The NAMM Foundation and the MIDI Association Launch of The MIDI Fund

News from The 2022 NAMM Show last week: The NAMM Foundation and the MIDI Association have announced the MIDI Fund, a new donor-advised fund within The NAMM Foundation.

As described in their announcement, the MIDI Fund will support projects and programs that “advance engagement in music-making and the varied and unique options to make, create and explore music made possible by MIDI,” the Musical Instrument Digital Interface that allows musical instruments to connect to computers, tablets, cell phones, and each other.

The first major project the MIDI Fund is focusing on is the development of a MIDI curriculum and certification program to raise awareness about MIDI in education at secondary and post-secondary schools, as well as for manufacturer and reseller staff members.

Current work includes:

  • Establishment of standardized, readily/publicly available MIDI education content
  • Creation, launch, and active management of a MIDI certification program

For more information about the MIDI Fund and to donate, please visit The NAMM Foundation website. For more information about MIDI, including the Core MIDI 2.0 Specs, visit The MIDI Association website.

Gorgon City place tech-house spin on Mephisto’s 1992 classic, ‘State Of Mind’

Gorgon City place tech-house spin on Mephisto’s 1992 classic, ‘State Of Mind’Gorgon City Cr Dylan Villareal

Famed British imprint Renaissance Recordings has enlisted one of the most in-demand duos in house music for a reimagining that’s part of their distinguished ReMix collection series. Taking hold of Mephisto’s 1992 single “State Of Mind,” Gorgon City have seized the opportunity to do justice to the classic and rise it with a darker twist.

Fusing Mephisto’s old-school touch with a deep techno re-invigoration, Gorgon City elicit an exotic yet driving tone out of the original exactly two decades later. The reworks comes in the wake of Gorgon City’s last release “Start Over” alongisde Damien Lazarus and Leia Contois that landed just ahead of their headlining performance at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Revel in the new Renaissance and stream Gorgon City’s latest remix below.

Featurerd image: Dylan Villareal

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Resolume 7.12 now syncs your live visuals with Pioneer DJ gear – among other goodies

“Hey girls! Hey boys! Superstar VJs! Here we go!” Erm… ask your parents. Yeah Resolume will now sync your visuals to Pioneer mixers and CDJs, in a debut for PRO DJ LINK Bridge. And there’s plenty more visual candy where that came from.

PROJ DJ Link Bridge sync Avenue DJ VJ CDJ … Thing

First, let’s back up, because this is likely a lot of folk’s first exposure to PRO DJ LINK Bridge. It’s a free app from Pioneer that’s intended to sync up CDJ, DJM, and other Pioneer setups with lighting, video, and pyrotechnics. (Yes, PLEASE put the pyrotechnics on “sync” and don’t beatmatch them. I think. I don’t go near them.)

Announcement from Pioneer:

PRO DJ LINK Bridge now officially supports Resolume Arena

The app is free for Windows 8.1+ / macOS High Sierra+. Oddly what it doesn’t yet support is music stuff, but I’ll leave that discussion for another day.

Interestingly, ShowKontrol also works. You will need Arena, so Resolume Avenue users, I’m sorry, you’ll have to sync up the way we did it in our day, with the BPM knob and mashing the spacebar at the right moment (uphill through the snow! both ways!).

Here’s Resolume’s tutorial showing it working together – sweet:

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And the support article:

More new features

7.12 is another tasty upgrade for Resolume Arena and Avenue users tucked into a point release.

New in this release, across all versions:

Link parameters to CrossFader Position (so phase of the crossfader can impact animations). That’s easier to see than explain:

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3 New Effects: Slice Delay, WarpSpeed, SearchLight. Slice Delay is fun; I’ll see if I can whip out a demo.

Auto-layout for Nodes (beta). For Wires users, they’re testing one-button clean-up of your patches.

Check it, with full version notes:

Honestly, this was a great track. You’ve earned this; you got through another rambling CDM news article. Dessert!

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Premiere: 4B pays homage to ‘drum/jungle roots’ on ‘Drum,’ co-produced by Damian Avila

Premiere: 4B pays homage to ‘drum/jungle roots’ on ‘Drum,’ co-produced by Damian AvilaPress Pic 4B C Ryan Halbe

4B can be found returning to his “drum/jungle roots” on his second one-off of 2022, “Drum.”

“I wanted to keep the song pretty simplistic because a lot of the time, less is more,” 4B mused. But as the collaboration with Damian Avila evidences, “simple” is not synonymous with low impact. Outfitted with club-positioned trappings—a rousing vocal monologue, builds that epitomize what it means to effectively spark anticipation for the breaks, and thumping breakdowns—”Drum” has clear club and festival set potential, and it therefore comes as no surprise that fixtures like Flosstradamus, Alison Wonderland, and Diplo have already lent their support to 4B’s answer to his year-opener with Chuwe, “Turn Up,” released via HARD Recs.

