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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » 2012 » September

Get trippy with Mathew Dear, Flying Lotus and more

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Sun 30 Sep 2012 8:02 pm
Beatport picks out last month's ten trippiest music videos.


Delivered... sanjay kundalia | Scene | Sun 30 Sep 2012 6:38 pm
With all the news that’s been coming out of Egypt over the last year, it’s surprising that more music has not been circulating. Years before the terms ‘Arab Spring’ was coined, French producer Jérôme Ettinger devoted himself to exploring, preserving and spreading the sound of the North African country he fell in love with. Assembling [...]

VIDEO: MOBILIZE // Janaka Selekta & Seti X

Delivered... sanjay kundalia | Scene | Sun 30 Sep 2012 6:26 pm
Janaka Selekta & SETI X aka Mandeep Sethi come together for their first collaboration, bridging genres and generations of Asian underground frequencies. Filmed in the Endless Canvas Special Delivery Warehouse in Oakland, California, SETI guides the viewer through layers and layers of visual code and modern day supreme hieroglyphics blasted against the walls of concrete, speaking stories [...]

RIP Juan Arnau

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Sun 30 Sep 2012 9:04 am
The "grandfather of techno" in Barcelona and founder of the long-running club Florida 135 has passed on.

Chip Grooves: SID 8-bit Hardware Groovebox Preview, Works with iPad Editor [Videos]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Sat 29 Sep 2012 1:22 pm

German maker Mode Machines has been busy in the cloning laboratory. The latest hardware melds the classic chip sounds of the SID chip with an x0x sequencer a la the Roland TB-303. That surely qualifies as the synth nerd equivalent of combining chocolate and peanut butter.

We saw a unit blipping away at Frankfurt’s Messe trade show earlier this year, but now Mode Machines have posted a new preview and promise units soon. The preview also reveals more of how this unit works, including per-note modulation and sequencing features. Earlier this year, we saw a Mac/Windows/Linux editor; now, it seems they’re adding an iPad editor to that. It’s an intriguing concept, though details are scant on how it works – for now, it appears to just have a simple MIDI keyboard and ribbon controller, so you might be better off with your favorite MIDI sequencer or controller app and the onboard knobs. And no, I don’t know what’s with the creepy segment at the beginning.

But let’s get back to the original idea: it’s a SID and a 303-style sequencer. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun. And in a feature touted earlier this year, there’s a “NERD-PANEL” mode that lets you hack sounds on a pin-by-pin basis.


  • Built around the original MOS SID chip, as heard in the Commodore 64, at least in the first 300 units. (Initially, I wondered if this was emulation; it’s not. Now, it seems the 8580 would make more sense than the scarcer 6581, but these are apparently 6581s. After the initial run, they’re planning to switch to a Polish clone of the chip.)
  • x0x control layout
  • Step sequencing
  • 3 expression knobs for macro controls of each patch
  • Bundled editor software (see the video below, from earlier this year)
  • NERD-PANEL, “a powerful interactive blueprint which enables you to address the chip one pin at a time – also a great educational tool.”
  • 100+ Patches.
  • 50+ Wavetables drum sounds/effects.
  • Audio in, out; MIDI in, out. USB connectivity for MIDI control, too.
  • Onboard display.
  • German and English documentation.

Street expected around 600 – Euros and USD, I believe.

I’m hoping for a lot more details. Also, you’ll notice a “junior” groovebox that appears to be just the display and three expression knobs, minus the x0x step sequencer. Stay tuned.

Mode Machines has not been without controversy, as some models built around the x0xb0x and and MIDIbox upset members of those communities. It seems the new hardware here, though, is an entirely new, AVR-based design.

Here’s a rough, not-terribly-enlightening video (released along with the preview) showing the iPad app. It’s connected via MIDI and the USB port of Apple’s Camera Connection Kit. Let’s hope we see more editing features, as that would certainly justify a dedicated app. (That red waveform suggests something’s coming.)

iPad connectivity is cool theoretically, but the wavetable editor for Mac/Windows/Linux looks really powerful. Here’s a more detailed walkthrough of how that editor works:

And from MusoTalk, an all-German-language interview and walkthrough of the video. (You can easily follow much of this video if you speak English, thanks to the use of English technical terminology in German.)


