Prairie Wires Modular 2021 Coming Sept 12 To Brandon, Manitoba

Prairie Wires has announced plans for Prairie Wires Modular 2021, a free electronic music festival, scheduled for Sunday, September 12 in Brandon, Manitoba Canada.

The open-air electronic music and sound art festival will run from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Festival Park Amphitheatre located at Riverbank Discovery Centre (545 Conservation Dr, Brandon Manitoba).

“We are extremely happy to be able to bring live electronic music back to Brandon!” said Prairie Wires director Brendon Ehinger. “The inaugural Prairie Wires Modular festival in 2019 was small, but it was a huge success. Ongoing challenges of the pandemic forced us to postpone presenting this festival in 2020, so it is so exciting it can finally happen!”

PWM2021 festivities will include:

  • An outdoor afternoon modular synth meetup;
  • A family-friendly public open house, featuring displays, demos and discussions;
  • A special Manitoba Modular on the Spot; and
  • An evening multimedia concert, featuring performers from all three Prairie provinces.

Synthesists and artists scheduled to perform include Matthew Cardinal (Edmonton, AB), Stephanie Kuse (Saskatoon SK), Ernie Dulanowski (Regina SK), forestine (Winnipeg, MB), as well as Brandon’s own Shotgun Jimmy with Leanne Zacharias, who will be collaborating with Tlicho Dene interdisciplinary artist Casey Koyczan from Yellowknife, NT.

Other performers will include Bondegi, Harrumph!, Grant Partridge, Dan Fur Music, Robert Alexander and Like Minds.

All the events are free of charge, open to the public, family friendly and outdoors. See the event site for details.

Korg Wavestate 2.0 Hands-On Demo

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In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at Korg wavestate 2.0, a firmware update that adds support for user samples, an patch editor & librarian, new performance features and more.

“In this video, I cover the main new features and explore a few ways to make the most of them, including how to create drum kits and to use Wavestate as a wavetable synth,” notes Eliraz.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
1:10 What’s new
1:40 Editor
5:40 Sample builder
8:20 Loop points
9:15 Banks
11:50 Pitch scales
12:50 Perf. hold
14:25 Multisampling
16:30 Drum kits
18:05 Wavetables
19:55 Phasing loops
22:55 Pros & cons
24:55 Outro

What do you think of the Korg wavestate? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Korg Wavestate 2.0 Adds User Sample Support & More

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Korg today released wavestate v2.0, a major update to their wave sequencing synthesizer that adds support for user samples, a patch editor & librarian, new performance features and more.

Here’s what’s new inn Korg wavestate 2.0:

  • Support for User Samples – Import up to 4 GB of your own Multi-samples into the wavestate via the new Sample Builder application for Mac and Windows. Use your samples in Wave Sequences or as single Multi-samples, just like the factory Multi-samples.
  • Editor/Librarian – The Editor/Librarian acts as a second front panel for the wavestate. Realtime display of modulated parameter values and Wave Sequences gives you instant feedback on your creations. Copy and paste sounds, envelopes, LFOs, filter settings, and more. Dive deep into Effects with access to all internal parameters and create your own Effects Presets.
  • User-requested improvements
    • The new Performance-level Hold feature (via SHIFT-ARP) keeps notes or chords playing, leaving your hands free for moving knobs or playing other instruments.
    • Fit to Scale lets you constrain the Pitch Lane’s output to a specific scale and key—especially useful when playing polyphonically.
    • Get to your sounds faster. Select Categories for Performances, Programs, Multi-samples, Wave Sequences, and Lanes directly from buttons 1-16. The new “User” Category lets you mark your own sounds, and dual Categories mean that a sound can be assigned to both “User” and “Strings” (for example).
  • Explore Vector Synthesis – The new Curve parameter lets you control the way that Vector Volume crossfades between points. For maximum volume, use Loud (the original wavestate behavior); for more gentle crossfades, use Smooth (the original Wavestation behavior).
  • Other refinements – New gain-scaling options bring out the tonal range of the MS-20 and Polysix filters, and user interface improvements streamline your sound design.
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wavestate software 2.0, the Editor/Librarian, and Sample Builder are available now to wavestate owners as free downloads.

New Korg Volca Sample Editor

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Developer Momo Müller has introduced a third-party MIDI Editor and Controller for the Korg Volca Sample.

With the Volca Sample Editor, you have direct access to all parameters and can save them as a Preset Data File and load them back into the Volca Sample at any time.

With the plugin version, you can also record controller movements into your DAW.


  • The Editor is a simple integration of the Volca sample into your DAW.
  • Quick and easy sound changes of all parts.
  • Direct access to the sound parameters
  • All controllers can be automated.
  • X-Y Modulation of all parameters is possible.
  • With the „Random“ function new sounds can be generated quickly for each Sample Part.
  • A sound management.
  • Part Presets can be saved. (E.g. TR 909 Bass Drum) Which you can load into any Part (1-10).
  • Part Kit can be saved.(E.g. TR 909 Kit)
  • Hidden controller ” Sample Start Delay” for Volca Sampler 2 is included.
  • Contains 50 Presets.
  • Works with Volca Sample Version 1 and 2.

Pricing and Availability

The Volca Sample Editor is available now for PC and MAC-M1 for 6,90€ / $ 7,90.

Roland Aerophone Pro v2.0 Adds New Finngerings, Sounds & Expressive Options

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Roland has released Aerophone Pro v2.0, a major firmware update that adds new fingerings, sounds and motion control.