“Drum,” born out of 4B’s internet interactions with Avila, will electrify digital streaming platforms when it formally releases via Maca Records on June 10, but listeners can hear it one day early, exclusively on Dancing Astronaut. The single can also be expected to galvanize crowds at any one of 4B’s 2022 spring/summer tour dates; a complete list of upcoming stops is available below.

4B 2022 Spring/Summer Tour Dates:
Jun 11 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
Jun 17 – Sacramento, CA – The Park Ultra Lounge
Jun 18 – San Francisco, CA – Yolo Nightclub
Jun 26 – Neptune, NJ – Oasis Day Club
Jul 01 – Boston, MA – Royale
Jul 02 – New York City, NY – Circle Line Summer Series
Jul 03 – Tampa, FL – WTR
Jul 08 – Philadelphia, PA – NOTO
Jul 15 – Los Angeles, CA – “4B & Friends” at Hollywood Palladium
Jul 16 – Albuquerque, NM – The Salt Yard – West
Jul 17 – Scottsdale, AZ – Maya Dayclub
Jul 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Hakkasan
Jul 29 – Toronto, ON – VELD
Aug 05 – Dallas, TX – Stereo Live
Aug 06 – Houston, TX – Stereo Live
Aug 19 – San Diego, CA – Nova SD

Featured image: Ryan Halbe

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Brooklyn club RASH to reopen in autumn following arson attack

Brooklyn nightclub RASH has confirmed its plans to reopen this autumn after an arson attack earlier this year left the address badly damaged and unable to continue operating. 

Following the incident, a crowd-funding campaign was set up which has since raised more than $100,000 and is still accepting donations. More recently, a range of merchandise has gone on sale to raise proceeds and help efforts to get the club back up and running. 

RASH caught fire on Sunday 3rd April after a man entered the venue and poured gasoline over the floor. A team of 60 firefighters attended the scene, where two people — one DJ and one member of the club’s team — rushed to hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. The prime suspect, John Lhota, now faces seven years in prison with a maximum sentence of 40 years.

The Bushwick space only opened in October 2021, and is located in an area known for its LGBTQIA+ nightlife. As per a report by Rolling Stone, a number of other attacks have added to concern among the queer community, including a stabbing at the recently shut Bossa Nova Civic Club, close to RASH, and a pepper spray bomb at Nowadays in Queens. 

Night-time economy pilot programme to be launched in Ireland

A night-time economy pilot programme is being launched in Ireland, with specialist advisors representing pubs, bars, clubs and other venues set to be appointed in a bid to better support businesses. 

A process is now underway to select the six towns and cities that will benefit from the scheme, which is set to run for two years, each of which will have a Night-Time Economy Advisor. The City and County Managers Association (CCMA) has issued a call for local authorities to apply, and councils have until 24th June to submit proposals. 

Alongside drafting Night-Time Advisors, Catherine Martin — Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media — has approved funding to support late night openings of National Cultural Institutions over the course of this summer and autumn. The idea being not only to allow visitors access after normal opening hours, but broaden and diversify the types of events and performances taking place, and in turn the audience. 

The Crawford Art Gallery, in Cork City, has already confirmed a new series of tours running Thursday nights until 8PM. Elsewhere, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI), Dublin, is also extending operating hours for both NMI Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks, and at NMI Archaeology, Kildare Street. In addition, NMI and the Irish Museum of Modern Art have been earmarked as two host venues for large scale pilot events aimed at trialling “new and more diverse offerings later into the night.”

“The establishment of Night-Time Advisors in the six pilot towns and cities will be a significant step towards securing a vibrant and importantly a more sustainable night-time culture for all our citizens. The selection of these pilot towns and cities is a vital stage in this process and I would like to thank the CCMA and the local authorities for their leadership and support for this process”, Minister Martin said in a statement. 

“This is in direct response to an action in the Report of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce, which I published last year. The Taskforce explored ways in which we could promote a thriving, inclusive and diverse Night-Time Economy,” she continued. “It is crucial now that we follow up on their recommendations and act on them to create and support opportunities for audiences, venues, businesses and performers.”

These steps reflect an ongoing need for assistance in both culture and nightlife sectors following lengthy closures as a result of the pandemic, which have since given way to a spiralling cost of living crisis that has already led to UK venues reporting a 30% increase in overheads. However, Ireland’s licensing laws have long-been seen as detrimental to the success of clubs and other late-opening establishments. Last year, DJ Mag reported on Give Us The Night, a campaign co-founded by techno DJ and producer Sunil Sharpe that is working to make the country’s rules and regulations more workable.

