Darwin Grosse, musical visionary and voice for Max and DIY learning, has passed away

The most powerful impact anyone can have in music is not just to find their own voice but to help others find theirs. It means that song echoing across the hills. And across hardware and software, few have shared passion and understanding of DIY musical expression quite like Darwin Grosse.

It’s unlikely that anyone you know who uses Max and Jitter and Max for Live would have the same understanding without Darwin. He shaped not only a significant amount of documentation and support but also the wider vision of what these tools were for and how they could be used. For the past couple of decades, it’s hard to talk about patching generally and how to use it, both internally with Cycling ’74 and Ableton or in broader conversations, without either Darwin’s name coming up or running across a lesson, a tutorial, a podcast, a reflection, or some essential insight. Losing Darwin will feel a bit like losing some of the connections of our own neurons.

So it’s simply stunning that in a matter of days, one of California’s best-known hardware makers (Sequential) and one of the area’s best-known software patching brands (Cycling ’74) would lose a major public and community face.

Cycling ’74 has written a short statement:

We’re deeply saddened to share that Darwin Grosse has passed. We’ve lost a dear friend, a mentor to many, and a tireless force for both Max and the wider community of musicians and artists surrounding it.

We invite all to share their appreciation and memories of Darwin in whatever form you prefer.

I understand they’ll do more to chronicle Darwin’s contributions over the coming days, both through that call externally and internally.

Before I write another word, I think it’s just as important to cue some of Darwin’s music. It was always sensitive, delicate, bubbling in some alive way. Most times you would want to sketch out an idea for a patch or musical notion in silence, but this is music that seems to embody some emotional center of thought.

Synthtopia already wrote a perfect summary of Darwin’s contributions and their meaning:

Composer, Developer & Podcaster Darwin Grosse Has Died [Synthtopia]

Looking back, I think the Art + Music + Technology podcast Darwin hosted may be one of the largest and broadest archives we have of electronic music technological history. The 380th and final episode was posted last month, followed by a finale when he revealed that health issues with his battle with cancer had halted production.


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The array of composers and technologists and major figures is simply stunning, and particularly with the demise of many print magazines, it’s one of the few such repositories left. Even listing highlights feels a bit unfair – it’s the sum total that gives you such a unique picture of a scene. But yes, the likes of Herbie Hancock, Morton Subotnick, Dave Rossum, Tom Oberheim, Roger Linn, Robert Henke, Margaret Schedel, and Pauline Oliveros are there. And you can needle-drop onto a vast array of different artists and inventors, as well as talking to other writers and personalities. Darwin was always inquisitive, curious, humble; it’s always great listening.

The podcast is just one side project, though, even across all those hours. There’s almost too much to list:

Director of Education and Customer Services at Cycling ’74 (and you’ve read a ton of his work if you’ve ever used Max / Jitter / Max for Live)

ArdCore Arduino-based platform for modular synths (with a bunch of firmware possibilities)

20 Objects curriculum for learning Max and Max for Live

20 Objects YouTube series, covering a wide array of software and hardware and lessons and hacks

Modular Mastery books

Three solo albums on Bandcamp

Now-defunct CreativeSynth blog (available via archive.org)

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DJ Python announces new EP under Luis alias, shares single: Listen

DJ Python is bringing back his Luis alias for a new EP. Listen to the first two tracks ‘timmy chalamet’, with Lis Dalton, and ‘or anyone said it’ below. 

The five-track ‘057 (Schwyn)’ is an “ode to his best friend”, the journalist, writer and editor Matthew Schnipper. Brian Piñeyro shared a sweet note with the record: “missen and loven. schwyn and i go into each others lives here and there quiet and present. always missen and loven. to know he is on the earth is to know that it is beautiful.”

‘057 (Schwyn)’ will be released on 17th June via London label AD 93, formerly known as Whities.

Also out in June is DJ Python’s entry in the Air Texture collaborative compilation series with fellow Brooklyn-based DJ Anthony Naples. In January, he released the ‘Club Sentimientos Vol 2‘ EP on Naples and Jenny Slattery’s Incienso label.

Check out the EP on Bandcamp, and listen to ‘timmy chalamet’ and ‘or anyone said it’.

Patterns Brighton locks full summer season line-up

Brighton club Patterns has revealed its complete programme for summer 2022.

