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Media : LISTEN: Fitz & The Tantrums Encounter A Naughty Kris Kringle In “Santa Stole My Lady”

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 11:00 pm
LISTEN: Fitz & The Tantrums Encounter A Naughty Kris Kringle In “Santa Stole My Lady”

If there's one thing that "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" ever taught us, it's that Santa Claus ruins lives. He already took away your dear grandma, but this season, he's interested in your girl.

Listen to the grand and addictive Christmas tune, "Santa Stole My Lady"—by Los Angeles' own soul/pop sextet, Fitz & The Tantrums—and pay attention to every word uttered, in order to prevent Santa's malicious madness from spreading. 

For starters, heed Fitz's advice near the song's conclusion: "you better hide your mistletoe/break out your fire hose/fellas, hold your ladies close/or before you know, you'll be all alone."

Man, for someone who manages to squeeze down chimneys with ease, Santa sure is one hell of a homewrecker!

Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com

The News staff names its 10 choice Beatport Mixes of the year

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 11:00 pm
This year, Beatport was super-excited to announce our Mixes platform, a system by which any DJ can legally sell their mixes online and further expand their fan base. And since it's blown up, naturally, it's not just hobbyists who are getting in on the action. In fact, some of the dance music world's biggest DJs are putting Mixes to use—and the Beatport News staff has decided to cull 10 must-hear sets of theirs for your mix-hungry ears. Check 'em!

Media : LISTEN: Flume – “Bring You Down”

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 10:16 pm
LISTEN: Flume - “Bring You Down”

Sometimes I wish I was a hotshot producer. Flume, Sydney's 21 year-old wunderkind, probably had a better year than you did, I certainly know it was better than mine. Check it.

Flume's 2012 to-do list:

-Release debut album, have it top iTunes Australia - CHECK

-Sell out first ever show in the UK, force it to be moved to a larger venue - CHECK

-Play every major Australian festival - CHECK

-Complete a marathon 9 shows at CMJ - CHECK

-Sign to a premier American indie - CHECK

-Take over the world (it's the same thing I do every night) - CHECK?  

Frustrating, right? It'd be even worse if he didn't deserve every bit of it. Fresh off a signing to Mom+Pop (Poliça, Metric, Andrew Bird, Sleigh Bells), Flume has dropped a new tune for us to enjoy, and man, it's nearly perfect. Check out the new track, Bring You Down, below. It'll be on his proper US release, Flume, in stores Feb 19th, via Mom+Pop, and try not to cry.

Win gear from Native Instruments, Cubase, Lexicon, and tons more in this month’s Play contests

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 10:00 pm
As to be expected each month, a new round of amazing Beatport Play contests is now underway—and now's your chance to score some major prizes and, possibly, a taste of true producer fame.

Sizarr: Hometown heroes

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 9:05 pm
Red Bull Music Academy has a mini-documentary on the German electronic band, following them to their current base of Mannheim and their childhood home in Germany.

News : LOOK: Black Lips Become Diplomats In Cairo During Middle East Tour Documentary

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 9:00 pm
LOOK: Black Lips Become Diplomats In Cairo During Middle East Tour Documentary

Towards the beginning of summer, Atlanta's finest, shameless rockers, Black Lips, announced their plans of touring the Middle East in September. Their show in Cairo fell on International Peace Day and is now featured in the documentary You Know, For Kids, directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Bill Cody.

Though you wouldn't think to peg these scandalous dudes as diplomats, Cole Alexander reveals in the doc's trailer, below: "I kind of feel like we're almost diplomats for the people—like, we're just regular people and we share music."

Peep the clip now, to see live footage of their throwback hit, "O Katrina!"

This may be the most normal we've ever seen the Black Lips—whose badass lives are featured in FILTER 42— but don't worry, they're still wicked deep down. 

Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

News : LOOK: Black Lips Become Diplomats In Cairo During Middle East Tour Documentary

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 9:00 pm
LOOK: Black Lips Become Diplomats In Cairo During Middle East Tour Documentary

Towards the beginning of summer, Atlanta's finest, shameless rockers, Black Lips, announced their plans of touring the Middle East in September. Their show in Cairo fell on International Peace Day and is now featured in the documentary You Know, For Kids, directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Bill Cody.

Though you wouldn't think to peg these scandalous dudes as diplomats, Cole Alexander reveals in the doc's trailer, below: "I kind of feel like we're almost diplomats for the people—like, we're just regular people and we share music."

Peep the clip now, to see live footage of their throwback hit, "O Katrina!"

