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Cheb i Sabbah interview in LA Weekly

Delivered... globalnoize | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 10:18 pm

Cheb i Sabbah was interviewed this week in the LA Weekly, in their new video column Urban Nomad

His most recent album on Six Degrees Records is Devotion. You can download the single ‘Qalanderi’ below.

Primacoustic TelePad-4

Delivered... Electronic Musician | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 10:18 pm
Designed for Apple's latest iPhone, TelePad-4 allows musicians to mount their iPhone directly on a mic stand, music stand or hi-hat.

Graph Tech Acoustic Guitar MIDI System

Delivered... Electronic Musician | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 10:17 pm
Using the technology from the ghost system, Graph Tech tailored the system for nylon and steel-stringed acoustic guitars. Graph Tech uses custom piezo crystals encapsulated in a set of patented String Saver saddles to retain the guitar’s authentic acoustic tone with the added benefit of longer string life. 

The Bridge, Ableton + Serato, Available; New Mixtape Video

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 5:19 pm

The Bridge, the software resulting from collaboration between Ableton and Serato we first saw in January, is available today. The integration is free, provided you have the right software: you need both a copy of a full version of Ableton Live or Live Suite 8.2 or above and Serato Scratch Live 2.1.1. (Live LE, for instance, is not compatible.) You need the Serato Scratch Live hardware in order to run Scratch Live, for those of you unfamiliar with the Serato side.

Check out our past coverage for more details of what The Bridge is about:

At top, Ableton has released a video that shows off what may be The Bridge’s most popular feature: for people who have Live and Serato, the software makes it ridiculously easy to use Live to fine-tune mixes you’ve made live in Serato. (Yeah, Percussion Lab should be all over this feature, as big Live and Serato fans who regularly make mixes with Serato that they stream live on the Internet and later release… you get the idea. Ditto anyone else in the same boat.)

Thanks, GearJunkies, for spotting the vid.

The basic features:

  • Transport control syncs up Live and Scratch Live, so that a turntable or CDJ can pitch, nudge, and loop Live. (“It’s like having Ableton Live on one of your decks,” explains Ableton PR.) Beatgrid syncs beats, too.
  • View your Ableton Session View from inside a window in Scratch Live, with control over clips, scenes, instruments, devices, and mixing.
  • Record Serato performances as Live Sets, then tweak them, as in in the video above.

Ableton has high hopes; Gerhard Behles says in the press release, “The Bridge encourages DJs to become producers and producers to become DJs.” That may be, but my guess is that Live has already done that to some extent. What’s been missing is that the people who, um, “bridge” those two roles have wound up with somewhat split personalities, working in Serato and Live but without any workflow between them. Initially, I’d imagine it’s that crowd – the people who already own the two products – who will give this a try. If it works well for them, that means a still-larger army of Ableton advocates who tell their Serato-using friends to try the other tool, and visa versa, but that may be down the road. (Conclude arbitrary speculation; check back with me in about a year and see if I was right.) I’m not sure Live users will be rushing out to buy Scratch Live hardware, but eventually this could make Serato users more comfortable getting their feet wet on the production side.

Official site:

FCC Plans March Auction for New FM Stations – 147 New FM Licenses for Sale

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 5:05 pm

Interested in a new FM radio station?  Now might be your chance.  The Commission today announced an upcoming auction, designated as FCC Auction No. 91, offering licenses for 147 new FM channels in various communities across the country.  The auction will begin on March 29.  Today's public notice merely lists the channels to be auctioned and the proposed minimum bid in the auction to be associated with each channel, and asks for comments on the procedures that will apply in conducting the auction.  We would expect that applications to participate in the auction will probably be due sometime in or around January, 2011.  The list of the 147 licenses to be offered for sale is available here.  The FCC Public Notice asking for comment on the auction procedures is available here

Parties who are interested in bidding for any of these channels will be able to submit short form applications indicating the channels in which they are interested.  As stated above, we would expect these applications will be due sometime early in 2011, so that the FCC can process those applications and receive the necessary upfront payments from parties interested in the auction in time for the auction itself to begin in March.  Thus, parties who are interested in any of these channels should start their due diligence process now, and determine which channels may be of interest, and which channels can actually be built in such a way as to cover areas that an applicant may want to serve, so that they can be ready to file their applications.

Applications, when filed, will not need to specify a specific transmitter site but, once the auction is over, winning bidders will need to quickly identify and file complete construction permit applications containing specific transmitter sites for which they have reasonable assurance.  Reasonable assurance requires that there be a specific understanding with the landowner that the site will be available for the station, and some understanding as to terms on which the site will be available.  As the post-auction period for filing this full application will be short, and cannot be extended, applicants should begin preparations for the auction now, to be ready to file the long-form application in the event that they are a successful bidder.  Moreover, as the Commission expects applicants to have done diligence before they bid, applicants will be liable for the amount bid in the auction, even if the station ultimately cannot be constructed in the manner that the applicant expected.  One more reason to do your diligence now. 

