Streams of N.W.A’s ‘Fuck Tha Police’ surge by 272% during George Floyd protests

Streams of N.W.A’s ‘Fuck Tha Police’ surged by 272% amid the George Floyd protests in recent days.

Across last Sunday (31st May), and Monday (1st June) this week, Alpha Data, who provide information for the Rolling Stone charts, revealed that the song had 765,000 on demand audio streams in the 48-hour period. Originally released in 1988, ‘Fuck Tha Police’ lyrically protests police brutality and racial profiling, and provoked the FBI to write to N.W.A’s record company claiming misrepresentation of the police.

The protests have been taking place across the globe following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man from Minnesota who was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, on Monday 25th May. Footage of the arrest shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, ignoring him as he repeatedly pleads, “I can’t breathe”.

The music industry and fans are among the hundreds to have donated to organisations and funds in aid of protesters in Minneapolis and black community initiatives following the killing of George Floyd.

Below, you will find some links to organisations/fundraisers you can donate to:

The George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Black Visions Collective (BLVC): https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

#JusticeforFloyd: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis

The Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate

Black Lives Matter: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

Reclaim the Block: https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2

50 Cosmic Effects For The Eventide Space & H9 Max

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LFO Store has introduce 50 Cosmic Effects, a new effects patch collection for the Eventide Space Pedal & H9 Max.

The collection is described as “what you need to transform your Guitar & Synth into a galactic machine!”

Features:

  • Reverbs with lush tails & long decays
  • Freeze constructions for drones & ambient structures
  • Analog delays & Timefactor delay emulations\
  • Distorted leads and pads
  • Various movements (thanks to LFO & Envelope inside)

All 50 presets are modeled as insert type effects.

Pricing and Availability

50 Cosmic Effects is available now for $15 USD.

New Effect, Woott, Makes Your iOS Synth Sound ‘Massive & Aggressive’

Developer Bram Bos let us know that he has released a new iOS Audio Unit multiband dynamics effect, Woott.

Woott is a “multiband dynamics plugin with simultaneous downward and upward compression”.

Bos says that what it does is slam the dominant parts of your synth sound and then amplify the quiet details to giant proportions. The result is that your sounds become ‘massive and aggressive’.

“It’s based on the OTT dynamics preset from Ableton, which has become a staple EDM/DnB/Neuro-production effect in the desktop world,” explains Bos. “I have used that as a starting point for creating something similar for iOS. So it’s not a 1:1 clone, but it will do the same things: make huge monstrous growling basses and leads, manipulate sampled breakbeats and loops, enhance timbral/filter movements in synth sounds, etc.”

Features:

  • AUv3 audio unit effect plugin
  • Universal (all iPads and iPhones supported), iOS11+
  • Runs in all your favorite plugin hosts: Cubasis, AUM, Beatmaker 3, Nanostudio 2, Garageband, etc.
  • Multi-output (requires compatible host) for post-processing the individual bands
  • Low-resource, so stack as many of them as you like – “[WO]OTT all the things!”
  • Downwards *and* upwards compressors (a rare feature on conventional dynamics plugins)
  • Smart soft limiter per band, adapts to its own band’s specific settings

Pricing and Availability

Woott is available now for $3.99 USD.

Keith Harris writes open letter to the music industry: ‘Let’s make sure this is not another false dawn’

Keith Harris has penned an open letter to the music industry, urging those involved not to let the recent industry-wide Blackout Tuesday become a “false dawn”.

Harris, a music veteran who worked for the Motown label, alongside artists such as Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross, founded his own music management company, and still represents Stevie Wonder today, addressed the letter to the “Captains of the music Industry”.

“I am gratified to see the industry embrace Black Out day in honour of George Floyd, it is a timely and appropriate reminder that we cannot tolerate racism,” Harris’ letter read. 

“I have been in the music industry for over 45 years and in that time I have experienced both direct and indirect racism. In 1978 I was installed as general manager at Motown when it was a licensed label of EMI, and then told, although I had been successful in that role, that I was going to be replaced with a white person, and would I mind ‘looking over his shoulder to help him out’, because they were not as capable as me in some areas.”

