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Methyl Ethel, Tropical Fuck Storm, Mama Kin and more: Australian music for isolated times

Delivered... Steph Harmon | Scene | Fri 10 Apr 2020 9:00 pm

Each Saturday we add 15 new songs to a Spotify playlist to soundtrack your physical distancing – and help artists you love to get paid

We’ve published a bunch of articles about how the coronavirus crisis has impacted the Australian arts industry. The damage was compounded last week when 49 organisations missed out on Australia Council funding – and compounded again this week, when the federal government denied changes to jobkeeper legislation that would make the benefits more accessible to casual workers and those on short-term contracts (AKA most arts and entertainment workers).

But there are small things you can do. For instance: streaming Australian music.

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Free for your inspiration: new Max for Live devices, Ableton Creative Strategies e-book

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 10 Apr 2020 4:51 pm

Deals and offers are all over the place, but what will actually help you get over creative block and make something? These free Ableton Live add-ons and an invaluable book make a great place to start.

Making Music: Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers is a written book – not a YouTube channel, not a device. But it was one of the more ambitious and influential music tech projects of recent years. It’s the work of Dennis DeSantis, who has a deep background in concert music. The book takes on how to start, strategies for creating new and varied ideas, ways of solving problems, and how to finish – all with a mixture of music theory and software practice. And maybe that’s the best way to describe the state of music making now anyway – theory and (electronic) tools are blurred. The Ableton touch is there, but it’s applicable to other tools, as well.

You’ll find it on a new page Ableton have compiled, free for download in .pdf.mobi, and .epub format.

Ideas and Offers for Making Music at Home

Don’t forget that Ableton Live itself is available now in the full Suite edition for a 90-day unlimited trial.

And speaking of that, this exceptional collection of Max for Live devices is also now available, a collaboration between Ableton and the wonderful Sonic Bloom and Max for Cats. They had me at the name:

Stray Cats Collection

But this is some next-level goodness here:

MSE synth, looking very classic synth - Oberheim-ish.
MSE synth, looking very classic synth – Oberheim-ish.

A vintage-tinged, Oberheim Four Voice-influenced MSE synthesizer.

SEQ8 step sequencer (more traditional analog design).

ConChord – nice cure for the common step sequencer.

ConChord, a “pulse-based chord step sequencer” – so you can sequence full chords as well as steps, and look at those steps in terms of pulses, for more open-ended patterns.

Stochastic Delay, which eschews the usual repetitive quality of delays with variable unpredictability.

Weird reverb algorithm, made usable.

Verbotron – an elegant little reverb, drawing on an algorithm from Finland’s Juhana Sadeharju. (You’ll find other iterations of the underlying algorithm in the open source world – as GVerb. But think of this as a nerdy, unique esoteric reverb to get you out of the everything-sounds-the-same world of effects.)

Color.

Color is a “sound texture” device – so it’s a bunch of different retro sound models, mimicking the grit of vinyl, tape wow and flutter, drive, and EQ. Putting them all together gives you a nice console to shape your sound without overwhelming with controls or getting lost in a bunch of plug-ins. That last bit, I heard about a friend of a friend who made that mistake. Not me. I’m a professional. I would never get distracted by endlessly tweaking a bunch of plug-ins and then toggling them on and off over and over again. I mean, I just never get distracted in general. You’ll see that not happening right now. Wait, where was I?

SkramDelay is actually kind of the odd effect out here, in a good way – modulated dual-channel delay with more randomness.

Check them out, free:

https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/stray-cats-collection/

And that seems like a nice, healthy diet balancing some bread-and-butter features with pretty esoteric and experimental stuff, in such a way that you could easily apply anything in between. If that’s not what Ableton has always been about, I don’t know what is.

Speaking of which, bonus – only because Robert Henke was sharing this on his social media this week – watch the Ableton co-founder product some synthetic sounds using Live as instrument. One of the first videos Ableton ever uploaded to the then-new YouTube service (CDM was in its second year):

Despite the grainy video, this is actually just as relevant an approach to sound design and routing in Live in 2020 as it was in 2006.