This may be the most normal we've ever seen the Black Lips—whose badass lives are featured in FILTER 42— but don't worry, they're still wicked deep down. If you want to donate to the Black Lips film, click HERE!

Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

Cubasis: Cubase Goes Mobile on the iPad; Steinberg Answers Our Workflow Questions [Gallery]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 8:20 pm

I’ll take one DAW, to go?

Cubasis isn’t the first traditional-style DAW to appear on the iPad. But it could be the most complete offering yet. I’ll be testing it later this month, but I’m already impressed that the software appears to strike some balance between the traditional working methods of a DAW and the need for streamlined, fat-fingered control on an iPad. Most significantly, it also offers connectivity with other iOS apps and hardware, meaning it could be an ideal mobile sequencer for other apps and gear, and, allows you to integrate with desktop software and Steinberg’s own Cubase. Since many of us want to hang onto big screens and big collections of plug-ins and the like when we actually finish a track, that’s a big deal. I wanted to learn more about the workflow here, so check out some Q&A with a specialist from Steinberg below.

You’ll need an iPad 2 / iPad mini or better, but once you do, you can get a surprisingly capable DAW that’s more mobile than your laptop. The basic feature set, according to Steinberg:

Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (depending on the device used)
Over 70 virtual instrument sounds based on HALion Sonic
Mixer with over 10 effect processors (insert and send effects)
Over 300 MIDI and audio loops
Virtual keyboard and virtual drum pads
Sample Editor and Key Editor
Export to Cubase, Dropbox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy & email
Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported
Sequence other Core MIDI apps (MIDI recording only) and run Cubasis simultaneously via background audio
Import audio from your iTunes music library or using iTunes filesharing, use AudioPaste or set up a Wi-Fi server in Cubasis

The price is higher than most iOS tools, at US$49.99. (44,99 € including German VAT.) Then again, we’ve already seen one serious tool that can make a higher price point pay off, in the form of Lemur. And sometimes it’s better to spend more on one truly useful app than buy a bunch of apps that do half of what you need. Stay tuned for our review for a real judgment on that.

Workflow and integration with a studio setup seem to be the reason you would shell out for more. Steinberg talks to CDM about how those features work.

PK: What’s the workflow like when going from Cubasis to Cubase? How does the import work, via iTunes? What do you actually see when you open a file?

Steinberg: You can use the iTunes file sharing system or the Cubasis Wi-Fi Server to transfer the files to your Computer. Then you install the Cubasis project importer extension for Cubase (steinberg.net/cubasisimporter) and then you import the project file in Cubase.

What’s the relationship of Cubasis to Cubase under the hood? The sounds come from HALion Sonic; were there other Cubase technologies that made it into the iPad version?

Cubasis was done from scratch to be able to give users a fully multitouch DAW experience.

Is Audiobus something you’ve evaluated?

Audiobus is one of our top 5 feature requests, so we plan to support it as we support other standards such as AudioCopy/AudioPaste.

“Sequence other Core MIDI apps (MIDI recording only) ” — sorry, I’m not sure I understand the parenthetical note there. This means you can only record MIDI from those apps?

It means that you can play the virtual keyboard in Cubasis or play back a midi track and trigger the sounds of your other apps.

You can use MIDI sequencing with external hardware, too, no?

Yes, that’s possible too.

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/ios_apps/cubasis.html

Stay tuned for our hands-on review.

And here’s the promo video – yes, with a somewhat funny awkward moment as this woman hands the narrator an iPad.

Amusingly, this to me is closer to Cubase for iPad than GarageBand is Logic for iPad. I like GarageBand on the iPad a lot, but Cubasis appears to come closer to what I’d want and actually use. Did Emagic’s old Hamburg neighbor one-up the folks who actually work at Apple? We’ll have to test and see. Pass me a Fritz-Kola and some edamame.

Gallery: (and is it just me, or does this look better visually than Cubase on desktop?)

Staff picks from Boddika, Steve Poindexter, Nebula, DNAE Beats, Old Apparatus, and more

Delivered... Beatport News Editors | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 8:00 pm
It's a year-ender for today's On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.

Podolski is a Free, Full-Featured Virtual Analog Synth Plug-in from Urs Heckmann [Mac, PC]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 7:53 pm

Any instrument from software maestro Urs Heckmann seems worth a mention. This one, doubly so: it’s free.

Podolski isn’t new; it has made appearances through the years in the excellent German-language magazine KEYBOARDS (no relation to the US Keyboard). But now, it’s available for everyone, with some nice updates and modernization and versions for just about any Mac or Windows host (or Linux, via WINE).

