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Musical resolutions – hand-picked music to start 2017

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Wed 11 Jan 2017 7:19 pm

Just as mixes need transitions, humans need pauses. So while some of the divisions of time are arbitrary, we need moments to step back and recollect. So CDM asked a cross-selection of producers and DJs to choose music from 2016 to begin our year. Maybe now – as the vacation spirit is wearing off and task lists are looming – maybe now is the time we need those most.

This particular group of humans generally resisted the idea of making charts, as an empty exercise. But I suppose some of those individuals are the very people whose music selections I value most – because they actually reflect on this a bit and choose something meaningful. So, arm twisting where necessary, we got this. Several colleagues included moments of reflection spent over the new year’s holiday looking back across the whole year. Some even did their digging while preparing for New Year’s gigs.

Anyone who says they’ve got the “best” music of the year is probably out of touch with just how much music the planet is making. But here, we have an honest selection of music that moved people. And we get to meet some of the people making those picks. I hope you enjoy.

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Alan Oldham

Alan Oldham to me is the embodiment of electronic music futurism as it has radiated from Detroit. Apart from being an exceptional DJ and producer (as DJ T-1000), he’s also a leading comic book artist and one of the most desirable people anywhere to design your record sleeve. This is someone who can illustrate electronic fantasies in sound or image. So his picks are a wonderful place to start.

From Silence – Delano Smith [Sushitech]

Vision (Marcel Dettmann Remix) – Radio Slave [Rekids]

Distorter (Housemeister Remix) – DJ T-1000 [AYCB]

The World Through My Eyes Dub Versions – Jason Fernandes [Subfigure]

Dying Planet/Container – Zzino & Guss Carver

Landing XX – Ellen Allien [BPitch Control]

Illuminati Child EP – Alan Oldham

Social Housing – Marquis Hawkes [Marquis Hawkes]

These Are The Voyages – Detroitrocketscience [Detroitrocketscience]

I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over – Tropic of Cancer [Blackest Ever Black]

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Dasha Rush

Dasha needs little introduction – the Russian native, Berlin-based producer and DJ does a bit of everything, from experimental to techno. She helms the beautifully unique Fullpanda, is brilliant in live electronic performance across genre, and has made appearances on the likes of raster-noton.

And I think Dasha came up with my favorite response to these. She chose just one track – one favorite from the past two years. And she said she doesn’t like the forced exercise of selecting charts and numbering them, or DJs charting their own music – all of which I appreciate. (Though in this case I specifically said to DJs, I was happy to see their own tracks in there, too – because I chose producers I love.)

But here’s her one track – and this one selection says a lot, and is worth some time. (The label is a favorite round here at CDM, Nordanvind Records.)

Korridor – “Somnolence”

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Noncompliant

Noncompliant (also known as DJ Shiva or Lisa Ess) is a powerhouse of midwest techno and a talent whose moment has come. 2016 was a prelude to what is yet to come, I think, with a Berlin debut and devastating new techno cuts. So apart from a deep insight into politics and unending oasis of empathy, Lisa is your go-to cat when you want grimy, powerful techno.

It’s also worth highlighting some of the picks here. The lose of Cherushii aka Chelsea Faith was not only personally devastating to many, but heart breaking because her music represented some of the richest possibility in the scene now. How that continues will be a topic to come.

Bas Amro – Imposter Persona [Wolfskuil]

LA4A – Dialup [Delft]

Alex Falk – Blazeit [CGI]

Adam Jay – Corpora LP [DetUnd]

Cherushii – The Industrial City [Run The Length of Your Wildness]

Savile – Share Power [Argot]

Tin Man, Jozef K & Winter Son – Fates Unknown (Erika Remix) [Acid Test]

Jimmy Edgar & Truncate – Submission [Ultramajic]

Fango – Vena Cava [Degustibus]

Avalon Emerson – Narcissus in Retrograde EP [Ghostly]

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Zeno van den Broek

I was fortunate to get to seek out Zeno for our new Establishment imprint, because I already knew and loved his music tastes. So drawing on his own rich experimental background and creative taste, here are some more experimental selections for our list. We’ll be talking more to Zeno this week about his own work, too. But of course, I’m especially fond of the Grischa Lichtenberger music here – see our recent interview.

