The Beirut Synthesizer Center is a newly-formed, informal co-op for electronic music enthusiasts.
The Center, which opened its doors on June 25th, 2021, was co-founded by artists Bana Haffar, Elyse Tabet, Hany Manja, and Ziad Moukarzel. It was created in the context of ongoing turmoil in Lebanon, which has left a vacuum of support for the arts.
The founders took inspiration from places like The San Fransisco Tape Music Center, the Synth Libraries in Prague and Portland, Signal Culture and Asheville’s Black Mountain College. The Center’s goals are to provide a physical space for self-directed study, with access to various synthesizers and resources; and to create a base for learning and collaboration.
The Center has initial plans to be open throughout the summer of 2021, featuring open house hours, workshops, artist lectures, discussion nights, movie screenings and a small reference library. Future plans are still to be determined.
Upcoming events include a hands-on workshop on the basic electronic components of an oscillator on Wed Jul 28th; Enter the Synth – an introduction to synthesis on Thurs July 29th; and Max/MSP~izza, featuring patch presentations and pizza on Friday, July 30th. See the Center’s Facebook page for more upcoming events.
After throwing open its doors anew to a bumbling Brooklyn crowd with a floor-scuffing eagerness to hear Wax Motif soundtrack Schimanski’s return on July 16, the borough favorite will continue its welcome back run on August 7 with a set from DJ Snake‘s Secret Room co-conspirator, Malaa. The Project 91 Presents-hosted affair saw a dip in the stock of available tickets immediately following its announcement, and with general admission entry to the event resting on the third and final tier, fans of the enigmatic “Ring The Alarm” collaborator are urged to brandish their cards to secure an evening padded with G-house, house, and all that’s in between before it sells out.
Project 91’s placement of Malaa behind Schimanski’s decks comes at time when the Frenchman’s touch is a blistering white-hot, what with “Ring The Alarm” and his recent “Praise” conversion in his back pocket, not to mention his mini-tour alongside DJ Snake, which serves as an ongoing live re-enactment of their Secret Room raiding from the quarantine days. Secure tickets to one of Brooklyn’s most sought-after stints of the summer calendar here.
Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke has been working alongside Walker & Royce for more than half of the past decade, however, a collaboration between the two acts has only now just arrived. The two-track Enthusiasm EP, which arrived via VonStroke’s San Francisco-based imprint, sees him join talents with Walker & Royce and prove their collective chemistry.
“Enthusiasm” creates an upbeat atmosphere from the jump; the track designed to get people grooving in the club. “The End Of The Lime” falls into a thumping, trippy rhythm, shifting to a more psychedelic aesthetic than the floor appeal of the EP’s titular offering. Primed for larger crowds, “The End Of The Lime” is destined for festival tents this summer as it bops and dips through a mind-bending sonic journey.
VonStroke has been busy collaborating as of late, teaming up with Justin Jay on the five-track EP, Oh, in June. His annual Dirtybird Campout festival will also be making its return this October at Modesto’s Reservoir Campgrounds.
The Enthusiasm EP arrives as Walker & Royce’s first original release since 2020’s “Need2Freek.” However, the pair have shared a few remixes since the year began, including Mindchatter‘s “Language” and Chris Lorenzo‘s “Take Me As I Am.”
Anna Lunoe has shared a grooving remix of Blu DeTiger‘s single, “Cotton Candy Lemonade.” Speeding up the track and looping the background crowd noises in a vein similar to Nine Inch Nails’ “Ruiner,” Lunoe breathes a sparkling new life into the track. DeTiger’s slow original turns into a funky dance floor hit, with Lunoe maintaining the essence of the original while picking up its pace.
“Cotton Candy Lemonade” arrives as Lunoe’s first release since December 2020’s “Ice Cream.”
Elephante continues to shine on both the vocals and production front with “Holy Ghosts,” the second single from his forthcoming sophomore album, due this fall. “Holy Ghosts” is an eclectic fusion of flowing vocals and airy house notes tied together with the hum of an electric guitar. The track follows what has been the artist’s most personal work to date, “High Water,” a song that narrates Elephante’s past struggles with opioid addiction.
