IK Multimedia Intros Turnkey Dolby Atmos Monitoring System

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IK Multimedia has introduced a turnkey Dolby Atmos monitoring system, the iLoud MTM Immersive Bundle.

iLoud MTM studio monitors are now available in the Dolby Audio Room Design Tool (DARDT) for Atmos systems, so you can install a multi-monitor setup that adheres to Dolby’s standards.

The Bundle features 11 iLoud MTM monitors and an ARC MEMS Microphone. iLoud MTM’s built-in ARC self-calibration system adjusts in seconds, correcting each monitor’s output, to ensure the most precise and balanced sound from every position, including ceiling-mounting. IK says that the result is “a true phase-coherent response across the useful frequency spectrum for unbelievably natural sound.”

Features:

  • Built-in acoustic correction tunes to any placement
  • Point-source performance regardless of distance
  • Controlled dispersion reduces acoustic issues
  • Included in Dolby DARDT (Dolby Audio Room Design Tool) for precise installation
  • Integrated LFE bass management
  • Compact design that’s easy to mount anywhere

Pricing and Availability:

The iLoud MTM Immersive Bundle 11 is available now for $3999.

Velocity Synth Event Returns To Seattle Aug 27th, 2022

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Organizers of Velocity – an all-day synth event featuring a trade show, seminars, workshops and performances – have announced that it will be returning to Seattle August 22nd, 2022.

The event will include performances by Richard Devine, Daedelus, Lisa Bella Donna, Bad Snacks & many others.

Schedule:

11 AM – 5 PM:

Trade Show where various modular / hardware synth manufacturers will show off their latest gear and interact with the community.

11 AM – 3 PM:

Educational Seminars where speakers will speak on various subjects relating to electronic music-making and related technology .

4 PM – 2 AM:

Performances from local and visiting artists, with genres varying from house / techno, ambient, noise, industrial, and beat-oriented music.

The trade show is free to attend and all ages are welcomed. The remainder of the event, including seminars, are 21+ and tickets are required. Tickets are $40 adv, $50 at the door. See the event site for details.

New music streaming platform, Marine Snow, pays artists upfront for exclusive tracks

A new music streaming platform called Marine Snow offers to pay artists upfront for exclusive tracks.

Self-described as “a digital oasis for vivid music lovers” and “a secluded music community anchored around singular music”, Marine Snow features a 90-day rotation of specially curated tracks exclusive to the platform. This means each artist receives a fixed share of the revenue regardless of the number of streams. The platform promises to compensate the equivalent of “500,000 Spotify plays” upfront.

There is currently music available to stream by the likes of Amnesia Scanner and Palmistry, while the platform previously featured tracks from DJ Earl as well as a collaborative piece from AceMo and DJ SWISHA.

Marine Snow also encourages music discovery by letting users collect ‘capsules’ that contain a random track. They can also earn ‘gem shards’ by reading song blurbs and listening to music which can then be combined into new capsules.

“The median artist we are working with receives about 100,000 streams on their median song on Spotify over the lifetime of the song, meaning that for 90 days we are paying 2.5x the lifetime revenue of their median song,” Marine Snow founder Tony Lashley told RA of the process behind the platform.

He continued: “This multiple is even higher for artists in the Global South and the developing world, where per-stream rates are normally lower. A local artist in Indonesia for example is making 14x in 90 days what they would make over the lifetime of their median song on other platforms.”

Marine Snow has been available to download for free from the App Store since 2nd June but a beta version of the app has been running since September 2021.

Earlier this year, the UK’s Competiton and Markets Authority (CMA) formally began its investigation into the UK music streaming market after a report by the DMCS Committee found that streaming needed a ‘total reset’Last year it was revealed that only 0.4 percent of artists make a living from fans streaming their music.

Novation introduces the Launchkey 88 MIDI keyboard

Novation has introduced its first 88-key MIDI keyboard controller, the Launchkey 88 MIDI keyboard.

The Launchkey 88 is furnished with a semi-weighted keybed – which Novation promise is their “best keybed to date” – 16 velocity-sensitive pads, eight scale types, an integrated arpeggiator with strum mode, and other features. It also integrates with Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, and other DAWs.

According to Novation, the Launchkey 88 offers standalone capabilities, while it also comes with a software bundle of virtual instruments, plug-ins, and sample packs.

This is the first full-size addition to the Launchkey controller range that includes the portable Launchkey Mini and models spanning 25, 37, 49, and 61 keys.