Shifted – Flatlands [Hospital Productions]

Yannis Kyriakides – Gut Thoughts [Unsounds]

Lorenzo Senni – Rave Voyeur [Warp]

Grisha Lichtenberger – 003_0415_03_re_0112_re_0811_08_lv_1 [raster-noton]
Yves de Mey – Adamance [Spectrum Spools]

Codespira1 – Node #1 [Artefact]

Microseq – Fragments of Here

[Epilepsy warning – but otherwise, this video is amazing]

Esther Dune at Berlin's Gegen party.

Esther Dune at Berlin’s Gegen party.

Esther Dune

Bridging the Amsterdam and Berlin scenes and a regular ring-leader of some of the better appearances literally underground at Tresor, Esther is an unsung techno champion. And like the others here, she’s got a long battle history in labels, production, and DJing. I actually insisted that she select some of her own label and production efforts for that reason – you don’t want to miss them. And it starts with this beautiful, weird track by Jimmy Asquith, the man behind Lobster Theremin records.

You’re probably going to want a record player in order to acquire a lot of this, FYI. Esther’s meticulous personality also means she’s the only one who gave us catalog numbers.

Tom Hang – The New World EP (A1 The New World) [Where to Now? WTN49]

Plural / Hakim Murphy – Split EP (B2 Hakim Murphy – Tbanger) [Another Earth AE202]

Versalife – Selfreplication (A2 Scepsis) [Trust Trust027]

Heavenchord / Stan Soul / EA110 – Coba (A1 Heavenchord – Journey into the subconscious) [Tevol TEVOL001]

Worker Parasite – Druid (A2 Druid) [Electric Pressure ELP001V]

214 – North Cascades (A1 Miami Nights) [Frustrated Funk]

Various Artists – Real Wild Trax (B2 Vin Sol – Down for Mine) [Club Lonely CL003]

33.10.3402 – Untitled (B1 33.10.3402 – Ne Declina A (121 Roland MC 303)) [LIES LIES074]

Myles Serge / Duijn & Douglas – Split EP (A1 Myles Serge -The art of shadow thoughts) [Another Earth AE101]

John Heckle – Tribute to a Sun God (B1 Mesopotamia) [Bedouin Records BDN010]

Esther, as I lack a meticulous personality, I’m not totally certain this is the right L.I.E.S. cut, but … it’s also too nice to share if not.

Meanwhile, here’s one of hers – delicious:

And quite fond of this whole John Heckle record:

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Phase Fatale

Hayden Payne, New York-to-Berlin transplant (a phrase associated with NYC now much like “world champion New York Yankees) is one of the brightest up and coming techno acts. His now-regular sets at Berghain are deliciously gothic and adventurous. And I think his taste are a beautiful hype-free window into what’s happening in the international electronic scene, what’s driving the queues at these clubs beyond just hype, and what is genuinely fresh and enjoyable and new. And sure enough, he delivered a lovely reminder of some favorites of mine, ones I’m sure will appeal here.