“Holy Ghost” paints an eerily vivid picture of Los Angeles as a ghost town during the pandemic, embodying Elephante’s ability to blend his own vocals and instrumentation in an enticing fashion.
It’s the second track to be unveiled from forthcoming LP ‘Before I Die’
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 – 19:01
박혜진 Park Hye Jin has released a new single, ‘Whatchu Doin Later’.
The track, which is out today (27th July), is the second to be unveiled from the artist’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Before I Die’, after the release of lead cut ‘Let’s Sing Let’s Dance’. The new song sees her switch between sung and rapped vocals in her native Korean.
‘Before I Die’, which Ninja Tune will release on 10th September, is entirely written, produced and performed by Hye Jin and comes off the back of a series of collaborative tracks with the likes of Galcher Lustwerk, Clams Casino and Blood Orange.
You can listen to ‘Whatchu Doin Later’ below.
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19.2 million vinyl albums were sold in the US in the first six months of 2021, a 108% increase on the same period of last year.
The figure is significantly higher than the 9.2 million vinyl LPs that were sold in the first six months of 2020, and part of an ongoing trend that has seen vinyl make a huge resurgence in recent years.
Vinyl album sales also just outedged the sale of CD albums, which sat at 18.9 million for the first six months of 2021, according to MRC Data, an analytics firm that specialises in collecting data from the entertainment and music industries. It follows on from vinyl surpassing the annual revenue of CDs in the US last year for the first time in 34 years, which was the first time that had happened in 34 years.
The increase in music consumption isn’t just limited to physical sales, with audio streaming up by 15% in the first half of this year.
The top-selling vinyl albums at the midpoint of the year are Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’, Harry Styles’ ‘Fine Line’, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D. City’ and Billie Eilish’s ‘When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’
One significant problem with the resurgence in demand for vinyl, however, is the strain it is putting on vinyl pressing plants, with many struggling to keep up with demand, pushing release dates back or forcing record labels to release music to streaming and digital services long before the vinyl release follows.
Earlier this month, a pop-up record store giving away free vinyl opened in London.
The latest Sonic Lab video takes a look at Cherry Audio Voltage Modular – a software modular synthesizer that is inspired by Eurorack modular synths, but without the physical limitations and financial barriers.
The platform now offers more than 1,000 modules. The base system comes with 22 modules. Options with a wider selection of modules are also available, and it features a built-in module store.
Vinyl sales have doubled since last year, according to MRC Data’s 2021 U.S. Midyear Report.
Overall consumption grew 13.5% year-over-year (YOY) during the first six months of 2021, thanks to a 15% increase in on-demand audio streaming.
And, for the first time at the midyear point in MRC Data’s history (since 1991), vinyl album sales actually outpaced CD album sales — with vinyl album volume at 19.2 million versus CD album volume at 18.9 million.
Vinyl’s 108.2% YOY increase also allowed total industry physical albums to experience its first year of growth in years.
The numbers reflect long-term trends in the growth of streaming, the decline of interest in CDs and renewed interest in vinyl as a format. But the spike in vinyl sales is also leading to material shortages, manufacturing backlogs and delayed releases.
Some recent vinyl releases have lagged their CD and digital releases by 6 months or more, while CDs can have turnaround of about 2 weeks. At this point, vinyl sales are being limited by the fact that there is not enough manufacturing capacity to meet demand. This means that independent artists may struggle to get their music released on vinyl, too, as more capacity gets tied up with major-label releases.
The venue, which is the brainchild of the crew behind the now closed Griessmühle club, will host six Newcomer Days in August
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 – 12:44
Berlin club Revier Südost is launching an event series for beginner DJs.
The club, which is the new project of the team behind the now closed Griessmühle venue, will host six Newcomer Days in August, in collaboration with Musicboard Berlin. They will run on Saturdays and Sundays from 14th August to 29th August.
The events will take place in the venue’s Baergarten, and six Berlin-based DJs – Laura BCR, Irakli, rRoxymore, Ron Wilson, Franklin De Costa and Killa – will each select three DJs from the application mixes they are sent on Facebook or Instagram.
The DJs who are selected will play the events together with the DJ that picks them, and will each receive €250 for their set. Applications are open until 30th July.
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