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The vaporwave Windows 98 startup sound remix no one asked for

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 27 Jun 2018 9:49 pm

Time-stretched remixes of Microsoft startup sounds: they just never get old. But maybe we need this vaporwave Windows 98 in our lives.

The source material in this case isn’t Brian Eno – that’s Windows 95. Instead, Microsoft’s own Ken Kato is credited with the composition.

Apart from the glitched-out thumbnail and wonderful sound, I’ll give extra points to this remix on a couple of counts. First, it leads to Indonesian artist Fahmi Mursyid, who has a Bandcamp full of sonic delights. Fahmi, if you were using this as a scheme to bait us into clicking on your music, well … why not? I did:


And second, it has this fantastic quote attached to it … for some reason:

“Global capitalism is nearly there. At the end of the world there will only be liquid advertisement and gaseous desire.

Sublimated from our bodies, our untethered senses will endlessly ride escalators through pristine artificial environments, more and less than human, drugged-up and drugged down, catalysed, consuming and consumed by a relentlessly rich economy of sensory information, valued by the pixel. The Virtual Plaza welcomes you, and you will welcome it too.”
— Adam Harper, in his initial Dummymag article

I miss those innocent days when the thing we were afraid of was too many computers using Windows.

Now we live in the fantastic world where totalitarian governments are watching us through our phones and we aren’t just paranoid … and that’s presuming a social network on our phone doesn’t make us so depressed we ourselves become a danger.

No, let’s loop this beautiful 90s sound and make the world … melt away.

You’re welcome.

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Apple’s latest GarageBand will help you learn an instrument, for free

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 27 Jun 2018 9:26 pm

Can GarageBand for macOS make music more accessible? The newest release brings free lessons for those wanting to learn. And on another note, it provides crucial bug fixes for blind users.

For a lot of Mac users, GarageBand will be the first taste of music making with technology. So it’s important Apple gets it right. There’s not really any direct comparison on another platform like this, either – GarageBand is available as a free install for new Macs, and yet provides an easy window into the same engine and sounds that drive Logic Pro. Those two applications are developed in parallel – indeed, as a regular Logic user, I was impressed by how much is now familiar in its entry-level sibling.

Reading the reviews in the App Store, though, it’s apparent how challenging it can be serving that audience. Move things around, and you make GarageBand’s years of existing users unhappy. Leave them as they are, and you might turn off potential new users.

GarageBand 10.3, released late last week, evens things out after the 2017 releases. Full release notes:

New in GarageBand for macOS 10.3

Most of this involves new sounds – the Guzheng, Koto, and Taiko drums found in the iOS edition, new vintage Mellotron sounds, electronic roots and jazz “Drummers.”

But two features are worth mentioning.

Software that teaches you to play

A selection of artists will teach you piano and guitar – now, for free, in this free Mac app.

First, the range of lessons Apple offers to get you started with an instrument are now free. For someone with a new Mac, it’s a nice way to get a small taste of learning an instrument.

I downloaded a few of these. There’s no question Apple is behind third-party offerings in this area. And it’s a shame they didn’t find a way to open up this feature to those developers, too, the way they have, say, the iBooks store. On the pop side, there just isn’t enough variety – the selections are embarrassingly white, and weirdly outdated. On the advanced side, well, maybe someone can follow learning a Chopin prelude by trying to watch someone explain it with some diagrams, but I have never met that student. (And I’ve actually taught beginning music students students keyboard. It’s… an… experience.)

Inside a guitar lesson.

But there’s some charm to the selection. I have no doubt it’s a casual way to get a taste for going out and getting lessons yourself. And I think Apple deserves some kudos for making this a default install.

Software that’s more accessible, regardless of sight

The other thing worth mentioning – this is a good example of how Apple is responding to user feedback for musicians with different accessibility needs.

macOS has a technology called Voice Over, which reads out what’s on the screen to users who are vision impaired. That’s important, because it means the non-seeing user is interacting with the same layout and structure as a seeing user. Apple demonstrated this onstage at a recent developer conference with one of their own blind employees, and I got a chance recently to attend a talk by two consultants who give feedback on using these features.

That feedback is important, because seeing developers may not know what works until they hear from users without sight.

In comments, you can read up on what was going wrong in GarageBand 10.2: one blind user complains because they’re lost in the very first screen of mixing. (I want to copy and paste what they wrote, but the App Store won’t let me, so I’m going to commit an accessibility faux pas and include the screenshot here – sorry.)

Also telling here – this detail about vision is actually one of the top App Store comments.

So it’s a small thing, but GarageBand 10.3 fixes that:

VoiceOver now announces the type of track that is selected in the New Track dialog.
VoiceOver now speaks the names of tracks when interacting with regions in the tracks area.

That’s a tiny change, but imagine that is a wall between you and being able to actually know what track you’re editing.

And again, because this is a free install on the Mac, it’s a big deal. Just removing that one barrier opens up music making on the computer to a whole range of Mac users. And that’s not to just congratulate Apple here – all software should work this way.