Watch an overview of the Launchkey 88 MIDI keyboard below and find out more from the Novation site. The Novation Launchkey 88 will be available soon and is priced around €370 (VAT excluded).

Back in April, Novation launched a new controller range called the FLKey. Designed to work specifically with FL Studio, the FLKey is similar in design to the popular LaunchKey range that’s been popular for Ableton users for a few years.

Jaymie Silk releases new track, ‘Do You’, in first of new bi-weekly single series: Listen

Jaymie Silk has released the first track in a new, bi-weekly single series.

Off the back of his recent album, ‘The Rise & Fall Of Jaymie Silk & Rave Culture,’ the producer unveiled ‘Do You’ as part of the new series on June 16th.

Silk will continue to release a new single every two weeks until September. Each track will be available to stream via all major platforms, as well as through Bandcamp. According to the Paris-based producer, vocalist, remixer and DJ, “everything will be linked like a mosaic, just like the covers.”

Stream ‘Do You’ and check out its artwork below.

Released last month, ‘The Rise & Fall Of Jaymie Silk & Rave Culture’ marked the follow-up to Silk’s ‘The Legend of Jack Johnson’ EP, which was released via Bristol-based imprint Shall Not Fade last year. In 2021, he also released a nine-track album, ‘Young, Broke and Fabulous’ via Belgium’s Fly Label. Last week, for Juneteenth, Silk release a new edits pack entitled, ‘Don’t Download If you Suck at DJing’.

In 2020, Silk contributed DJ Mag’s Dance Music is Black Music issue, in which he spoke candidly about the effects of racism on Black artists’ mental health. You can also revisit his DJ Mag Fresh Kicks mix and interview here.

Premiere: Ambient Babestation Meltdown + JBS ‘Dead Or Alive’

Ambient Babestation Meltdown and JBS have teamed up for a new EP, ‘Who Goes There’, on Glasgow’s Optimo Music. Listen to ‘Dead Or Alive’ below. 

Inspired by sci-fi, literature and old VHS tapes, the duo sculpt four transportive tracks of wavy EBM and gnarly downtempo electronics, all hinged on Ambient Babestation Meltdown’s resonant vocals, spoken in an ensnaring, FX-altered monotone. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer,” she intones on the opening track, ‘Litany’, echoing over a tidal wash of distortion, buzzing synths and sirens. 

It gives way to the EP’s punchiest cut, ‘Dead Or Alive’, which you can hear below. A marching, technoid beat and sizzling bassline projects ABM’s biting, sardonic vocals to a looming height: “Buddy, I think you’re slime. You’re gonna be a bad motherfucker”. An eerie melody runs beneath the track’s crunchy groove, lending a noirish narrative flair to its dancefloor pomp. It’s dark, snarling, heavy and impossible to resist. 

‘The Other Place’ and ‘Who Goes There’ take the tempo down again, leaning fully into sci-fi themes, coating ABM’s voice in alien bass wobbles, acid gurgles and spaced-out beats. 

Set for release on cassette as well as digitally, the B-side of the tape edition will feature an exclusive mix recorded by Ambient Babestation Meltdown titled, ‘A Sight For Men’. 

‘Who Goes There’ will be released on 1st July. Pre-order the digital version on Beatport.

Revisit Ambient Babestation Meltdown’s DJ Mag Fresh Kicks mix and interview here. Read DJ Mag’s recent At Home With interview with Optimo here.

JBS is a producer based in South London, and co-founder of the Ears Have Eyes label.  

Tirzah releases new remix album, ‘Highgrade’, with Loraine James, Actress, Arca, more

Tirzah has released a new remix album, ‘Highgrade’.

A month on from dropping new single ‘Ribs‘, the London-based singer, musician and producer unveiled the release on June 17th. Comprising remixes by the likes of Loraine James, Actress, Arca, Wu-Lu, Lafawndah and more, it’s a full reworking of the ten tracks of her acclaimed 2021 LP, ‘Colourgrade’. Made in collaboration with Mica Levi and Coby Sey, it was one of DJ Mag’s top albums of last year.

Speaking about ‘Highgrade,’ which spans minimal electronic, orchestral jazz and deconstructed R&B, Tirzah said: “The pieces can live another life and come together as a collection of hybrids. So very grateful to all the artists. Thanking them all for the music.”

Released via Domino, ‘Highgrade’ is available to buy digitally, and to pre-order on standard double vinyl ahead of its release on September 23rd, here. A green-coloured double vinyl version is also available via Bleep. Stream the album below.

