Sonicware Intros Liven Bass & Beats Groovebox

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Sonicware has introduced Liven Bass & Beats, a “wavetable bass synthesizer and rhythm machine”.

It’s designed to be a powerful portable groovebox that can be used in your studio or standalone, with battery power and a built-in speaker.

The bass synth engine includes:

  • Two independent Wavetable oscillators with the 32 available wavetables.
  • One sub-oscillator
  • One noise generator which can create 10 different noise types.

Other features include built-in LFO, envelope generator, unison control, multi-mode filter, and distortion effects.

64+ bass presets include standards like Reese Bass, Future Bounce Bass, Wobble Bass, Growl Bass, Neuro Bass, Deep House Bass, Acid Bass, 808 Sub Bass and more.

The Liven Bass & Beats is also loaded with 150 rhythm sounds. The library of drum sounds also includes risers and tension release FX for creating transition effects. The drum sounds are organized into kits for specific genres such as dubstep, house, hiphop, trap and techno. You can also mix and match sounds from the drum library to create your own custom kits.

The Liven Bass & Beats also offers features tailored to live performance, including 16 physical control knobs, parameter locking for each sequencer step, and SYNC IN/OUT and MIDI IN/OUT connectors.

Pricing and Availability

The Liven Bass & Beats is available to pre-order for $199 USD, with pre-orders expected to ship in February 2022.

Swedish House Mafia announced for Coachella 2022

Ten years since they first played the festival

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 11:44

Swedish House Mafia have announced they will perform at Coachella 2022. 

News broke on social media yesterday, Wednesday 20th October, with the three-piece outfit confirming their booking at one of the most significant events in the US festival calendar. Meanwhile, Coachella shared its own post, which showed the trio in silhouette, superimposed over the iconic festival site. 

 Earlier today, a separate post to Swedish House Mafia’s Instagram page also confirmed a collaborative single with The Weeknd will be unveiled tonight at 9PM PT.

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Coachella is the first 2022 date confirmed by Swedish House Mafia, AKA Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. Fittingly, it will also mark the ten-year anniversary of their first Coachella performance. The festival itself will run on the weekends of 15th-17th and 22nd-24th April 2022. Organiser AEG was forced to cancel the past two years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and has confirmed COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for entry. So far Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott have been announced as headliners. 

Premiere: Mersiv and Akylla confront their ‘Ghosts’ on new joint single

Premiere: Mersiv and Akylla confront their ‘Ghosts’ on new joint singleMersiv Pc John Verwey

With Mersiv‘s debut album, Pretty Dark Loud slated to be released on Friday, October 22, the producer has one more offering ahead of the LP’s release. Teaming up with Akylla, Mersiv’s latest single, “Ghosts,” can be streamed a day early exclusively with Dancing Astronaut.

Heavy notes and dark instrumentals encapsulate the inky, almost harrowing atmosphere within Mersiv’s sound. Akylla’s contrasting vocals describe that “the ghosts in my head are calling again/I’ll drift into space, again and again.” The track successfully juxtaposes delicately delivered topline vocals with the harsh buzz-tooth grind of the track’s low-end. The pairing creates an emotional track that finds the two balancing one another out for a well-rounded final product.

“Ghosts” caps off Pretty Dark Loud‘s run of pre-release singles, which include “Forest Creature” and “The Death Note.” Fitting snuggly into the other two tracks, the single teases what else fans can expect from the full LP.

Featured image: John Verwey

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NFT collectors revealed as buyers of one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album

NFT collectors revealed as buyers of one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan albumWu Tang Album Credit Nyt

In 2015 Wu-Tang Clan auctioned a one-of-a-kind album dubbed Once Upon a Time In Shaolin, which was purchased by now-convicted felon Martin Shkreli. The disgraced pharma-villain was then forced to forfeit the album to the US government back in 2017 is a seizure of his various assets. Then, as of July of 2021, the album was bought from the government and sold to an undisclosed buyer. Peter Scoolidge, the lawyer representing the second purchaser of the album, revealed that the new owners would go public within the following months, and now at long last, they finally have. The official owner of Once Upon a Time has been revealed to be PleasrDAO—a collective group dedicated to buying digital collectables and portioning out NFTs to multiple digital owners rather than just one physical owner.

Now that the world knows who owns the sole copy of the silver-encased mystery album, though the question remains, what now? With limitations placed upon the sole copy of the LP that ensure tight security on who can simply even listen to the album for the next 88 years, it’s currently ambiguous what PleasrDAO will do with their newfound asset. With ultimate altruistic hopes of getting the album out to the Wu-Tang fans of the world, a spokesperson for 6, the agency that brokered the deal, says that the plan is to get crafty. 6 co-founder Jesse Grushack tells cryptocurrency outlet Coindesk that, “Theoretically, [PleasrDAO] could have 5,000 owners of the album and make a private listening party for those owners.”

Purchased by the collective for cool $4 million, Once Upon A Time‘s collision with the NFT space feels incredibly fitting, considering the album is a one-of-a-kind appreciating artistic asset; an original NFT of sorts, before the term exploded into the mainstream this year. What happens to the LP now is up in the air, but PleasrDAO’s purchase signals that perhaps more people will come to hear the Wu-Tang’s singular opus than previously expected.

H/T: Vice

Featured image: New York Times

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Floorplan announce new two-track EP on Classic Music Company

The father and daughter duo’s second outing on the esteemed imprint 

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 14:31

Floorplan have announced a new two-track EP on Classic Music Company, marking the duo’s second outing on Luke Solomon’s celebrated label. 