Sawf – “High Zone” [Kafta Kafta001]
Ascetic – “Atheism” [Manic Depression Records]
Orphx – “Zero Hour” [Sonic Groove / Hands – see our interview]
November Novelet – “Ursa Minor” [Galakthorrö]
Alvar – “Diffuse Tomorrow” [Alvaret Tape Recordings]
Sarin – “Control” [A+W IX]
Schwefelgelb – “So Heisser Es Wird” [Fleisch 001]
Pure Ground – “Before Us” [Avant! ‎– AV!043]
Unhuman – “Unterstüzung” [Amok Tapes AMOK008]
Source Direct – “The Crane (Function/Inland Remix)”

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Kyoka

Apart from liking Grischa’s latest as much as apparently the rest of us do, Kyoka is a person whose live sets and music consistently come up when chatting with the others here. The second raster-noton inclusion on this list apart from Dasha, I added Kyoka because of her intelligence and enthusiasm. So, we’ll get some repetition, but I think well-deserved – these are tracks a lot of us couldn’t stop listening to last year, and may still look forward to savoring this year.

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Bound State – Ueno Masaaki

Dark Barker – kangding ray

Twistet In the Wind – Frank Bretschneider

a1_entrance_m_v2 – Eomac

Cause to emit sound – DJ SODEYAMA

Just Face It – DJ Git Hyper

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Anastasia Kristensen

From Moscow to Copenhagen, Anastasia has emerged as a brilliant connector – she’s someone who manages to seem to be everywhere, know everyone, but then apply that social intelligence to greater musical depth. And I asked her here because her sets and mixes are diverse and not just cookie-cutter creations.

yen towers – bid II, posh isolation
ctrls – the wave, token
air max’97 – thrall, decisions
dreams – headhunter, nous disques
rx 101 – 101 reasons, saction
jamaica suk – Depth Between Waves, L.A.G.
melly – skip fire, where to now?
rommek – solvent, blueprint records
ken ishii – extra (7th plain remix), a-ton
imaski – hyperloop, (Establishment)

Photo: Michael Breyer.

Photo: Michael Breyer.

Electric Indigo

Susanne Kirchmyer just played a brutal set at about blank his weekend. To those in the know, she’s simply a legend – a foundation of the European scene. She’s also been active in transforming the face of the scene to come, through her work with Female Pressure.

Now, like Dasha, Susanne straddles experimental and techno, AV performance and dancefloor in her own work. Unlike Dasha, Susanne’s rebellion to “name five to ten tracks” was to go with more instead of less. But that reflects her collections, too, so let’s have at all of it!

10 chosen most significant:
Born In Flamez x Modeselektor – TBF [XLR8]
Perc – Ma [Stroboscopic Artefacts 026]
Monolake – Error (VLSI Version) [Imbalance Computer Music ML-032]
B12 – Core Meltdown [FireScope 003]
Rrose – Emboli [Khemia 002]
Adriana Lopez – En Ningun Lugar [Modularz 25]
Headless Horseman – Under The Earth [the29nov 001]
Annie Hall – Hyssop [Subspec 035]
Sky Deep – Woman & The Gun feat. Hevî [female-pressure – Music- Awareness & Solidarity w- Rojava Revolution]
Annie Hall – Herschel [CPU 00011100]

Other tracks that I wanted to be in the top 10:
Orphx – Blood in the Streets [Sonic Groove LP02]
Alhek – The Voice Of Cement Buildings [Mechanical Thoughts LP01]
Antigone & Francois X – Ready To Escape [DEMENT3D 012]
Scalameriya – Ambidextrous [Genesa 006V]
Angelina Yershova – Immersion [Twin Paradox 003]
Silent Harbour – Dock Operations [Transcendent LP001]
Shlømo – The Ritual [Wolfskuil LTD 029]
Kero / Gotshell – Samaria District [Blueprint 047]

More tracks that I really like:
Simo Cell – Away From Keyboard [Livity Sound 021]
Shifted – Clairvoyance Part II [Drifting Over 001]
Dimi Angélis – Dwarf Planets [Construct Re-Form 012]
Insolate – Renew [Out of Place 002]
Trinity – Orchard [Coincidence 074]
DJ Red – Sweet Silence [Electric Deluxe 047]
Klaudia Gawlas – Obsession [Credo 038]
Etapp Kyle – Ahora [Ostgut Unterton 08]

Actually, 2016 was a very good year listening to the music I collected ?