Harris spoke further about his experiences of racism in the industry, and how being offered a job by Stevie Wonder allowed him “to bypass the major roadblock” in his career.

“I would like to remind you all that this awareness of racism in the industry should not last for one day, or one week, or one year. This should last forever,” Harris said. “I would like to see other young black people in the industry rise to the positions of authority and seniority that their talent merits.

“We have had many false dawns in terms of equality in the industry, let’s make sure that this is not another one.”

The music industry blackout took place on Tuesday 2nd June in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other black citizens by the police. The initiative was created as “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with out community” and “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

You can read the full letter from Keith Harris here.

Mutable Instruments Ripples (2020) Hands-On Demo

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Divkid Ben Wilson shared this official overview video for the new Mutable Instruments Ripples (2020), an updated version of the company’s multimode filter Eurorack module.

Here’s what Wilson has to say about it:

Here we have the new 2020 updated version of Ripples from Mutable Instruments. It’s an 8HP multimode filter module with low pass, band pass and high pass outputs.

The LP and BP outputs have switchable 2 or 4 pole responses, the low pass has an additional VCA level control (great for AM synthesis, or general enveloped level control). There’s also now two inputs (rather than one), one of which has a saturation circuit for overdriving sounds into the filter or for bringing up the levels of external gear. The circuit is resonance compensated, giving a generally “classic Japanese” flavor.

Topics covered:

00:00 Hello and patch previews

01:26 Ripples feature run down and new 2020 additions

03:11 Low pass sweeps // clean & driven // 2 & 4 pole

04:07 Band pass sweeps // clean & driven // 2 & 4 pole

04:54 High pass sweeps // clean & driven

05:19 303 style Acid patching

05:45 Saturation & bass boost tricks with the high pass

07:17 Low pass gate style patching & cleaning up aggressive tones
08:24 Audio rate modulation – lovely vocal throaty tones!

09:43 “BETTER” Rings patches

10:57 AM synthesis with the onboard VCA

11:59 Kick drum synthesis walkthrough

12:47 Weird kick, sub swell clicky goodness!

12:56 Filter pinging

14:03 BONUS – primitive snare like sounds from filter pings

14:11 Beautiful saturation and filtering of FX feedback paths

15:05 Oscillator – Ripples as an oscillator

15:29 Oscillator – Feedback based waveshaping – from sines to saws

16:06 Oscillator – FM synthesis

16:33 Oscillator – AM synthesis

17:21 Oscillator – Dynamic mixed AM synthesis

18:07 How to turn Ripples into an LFO (with waveshaping and AM)

19:36 Interfacing external gear with input 1’s additional gain

20:03 Turning filters into phasers

20:46 Using saturation and filter for contrasting ambient layers in a patch

21:06 LOTS (lots and lots) of modulation! Audio rate, AM, FM and more!

SCHILLER + Thorsten Quaeschning Live Performance, ‘Behind Closed Doors’

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The latest episode of Thorsten Quaeschning’s Behind Closed Doors live performance series features a 47-minute electronic improvisation by Quaeschning & SCHILLER (Christopher von Deylen), embedded above.

The Behind Closed Doors series an epic project that pairs Quaeschning (Tangerine Dream, Picture Palace Music) with a wide variety of other electronic musicians. The goal of the pandemic-inspired project is to create improvisations that carry the listener “off into a unique world of sound, far away from nights of monotonous entertainment.”

