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808 Day: NYC’s 808, for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, and Whodini

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 8 Aug 2019 5:16 pm

Yes, yes, Detroit techno and all that. This 808 Day, Roland is giving NYC and hip hop some props – by shining the spotlight on pioneer Larry Smith.

Don’t get me wrong – the TR-808 certainly feeds my techno addiction. But part of what made Roland’s drum machine such a legend was that it crossed genres. And even as today’s club kids focus on techno when they dream of the 808, the 808 was also shaped by hip-hop, whose producers embraced the Roland box just as it did the MPC (think Public Enemy) and E-MU (Amen break, hello SP-1200).

Larry Smith is one of the visionaries you can thank for that, so it’s fitting Roland make him and his personal 808 the star of today:

In fact, I have to say, as a child of the 80s, this was my first exposure to the 808 as a kid. (And wow, so the sound of this exact box – crazy.) I absolutely remember that sense of what the hell is that strange sound the first time I heard Run DMC’s self-titled debut album; maybe you do, too. And its minimalist, Japanese electronic detachment is the perfect timbre to accompany rap and let the words stand on their own. But I think you can experience that now, even, listening to it today. Everything Larry Smith did has a sense of raw, elemental futurism. It practically begs you to strip down your 2019 production and get back to basics as much as in the mid 80s, before anyone had to worry about going VST crazy or applying some kind of weird AI-powered mastering.

And what a resume – Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Run DMC, Whodini, Jimmy Spicer, Russell Simmons.

The other interesting aspect of Roland’s video here is that Smith was literally able to pass along some of his aesthetic by passing on this very TR-808 to Larry Smith, Jr., and Rashad Smith. Smith in turn goes on to be beat craftsman to the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Uptown Records, and Bad Boy Records, a production powerhouse spinning the DNA for a lot of the sounds to come. The machine itself, as son Larry Smith, Jr. tells it, is part of history: “This my father’s original TR-808…This machine is Run DMC’s first two albums, all of Whodini, and also Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys.”

But given the 808 is a household name, and for too many people this whole playlist might be news, let’s go ahead and declare this Larry Smith Day, too, while we’re at it. Part of what made the 808 a force was that he shaped it into a unique sound through some extraordinary musical collaborations:


(great footnotes / timeline in that one)

Obituary for Larry Smith in The New York Times, 2014

More on the 808:


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Here’s the biggest guitar in the southern hemisphere, in a free sample library

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 8 Aug 2019 4:26 pm

The remote town of Narrandera, New South Wales has its hemisphere’s biggest guitar – like “the guitar that ate Australia” big. And it’s already inspired plenty of free music, plus a free sample library you can download for yourself.

Big is impressive. A giant guitar is a tourist attraction, that’s for sure. But big is also sonorous – this oversized instrument also has a unique timbre in the bass register, made possible because of its size.

Not just a little large – the Big Guitar is freakin’ huge. Here’s Tom “DJ Wasabi” Jones, who co-created the free sample library with Bassling, readying to record.

So it’s well worth checking out this free library of sounds, all Creative Commons licensed – all they ask is some credit and tags in return. Friend of the site Bassling (Jason Richardson) did an ace, professional job of capturing the Narrandera guitar in all its splendor, alongside Tom ‘Wasabi’ Jones.

It’s available ready-to-use in Ableton Live and Native Instruments Kontakt formats, but you could easily adapt the sounds to any instrument you wish.

The Big Guitar [with downloads]

That unique sound has already caught the attention of composers, both locally in NSW and abroad through the power of the Internet (that’s you).

The wonderful experimental music site Disquiet has just completed one of its legendary Junto Project episodes with sounds from Narrandera, as part of an ongoing series of community-driven music challenges. It’s called “Acoustic Expanse,” even if I would have gone for “huge-a*** guitar,” but the results are great. Check it out:

Here’s Bassling’s own composition:

By the way, if you’re wondering why there are all these “in the Southern Hemisphere” disclaimers, that’s because evidently New Jersey outdid Australia in the freakishly big territory. (I couldn’t find another acoustic as big as the Narrandera instrument, though – maybe someone else knows more.)

Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center claimed that honor with this oversized electric v-neck, an exhibit for a show called “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World.” Source: The Guardian

Somehow making a giant acoustic is more impressive to me, though, so let us know if you know of something equally enormous.

In the piano category, we already have an instrument here in Germany – and a sample library, to match, The Giant, aka the Klavins 370i.



There’s a whole oversized band coming together; I can feel it.

More pics, for scale:

Composer Fiona Caldarevic.

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Just Gou it: how Peggy Gou became the world’s hippest DJ

Delivered... Aimee Cliff | Scene | Thu 8 Aug 2019 3:00 pm

She’s got a fashion label, a festival and a million Instagram followers – but the South Korean DJ and producer says she’s had to fight hard for it all

Between the concrete walls of Funkhaus in Berlin, on a muggy July night, a whistling, whooping crowd are clapping sweaty palms together and chanting: “Peg-gy! Peg-gy! Peg-gy!”

Peggy Gou, the 29-year-old South Korean DJ and producer, is bringing her set to a storming close. Wearing a silky Louis Vuitton shirt and blue sunglasses, she has woven in acid house, drum’n’bass and grime, but nothing gets a response like the tantalising kickdrum of her own recent single, Starry Night. The other DJs, Palms Trax and Benji B, hold their own, but the unadulterated love is reserved for Gou. When she’s not behind the decks, she can be found in the crowd, posing for an endless queue of selfies.

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Music of Stranger Things review – sonic savagery from the Upside Down

Delivered... Al Horner | Scene | Thu 8 Aug 2019 12:56 pm

Royal Festival Hall, London
Recreating the music from the hit TV series, Survive, AKA Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, manage to scale up the scares

One of the strangest things about Stranger Things, Netflix’s hit sci-fi mystery set in 1980s Indiana, is the way it’s made stars of Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon. The Austin analogue aficionados were electronic music cult-concerns, making unfashionable retro synthscapes with their band Survive, before the series’ creators, the Duffer brothers, came calling. The duo’s pulsing score to the show’s first season in 2016 propelled them into bumper-sized venues at home and abroad, as audiences clamoured to see the streaming smash’s arpeggiating melodies and echoing snare slaps recreated live.

Three years and another two Stranger Things OSTs later, their biggest British show to date feels at once well-earned (Stein and Dixon have been honing their atmospheric sound since 2009) and like something out of the Upside Down. Tangerine Dream-inspired noise-makers like them are usually confined to the underground, not 2,700-seater auditoriums.

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How Being Able To See Music Can Help You Become A Better Listener

Delivered... Derek Opperman | Scene | Thu 8 Aug 2019 11:40 am

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