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Media : MP3: Heliotropes Release Spooky Track, “I Walked With A Zombie” (FILTER Premiere)

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 11:39 pm
MP3: Heliotropes Release Spooky Track, “I Walked With A Zombie” (FILTER Premiere)

In honor of Halloween, we have a new track, "I Walked With A Zombie," by Heliotropes, originally  by Roky Erickson, here as a FILTER Premiere

The Brooklyn-based band sings of—you guessed it—walking with zombies. And I'm sure many of you will be doing just that this evening. Or at the very least watching zombies drag their feet when you put on Hocus Pocus for the fifth time this season.

And if this wasn't fun enough, the single art was drawn by Steve Manale of Scott Pilgrim. Make sure you listen to the FILTER Premiere of "I Walked With A Zombie" below.

Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com

Behind the scenes of Flying Lotus’ new tour

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 10:30 pm
Red Bull Music Academy has a six-minute film detailing the Los Angeles producer's impressive "Layer 3" visual show, a key part of his current world tour.

Check Out The Flying Lotus Live Show Projections: Layer 3

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 9:15 pm
Guaranteed to blow your mind.

Watch Laetitia Sadier – “Lightning Thunderbolt” (video)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 9:15 pm
New music and a video from Ms. Sadier.

Faders, Pads, Knobs: Livid’s Alias 8 is a Bread-and-Butter Controller With Things You Actually Want

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 7:49 pm

As controllers get wild and creative and integrated with software, here’s one that might be simple and versatile enough to work with anything for some time. Photos courtesy Livid Instruments.

Finally: a boring controller. No, that’s a good thing.

We’re in an amazing era of controller hardware, witnessing an explosion of kit with fancy features, tight integration with software, and slick oceans of colored LEDs packed with sophisticated sensors.

Only… wait a minute.

Sometimes, you want something fairly generic that maps easily to a variety of software, not just the new Abletive Tracktletron DJ Studio Pro Scratchly Edition. Something with some basic faders and knobs and things, not something you play by wiggling your nose and waving the thing around as you fling your hair.

To put it another way, I know plenty of people who still swear by Evolution’s UC-33e controller, and neither the controller nor the company still exists. We ought to have a UC-33e for 2012, right?

Meet the Alias 8. It’s just a nice, compact controller layout. It looks like every controller, in a good way: it has a generic layout you could map to your favorite soft synth organ or a lighting rig or an Ableton set or a granular patch you just made or … you get the idea. In fact, like the Evolution, it has a master fader (or vertical crossfader) on the right, and pairs knobs with faders.

True to Livid’s personality, you do still get some nice colored pads, but in a 2×8 matrix that’d work perfectly for arming tracks, or as a step sequencer, or… the list goes on.

It’s boring, like a screwdriver is boring. It almost looks like integrated hardware, rather than a controller. You start looking at the pads and faders and knobs, and seeing mappings. That could be $299 well spent – because, like the UC-33e, you could be using it ten years from now.

And since it’s class-compliant, it’ll work with your Mac, Windows, Linux, iPad, Raspberry Pi, or something that hasn’t been invented yet.

I hope to get one to test from Texas soon.


8 – 30mm faders
1 – 60mm fader
16 – rotary potentiometers
16 – RGB LED backlit buttons
1- push-button detented encoder
2 analog expansion ports for Livid XPC and DIY controllers (up to 16 additional analog controls)
15 banks of control on separate MIDI channels
Character display
USB powered class-compliant MIDI
Crafted by hand in Austin, TX USA

Dimensions: 7.5” x 11” x 1 ⅝” (including knobs and feet) (19 cm x 28 cm x 4.1 cm)


Watch Broadcast – “The Equestrian Vortex” (video)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 7:45 pm
New music from Broadcast!

Don’t Go Postal: The Postal Service Goes Platinum

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 7:45 pm
It's sad to hear recent comments from Ben Gibbard that The Postal Service won't be recording any new music ... but it's good to hear that the album Give Up has officially gone platinum, according to news today from Sub Pop Records in Seattle.

Halloween: Moog Theremin Videos Are Cute, Silly, Trippy

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 7:41 pm

The rest of the year, we work hard to convince people that the Theremin is a beautiful, lyrical instrument, able to play Classical music and with a quality not unlike a crystal-clear human soprano, and not in any way necessarily connected with aliens or b-grade sci-fi movies or, most of all, Halloween.

Yet, oddly, those traits that scared people away from the Theremin (boo!) are these days allowing them to approach it – Classical-level mastery to come later. So, perhaps it makes sense that Moog Music this year made glow-in-the-dark instruments and a video contest for Halloween. And, anyway — this is fun.