GarageBand 10.3 is a free update, available now.

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Check Out Photos From Our Techno-Fueled Telekom Electronic Beats Austria Launch Party In Eisenerz

Delivered... By Derek Opperman | Scene | Wed 27 Jun 2018 3:44 pm

It was an incredible scene: A small, rag-tag group of ravers dancing to techno in the pouring rain while Austria’s towering Ennstal Alps watched on like snowcapped sentries. The feeling in the air in that former mining town, called Eisenerz, was vaguely mystical, which was an appropriate mood as any considering the party we were at marked the start of Telekom Electronic Beats Austria and its accompanying Crowd & Rüben event series.

Crowd and Rueben Austria T-Mobile Techno Party

As we’ve told you over the course of the past few weeks, Crowd & Rüben is a new initiative that we’ve launched to help build and connect dance music scenes in remote rural areas with the broader European community. And, having now been to Eisenerz, the first destination, we can assure you that the town is indeed both remote and rural, but it also has potential. We were continually reminded of what our local contact, Erzbergbräu brew pub owner Reini Schenkermaier said: “Just because Eisenerz is small and isolated, doesn’t mean you can’t be connected to the world.”

Crowd and Rueben Austria T-Mobile Techno Party

Situated in a valley about an hour-and-a-half outside of Graz, Eisenerz is a quaint village that features stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We’ve heard techno played in some pretty incredible places, but this was one of the most unique we’ve experienced.

Crowd and Rueben Austria T-Mobile Techno Party

We weren’t alone, either. Matador, our headliner, shared our sentiments. “Normal environments—cities and towns and festivals—are what people are typically used to. Once you go outside, it brings out a different animal in everybody,” he said. Later, when he played a remix of Jay-Dee’s break house classic, “Plastic Dreams”, we could feel a different side of our selves coming out too.

For more information about forthcoming Crowd & Rüben events around Austria, check out the German-language Telekom Electronic Beats Austria page. Or stay tuned to this space—we’ll also announce them as they get closer.

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7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Party Outside During The Day At Least Once

Delivered... By Sophie Harkins. Images by Inka Gebert. | Scene | Wed 27 Jun 2018 2:43 pm

If you’ve been following our party schedule lately, you know that we have quite a few open airs planned for this summer. Our recent techno party at Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord was mindbendingly fun, and we have similar al fresco raves coming up in the form of our Click Clack Open Air in Dresden and our party with Baka Gaijin at Essen’s mammoth Zeche Zollverein, an abandoned coal refinery complex that’s now a UNESCO world heritage site.

We like partying outside. We like partying outside during the day. We think you should probably try it if you haven’t. Here are a few reasons why it’s better to bask in the sun while dancing to your favorite tunes.

1. You won’t smell like an ashtray

This one is a little Berlin-specific. But for those of you that have clubbed here, have you ever gone out with a nice outfit only to find that, afterwards, it smells like an ashtray? People smoke in clubs here, and if you don’t have the money to fork out for dry cleaning, it’s a great way to ruin your best clothes. Partying outside lets you avoid the smokers—all that fresh air will take care of the smell.

2. You can get your source of vitamin D

Partying inside a factory or dark club for 48 hours all but ensures you won’t meet your recommended daily vitamin D intake. But imagine being able to party while soaking up some rays. Also, you won’t have to feel that terrible moment when the sun reminds you that you’ve been partying in a dark techno club for two days on end. Get some sun onto your skin and feel revitalized!

3. You can take a break without leaving the party

Everyone can relate to this. After dancing your heart out to pounding kicks and being surrounded by sweaty bodies for multiple hours straight, you know it’s time for a break! You want to go outside and take a breather. But that usually means saying goodbye to the club and having to re-enter afterwards, which everyone knows can be a real hassle. If you were outside, you could walk for a little bit, bask in the silence and let your ears have a nice chill-out session with the birds and breeze.

4. You won’t ruin your sleep cycle

We’ve all been here: You want to see your favorite DJ, but they’re playing an all-night party at 5 or 6 AM. If you go, you’ll enjoy yourself, but you’ll also feel like a zombie for a few days afterwards. If you party during the day, you can maintain your normal circadian rhythm—and that’s a good thing for your weekly sleep cycle.

5. You can chill out with a group of friends

Although this goes against our previous article on clubbing alone, we think it’s safe to say that you can reach a point where you want to be able to listen to good music and also hang out with your friends. You can do that inside, sure, but when you’re outside there’s plenty of space to hang out, talk and hear each other. It’s the best of both worlds!

6. You can dance on a grass dance floor

Sometimes standing on that hard concrete can get quite uncomfortable. Isn’t it so nice to be able to connect with nature? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to stand on some grass for a change? Plus, when you feel like taking a break, you can have a nice lie-down on the grass!