Don’t forget that for more inspiration, you can check out some of the guides I’ve done recently for Riemann Kollektion:

Max for Live: the techno producers’ guide

Tutorial: Unlock hidden sound tricks in Ableton Live 10’s effects

And you don’t want to miss Sonic Bloom for more resources and patches and more – source of this collection above:

Sonic Bloom: All Things Ableton Live, Push & Max for Live

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FCC Provides Broadcasters Limited Relief on April Children’s Programming Preemptions and Pre-Filing Notices for June 1 Renewal Filings

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Fri 10 Apr 2020 3:28 pm

The FCC announced two actions yesterday providing broadcasters targeted relief during the heart of this pandemic.  In a Public Notice released yesterday, the FCC announced that it will waive its rules to allow the preemption of children’s educational and informational programs during the month of April to allow TV stations to air live or near-live coverage of community events, including religious services.  The Notice seemed to be particularly geared to allow stations to broadcast Easter and Passover services in the coming days.  In this time of social distancing, the FCC said that this programming would benefit the public interest by providing the opportunity for people to experience religious services and other events without endangering the public by attendance at such events.  The community-events programs covered by this exception needs to be live or same-day taped coverage of local events.  This limited waiver applies only for the month of April.

The FCC released another Public Notice yesterday, relieving radio stations in Ohio and Michigan of the obligation to run their license renewal pre-filing announcements.  The FCC wanted to relieve the administrative burden on stations as well as to clear more time for commercials or COVID-related PSAs.  Radio stations in these states do need not run the pre-filing announcements now scheduled for April 16, May 1 and May 16.  The FCC notes, however, that stations do still need to run the post-filing renewal announcements that are scheduled to begin on June 1.  This ruling at this point applies only to stations in the June 1 filing window and has not been extended to any subsequent window.  These two actions by the FCC add to previous actions we cataloged here to try to make the regulatory burdens on broadcasters at least somewhat lighter during the current trying time.

New Order: where to start in their back catalogue

Delivered... Dave Simpson | Scene | Fri 10 Apr 2020 2:30 pm

In Listener’s Digest, our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Next up: the band who rose from the ashes of Joy Division to wed guitars and dance music

Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)

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DJ Python: Mas Amable review – deep reggaeton lithe electronica for heart and feet

Delivered... Tayyab Amin | Scene | Fri 10 Apr 2020 9:30 am

(Incienso)
Python’s deft, dancefloor-friendly explorations add deep-house chords and ambient susurrations to dembow, to heady effect

From dembow’s influence on Justin Bieber’s Purpose to the rise of international reggaeton superstars J Balvin and Bad Bunny, tresillo rhythms have been a dominant force in pop for a few years now. Dancehall and reggaeton have featured more and more across the global electronic underground circuit, too – yet even here, the music of “deep reggaeton” pioneer Brian Piñeyro stands alone. Producing and DJing as DJ Python, he combines the swinging percussion of reggaeton with deep-house chords and ambient techno textures. It’s a concoction that seems so natural and almost obvious in retrospect, though that notion owes itself to the quality of Piñeyro’s lithe compositions. With an EP, remixes and considerable touring experience in between, this new record follows his 2017 full-length debut to plunge even deeper into the sound.

Structured like a mix, Mas Amable is an album meant for listening all the way through. Piñeyro refers to it as a soup, cooked by taste rather than recipe. This analogy rings true from its beatless beginnings to the various elements intuitively stirred in or stripped out along the way, defining sections beyond the tracklist’s delineations. The record’s first beat is introduced on scratch-heavy roller Pia, then inverted into a teetering stutter on its successor. Introspective, ensnaring lead single ADMSDP features ASMR-like susurrations from guest vocalist LA Warman, rumbled only by the introduction of a bassline reminiscent of Voices from the Lake. Cohesive and seamless, Mas Amable reaches the heart of the rhythm and the soul of the drum, aspiring to a meditative quality and tranquility that almost feels sacred.

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