Thanks to Benjamin Weiss at DE:BUG for the tip. For superb German-language technology coverage, don’t miss:

http://de.engadget.com/ [actually one of my favorite tech reads, and with entirely different content than what you see on the English-language Engadget]

Cooly G on football and motherhood

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Sat 29 Sep 2012 12:01 pm
Tiny Mix Tapes caught up with the Hyperdub producer about her semi-pro football past, and the effect being a mother has had on her career.

Mark Fell’s particle music

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Sat 29 Sep 2012 6:03 am
Create Digital Music has the scoop on the SND member's latest project: music based on the movement of particles viewed under a high-powered microscope.

News : RSVP Now for Culture Collide Happy Hours

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Sat 29 Sep 2012 3:56 am
RSVP Now for Culture Collide Happy Hours

What is FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide without the Happy Hours?!

Please join us for exclusive performances, special giveaways and drink specials hosted at the Culture Collide homebase, TAIX (1911 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026).

See below for all the details and be sure to RSVP.  Early arrival is suggested as RSVP does not guarantee admission.

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Mix of the day: Perc

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Sat 29 Sep 2012 12:00 am
Click through for the fourth edition of the Dystopia Podcast, expertly mixed by one of most exciting figures in techno today.

News : FILTER’s Week In Reviews for 9/28

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2012 11:00 pm
FILTER’s Week In Reviews for 9/28

With all the news, videos, .MP3s and other good stuff we’re delivering to your virtual doorstep on a weekly basis, it’s easy to miss FILTER’s two cents on releases, from debuts to reissues. So, here they are, from us to you in one place: FILTER’s renowned reviews, straight from the printed page to your screen. Check out what you missed out on and get down to the record store for further investigation.


► Grizzly Bear












Band Of Horses
Mirage Rock





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A1 Bassline’s exclusive “Copper” is gold

Delivered... John Donaghy | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2012 8:00 pm
Along with the likes of Eats Everything, Julio Bashmore, and others, A1 Bassline (aka Christian Sibthorpe) is part of the new generation of UK house producers that have been carving out their own style while taking in influences from garage, jungle, and drum & bass. Last year marked the release of his A1 Bassline EP on Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird label, with another standout track, "Why Do You," featuring on the Dirtybird Hatched Vol. 1 compilation.

New exclusives from Gabriel Ananda, Till Kruger, Black Sun Empire, Sidney Charles + more!

Delivered... Ken Taylor | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2012 7:00 pm
The weekend is upon us, and that means another set of brand-new, pre-cut music packs for Mashbox, the app that lets you mash-up your favorite dance music and pop songs on your iPad. Today's Mashbox crate features a number of exclusives from the techno, deep house, and drum & bass worlds: - Gabriel Ananda, Till Kruger - Hey Blop (Till Kruger's Apnoia Remix) [Basmati] - Pyero - Bura [Scream And Shout Recordings] - Sidney Charles - Don't Go [Jeudi Records] - Black Sun Empire - Thunderbolt [Black Sun Empire] - Black Sun Empire - Drizzle [Black Sun Empire]

Get Inside the Musical Brain of Machinedrum [Free Ableton Downloads, Listening]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2012 6:05 pm

“Blah, blah, I use Acme MusicStation Pro because it sounds completely dope – I love that compressor.”

Okay. Before we begin, you’re not alone. Yes, a lot of artist profile endorsements, even some well-meaning ones, can wind up being rather useless. But at the risk of being redundant – since many of you get their mailing list – what’s special about a new set of profiles and downloads from Ableton is, you have a rare chance to dig deeper into the world of some musicians, learning about their techniques and approach in a way you can apply to your work.

And that can be literally excavating layers of musical content from the actual sessions.