7.You can wear sunglasses and not look like a douchebag

Everyone knows that wearing sunglasses looks cool. But you know what doesn’t look cool? Wearing sunglasses inside. If you do this, you look like a douchebag. Doing that will never be cool. Outside though…that’s a whole other story. If you party at a daytime open air, you can wear sunglasses for as long as you want, and nobody will think otherwise (well, until the sun goes down at least).

Read more: 7 reasons why everyone should go to a techno club alone at least once

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Steinberg updates their flagship iOS DAW, Cubasis but where it will go next is actually more interesting

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 27 Jun 2018 6:31 am

Whilst it isn’t really the kind of massive leap forward that users might have been wanting, it is, nevertheless, a solid update with new features that users have wanted for a while. What I’m more interested in is the potential future. You may have noticed that Steinberg have recently purchased mobile music app developer Xewton as a way of accelerating the future of Cubasis. This in itself is an interesting move. To date we haven’t seen a lot of consolidation movement in the mobile market, but there’s no reason that it couldn’t happen here.

Here’s the official word from Steinberg on the purchase:

We’re pleased to inform you about the acquisition of the intellectual property of Austria-based app company Xewton. By taking advantage of these assets we will now be able to quickly move forward with Cubasis and, as Captain Kirk would say, “boldly go where no man has gone before” or should news-style lingo prevail, strengthen its already proven foundation while ensuring the competitiveness in a fast-paced industry.

Lars Slowak, team lead & product planning manager commented: “Acquiring Xewton’s IP marks a significant technological step forward for Steinberg’s app development team. This will give Cubasis a boost, and who knows what else may come of it.”

And here’s the slightly less interesting details of the 2.5 update:

Native Resolution Support for iPad Pro 10.5″ and 12.9″:
Enjoy razor-sharp graphics and text, paired with a dramatic increase in the number of visible tracks within the arranger and mixer, substantial workflow improvements and much more!

Freely assignable effect slots:
Use the pre-loaded award-winning channel strip and StudioEQ effects, or simply tap to replace them with other effects of your choice. And give your sound a good polish, utilizing the five assignable insert plug-ins per track.

MediaBay multiple file import*:
Cubasis provides excellent and unmatched usability, helping you to capture your inspirations right there on the go. To speed up your workflow even more, Cubasis 2.5 allows to import multiple files at once, thanks to its revised Files import feature available in the MediaBay.

Maintenance and improvements:
Cubasis for iPad sets standards when it comes to recording, editing, mixing, and publishing your music. Cubasis 2.5 includes several user-requested improvements to provide best possible performance paired with utmost stability. For the complete list of improvements, issues, and solutions, please visit www.steinberg.net/cubasisforum.

*MediaBay multiple file import requires iOS 11.

Cubasis is currently on sale and half price at $24.99

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PRIZM BAR is a new, free, universal OSC controller for your iOS device

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 27 Jun 2018 6:14 am

It isn’t often that you see a new OSC controller arrive in the iOS world these days. Way back in the early days of iOS (before it was even called iOS) there were quite a few. Mainly because there was no MIDI built into the core of the operating system. When Apple fixed that by bringing in the CoreAudio framework it made might a lot easier. Since then I’ve only seen relatively specialised OSC apps, or apps that have a certain amount of OSC functionality available.

So, seeing PRIZM BAR arrive is an interesting development. PRIZM BAR is a OSC controller. You can use it to control your musical apps(e.g. SuperCollider, MAX/MPS etc) by playing PRIZM BAR via wi-fi or Ad-Hoc network. PRIZM BAR performs like MIDI keyboards, but more than that, It enables you to play consecutive pitch of notes between musical interval, and its volume altogether. And, as PRIZM BAR’s keyboard itself is scalable, It helps you to play music flexibly.


  • 4 note polyphony
  • pitch range:10.3Hz〜19345.3Hz
  • PRIZM BAR will send following parameters as OSC
    • note on/off
    • freqency
    • volume

PRIZM BAR is a free app on the app store and is universal

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SpaceCraft Granular Synth could be a good place to begin your granular synthesis journey

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Wed 27 Jun 2018 12:00 am

SpaceCraft is a new granular synth app that describes itself as a ‘musical instrument’. Which isn’t a bad way to start out.

Using SpaceCraft you can effectively transform any sound into a playable musical instrument according to the developer. Of course, what this is about is the use of Granular Synthesis. Where SpaceCraft is being pitched is at users who may shy away from the idea of using a granular synth due to complexity. Instead, SpaceCraft describes itself as being able to ‘create textures, soundscapes and arpeggiated rhythms from everyday sounds such as your voice, ambient noise or the high quality built-in audio samples’.

You can either import audio into SpaceCraft or record it using your device’s mic. If you’re importing then the app supports iCloud, Dropbox, Audioshare.

For some reason though, SpaceCraft only supports up to 2 minutes of recorded audio with the app itself. I don’t know why, nor do I know if there are plans to change that later. Also SpaceCraft supports Inter-App Audio (IAA) although there’s no mention of Audiobus or AUv3 right now.

SpaceCraft costs $2.99 on the app store now:

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