The two-track release, ‘Get My Mansion Ready / Out Of Control’, will land on 5th November, with soulful, gospel-infused house on the A-side and a rave-y, techno outing on the flip. 

Floorplan — AKA Robert Hood and, as of 2014, his daughter Lyric — first appeared on Classic earlier this year with ‘Right There / Holy Ghost’. Hood has also been busy on the solo front, recently confirming a new EP and forthcoming album under another of his aliases, Monobox. Meanwhile, the most recent LP under his own name, ‘Mirror Man‘, landed on Radio Slave’s Rekids last November. Revisit our 2019 interview with the Detroit pioneer and Underground Resistance co-founder here

OOTORO returns to Terminal Underground with searing double release, ‘GET2ME’

OOTORO returns to Terminal Underground with searing double release, ‘GET2ME’Screen Shot 2021 10 18 At 11.22.35 PM

After taking a lap through the Warehouse this past spring, OOTORO has returned to lengthen his streak of two-for-one presents this year. OOTORO truly needs no introduction as being one of house music’s brightest names at this point, but we’ll say it louder for the nth time anyway, with the Indonesian talent serving the sequel to his freshman EP on Terminal Underground with GET2ME after a well-earned placement on Night Bass’ This Is Night Bass: Vol 13.

OOTORO vowed to join Bleu Clair on a U.S. tour in the future, and that truly doesn’t seem to be too far into the distance considering the quantity and quality balance on his 2021 record alone. GET2ME sees OOTORO get recalled to Matroda’s imprint, making it near impossible to decide between the EP’s title number and “Def Jam” as OOTORO levels up his track coupling from Fishy with two piping, distinctive slices of tech-house mastery.

Featured image: OOTORO/Instagram

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‘SURRENDER’ to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s fourth studio album

‘SURRENDER’ to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s fourth studio albumEliot Lee Hazel

Six weeks spent in Joshua Tree and a DIY ground-floor studio. These were the sites where RÜFÜS DU SOL would fashion much of SURRENDER.

As those well-versed in RÜFÜS know, geography has always been a critical aspect of the alternative dance trio’s album crafting legacy. Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt penned their debut album on the coast of Australia, BLOOM in Berlin, and SOLACE in Los Angeles, after all, and in each case, location influenced the sound and feel of the resulting records. This precedent remains intact as RÜFÜS DU SOL take their fourth lap around the LP circuit with SURRENDER, a project fashioned entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from their families, the Aussie outfit say they grew closer than ever as SURRENDER took shape amid group workouts and meditation and intention setting sessions.

Their emphasis on world-building sprawls across 11 tracklistings, three of which—“Alive,” “Next to Me,” and “On My Knees“—emerged during SURRENDER‘s rollout. The album, available to stream below, is accompanied by a North American tour slated to expand their world-building enterprise beyond the audible. RÜFÜS DU SOL are currently working alongside designer Stefano Giacomello to build digital spaces for their fans to explore. The creative initiative, which will act as an extension of their music, can be previewed in its earliest form on their official website.

SURRENDER, which ranked among Dancing Astronaut’s most-anticipated albums of 2021, is out now via Rose Ave Records. Stream the LP and see a complete list of RÜFÜS DU SOL tour dates below.

RÜFÜS DU SOL 2021 North American Fall Tour Dates:

Thu Nov 04 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

Sat Nov 06 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Fri Nov 12 –  Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium

Sat Nov 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium

Sun Nov 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium

Thu Nov 18 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall

Thu Nov 19 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall

Sat Nov 20 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Featured image: Eliot Lee Hazel

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Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album bought by crypto group for $4 million

Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova is reportedly among the members

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 12:10

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album, ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’, was bought by the crypto group PleasrDAO. 

According to the New York Times, the collective paid $4million for the unique record. That’s double the price so-called “pharma-bro” Martin Shkreli bought the work for at auction in 2015. His $2million purchase was seized by the US government earlier this year in a bid to reduce a $7.4million debt accrued after prosecution and sentencing on securities and fraud charges. This followed an earlier, unrelated scandal involving inflating the price of AIDS drug Daraprim by 5000%. 

Now ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ — which took the Clan, who have a New York street named after them, six years to make  — has found its way into the hands of PleasrDAO. The group brand themselves as “DeFi leaders, early NFT collectors, and digital artists” with “a formidable yet benevolent reputation for acquiring culturally significant pieces with a charitable twist.” Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova is reportedly among the members. 

Synthesizers.com Q119A Sequencer First Look

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In this video, synthesist & developer O.Z. Hall takes a look at the new Synthesizers.com Q119A step sequencer.

The Q119A Sequencer is quad-width version of their original Q119 Sequencer. Like the original, the Q119A features three rows of analog step controls that can be configured as one 24-stage sequence or three 8-stage sequences. You can also control the reset point to create shorter sequences.

Pricing and Availability

The Synthesizers.com Q119A is available now for $595 USD.

Frequency Central Previews 3 New Moog Format Synth Modules

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Frequency Central shared this sneak preview of three new Moog format modules, MU versions of their popular CEMosc, Whiteface and Arley Dynamics modules.

They say that the three modules “create a super compact synth voice and the perfect intro to MU for new users.”

Details on the new modules are still to be announced, but they expect to release them within the next couple of months.

In the meantime, check out the video demo and share your thoughts in the comments!