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Arturia’s KeyStep just got way more useful

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 14 Aug 2019 3:03 pm

Arturia’s KeyStep was already appealing – a mobile MIDI keyboard with sequencer and arpeggiator. But the 1.1 update improves some details and adds major new musicality.

Let’s look at this in detail – though the sequence length and arp octaves alone already have me sold.

A ton of power is now available on the fly, as you play.

Three new features are now available from the KeyStep’s physical controls, as you play:

Sequence length. Hold Record, and press one of the MIDI Channel keys, and you set length of the sequence on the fly. This actually works from 1 – 64 steps, just by pressing a few keys in sequence.

Quantized tempo adjustment: Now you can hold shift and turn the tempo knob to move by increments of 1 bpm. That lets you round off bpms from the tap tempo or quickly dial in a bpm without winding up with something weird. (127.62, anyone?)

Arp Octaves: With the arpeggiator running, you can now shift notes you’re playing up or down the octave. (The Arturia site is a little unclear on this – it sounds like they mean just shifting the arpeggiator up and down by octave. It’s actually cooler than this.) So hold Shift+Octave + or -, and whichever notes you’re playing will be arpeggiated up or down by octave. Hit the +/- key multiple times for multiple octaves. I can’t think of anything that works quite like this; it’s really cool and performative, because it’s all on the fly.

You’ll need the editor to access some new features.

Three modes are available in the updated MIDI Control Center software editor (so not onboard, but something you set in advance):

“Armed” clock. This gives you the option of using external sync, and passing it along, but controlling the KeyStep’s sequencer with the play button. There’s now a new parameter for switching on or off Arm to Start, which determines how the KeyStep responds to external clock.

Off is the original mode – the KeyStep Pro will just run or pause or stop with your external clock signal. But switch this to on, and the KeyStep lets you start and stop the sequencer as you see fit. You still pass the sync on to other gear. So for example, you could keep your drum machine running with the master clock, but turn on and off the sequencer on the keyboard, stop and jam for a second live, or whatever.

Pattern and Brownian Randomness. You can set randomness to Brownian Motion (“drunken walk) or “Pattern,” which creates randomized but repeating patterns. Pattern Mode is borrowed from Arturia’s MicroFreak synth.

Change LED brightness. Finally. No more blindness.

I still would love to see a KeyStep Pro, akin to the way the BeatStep Pro built on the original BeatStep. It’d be terrific to have a keyboard with some knobs for parameter controls. Having to use tiny DIP switches to set sync modes is a pain. And obviously there will be limits to how much Arturia can do with key combos (which already mean a little time spent cracking the manual), or software editor options. It’s not hard to imagine something that expanded this with extra features.

But for now, the KeyStep stays nice and compact – and you could always add a little box with some faders or knobs, since it is so small. Plus, even with some of its rivals, Arturia has a serious edge:

  • The keys feel great.
  • There’s MIDI DIN support for external gear.
  • There’s a standalone option (including a dedicated power plug).
  • It works with USB when you need it – no drivers required. (Hello, Linux/Raspi, etc., in addition to mobile, of course)
  • Its power consumption is low enough to work with iPad, etc., without additional power.
  • It’s stupidly affordable.

I think that with the additional performance options, this is the one to beat.


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Very Inclusive, Less Accessible

Delivered... Sumugan Sivanesan | Scene | Wed 14 Aug 2019 8:00 am

The Nature Loves Courage Festival in Sougia, Greece was founded by DJ Abyss X. Through its foregrounding of female-identifying, queer and non-binary artists, as well as its commitment to a diversity of styles, the festival contributes to the development of what is known as post-club culture. What can this festival tell us about today's club culture in general?

Dancefloor scene at Nature Loves Courage Festival (©: Sumugan Sivanesan 2019)

Nature Loves Courage held its inaugural event in June at Sougia, a tiny village along the southwest coast of Crete. Founded by Greece-born and Brooklyn-based DJ Abyss X, the festival took place over two consecutive nights in a small open air club, Fortuna, featuring drawcards like Juliana Huxtable and Ziúr, who are exemplary of deconstructed approaches to DJing. With a play anything attitude, both artists develop layered sound worlds with unique performing styles that revel in the loop and cue functions of Pioneer CDJs. During a gap left by the late arrival of «special guest’ Sophie, Ziúr, Nkisi and Rabit played back-to-back.

One-upping each other across genres, they pushed the mix to the outer limits and the crowd to the brink of delirium. Could it be the festival’s support for female-identifying and queer DJs and producers that contributed to the atmosphere of conviviality and experimentation? It is worth noting that Ziúr was one of this year’s mentors for Amplify Berlin, a creative development program for emerging musicians.

Music as Research

Post-club methodologies also extend into other critical practices. For example, the italian artist Gabber Eleganza AKA Alberto Guerrini gained notoriety for his blog, an aesthetic-ethnographic study of post-rave culture. It developed offline as zines, exhibitions, a live DJ/dance performance and Eleganza’s own conceptual music. Guerrini’s recent book project «Hardcore Soul» (2019), made in collaboration with photographer Ewen Spencer, juxtaposes images taken at British Northern Soul weekenders with Happy Hardcore raves. Self-released in May as a limited edition of 500, it soon sold out.

By excavating, decontextualising and re-presenting hardcore, a clubmusic style that developed in Rotterdam, Guerrini forced a critical reappraisal of a scene which he claims until then was despised by much of contemporary culture. Arguably his inclusion in Nature Loves Courage is a mark of his influence, but one wonders if this is of interest to gabba adherents. For some, Eleganza has renewed the «radical potential» of hardcore. What exactly might this be?

Bridging Continents and Genres

The Berlin based artist Ziur djing at Nature Loves Courage Festival (©: Sumugan Sivanesan 2019)

While Sougia is a long way from Rotterdam, Fortuna proved to be no stranger to the kind of music-induced exuberance that Guerrini celebrates. Arguably, the festival’s most enthusiastic patron was a local man christened «Grandpa» by the club kids, who spent both nights jogging across the dancefloor, engaged in ecstatic splayed-limbed callisthenics.

As a youth movement, post-club’s culture of experimentation, inclusivity and enthusiasm is contagious, but is it accessible? At € 65 for a two night pass, the festival was priced beyond the pockets of the usual Greek music enthusiasts, although it seemed to employ many locals.

Bridging continents, generations and genres, Nature Loves Courage was not explicitly about raving for a social good, but could be read as the Greek diaspora bringing youth culture and cultural capital to their homelands during an era of economic austerity and political turbulence. By instigating moments of pleasure, catharsis and community in times of crises, might post-club culture pose a revolution of the dancefloor?

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