Applicants who have identified a usable transmitter site can specify that site in their applications to protect it from subsequent applications.  Because of the upcoming filing window, FM broadcasters should also anticipate a freeze on the filing of any FM technical applications at some point late this year in anticipation of the auction filing window, in order to give applicants a stable technical situation so that they can identify usable transmitter sites. 

Note that, while there are 147 channels spread around the country, there seem to be a large concentration in Texas.  The remaining channels are all across the country.  So check out the list, and see what might be of interest. 

Comments on the procedures for the auction are due on October 13. 

On a ragga tip

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 5:04 pm
Think you've got a handle on all of the wacky dance music genres out there? DJ History presents a piece that was originally published in Mixmag back in 1992 that charted the rise of reggae-infused techno sounds.

Media : Sharon Van Etten, Save Yourself (LIVE)

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 4:42 pm
Sharon Van Etten, Save Yourself (LIVE)

Sharon Van Etten came to Brooklyn via Jersey via Tennessee via Jersey. Along the way, she sang in choirs, rejected her school’s music program, worked at an all-ages venue, trained as a sommelier, and got a full time job at a record label. She also had some bad experiences in relationships. OK, more than some.

Epic, Van Etten’s second album, lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism and all the other emotions we hate in others and recognize in ourselves. FILTER caught up with Van Etten at Pitchfork Music Festival where she gave us an exclusive listen to her song, Save Yourself. (Try to ignore the train that rolls by)

Epic came out this week, on Ba Da Bing! Records.

Pictoplasma on global tour

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 4:24 pm

Yearly the Pictoplasma festival enthralls not only Berlin’s designers, artists and admirers, but the international character design affine scene. This October, Pictoplasma wants to recreate this fantastic event on a global tour. Expect la crème de la crème of animated screenings with narrative shorts, music visuals, motion graphics and experimental animation.

Germany will commence the event with dates already planned in Hamburg, München and, later on, Düsseldorf. Further plans are lined up for Dundee, Scotland, along with an appearance in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Americans will also get a taste of the show with New York’s esteemed Parsons the New School of Design getting a shout.

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Full details have been given for Hamburg and München. Expect Rilla von Rinzen (AUS), Siggi Eggertsson (IS), Akinori Oishi (JP) and Fons Schiedon (NL). Each event carries its own group of unique artists – so no show will be the same.

Further tour stops will be announced shortly, so be sure to check the Pictoplasma page regularly.


Date: 2. October 2010
Time: 18:00 – 00:00
Venue: Kampnagel – International Center for Finer Arts
Location: Jarrestrasse 20, 22303 Hamburg, Germany

Date: 12. October 2010
Time: 20:30 – 00:00
Venue: Salon M’unique / Cafe Luitpold
Location: Brienner Straße 11, 80333 München, Germany

Date: 11. November 2010
Time: t.b.a.
Venue: NEoN Digital Arts Festival
Location: Dundee, Scotland

Date: 13. November 2010
Time: 3pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Parsons The New School for Design
Location: 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA

Date: 3. December 2010
Time: 20:30 – 00:00
Venue: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft
Location: Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf, Germany

Hamburg Flyer:


Ableton Amp: Amplifier Add-on for Live Goes Minimal, Dirty, Integrated

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 4:03 pm

Dirty and minimal – that’s how I’d describe first impressions of Amp, the just-announced Ableton amp modeling add-on for Live. It appears at first glance to be just what you’d expect: it’s a radically simplified user interface for modeling amplifiers (“Amp”) and cabinets (“Cabinet”). (Hey, shouldn’t that have been Amp and Cab, or does that make people think of wine and taxis?)

Or, as Ableton’s press release puts it, the aim is to “get good dirt, fast.” What you get in the add-on:

  • Live-styled, minimal UIs, emphasizing essential parameters
  • Inserts you can use to dirty up guitar tracks, clips, drums, synths – anything.
  • 7 amp models, covering “Clean,” “Boost” (think tremolo British), “Blues,” “Rock,” “Lead,” “Heavy,” and “Bass.” Names have been changed to protect the innocent… trademarks.
  • Cabinet, which instead of offering lots of mic positioning choices and the lot chooses the “optimized” positions for you you’re most likely to use.
  • A Live Lesson to get you started.
  • Integrated goodness, with Instrument Racks, Effect Racks, Live Clips, and 400 presets.

As with previous recent add-ons, Ableton chose a collaborator to bring in expertise. The developers are Swedish outfit Softube, who have done development work for the likes of Abbey Road Studios, TC Electronic, and even work on Marshall’s new JMD:1 hardware/software guitar amp. Their specialty is modeling vintage analog circuitry.