Throughout the remainder of June and up to the end of September, a host of DJs and live performers will take over the basement of the seafront venue located in the Kemptown neighbourhood.

Among the artists announced for DJ sets are previous DJ Mag cover star Josey Rebelle, Fabio & Grooverider, Denham Audio, Crazy P Soundsystem, Dusky and Paranoid London, while the live programme includes the likes of Sudan Archives, Surprise Chef and Goldie’s Subjective project. Promoters Homobloc and Bitch, Please! are also set for Pride celebrations over Brighton Pride weekend in early August. 

Pattern’s regular Friday party Foundations will flow on with guests Dr. Banana, Eliza Rose, Jossy Mitsu, DJ Assault, LCY, Riz La Teef and Bklava, among others, plus Zed Bias is down for a history of UKG set.

See the full list of summer events on Patterns’ website.

Manchester club South closes after 27 years

Ahead of the party, South’s social media confirmed the final dance on Instagram. “After 27 years, our lease at South Club has ended, the landlord wishes to redevelop it,” the post reads. “To all the DJs, promoters, staff and of course customers who have made this club amazing over the last 27 years — we salute you…”

Tokyo Industries managing director Aaron Mellor told the Manchester Evening News that residential development in the area has led to issues with the landlord and locals. “During the last few years more and more residential apartments have surrounded us on South King Street, which led to Noise Abatement notices and adaptation after adaptation to try and box out the sound issue,” he said. “Most recently the demolition and redevelopment of the former Pizza Express building into a hotel has closed off our adjacent street moving our smoking area back onto South King Street, returning more noise issues from the residents overlooking that street. We’ve become landlocked by residential development.” 

Mellor added that South’s staple events and employees would find new homes at Tokyo Industries’ other local venues Deaf Institute, Gorilla and Factory.  

South was founded in 1995 by former Haçienda promoter Paul Cons as a contrast to the rise in superclubs. In 2001, Tokyo Industries took over the space, which got a redesign by another Haçienda crew member, designer Ben Kelly. 

Klangkarussell tap Mando Diao for summer-ready single, ‘Calling Out Your Name’

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Klangkarussell’s Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held have officially turned in their second work of 2022. Out now via their very own Bias Beach Records, “Calling Out Your Name” features world-renowned Swedish alt-rock band Mando Diao. Upon its June 2 release, the lighthearted collaboration earned coveted spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday Deutschland/Switzerland” and “EXTASE” playlists. The “Sonnentanz” producers’ latest will surely continue to circulate among music curators and listeners as it continuously—and deservedly—earns its status as one of the summer’s most compelling playlist additions.

“I remember when Björn and I got down to Berlin and rented an apartment and there was a piano. Spring was in the air, we sat by the piano and the chorus landed on us…[the] day after, we met up with the beautiful lads and friends Adrian and Tobias from Klangkarussell in their studio to produce and finish the track,” Mando Diao’s Jens Siverstedt said of “Calling Out Your Name.”

The single lands on the heels of “This Love,” the Poppy Baskcomb-assisted one-off that answered Klangkarussell’s May 2021 single “Home.” Of note, “Home” has accrued north of 15.5 million Spotify streams since its release in both a standard and an extended format.

Gear up for the sunnier weeks to come by streaming Klangkarussell and Mando Diao’s “Calling Out Your Name” below.

Featured image: Klangkarussell/YouTube

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Jamie Jones’ Paradise In The Park returns to Los Angeles

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Hot Creations label boss Jamie Jones is bringing his annual Paradise In The Park block party back to Los Angeles, California. On June 11, Jones will take the over the decks at Pershing Square, a public park located in downtown LA. DJ Holographic, Dubfire, Art Department, Carlita, and Airrica will soundtrack the hours leading up to Jones’ headlining set at the can’t-miss event.

The 2022 installment marks Paradise In The Park’s final year at this venue. Following the June 11 event, Pershing Square will undergo massive renovations for the next two years. It is currently unclear whether Pershing Square will continue to host live music events post-upgrade.

Tickets to Paradise In The Park 2022 are available for purchase here.