Now, even if we’re talking only free plug-ins, there are a lot of virtual analog synths out there. But this one is special: it’s got the great sound of FilterscapeVA, and waveform morphing and short “Click” filter attacks.

Specs/highlights:

  • One oscillator, one filter, one envelope, two LFOs (though sometimes just those kinds of restrictions – rare in software – can be nice)
  • Arpeggiator/sequencer, as seen in Zebra
  • Chorus effect
  • Delay effect
  • Click parameter for short filter attacks
  • Three waveform morphing with WaveWarp
  • New presets by Howard Scarr
  • New skins (brown and blue)
  • New English-language manual
  • Mac: VST2, VST3 or AU, 32- and 64-bit
  • Windows: VST2 or VST3, 32- and 64-bit
  • Automatic installer for Mac and Windows

http://www.u-he.com/cms/podolski

Thanks to Jan OS on the Facebook Synth Experts Group for the tip!

Here’s a look at that arp and some of the other features packed into this gem:

Media : WATCH: Talib Kweli Delivers An “Outstanding” Video Featuring Ryan Leslie

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 7:12 pm
WATCH: Talib Kweli Delivers An “Outstanding” Video Featuring Ryan Leslie

In the lovely Issue 50 of FILTER magazine, influential Brooklyn hip-hop artist, Talib Kweli, stated, "for the artists that have remained conscious, it is a challenge. It’s one of the hardest things to do, to be relevant and be dope and still wear it.”

Kweli's illustrious career is as rich and relevant as ever, with the upcoming 2013 release of Prisoner of Conscious. For now, check out his new video for "Outstanding," featuring Ryan Leslie, who also directed the video.

There's bodacious babes, Leslie's delicate piano and smooth vocals, plus our perceptive and dapper hero rapping while rocking all sorts of hats; from a backwards Yankees cap, to a fedora, to a bowler hat. The song title speaks for itself. 

Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com

News : Q&A: Ira Glass on Storytelling and the Visual World, Part 1

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 7:00 pm
Q&A: Ira Glass on Storytelling and the Visual World, Part 1

“Radio is like a machine for empathy,” Ira Glass, the creator and host of This American Life, explains over the phone. “It just works especially well, as a medium, to take you into somebody else’s life. It’s easier if you don’t see them to relate to them. You’re not impeded by their physical appearance.”

Glass is a stone-cold master of audio storytelling. The anecdotes that he brings on the air seem to always hit that sweet spot of being surprising and inevitable, momentous and entirely ordinary at the same time.

While Glass usually relies on just the spoken word, this year he veered from his bread-and-butter storytelling style to help produce two visual pieces: the feature length independent comedy film Sleepwalk With Me, and a live, onstage This American Life show, “The Invisible Made Visible.” (You can view the full-length, 2-hour stream of the cinema event for $5 HERE.)

Damian Kulash and Ira Glass


The live show features comic monologues by David Sedaris, Glynn Washington and Ryan Knighton, and Tig Notaro; a short film by Mike Birbiglia starring Fresh Air’s Terry Gross; a live, musical performance by OK Go executed in tandem with an interactive app; a live dance performance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company; and a poignant performance from comedian and longtime contributor David Rakoff (that would end up to be the last piece he wrote for This American Life before he passed away this summer).

Even in the visual format, when subtleties have the potential to be overwhelmed by moving pictures and gimmicks, the live cinema event easily maintains its familiar charm. Like its radio show cousin, the live show is predicated on honest-to-goodness storytelling and the visuals act to enhance, not detract from that.

FILTER recently chatted with Glass about the live cinema event and how he gets to that storytelling sweet spot.


Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

News : Q&A: Ira Glass on Storytelling and the Visual World, Part 1

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 7:00 pm
Q&A: Ira Glass on Storytelling and the Visual World, Part 1

“Radio is like a machine for empathy,” Ira Glass, the creator and host of This American Life, explains over the phone. “It just works especially well, as a medium, to take you into somebody else’s life. It’s easier if you don’t see them to relate to them. You’re not impeded by their physical appearance.”

Glass is a stone-cold master of audio storytelling. The anecdotes that he brings on the air seem to always hit that sweet spot of being surprising and inevitable, momentous and entirely ordinary at the same time.

While Glass usually relies on just the spoken word, this year he veered from his bread-and-butter storytelling style to help produce two visual pieces: the feature length independent comedy film Sleepwalk With Me, and a live, onstage This American Life show, “The Invisible Made Visible.” (You can view the full-length, 2-hour stream of the cinema event for $5 HERE.)

