LGBTQ+ rave plotted as protest outside of Ukrainian president’s office

LGBTQ+ rave plotted as protest outside of Ukrainian president’s officeUkraine Pride Scaled Getty

The LGBTQ+ community in Ukraine will be celebrating Pride with a rave outside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office in Kyviv on Friday, July 30. After Zelensky failed to declare where he stood in regard to LGBTQ+ rights, and has not condemned anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that was drafted by his own party, the rave serves to act as a form of protest for equal rights.

After parades proved to be unsuccessful in campaigns to change current discriminatory laws, the LGBTQ+ community in Ukraine hopes that by hosting a “rave” and playing loud music, they will make enough noise to be heard. The Ukrainian Pride organization said on their Instagram page,

“We consider the safety of citizens and guests of the country an integral part of a democratic society. While Ukraine’s Western partners in President Biden welcome ALL citizens with official pride month appeals, and Berlin nightclubs are listed in German cultural heritage, in Ukraine the LGBT+ community still suffers from impunity of right-wing attacks, and the modern electronic scene succumbs to real police repression that makes the country dangerous for its own citizens and unattractive to foreign guests.”

The listed demands include requesting the adoption of law #5488, which will fight against manifestations of discrimination of LGBTQ+, reformation of police, prosecutor’s offices, and judicial reforms, the immediate investigation into radical attacks on LGBTQ+ and feminist events, activists, and organizations, the investigation into legal raids of the city’s electronic scene, investigations into the detention of community leaders and cultural figures, and to create a safe environment for the city’s electronic scene.

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20 Generative & Experimental Patches For The Behringer Crave

20 Generative & Experimental Patches For The Behringer Crave
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Sound designer Anton Anru shared this video demo for his new patch library, Probability, for the Behringer Crave.

The Crave is a knockoff of the Moog Mother-32 synthesizer, so this patch library is the Crave version of his previously-released Probability patch library for the M32.

The patch library is delivered as a

Here’s what he has to say about it:

“Probability is a collection of 20 generative patches and sequences. This genre of sound design is very popular inside modular culture, and Crave suggests a good set of features to enter this club.

Controlled chaos and randomness, probability, non-repetitiveness, tempo break, pattern uniqueness, short and long sounds alternation, unexpected changes, silence and density, harmonic and fx-like tones, freaky splashes during a sequence – all these things are included in the soundset.

Generative timbre may be a good addition to (or a lead part of) ambient or techno tracks, jams and performances. You may also record fragments into your DAW or sampler, slice it to one-shots or make loops – you’ll get a unique material for further processing.

All patches require a sequence playback, and, obviously, the sequence itself influences on the final result greatly. The soundset is provided with 20 patterns that were used in audio examples. You may use them in your production and performances, they are 100% royalty free. You may use them as a starting point and turn them into something new. Or, of course, you may create your own patterns from scratch.”

Audio Demos:

Readers interested in comparing the Crave and Mother-32, which have the same controls and features but different sound circuitry, may want to compare this video to Anru’s video for the original Mother-32 Probability patch library.

Pricing and Availability

The Probability patch library for the Behringer Crave is available with an intro price of $7.96 USD (normally $9.95). The patch library is presented as a PDF of documented patch diagrams and audio demos.

Elektron Recalls Power Handle For Model:Cycles, Model:Samples

Elektron Recalls Power Handle For Model:Cycles, Model:Samples

Elektron has announced a recall for the recently introduced Power Handle BP-1 for the Model:Cycles & Model:Samples.

They say that, under certain circumstances, the Power Handle BP-1 can cause a short circuit, potentially posing a burn and/or fire hazard to consumers.

Background: Elektron has discovered a manufacturing error involving some Power Handles that may cause overheating in the battery handle and the cable attaching the handle to the Model:Samples or Model:Cycles. Initial research suggests that the issue affects a very small number of units.Elektron says that they have notified global consumer protection authorities and made the voluntary decision to initiate a full recall of the product.

What Owners Should Do

Due to the possibility of safety risks, Elektron has decided to recall all the Power Handles in the market.

They ask that you:

  • Stop using the Power Handle immediately
  • Unplug the Power Handle
  • Remove the batteries
  • Contact them to get a full refund

See the Elektron site for details.