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Ambivalent

Kevin McHugh, aka Ambivalent, but impressing lately as techno act LA4A, is our consummate tasteful last entry here. I appreciate that Kevin actually said he enjoyed picking these for this task. And he’s worth quoting here, because I feel some of his music was the most underrated of the year – even though it was also widely selected by our group of contributors as some of our favorite.

Morphology – Vector Plant – DUM
Physical Therapy – 909 Reasons Why – Delft
Amotik – Terah – Amotik
Avalon Emerson – Glider Gun – Valence
Emmanuel – Masa – Enemy
Vernon Felicity – Defender – Delft
TAFKAMP – I Laf You – Paling Trax
Ambivalent – Whyou (Michael Mayer Remix) – Kompakt
Camea – Signs (Andre Kronert) -Neverwhere
Truncate – Wave 1 – Truncate

Now, this is my kind of New Year’s Resolution. Because listening to all of this makes me want to go discover more and make more music. Unlike those forgotten new year’s gym memberships, this is fitness that is addictive.

And I hope we’ll visit these friends here more throughout the year. That’s a resolution to keep.

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First Chance for New FCC to Deregulate – Abolition of Requirement to Maintain Public File of Letters from the Public About Broadcast Station Operations on January 31 Tentative Agenda

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Wed 11 Jan 2017 5:26 pm

The FCC yesterday released its tentative agenda for its January meeting, to be held on January 31. This will be the first meeting of the post-Chairman Wheeler era, and the two Republican commissioners will be in the majority for the first time in 8 years. There is a single item on the tentative agenda – the abolition of the requirement that broadcasters maintain a paper public file, open for public inspection, containing letters and emails from the public about station operations.  The order also deals with the obligation of cable operators to maintain information about their headends in their public file. We wrote in more detail about the FCC’s proposal to abolish this requirement, here. On January 31, we may see the first deregulatory actions of this new Republican-majority Commission. It will be worth watching to get our initial indication of how the regulatory treatment of broadcasters may change under the new Administration.

FCC Extends Comment Dates on Petitions for Reconsideration of the Media Ownership Rules

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Wed 11 Jan 2017 5:21 pm

The FCC today announced that it is extending, by one week, the time in which to file comments on the Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC’s decision on media ownership rules. The challenges, about which we wrote here, deal with issues including the local television ownership limits, the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules, the attribution for multiple ownership purposes of television stations subject to joint sales agreements, and the counting of radio stations in a local ownership compliance analysis when those stations are located in “embedded markets.” The new deadline for comments on the reconsideration petitions is now January 24, with reply comments now due February 3.

 

WHITNEY TAI – GOOD AT BEING BAD EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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Pop pileup: music’s crowded chorus of producers, rappers and bit-part players

Delivered... Michael Cragg | Scene | Wed 11 Jan 2017 3:26 pm

Clean Bandit’s Christmas hit Rockabye with Sean Paul and Anne-Marie is only the latest popular track to have a silly number of headliners. What lies behind this drive for communal credits?

As a self-confessed pop geek I enjoy poring over the credits of a song via Spotify, Wikipedia, the CD booklet or, given this is 2017, the inlay of a vinyl LP. I like to scan through the 15 or so people listed and try and work out who did what, usually double-checking Sean Paul was involved in some capacity. Loading up a webpage or a streaming site or trying to get the booklet out of the CD without tearing the pages can take time, so luckily nowadays artists are making it easier by listing all of a song’s personnel in the artist field. Influenced by the rise in streaming, the march of the faceless dance producer and the ego of the so-called “super producer”, chart pop has become a modular entity, constructed around various co-headlining elements – the photogenic EDM producer! The reasonably successful singer! Any rapper! – to leave no genre, and therefore no audience base, out in the cold.