Featured image: @paradiseprds/Instagram

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Get a look at DJ Snake’s ‘Disco Maghreb’ visual

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An influential producer in pop, trap, and house music, DJ Snake has once again shown that a single genre can not define his legacy. Out now via Interscope Records, “Disco Maghreb” is a crossover between DJ Snake’s signature trap sound and Algerian music. The latest single represents more of DJ Snake’s intimate side, while showing his appreciation for Algerian culture and heritage.

“Disco Maghreb” is DJ Snake’s first release since his April remix of Yehme2’s “Dog Eat Dog.” In the accompanying music video directed by Romain Gavras, DJ Snake shows Arabic tradition and the Middle Eastern youth full of energy.

DJ Snake’s latest single arrives just in time for his upcoming show at Paris-Saint-Germain’s football stadium, Parc Des Princes, on June 11. Following his massive Paris show at La Defense arena in 2020, DJ Snake takes his production to another level with the first live music event at Parc Des Princes in 11 years. Tickets can be purchased here.

Watch the music video for “Disco Maghreb” and see a complete list of DJ Snake’s upcoming 2022 tour dates below.

Featured image: Miko Multyde

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History of grime to be explored in exhibition at Museum of London

There’s a new grime exhibit coming to the Museum of London later this month.

Grime Stories, on display from 17th June, explores the history of the influential UK born and bred genre over the last 20 years and specifically highlights the East London grime community. One of those key people and places are Boy Better Know’s Jammer and his Waltham Forest basement studio, where grime clash battle series Lord Of The Mics was founded. 

The exhibit is co-curated by Roony ‘RiskyRoadz’ Keefe, “one of the first cameramen of grime”. It will include a panoramic illustration by artist ​​Willkay, a series of new films and personal items that honour the people who surrounded and supported grime’s pioneers like parents, carers and local youth workers. In addition to Jammer, Skepta and Slimzee also feature in the display. 

Grime Stories is located in the Museum of London’s Eclipse Hall and entry to the exhibit is free. Find more information here, and see more photos below.

Stream: Cassian celebrates recent ‘On My Knees’ remix with ORBIT Playlist

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Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Cassian has had a 10-year-long career collaborating with some of the best in electronic music and becoming a staple in the genre at large. His relationship with acclaimed trio RÜFÜS DU SOL stems from the early days of their success; he was the mix engineer for three of their most notable albums Bloom, Solace, and, most recently, Surrender. Cassian has earned multiple Grammy nominations from the mixing work, and he even went on to release his debut LP, LAPS, and its follow-up, the REACTIVATE EP, on their imprint, Rose Ave Records. To top it all off, he also won this year’s Grammy Award for “Best Electronic/Dance Recording” for the Surrender single “Alive,” alongside RÜFÜS DU SOL.

That said, it’s only fitting that Cassian was recruited to remix one of the group’s biggest Surrender album singles, “On My Knees,” in the thick of a busy touring season for both artists. And now, Cassian is gracing Dancing Astronaut listeners with an ORBIT Playlist spanning several Cassian originals and groovy gems from other ears alike, including a collaboration with Hayden James, a Joris Voorn remix, and more.

“I wanted to put together a playlist that not only showcases tracks that I would play in a DJ set alongside my ‘On My Knees’ remix, but also of music that I feel was an inspiration for the remix. Primarily from friends and collaborators, but also from artists I admire from afar,” Cassian said of his ORBIT Playlist.

RÜFÜS DU SOL are currently on their expansive Surrender tour throughout the United States and will soon embark on eight dates in New Zealand and Australia this fall while Cassian is on the road supporting fellow Australian artist Hayden James. Purchase tickets here.

Featured image: Bryan Kwon

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Pusha T performs ‘Let The Smokers Shine The Coupes’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: Watch

Pusha T made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last Friday, 3rd June, to perform a track off his latest album, ‘It’s Almost Dry’. Watch the live performance of ‘Let The Smokers Shine The Coupes’ below.

Released in April with relatively little lead-up, ‘It’s Almost Dry’ is Pusha T’s first studio album in four years. Pharrell Williams and Kanye West lead production throughout the album, although ‘Let The Smokers Shine The Coupes’ was handled by Pharrell and Ojivolta, the collaborative name of songwriting and production duo Mark Williams and Raul Cubina. 

Pusha T previously performed late night TV on the ‘It’s Almost Dry”s release day, 22nd April. Watch his live rendition of ‘Dreamin Of The Past’ from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon here, and check out his latest late night performance below.