How To Make A DIY Velocity-Sensitive Electronic Drum Kit For About $50

How To Make A DIY Velocity-Sensitive Electronic Drum Kit For About $50
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In this video, Ugandan synthesist Bamanya Brian (aka Afrorack) shares his experience with making a DIY velocity-sensitive electronic drum kit.

Brian’s videos offer a very different perspective from many synthesists sharing videos on Youtube, because he’s working within the limitations of living in an area where access to gear is limited, and if you can get it, it’s probably prohibitively expensive. As a result, Brian is one of the first African synthesists sharing their experience with DIY projects.

Here, he demonstrates his DIY drum kit, which is based around an Arduino micro controller, which translates drum hits into MIDI data sent to a laptop. It’s not as powerful as a $3,000 Roland V-drum system, but it cost him about $50 and it works.

Check out the video and share your thoughts on it in the comments!

Premiere: Adventure Club unveil emotive new single ‘Safe With Me’ with Soar and Luma

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Adventure Club have shared their latest single, “Safe With Me” with Soar and Luma in tow. The new single comes ahead of the duo’s Love // Chaos LP set to release in August via Ultra Records. The veteran electronic outfit reconvene with fellow Canadian producer Soar after the pair remixed BTS‘ “Your Eyes Tell” and “Fake Love” in 2019 and 2020. Now, “Safe With Me” arrives after a series of polished previously released singles from the upcoming LP including, “Rebellious,” “Back To You,” “Already Know,” “High Like This,” “Broken Love,” and “Never Be Alone.”

“Safe With Me” first debuted during Adventure Club’s electrifying Digital Mirage set in April of 2020, instantly piquing fans’ interest with a tapestry of interconnected vocals, orchestral strings, and resonating melodies. The single lands as another aced teaser ahead of the full 21-track release. “Safe With Me” will see a wide release on July 30, but can be streamed in full early exclusively on Dancing Astronaut.

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Free Exhibit Explores History & Influence Of Tangerine Dream

Free Exhibit Explores History & Influence Of Tangerine Dream
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The Barbican Music Library is presenting a free exhibition, Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer, that offers a journey through unseen footage, unpublished articles and original synthesizers that tell the story of one of electronic music’s pioneering groups.

This video offers a short tour of the exhibit and features interviews with curators Felix Moser, Bianca Froese-Acquaye and Melanie Reinisch, along with archive clips of Tangerine Dream performances and interviews.

Exhibition Summary:

“The band Tangerine Dream was founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese in West Berlin. They were early pioneers of electronic music, who, with albums like Phaedra and Rubycon, laid the foundation for new styles such as Ambient and Trance. Through uncovered photographs and videos, original synthesizers, cassettes and vinyl, this exhibition reveals London’s key role in the international breakthrough of Tangerine Dream during the 1970s.

Fast-forward to the present day, when synthesizers and sequencers are being continually rediscovered in music and pop culture, and enjoy a retrospective ‘time-lapse’ (Zeitraffer in German) across the band’s influential 50-year history.”

You can visit the exhibit, Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer, for free in the Barbican Music Library on Level 2 of the Barbican Centre until September 2021.

Avid Intros Sibelius Notation Software For iPad

Avid Intros Sibelius Notation Software For iPad
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Avid today introduced Sibelius for Mobile, a professional music notation app for iPad that’s designed to lets you move compositions seamlessly between iPad and Mac or Windows desktop, letting you work anywhere you like, taking full advantage of the Apple Pencil and iPad multi-touch experience.

iPad users can use Sibelius for Mobile to create, edit, share, and play Sibelius files. It’s designed to complement the desktop version, though, so some notation and layout features are only available in the desktop version.

Sibelius for mobile reimagines the pen and paper experience for tablet, with new note input workflows, taking full advantage of Apple Pencil and iPad touch capabilities. You can enter notes with the onscreen Keypad or a keyboard, and Sibelius takes care of all note layout. Touch a note and drag up or down to change its value, or drag left or right to add a flat or sharp. With an Apple Pencil, you can tap a note and tilt up or down to add a flat or sharp, or tilt left or right to choose the note value.

With files saved to iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive or other iOS-supported cloud service, users have access anywhere to all their ideas and scores. This means that users can have their entire music portfolio with them wherever they go, along with a powerful notation toolset.