Here’s what’s new in Aerophone Pro v2.0:

  • Additional Functions
    • Roland Cloud content is supported.
    • Motion sensor support has been added.
    • The built-in display now has multilingual support (English, Japanese, and Chinese).
    • New fingerings have been added (clarinet and flute).
    • An X-Fade function has been added.
  • Functionality Improvements
    • A Thumb Pad Off function has been added.
    • New tones have been added.

The free update is available now at the Roland site.

Rinse FM to celebrate UK music culture with ‘I Love’ event series, documentaries and compilations

Rinse FM is launching a new event series, that will also include documentaries and vinyl compilations, celebrating UK electronic music culture.

The  ‘I Love’ series will focus on various forms of UK music that Rinse has championed over the course of its time on the air, with an event taking place dedicated to each highlighted genre.

The first, I Love: Funky, will focus on UK funky and take place at London’s Ministry Of Sound on 9th October. Future events in 2022 will focus on grime, dubstep, drum & bass, jungle and more.

The I Love: Funky event will feature live performances from Donae’o and Katy B, who will play her first live UK funky performance in over a decade. There will also be DJ sets from the likes of Scratcha DVA, Marcus Nasty, Rinse founder Geeneus and Crazy Cousinz, among many others, with the line-up spreading across four rooms.

A documentary around UK funky, as well as a vinyl compilation, will be released soon, with full details on both yet to be announced.

Revisit DJ Mag’s feature on UK funky, from January of this year, here.

Doctor Neiman, Sister Teeth ‘Play Nice’

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Out of Doctor Neiman‘s laboratory comes something of a stylistic shift—”Play Nice.”

When held up side-by-side with Neiman’s July offerings, “Wait For Me,” and “men.,” it is apparent—however surprisingly—that the window rattler makes much more room for melodic cues in “Play Nice” compared with its two predecessors. Toplines laid by Sister Teeth add an usual vocal touch to Neiman’s latest one-off, taking the formally trained musician’s aesthetic to an ear-catching new height that underscores his established efficacy in the bass and dubstep-roving domain while highlighting his capacity to introduce other elements into his music with a furious flourish.

“Play Nice” extends Doctor Neiman’s string of impact-ridden releases in 2021 to date, hitting the streets as his seventh original this year alone.

Featured image: Desmond Chong

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Gravitrax, BITSKY bequeath ‘space rock’ on ‘Rock The Asteroid’ [Stream]

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When an artist strides to streaming platforms brandishing “space rock,” naturally, Dancing Astronaut is attentive. So it goes with Gravitrax and BITSKY‘s “Rock The Asteroid,” a heavy-handed answer from the former, whose joint outing with LSDREAM, “EXPAND THE UNIVERSE,” continues to circle the festival circuit, worming its way into the summer’s most bass face-inducing sets.

Landing on AfterShock‘s compilation album, The Family Reunion, “Rock The Asteroid” feeds speakers a bass-rock hybrid that sources its vocal sample from none other than Gravitrax himself, not to mention guitar shreds from BITSKY. Both acts impress their respective raucous signatures on “Rock The Asteroid,” which debuted at the end of BITSKY’s Music Yard set during his two-night run with Russ Liquid in North Carolina not long before it made its way to Spotify, Apple Music, and beyond.

“Rock The Asteroid” marks the collaborators’ second time working together; Gravitrax and BITSKY previously aligned in the production credits for “Transmission Through Sound” in April. Stream their latest co-adventure below.

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Rezz announces new album, ‘Spiral’

The album’s first single is out this Friday, 3rd September

Christian Eede

Thursday, September 2, 2021 – 14:09

Rezz has confirmed that her new album, ‘Spiral’, is on the way.

Set for release via her own Rezz Music label, in partnership with RCA, the album will be preceded by lead track ‘Chemical Bond’, which will be released tomorrow (3rd September). The track features DEATHPACT.

“My fourth album ‘Spiral’ will showcase an evolved version of my music while also maintaining a very hypnotic sound which originally captivated my audience,” Rezz has said of the record.

Rezz first teased the album in March of this year, confirming that it was finished and that she’d been working on so much new music that it was “actually overwhelming”.

‘Spiral’, which is Rezz’s first album since 2018, will be released “this fall”, according to a social media post by Rezz.

Sofi Tukker, John Summit’s synergy simmers on ‘Sun Came Up’

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When the sun came up, we were still dancing together.

Thus goes the lyrical backbone of “Sun Came Up,” a collaboration that those keyed in to the ongoings of the underground can very well call a long time coming. Stitched together with Spanish guitar work, the first official musical meeting between Sofi Tukker and John Summit finds the Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch in 2021 recalibrating his club-minded sound, adapting it to take a more ambient approach that befits Sophie’s filmy vocals.

In just 10 words, the hook tells a narrative to which music aficionados hoped to return amid the interminable COVID-19 quarantine and that’s not by coincidence, Sofi Tukker declared, tracing “Sun Came Up’s” conception to the period when live music remained on pause:

“We made this song when we were deep in quarantine, while we were dreaming about the sun coming up, so to speak. We were dreaming about dancing with people again. It’s about being together, in darkness and in sunshine. And about being able to recall that experience over and over again in our imagination and memory. It’s both nostalgic and hopeful. Looking back and looking forward to that one perfect vignette of togetherness.”

“Sun Came Up” can be expected to soundtrack more than just “one perfect vignette of togetherness” as attendees across the nation scuff dance floors anew and Summit and Sofi Tukker continue to blaze across the United States, the collaboration in their respective queues.

Featured image: Vanessa Vlandis

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