Machinedrum, aka Travis Stewart, is a producer’s producer, sought-after for his unique imagination and craft solo and as half of the duo Sepalcure (with Praveen Sharma). His music seems to tap into a particular zeitgeist, but regardless of your idiom of expression, there’s something to be learned from the way he wrangles his instruments and tracks. With a downloadable Ableton Live Set, you can dig into some of that material. (In fact, because of the way Ableton stores its audio files, you can do so even if you – cough – don’t use Live.) Here he is talking about some of those layers:

I tend to use field recordings as layers underneath my tunes. I feel it gives the songs an environment or space to exist in, and makes the listening experience a more visual one. I used a noise gate on the water sound that comes in with the drums. It gives the drums a new texture and keeps the song sounding a bit more organic.

All of this segues perfectly to talking about why Room(s) (Planet Mu) and this track “Sacred Frequency” matter, beyond the fact that Travis is an artist in the spotlight now.

Part of the appeal of Machinedrum is to me his ability to saturate the musical spectrum with layers, without losing definition. In his less-heard T. STEWART project, for instance, he’s still working with dreamy, introspective melodies like those drifting in and out of this number. I can talk about that, but it’s even better when you get a chance to hear not only the full result, but examine the brushwork, as it were, in the individual tracks.

Now, while it’s a blow to Creative Commons advocacy, the downloads are labeled “for educational purposes only.” But, perhaps that’s license to resist the temptation to remix and just go in and listen to the raw materials of the music – to look behind the curtain.

So much is made of the fact that now everyone has access to technology, that anyone can produce – with or without the studio and label as gatekeeper, that technology makes process transparent.

Here’s another way of thinking about it, though. Part of what breeds a connoisseur is familiarity. With more access to technology, more people can begin to appreciate what goes into production. Now, the flipside could be that technical tricks alone would take on value. But I think just understanding that there is a process behind music, becoming a more active listener, is always a good thing.

And that can be the way with theory: anything that makes you listen more closely can expand, not contract, your experience of music.

At Ableton:

Machinedrum: Sacred Frequencies

More Machinedrum Listening

I’m talking; better to listen to the music. Here are some good places to start (mixes and Machinedrum originals alike, for the whole landscape):

There’s lots more Machinedrum to hear:


Or, Download a Free Ableton Live Pack Made By a Cat

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2012 6:01 pm

In speaking about iPad apps this week, I mentioned the possibility of music made by cats. And, of course, today we look at the possibility of going inside Machinedrum’s musical technique. So, it’s only appropriate to offer you the opportunity to produce music with a sonic toolbox … developed by a cat. (Apologies, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Eno.)

AfroDJMac writes:

I was reading your post on Brian Eno and the blurb about cats making music, and I have something kind of relevant. I just put out Free Ableton Rack #65, which features my cat playing a rubberband, recorded with a contact mic. I then made the samples into a pretty versatile little synth. I know you guys are pro contact mic, and this also involves the current animal of choice on CDM.

The Post: http://bit.ly/freesynth65
The Video (featuring my cat, Theo, on the rubberband) [above]

I’m actually a dog person, myself, generally, but I will certainly try to maintain an unbiased journalistic approach to species. Of course, if you’re allergic to cats, this download will still be perfectly safe. Problem solved.

Media : WATCH: Stephen Brower & the Silent Majority Release New Video, Announce EP (FILTER Premiere)

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2012 5:30 pm
WATCH: Stephen Brower & the Silent Majority Release New Video, Announce EP (FILTER Premiere)

Stephen Brower & the Silent Majority (sb/sm) have announced they'll release a three-song EP, Sorry, Charlie, on October 16. This EP will be made available for free on the band's website, as well as NoiseTrade and Bandcamp.

The inspiration for the EP, which is the follow-up to 2011's full-length sb/sm, is the band's drummer, Charlie Dresser, leaving the band to move from Los Angeles. So all the members went to Studio 2 at Sunset Sound and recorded these songs in only a few hours.

And from this EP, 
Stephen Brower & the Silent Majority have released the video for "Yer Fucked," and we have it here as a FILTER Premiere. The video features old-timey images of masculinity, like wrestling and racing cars. And if you are into the Misfits or Samhain, this song will surely satisfy you.

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