Damian Kulash and Ira Glass


The live show features comic monologues by David Sedaris, Glynn Washington and Ryan Knighton, and Tig Notaro; a short film by Mike Birbiglia starring Fresh Air’s Terry Gross; a live, musical performance by OK Go executed in tandem with an interactive app; a live dance performance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company; and a poignant performance from comedian and longtime contributor David Rakoff (that would end up to be the last piece he wrote for This American Life before he passed away this summer).

Even in the visual format, when subtleties have the potential to be overwhelmed by moving pictures and gimmicks, the live cinema event easily maintains its familiar charm. Like its radio show cousin, the live show is predicated on honest-to-goodness storytelling and the visuals act to enhance, not detract from that.

FILTER recently chatted with Glass about the live cinema event and how he gets to that storytelling sweet spot.


Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

News : Q&A: Ira Glass on Storytelling and the Visual World, Part 1

Delivered... [email protected] | Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 7:00 pm
Q&A: Ira Glass on Storytelling and the Visual World, Part 1

“Radio is like a machine for empathy,” Ira Glass, the creator and host of This American Life, explains over the phone. “It just works especially well, as a medium, to take you into somebody else’s life. It’s easier if you don’t see them to relate to them. You’re not impeded by their physical appearance.”

Glass is a stone-cold master of audio storytelling. The anecdotes that he brings on the air seem to always hit that sweet spot of being surprising and inevitable, momentous and entirely ordinary at the same time.

While Glass usually relies on just the spoken word, this year he veered from his bread-and-butter storytelling style to help produce two visual pieces: the feature length independent comedy film Sleepwalk With Me, and a live, onstage This American Life show, “The Invisible Made Visible.” (You can view the full-length, 2-hour stream of the cinema event for $5 HERE.)

Damian Kulash and Ira Glass


The live show features comic monologues by David Sedaris, Glynn Washington and Ryan Knighton, and Tig Notaro; a short film by Mike Birbiglia starring Fresh Air’s Terry Gross; a live, musical performance by OK Go executed in tandem with an interactive app; a live dance performance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company; and a poignant performance from comedian and longtime contributor David Rakoff (that would end up to be the last piece he wrote for This American Life before he passed away this summer).

Even in the visual format, when subtleties have the potential to be overwhelmed by moving pictures and gimmicks, the live cinema event easily maintains its familiar charm. Like its radio show cousin, the live show is predicated on honest-to-goodness storytelling and the visuals act to enhance, not detract from that.

FILTER recently chatted with Glass about the live cinema event and how he gets to that storytelling sweet spot.


Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

Retro-futuristic and Free: All DS-10 Music from Decktonic [Download, Video, CC]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Tue 18 Dec 2012 6:30 pm

Artist Decktonic, aka Christian Montoya, hovers over his sound machines, as neon-fantastic as his music sounds. Photo courtesy the artist; (CC-BY-NC) Ben Mason.

A generation of gaming has done something to our ears. It has primed listeners to appreciate the sound of digital instruments in raw form: dry and immediate, crisply-synchronized machine dance music. So, while I wouldn’t call the music of Decktonic “chip music” or “game music,” somehow it’s a modern take on each. It’s retro-futuristic, electro-techno unadorned with effects. And, hell, while Korg’s DS-10 running on Nintendo DS is far from a high-fidelity sound experience, there’s something irresistibly funky about its sound. Listening to the DS-10 dry in the hands of a creative musician can be a cure for the ear fatigue you suffer from the endless sameness of a lot of releases.

“Forgotten Machines” is a free download (available lossless), Creative Commons-licensed if you want to do your own remix.

And it comes with an aptly-geometric abstract video for the title track, too.

Artist Christian Montoya explains:

I’m writing today to share my newest album, Forgotten Machines, which I released this morning on 56kbps Records. It was made entirely with the KORG DS10+ software and it has a classic electro meets future techno style. You can think of it as a love letter to early synthesizers.

The description:

FORGOTTEN MACHINES is all about rediscovering old tools and using them to make new art. The story of FORGOTTEN MACHINES is told through the magic of ~dance music~ and was written with the intention of marrying early synth-pop with a future techno aesthetic. This marriage eventually produced a baby, thereafter called FORGOTTEN MACHINES and he is a love letter to classic synthesizers and ~dance music~ enthusiasts everywhere.

It really does sound like DS-10 to me – in fact, with an amount of character even the iOS apps, while great, lack.

I say, blip, blip – dirty nerdy.

http://thisisdecktonic.com/

Decktonic DJing Lomography Gallery Store, New York, speaking of things that are made of plastic and addictively fun. Courtesy the artist.

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