If you don’t find the zombie kids tooth-achingly cute, you’re possibly Halloween’s equivalent of Ebeneezer Scrooge / The Grinch. Moog Music’s finalists are, from top, adorable, silly-creepy, and … one mad trip. As for the score of the world’s oldest major electronic instrument, now about a century old? It’s still playable, still relevant, and more popular than ever.

And just remember: this is the instrument that inspired Bob Moog that inspired an entire revolution of synthesizers. So maybe this isn’t so silly, after all – all treat, no trick.

Diablo: New Machinedrum [Travis Stewart] Halloween Single [Free Listening]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 7:29 pm

Machinedrum, aka Travis Stewart, has a track that fulfills all the needs of a Halloween special one-time single download release:

1. Your butt will move around in a shaking fashion.
2. It will make you smile.
3. There’s some wolf-howling action. (Good for your inner canine, even after this holiday season passes.)
4. There’s a guy shouting about El Diablo. (Always good.)

Get it. It’s free. You’ll probably be on a new mailing list. (boo!)


Hope we talk to Travis more about some of his new music; stay tuned. But – this track is now on repeat.

PS – I would embed the stream, but for some reason all those animated Satanic sperms and the SoundCloud embed overlay aren’t letting me copy the code. (Hmmm… a shame, as the service they’re using looks cool. Not sure who I blame on this one, though – since 10% of the CDM readership is some kind of Web developer, perhaps you can enlighten us.)

PPS – does this make anyone else suddenly want to play Diablo?

Com Truise talks inspiration, cover art, and the Mysterious Universe

Delivered... KC Orcutt | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 7:00 pm
Following his 2011 debut, Galactic Melt, on Ghostly International, producer and self-proclaimed synth enthusiast Seth Haley (aka Com Truise) has barely had any time to sit still. In the time since, he's released a collection of early work, rarities, and exclusive tracks for his second full-length, In Decay, remixed folks like Neon Indian, Daft Punk, and Twin Shadow, and toured the United States and beyond. Haley took some time to chat with us before his pit stop in New York, as part of the 32nd-annual CMJ festival for the Windish Agency's showcase, playing alongside Poolside and Bonde do Role.

Happy Halloween, From Bleepy Monster Electronics Everywhere [Time Warp Gallery]

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 6:55 pm

Let’s do the Time Warp again. As far as synthesizers making spooky sounds are concerned, I’m pleased to party every day like it’s Halloween. (After all, what is the point of music electronics if not to scare small children, animals, and… adults?)

But I want to take us back to 2007, when our friends at Bleep Labs produced this great series of limited-edition Halloween mods to their fantastic Thingamagoop. It’s an excuse to just point you to Bleep Labs’ site – they remain one of the world’s great vendors for genuinely-fun sonic electronics for everyone. They’re gadgets you can use as unique instruments — or teach even non-musicians who haven’t a clue about circuitry about the magic of electricity. No, this isn’t a sponsored post. Some music inventions are like your favorite Halloween candy: you can only say positive things. (Sorry, candy corn. It’s all about the Tootsie Pop.)


Heck, some of you may be too young to remember reading CDM that long half-decade ago, before the iPhone had apps and when some music artists were still on MySpace. So – let’s turn back the clock and enjoy.

Listen to Crystal Castles – “Affection” (stream)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 6:45 pm
The song sets a strong electro-meets-beats tone, reminiscent of an 808 state drum machine. Singer Alice Glass remains subdued in the background with her vocals, and her 'Affection' stays on a short leash with the song clocking in at just over two minutes.

Xosar goes pagan

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 6:40 pm
Here's a medley of horror soundtrack-style improvisations for Glissando magazine from the Rush Hour producer, just in time for Halloween.

Watch Soundgarden “Non-State Actor” (video)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 6:15 pm
It's time to get down and dirty.

Eskmo moves to LA and comes out swinging with another emotionally charged record

Delivered... Chris Galvin | Scene | Wed 31 Oct 2012 6:00 pm
When Eskmo's self-titled debut album dropped on Ninja Tune back in 2010, it was one of those forward-thinking releases that couldn’t be neatly defined by a genre—a rare, refreshing record that ran the gamut of styles with its liberal use of compressed synths, delicately woven through shuffling beats and dreamy vocals. Like a church chorus, the media and like-minded luminaries such as Amon Tobin and Flying Lotus sang its praises. Two years later, “A lot of people carry a lot of fear about needing to have specific intros, specific drops, specific breakdowns, and timing stuff," explains Eskmo (aka producer Brendan Angelides). "God forbid, you write something in 3/4 or anything like that." Thank goodness, because his latest release, Language, once again treads where few dare—across genre lines. We chatted with Angelides about being inspired by fellow Ninja Amon Tobin, the Low End Theory and Brainfeeder parties, and his recent migration south to the City of Angels.
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