Tirzah is currently on a summer tour, taking in the U.S and Europe. See the remaining dates for the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany and France below.

Tirzah Live Dates Summer 2022

21st June – Fiddlers, Bristol 
22nd June – SWG3 Studio Warehouse, Glasgow 
23rd June – The Stoller Hall, Manchester 
24th June – The Button Factory, Dublin  

5th July – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam  
6th July – Berghain, Berlin  
7th July – Café de la Danse, Paris 

Photo by Lillie Eiger

New online game, Footwork Heardle, tests your track recognition

Over the last three months, Heardle has spawned various spin-offs, including Heardle 80s, as well as versions dedicated to artists including Taylor Swift, Prince, Muse and Paramore. As one of the first genre-specific versions, Footwork Heardle could, depending on its success, pave the way for more electronic music spin-offs. Who’s ready for Techno Heardle, Jungle Heardle and House Heardle?

Footwork originated in Chicago in the late ’90s, emerging out of ghetto house, and pioneered by the likes of RP Boo, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn and the wider Teklife collective. Labels like Hyperdub and Planet Mu were later central in bringing footworks sounds across the world. 

Revisit DJ Mag’s 2021 On Cue mix and interview with footwork producer DJ Manny.

Back in March, Chicago footwork dynamo Heavee released a new EP, ‘Audio Assault’, via Hyperdub.

Remains of former Mixmag editor Dom Phillips identified in Brazil

The remains of British journalist and former Mixmag editor Dom Phillips have been identified in Brazil, the BBC reports.

Three days after a suspect, fisherman Amarildo da Costa, confessed to the killing of both Phillips and highly-regarded Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, Brazilian police identified Phillips’ body as a result of dental records on Saturday, June 19th. The formal identification of Pereira is still ongoing.

Phillips and Pereira went missing while on a trip to one of the largest Indigenous territories in Brazil, the remote Javari Valley, on June 5th. 

On Sunday, June 19th, the Guardian reported that Brazilian authorities identified five more people connected with the killings, bringing the total number of suspects in the crime to eight.

In a statement, Dom Phillips’ wife, Alessandra Sampaio, said their family was “heartbroken”. “We are grateful to all those who have taken part in the search, especially the Indigenous groups who worked tirelessly to find evidence of the attack,” she added. “We thank the many people who have joined us in urging the authorities to intensify the search and those who have reached out with words of comfort and sympathy.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Phillips’ sister, Sian, said: “I think he was a leading light in journalism. He was shining a light on an area which is a global problem”.

Since 2007, Phillips’ journalistic work focused chiefly on Brazil, particularly its Indigenous communities and environment, as well as the impact of illegal Amazon deforestation on both. From 1991 to 1999, he worked at Mixmag and was editor between 1993 to 1997. As well as penning the 2009 book Super Stars DJs Here We Go!: The Rise and Fall of the Superstar DJ, he is credited with coining the term “progressive house” in a 1992 Mixmag article.

In an online piece, Mixmag said Bruno Pereira was “a former government employee whose work focused on protecting Brazil’s uncontacted tribes”. They added he “regularly received threats from loggers and miners seeking to exploit Indigenous lands.”

Earlier this month, a GoFundMe fundraiser was launched to aid the search for Phillips and Pereira. With money still being raised to support their families, you can still donate here.

Daft Punk share remastered ‘Revolution 909’ music video: Watch

Daft Punk have shared a remastered version of their ‘Revolution 909’ music video. Check it below. 

Over a year on from calling it a day after 28 years, the iconic French electronic duo – comprising Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – have unveiled a remastered version of the video for the ‘Homework’ single. 

The fifth and final single from their acclaimed 1997 debut LP, the instrumental’s video was directed by Roman Coppola. Watch its remastered version, as well as a brand ‘Making Of’ video for Coppola’s accompaniment, below. 

Back in April, Daft Punk launched a mysterious website emblazoned with the words “archives loading”. Since then, the pair have shared a series of archival material in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their debut, including remastered videos for singles ‘Around The World‘ and ‘Burnin”.

Read Gabriel Szatan’s feature on the Chicago roots of ‘Homework’ here, alongside an exclusive mix celebrating the duo’s Teachers.

Back in 2019, it was revealed that Daft Punk’s fourth and final studio album ‘Random Access Memories’ was the best-selling dance music album on vinyl of the decade. Paying tribute to late 1970s and early 1980s American music, the 2013 release won several categories at the 56th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album.

Revisit how Daft Punk’s second studio album ‘Discovery’ laid the foundation for EDM