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Romance and underground, the world of SOMA Laboratory’s machines

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 31 Jul 2019 7:30 pm

“Underground romantic engineering” is the motto of up-and-coming gearmaker SOMA Laboratory. Here’s a look at the Russian-Polish foundry creating wild new electronic instruments – and their latest creation.

Music store All For DJ has become a badly-needed new hub for Moscow’s electronic producers. Despite the name, they’re host to all kind of electronic instruments. I met the folks operating the retailer earlier this summer, and it’s an oasis – easy access to lots of gear, which had until recently sometimes been a challenge in Russia, and also tons of information (including a Russian-language blog).

And they’re producing documentaries, like this one looking at SOMA. It’ll definitely be up CDMers’ alley – Ukrainian-Russian creator Vlad Kreimer is the kind of mad scientist experimental musician we love. Now, his Lyra-8 has become a sought-after, one-of-a-kind instrument, and he’s teaming up with Vyacheslav Grigoriev (previously of VG-Line). (Vyacheslav joined me last year on a panel for Synthposium in Moscow, talking about his upbringing in electronics in the USSR.) The operation is growing, with operations both in Russia and Poland, as the electronic music community embraces exactly this sort of strange.

The film is a beautiful and intimate portrait of the creators and their ideas (subtitled in English):

The Lyra synth is like a “book, album, work of art that contains a message,” says Vlad. And there’s a new tome coming – the Pulsar-23, which brings the same ethos to drum machines. Its release is eagerly anticipated, with photos (seen here) showing it in final prototype state, about to hit production. (Advance buyers are apparently bugging them for that.)

Vlad showed off the new box at Superbooth in Berlin in May (which I missed, ironically, as I had to fly to St. Petersburg – positions keep swapping):

PULSAR-23 presentation on Superbooth 2019

Gepostet von Vlad Kreimer am Sonntag, 12. Mai 2019

Selekta.fm did a hands-on, too, and – wow, that sound.

Selekta also did a full interview:

I hope I get to experience this drum machine in person, soon, as well. Best with the project to SOMA. Meanwhile, behold:

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FCC Extends Comment Dates on Rulemaking to Evaluate the Effectiveness of its EEO Rules

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Wed 31 Jul 2019 3:54 pm

The FCC yesterday issued an Order announcing that it was extending the comment dates for its rulemaking to examine the effectiveness of its EEO rules. We summarized that rulemaking here. The new comment deadline is September 20, with reply comments now due by November 4. As we wrote here, this proceeding has already attracted the attention of a coalition of small broadcasters who have filed comments seeking relief from many of the paperwork obligations that are imposed on broadcasting companies with less than 50 employees. We expect other ideas as to how to make the rules more effective to be advanced in this proceeding – and now parties have more time in which to craft their comments.

From Siberia To Saint Petersburg: The Story Of Russia’s GAMMA Techno Festival

Delivered... chloe | Scene | Wed 31 Jul 2019 3:34 pm

The post From Siberia To Saint Petersburg: The Story Of Russia’s GAMMA Techno Festival appeared first on Telekom Electronic Beats.

8 hours of Dance with Pride radio, broadcast from an ex-prostitution window

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 31 Jul 2019 1:08 pm

Amsterdam collective Dance with Pride’s launched an eight hour takeover of Red Light Radio over the weekend. It’s worth a listen, covering the gamut from sex worker activists to “cheap Moroccan music”.

Dance with Pride got its start as a way of bridging activism around LGBTQIA+ pride with the dance music community. Apart from taking on the causes of the marginalized, it also offers something for your ears that should be refreshing – a needed break from business-as-usual sound. (Hey, music is good at that. Diversity isn’t just some political abstraction, but something that can tickle your ears.)

As its organizers offered in 2017, that’s a chance for an all-encompassing and necessary approach to a broad spectrum of artists:

“The Dance With Pride initiative kindly reminds you that the roots of Dance Music stem from diverse Queer, Black and Latino communities … This Pride weekend is the perfect time to reflect on this and pay your respects on the dance floor.”

Progressive-minded Amsterdam is known for being outspoken and forward-thinking on these issues, and it’s fitting that the radio takeover takes place in a street-front window formerly used by prostitutes. (It’s still the red light district around the radio station, in the tourist-crowded center of the city, where space is at an impossible premium. Having DJed there, you get a kind of fascinating fishbowl effect – so plenty of gawkers peer in from roughly the same vantage point as the infamous Internet streaming camera.)

Even in Amsterdam, though, there’s a palpable sense of urgency. Summer 2019 in Europe brings elevated concerns for the safety of queer communities. Right-wing pressure has erupted across the continent, including in alarming attacks in Poland that involved some members of the electronic music community there. The Netherlands have also seen right-wing groups, hostile to queer populations, seated in government – and an upswing in harassment. And yes, even in the supposed “bubble” of Berlin, there are fresh worries about repression. (Happily, the Pride March here in Berlin also this weekend was a peaceful event, even with 1 million attendees.) This year was the 50th anniversary of the so-called Stonewall Riots – and a reminder that the root of the event wasn’t a party, but political demonstrations by people whose safety was threatened.

That puts Dance with Pride’s efforts in a new light – that of a shared, international cause. So it’s wonderful seeing a mix of albums and interventions, English, Dutch, and Arabic, Somalia and Holland.

Let’s tune in. Select Facebook videos first, then Mixcloud audio links for everything at bottom (including if you disable Facebook content – and good for you, heh).

Vjuan Allure, originator of Ballroom Beatz joins Zelda Fitzgerald from For All Queens. [ Watch ]

Association AKALIYAT – جمعية أقليات have a full hour of tunes from this Arabic queer collective. [ Watch ]

Lazer Gazer joins with queer Arabic music (oh heck, yes, that’s a thing, whatever your image of Arabic people may be). It’s led by Dance with Pride organizer Axmed, Somali-Dutch music personality and an all-around wonderful and thoughtful person, reading a Somali text. [ Watch ]

Nat Portnoy from Amsterdam Queer Porn Collective, Dorothy Waste playing live “witchy industrial tenderness from this (un)holy priestess”:

Up next Nat Portnoy from Amsterdam Queer Porn Collective in conversation. Following we'll have Dorothy Waste playing live until five! Prepare for witchy industrial tenderness from this (un)holy priestess.

Gepostet von Dance With Pride am Samstag, 27. Juli 2019

LIONSTORM and DJ Jasmine Perez:

LIONSTORM and DJ Jasmine Perez 🦁DJ Jasmine Perez will play for the first few followed by LIONSTORM presenting #noh8ro

Gepostet von Dance With Pride am Samstag, 27. Juli 2019

Mixclouders, go!


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The month’s best mixes: cosmic connections and oceanic electronics

Delivered... Lauren Martin | Scene | Wed 31 Jul 2019 1:00 pm

ADAB brings Afrofuturism into the psychedelic mix, while Russell EL Butler taps into the African diaspora

Neptunian Influence: ADAB

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