Amelie Lens: “Ibiza has a huge impact on the new generation”

Belgian techno supremo Amelie Lens has risen rapidly over the past few years, thanks in no small part to the community feel she has built around her renowned EXHALE parties, which she started in Hasselt in Belgium in the middle of the last decade.

Now she’s bringing EXHALE to Ibiza, to the celebrated DC-10, for Wednesday nights through August. DJ Mag Ibiza caught up with the Lenske label boss to talk about her White Isle experience, plans for her EXHALE nights, and supporting new and other established artists.

What were your first visits to Ibiza like? What’s your favourite memory of the island?

“In the summer of 2017 I visited the island for the first time with my agent (who is also a very close friend) and his family. My agent loves Ibiza, so he was the perfect person to show me around. We visited some clubs and I got to know the island and completely fell in love with it. My favourite memory was my first gig ever, Circoloco at DC-10. I played super-early, but people came early to support me for my Ibiza debut and the energy was amazing.”

So, your Ibiza experience is relatively new, how has that impacted you?

“I think Ibiza is an island that fits with every mood you have, whether you feel like going alone to a beach or going hiking, or maybe you want to go out to meet a lot of people. Whatever mood you are in, you can always find the perfect thing to do in Ibiza. I often hear that the island has changed a lot over the years, but I still think that Ibiza has a huge impact on the new generation. Even when the older generation says it’s not how it used to be anymore, but the energy is still magical. Like anywhere you go, it’s always what you make of it.”

Are you staying on the island for the season?

“Yes, I am living on the island for the first time this season, and it’s been extremely busy! It’s almost impossible to rent a car or even to get a reservation at a restaurant. Because I’m touring so much, when I’m home on the island, I don’t feel like going out that often. I’m just enjoying the positive energy, excitement, the sun and the beach! Like I said, I’ve learned the island can fit any mood you have.”

Ibiza has always championed the spirit of discovery, do you think DJs and records are still discovered here?

“For sure, it’s true that most DJs and records are discovered online these days, but I think a lot of people who visit Ibiza, especially the older generation and fellow DJs, might discover new sounds or artists while being there. This is another reason the island holds its own magic. A lot of people choose their holiday dates and then check out which parties are going on, versus the other way around. This pushes you to discover or go to an event/set you wouldn’t normally see.”

MicroDexed Touch Is An Open Source FM Groovebox

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MicroDexed Touch is a fork of MicroDexed, which is a port of Dexed for Teensy 3.6/4.1 with a lot more functionality including multiple sound engines (2 x 16 voice DX7, 2x VA Monosynths, Layered Multi Samples, MDA ePiano, 8 voice Mutable Instruments Braids Oscillator), Euclidian arpeggiator, basic audio effects and a 8 track pattern song (tracker like) sequencer.

MicroDexed Touch is an advanced DIY project, based on a Teensy 4.1, PCM5102 Audio Board, 320×240 ILI9341 SPI Display with XPT2046 Touchscreen and a serial Flash Chip.

MicroDexed started as a Teensy based, 6-operator-FM-synthesizer. MicroDexed Touch offers a lot of new features/improvements:

  • “Large” Graphical Interface, view and edit multiple Parameters in one Screen
  • Use external MIDI gear over USB or MIDI Mini Jack (DIN MIDI with adaptor) from 2 x 16 MIDI Channels in the Sequencer
  • Map MIDI CC to external MIDI Devices to control Input/Parameters
  • Loading, playing and editing multi-sampled instruments or layered instruments in a “live” mode or played by the sequencer. Auto detection sample zones but also can be edited manually
  • 2 new “Virtual Analog” Synth Instances – Monosynths with one OSC, PWM, Filter and Noise. A lot of useful new sound possibilities. This module is called “MicroSynth”
  • Much improved Sequencer with 8 Tracks, 16 Step Patterns, 16 Step Pattern Chains, up to 16384 Song Steps, Arpeggiator with 1/8 – 1/64 Steps, Arp Patterns, Pitched Drum- and Instrument Sample Support
  • The sequencer can also play chords stacked up to 7 notes, using only a single track
  • Mixer View with all Channels
  • Multiband Master Compressor with 4 bands
  • Sample Management from SD-CARD and SPI FLASH, samples can be loaded/modified from SD-CARD to FLASH during runtime.
  • Touch Mute Matrix for live / realtime performance
  • Tracker View (Editor) – work in progress
  • Track Print/Recording – work in progress
  • Mutable Instruments Braids Oscillator – with up to 8 voice polyphony, added envelopes and filters, with everything of the core features, except the wavetables

See the project Github page for details.

via TheEvilDrSmith

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Named After Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese

A newly discovered dinosaur species, Bisticeratops froeseorum, has been named in memory of the late founder of Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) Curator Dr. Spencer Lucas and Research Associate Sebastian Dalman, along with Dr. Steven E. Jasinski from Harrisburg University, published an article in the latest edition of Bulletin of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science describing a new genus and species of horned dinosaur from New Mexico.

The team named the dinosaur Bisticeratops froeseorum (pronounced “Biss-tie-SAYR-uh-tops frose-e-or-um”), after the Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness area where the fossil was collected, and for the Froese family of the musical group Tangerine Dream, one of Dalman’s favorite bands.

“Bisticeratops adds to the diversity of Late Cretaceous horned dinosaurs from New Mexico,” said Dr. Lucas. “It shows that important discoveries and analyses continue to be made in the state in our effort to understand better the history of dinosaurs during the last few million years before their extinction.”

Bisticeratops was a horned dinosaur, or ceratopsian, from the same group as the famous Triceratops, with an estimated body length of about 18 feet. This plant-eating dinosaur lived in the jungles and swamps near the seacoast that submerged what is now northwestern New Mexico 74 million years ago.

The fossil itself includes most of the skull of the dinosaur. The skull of Bisticeratops shows bite marks from a large predatory dinosaur, probably a tyrannosaur, although it is uncertain whether this was from active predation while Bisticeratops was alive or due to scavenging after it had died.