Premiere: DJ soyboi ‘Bottom Growth’

DJ soyboi will release their new EP, ‘HRT NRG’, tomorrow (10th June) via New Scenery. Listen to ‘Bottom Growth’ below. 

The Manchester-based DJ, producer and co-founder of the non-binary artists and creatives database serves up three cuts of footwork, jungle and techno fusionism. Packed with furious industrial heft and crashing hardcore breaks, the EP is intended as a “fuck you” to the current climate for trans people in the UK, and the government’s “activeness is making trans people’s lives harder right now”. 

The EP’s closing track, ‘It’s not the taking part that counts, it’s the winning’, is a striking collab with salt pillar. The anger at the heart of the release is palpable, and a fiery sense of catharsis erupts from every kick. It’s huge. 

Pre-order ‘HRT NRG’ here.

Ultra Naté shares new single, ‘Miracle’, from forthcoming ‘Ultra’ album: Listen

Ultra Naté has released a new single, ‘MIRACLE’. The track is taken from her forthcoming album, ‘ULTRA’, which due to be released in the coming months. Check it out below. 

Speaking about the track, Ultra Naté said: “‘MIRACLE’ is a multi layered theme for me, it speaks to my spirituality, recognising God in all of us. It is self-awareness and a proclamation of self-love for women. At the same time it is very specifically a political statement for Black women, who for generations, have been maligned and marginalised for the colour of our skin.”

“It is no secret that the world is structured in a way that forces us to do more, work harder, be above reproach, and always flawless in order to be equal. Writing this song and tapping into the Afro rhythms of the track inspired me to have this conversation, which is so fitting for my self-titled album, ‘ULTRA’, because these are issues that are close to my heart,” she continued. “It’s important to be authentic and speak my truth in this moment, because that is the power of music and how it unites us all.

The track and new LP coincide with the 25th anniversary of Ultra Naté’s seminal single, ‘Free’, which became an anthem of LGBTQIA+ liberation after it was broken by US house music don Louie Vega at the Miami Winter Music Conference. It is widely considered one of the defining dance tunes of the 1990s. 

2022 also marks the artist’s 30th year in the music industry. Two of her early records — ‘Blue Notes In the Basement’ and ‘One Woman’s Insanity’ — are being remastered and released on digital platforms for the first time to celebrate, with music videos to the classic tracks ‘It’s Over Now’ and ‘Is It Love’ now digitised and debuting online via the Warner Music Group site, Rhino. Meanwhile, ‘MIRACLE’ is available to play or buy now

Watch the trailer for Laurent Garnier documentary, Off The Record

The trailer for a new documentary about legendary French DJ Laurent Garnier has been unveiled ahead of its release in UK cinemas and on-demand from 15th July, with a London premiere at BFI Southbank on 9th July complete with artist Q&A and after party at Spiritland Royal Festival Hall.

Released by music documentary film agency Doc’n Roll, and directed by Gabin Rivoire, Laurent Garnier: Off the Record offers an intimate insight into its protagonist’s career, including formative days in the booth at iconic venues like The Haçienda in Manchester (where he debuted in 1987), position at the forefront of seminal Parisian nightspot The Rex, founder of the revered F Communication label, and avid supporter of a once-fledgling French electro scene. 

Garnier’s story is told through archive images and video, alongside footage from his recent world tour. Interviews with a host of major names from the global dance music industry also feature, with talking heads including The Blessed Madonna, Kitten, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Peggy Gou, and Kenny Larkin, among others. In addition to focusing on the man himself, the film pays homage to club culture in general, tracing lineages from New York, Chicago, Detroit, London, northern England, and continental Europe, and touches on attempts to suppress the community by authorities, which continue today. 

Laurent Garnier: Off the Record screened at a number of festivals last year to widespread acclaim, with its UK premiere taking place as part go the bi-annual Manchester International Festival. It will now go on select release with screenings across Britain from 15th July, at which point viewers will also be able to watch through Doc’n Roll TV, iTunes, and Amazon Video.

Last year, Garnier was among the names involved in the launch of a new campaign to give nightclubs in France cultural status.

Ultra announces first names for beach festival in Spain

Ultra has announced the first names set to perform at its upcoming beach event in Spain.

Marking the festival’s first time in the European country, Ultra Beach Costa del Sol will take place on Saturday the 20th August at Mare Nostrum beach in Fuengirola, Málaga.

The festival will feature two stages, the Beach stage and the Resistance stage, with headliners in the form of Afrojack, Oliver Heldens, Adam Beyer and Joseph Capriati.

Elsewhere, performances will come courtesy of Hot Creations affiliate, Ben Sterling, Solid Grooves’ Blackchild (ITA) and Agape Muzik label boss, Melanie Ribbe.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, with Tier 2 General Admission starting at €55. You can purchase tickets here.