“Sibelius on an iPad is transformational. For me, it is the single biggest advance in notation software in a decade,” says composer Simon Franglen. “I can write sketches, amend and review full orchestral scores, tweak choral charts anywhere I am. It is the beginning of a revolution.”

Getting Started With Sibelius for Mobile:

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Pricing and Availability:

Sibelius for Mobile is available now as a free download.

The free version lets you create scores with up to four parts. Avid offers two paid tiers: Sibelius, which lets you create scores with up to 16 parts; and Sibelius Ultimate, which lets you create scores with an unlimited number of parts. See the Avid site for details.

Hulu announces Lollapalooza livestream schedule including Post Malone, Kaytranada, ILLENIUM, and more

Hulu announces Lollapalooza livestream schedule including Post Malone, Kaytranada, ILLENIUM, and moreLollapalooza

Those who won’t be able to attend this year’s edition of Lollapalooza live are in luck, as the festival has partnered with Hulu to bring the event to viewers at home. On-demand subscribers of the streaming service will be able to watch the festival, from July 29 to August 1, at no additional cost from home. The festival and streaming service announced their partnership ahead of the event, marking the first time the two organizations are coming together for a streaming partnership.

Lollapalooza is one of the first major US festival brands to announce their return to a full capacity event, doing so after requiring attendees to provide proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone not vaccinated will need to show a negative test within 24 hours of attending Lollapalooza each day. The festival kicks off on Thursday July 29, and Hulu’s livestream begins with Aly & AJ playing at 2:10 p.m. EST.

For those who won’t make it to Chicago’s Grant Park, Hulu’s stream schedule can be found in full here. The festival is known for bringing together artists, influencers, and speakers from a variety of genres and backgrounds. This year’s musical lineup is no exception, and livestreams will be available from electronic acts including ILLENIUM, Kaytranada, Steve Aoki, Vintage Culture, and Oliver Heldens among others. Non-electronic featured artists include Modest Mouse, Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator, Foo Fighters, and many more.

Featured image: Maclay Heriot

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Roland’s Vintage & Modern Modular Systems Compared

Roland’s Vintage & Modern Modular Systems Compared
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In his latest video, synthesist Alex Ball does a head-to-head comparison of Roland’s analog modular (or semi-modular) systems, including:

  • System 100 Model 101 (1975)
  • System 700 Blocks 1, 6 and 7 (1976)
  • System 100m Complete (1979) except 182 replaced with Ryk 185
  • System 500 “Complete Set” (2016)

“What a marvelous collection of instruments!” notes Ball. “What I love about them most is that they manage to sound cohesive and in a ‘sweet spot’, even when you’re patching quite a lot of stuff together.”

“They seem to have designed these with musical outcomes in mind,” adds Ball, “and I really think they nailed it. “

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
0:41 60 seconds with the System 100
1:54 60 seconds with the System 700
3:11 60 seconds with the System 100m
4:25 60 seconds with the System 500
5:32 Oscillators
6:22 Filters, Filter Bank and EQ
10:45 Envelopes
12:10 Effects
16:16 Specs and Summary
17:02 Outro Jam

Check it out and share your thoughts on Roland’s modular instruments in the comments!

Ushuaïa Ibiza announces reopening with new open-air, seated event series, Palmarama

Ushuaïa Ibiza will fully reopen its doors for the first time in more than 21 months this Saturday, 31st July, with music events now beginning to return to Ibiza following the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kicking off this summer’s season Ushuaïa is hosting a new open-air, seated event concept created especially for this year, called Palmarama. The event series is the work of The Night League, the team behind both Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza. 

Making use of the greenery and lush surroundings of Ibiza and, specifically, Ushuaïa as a venue, the event series will offer revellers the chance to experience the open-air venue, while adhering to current COVID-19 guidelines, and witness sets from some of the best DJs in a much more intimate setting than usual.

All current COVID-19 guidelines set the Balearic Islands’ Government will be respected throughout the series, and tables will be able to enjoy a special menu curated by Minami, the Japanese fusion restaurant at Ushuaïa.

Individual Palmarama line-ups are yet to be revealed, but you can book in for your own experience and find out more by heading here.

As of early last week, Ibiza is back on the UK’s amber travel list, having been placed on the green list for a few weeks.