I asked Ableton’s Daniel Büttner, Sound Product Manager for Amp, to explain why we should care. “It’s fully integrated in Live,” he responds, “it’s extremely simple to use and you can get results quickly, and (a subjective observation – ) it sounds wonderful.”

And, says Daniel, Amp is built to be part of the Suite. “Amp greatly enhances the existing Suite instruments. Check out the preset “Bass-Mosh Pit Bass” for example – it is a rather thin sounding Tension preset run through Amp. The result is amazing.”

What Amp isn’t, it seems, is direct competition for guitar packages like IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube and NI’s Guitar Rig. Instead of tons and tons of tweaking and different models, it focuses on the basics. As such, I can certainly see it appealing to people who are deep into the Ableton way of doing things. And with clips and racks and such, while guitarists may insist upon more extensive toolsets in dedicated packages, this appears to be a more producer-friendly option for those who find the big guitar suites overwhelming.

US$129 as the add-on, but it seems more likely as a way of sweetening Suite; once you have Suite, it’s a free download. That means, Suite users, you can go grab it right now with 8.2.


From CEO to Chairman, Jonas Tempel takes a new role at Beatport

Delivered... Posted by Jonas Tempel | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 4:00 pm
Since joining the founding team in 2002 with my friends Eloy Lopez and Bradley Roulier, I've been the only CEO of Beatport. It's been a dream job, combining everything that I love into one role: dance music, the internet, graphic design, and of course DJing. Well, as in all things, change was bound to happen. I'm happy to announce Beatport has appointed a new CEO, Matt Adell, who has officially taken over my role after serving as our COO (Chief Operating Officer) for the past 15 months. I will remain with the company as the Chairman and work with Matt on an ongoing basis. But this letter isn't intended solely to announce the change in leadership. As a matter of fact, I'd like this letter to read as a thoughtful thank-you note to all of the people I've been fortunate enough to work with over the last eight years. I'm talking about everyone that has helped Beatport become what it is today: sincerely, thank you for your support. I'm not sure how to thank all of the customers, all of the staff, and all the artists and labels, but I feel like it needs to happen. So here it goes.

Read more on Beatportal

Girl Talk puts out documentary

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 2:41 pm

Love him or hate him, Girl Talk is definitely a cultural phenomenon; someone that has used every mashup or bootleg known to man to make his own individual style possible. The one-man show Gregg Gillis has now put out a documentary together entailing a frenzied show he did on New Years Eve 2009 at the 4.500 capacity Congress Theatre in Chicago.

Gillis sure knows how to play up to a crowd his usual stage props include "confetti canons, an abundance of toilet paper and stage invasions – the Chicago NYE show features a two-story, five-room house on stage which took 4 days and over 20 crew members to build." Possibly something to do with his album cover art, for his most well known album Feed The Animals.

Watch the completely ‘mental’ documentary in full below:

Polar Bear team up with MC Jyager

Delivered... electronic beats NEWS as RSS-Feed | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 12:39 pm

For those of you unaware of Polar Bear, they are one of the most forward thinking innovative music talents at the moment. Born out of the UK, the experimental duo who was nominated for the Mercury Prize, play their brand of skewed jazz pop, wowing audiences across the world.

Signed to one of the best labels on the planet, (sorry for our biased opinion) Leaf Recordings, Polar Bear have decided to release a mini-album Common Ground this October in collaboration with the Portugese born MC Jyager.

For Jyager he talked about the opportunity with Polar Bear, “What I sit and listen to is completely different from what I do,” he says. “I loved working with Seb and the band – the music just put me in a whole different mindstate.”

Leaf is offering up one of the tracks from the album, called ‘Enterprize’ as a free download to mailing list subscribers, but in order too download the track or sign up go here.


1. Recording In Secret
2. Never Giving Up
3. New Love
4. Dont Think I Wont
5. Stay In Control
6. The Role I Choose
7. Flowerpot Remix
8. Fire It Up
9. Enterprize

Common Ground will be released on October 18th

Jonas Kopp talks Argentina

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 12:21 pm
The Argentinian producer tells Sweat Lodge Radio about the techno scene in his home country and the two must see nightspots in Buenos Aires.

Mix of the day: Moombathon

Delivered... Stefski | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 9:37 am

A nice change of pace, Moombathon sets the pressure cooker at around 105 bpm. House beats with a reggaeton thump and guaranteed to start the party remixes of stuff which you, well, might have heard before! We love this.

Moombahton from Gumbuzz at Letsmix.com

Moombahton from Gumbuzz at Letsmix.com.

Chromeo’s gear

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 22 Sep 2010 8:15 am
Motherboard travel to the duo's Montreal studio to take a look at some of the lovely vintage synths that fuel their funk-infused sound.
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