The series features krautrock pioneers, kosmische jammers, prog rockers, dance music producers and more, including:

  • Christopher von Deylen (Schiller)
  • Schwarz (Roland Meyer de Voltaire)
  • Lüül (Agitation Free, Ash Ra Tempel, 17 Hippies)
  • Paul Frick (Brandt Brauer Frick)
  • Markus Reuter (Stick Men, King Crimson Project)
  • Hoshiko Yamane (Tangerine Dream, Jane Birkin, Tukico)
  • Franz Bargmann (Michael Rother’s Neu!, Ex-Camera)
  • Satoshi Okamoto (sub-tle., Klaus Dinger + Japandorf)
  • Benjamin Schwenen (Counter-World Experience)
  • Adrian Bang (Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Chemsex)
  • Anna-Maria van Reusel (APAT)
  • Stephan Bobinger (Way Beyond)

The performances are being filmed with a multi-camera setup for live streaming, and subsequently being made available for on-demand streaming via Vimeo.

Quaeschning is also publishing the audio from many of the performances immediately to Bandcamp. You can preview a sample below and preview all of the performances at his Bandcamp page.

Ballroom energy, in a beautiful film about Shaun J. Wright, and more EPs

When it comes to musical inspiration and radiant humans, we’re really lucky to have people like Shaun J. Wright. A poetic short film gives you some window into who he is – and the music will move you to a dance floor even when there’s no dance floor there.

Alinka reminds me of this, Shaun’s often musical partner. (Alinka is Russian-born but has lived in and I think of as deeply connected both to Chicago and Berlin.)

The film is by director Serge Garcia, and while it’s brief, there’s just a lot there. Plus, you know, with all the media outlets and Twitter suddenly talking in lofty terms about techno, let’s uh maybe not short-shrift house, right? (Yes, they’re connected, but yeah, if you beamed in from another planet in the last 72 hours you might think Chicago wasn’t even a place and house music wasn’t a thing.)

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A Child Of House follows Shaun J. Wright as he takes us through his roots in vogueing/ballroom culture and house music. Set in the world of underground club culture, SUBTERRANEANS shares stories in dance music’s queer underground.

And it’s Pride Month – at a tough time for the planet when so many people who would be out with one another are isolated.

“My energy radiates as something more or different,” Shaun says about identifying as male but non-conforming, but having seen how his singing in Panorama Bar or his DJ sets or just sharing a room can be, maybe it’s genuinely true.

So in tough times, actually, it’s not just enough to take that in as a consumer from someone else. We had better find our own light, too, and let it overflow, because it’s needed.

I promised you more wishlist on Bandcamp, right? Well, go ahead and bookmark Twirl Recordings, which is a collaboration between Shaun and Alinka:

https://twirlchicago.bandcamp.com

That includes a fantastic selection of artists, but for an example of how these two share their musical friendship, here you go. These releases frankly deserve way more play – intense, raw, elegant all at once. And I know when people are dealing with s*** news and a s*** virus on top of it is when that journey to the deep is even more welcome.

Falling For You is just beautiful to begin with, and I adore that Virginia remix:

They’re putting out deep new wonders like this, too:

What’s amazing for me is that I can put these on and be back on that dancefloor. Everyone is worried about whether now is a time for dance music. Maybe now is a perfect time to test the power of those records to transport us.

Bandcamp to give 24 hours of profit to support “racial justice, equality and change”

Bandcamp has announced it will donate 24 hours of profit to support “racial justice, equality and change” later this month.

On June 19th, the online music store will donate 100% of its profits to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund. NAACP, a civil rights organisation founded in 1909, describe their mission in the 21st century as ensuring “the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination”. 

In a statement, Bandcamp said: “The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies.

“We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.

“So this coming Juneteenth (19th June, from midnight to midnight PDT) and every Juneteenth hereafter, for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organisation that has a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education.”

Bandcamp also shared that an additional $30,000 per year would be allocated to partner with organisations that fight for racial justice, and create opportunities for POC. 

Read the full statement here.

Electronic artists and fans are among the hundreds to have donated to organisations and funds in aid of protesters in Minneapolis and black community initiatives following the killing of George Floyd.

Below, you will find some links to organisations/fundraisers you can donate to:

The George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Black Visions Collective (BLVC): https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

#JusticeforFloyd: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis

The Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate

Black Lives Matter: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

Reclaim the Block: https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2