selling a Fyre Festival NFT for $122,000. The rapper had been cleared of the $100 million lawsuit, while his business partner, Billy McFarland, is currently serving a six-year federal prison sentence for fraud. In October, McFarland began a podcast from the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution called Dumpster Fyre.

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