The current UK No 1, for example, is by dance-classical crossover boffins Clean Bandit, featuring not only resurgent dancehall rapper Sean Paul (of course), but pop newcomer Anne-Marie too. Meanwhile the Justin Bieber-lite Are You Sure? is a sonic car crash involving Dutch producers Kriss Kross Amsterdam, long-forgotten pop urchin Conor Maynard and if-the-cash-is-right-I’m-there rapper Ty Dolla $ign. These two artist pileups join actor/singer Hailee Steinfeld’s collaboration with EDM producers Grey and Zedd on Starving; The Mack by Nevada featuring Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap; Shed a Light by Robin Schulz and David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes; any Major Lazer song and, deep breath, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and X Ambassadors’ Sucker for Pain.

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CES 2017 Headphone & Earbud Round-up

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Audiophile cans, Custom-molded Earphones and Earbuds that Record 3D Audio Stood out at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

Placid Audio Releases New Resonator Series Microphones

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THE BONNAROO 2017 LINEUP IS OUT!

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U2, Read Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume, Lorde, The xx and Travis Scott all lead the lineup. Tickets are on sale!

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Sennheiser wants to bring 3D audio recording to the masses

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 11 Jan 2017 1:19 pm

The consumer electronic drive to high definition and virtual reality is having a curious, parallel impact on sound. And so it is that Sennheiser now want to market binaural recording to your average smartphone owner – really.

Now, of course, the normal human perception of reality includes both visual depth perception and the ability to localize sound in a 360-degree sphere around the head. That is, provided only one’s eyes and ears are fully functional and each pair is intact, the human brain adapts to these perceptions.

But “3D” visuals and “3D” sounds aren’t themselves directly connected in terms of technology. Firstly, until we begin connecting directly to the human brain, any of the tech billed as 3D is illusory, aimed only at creating sensations that remind us of our normal perception. (And, remarkably, for years even two-dimensional images and monophonic sound sources do a pretty reasonable job!)

From a marketing standpoint, though, the connection is more real than ever.

And what I think may be exciting to music and audio enthusiasts is that this means specialist technology we’ve loved for years is suddenly becoming mainstream.

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Sennheiser’s AMBEO isn’t itself revolutionary, apart from the fact that it’s marketed to the masses. It’s a binaural microphone recording system that adds mics to conventional in-ear headphones. The personal nature of audio here offers an advantage: because you recorded with your own skull wearing the headphones, you’ll be able to play back the same recording with what I imagine is a sensation of “being there” again. That is, the mics were in your own head, so the sound will seem to you to be natural.

There’s also an accompanying VR microphone with a capsule pictured here, though Sennheiser haven’t provided any other details of that. I’ll try to get hands-on with this hardware soon.

Sennheiser haven't said much about this mic. Technologically, it's unrelated - basically, it seems to be a 3-capsule condenser for more precise spatialization. But it also demonstrates that more products are coming under the 3D sound rubric.

Sennheiser haven’t said much about this mic. Technologically, it’s unrelated – basically, it seems to be a 3-capsule condenser for more precise spatialization. But it also demonstrates that more products are coming under the 3D sound rubric.

Sennheiser makes a really weird claim in the press release – they say that they contributed to the first wave of binaural audio by introducing the first open-ear headphones. Uh – no. But that said, I think Sennheiser are the ideal brand to introduce this tech to the listening public, especially with their combined prowess in mics and headphones and their ability to produce both leading pro and leading consumer solutions.

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There is an element missing here. So, these binaural recordings will sound really three-dimensional – to you. But give them to someone else, and because they’re essentially listening to a recording made with your skull, the results won’t be as effective. What’s cool about the AMBEO line, though, is it’s the first step. The next step, I think, will be self-calibration routines in software.

And we’re practically there already. Remember that 3D scanning app Microsoft showed lately? If you can take produce a three-dimensional model with your phone, you can adjust sound playback for each listener’s heads.

It’s going to look a little weird doing the calibration routine, in that you’ll be waving your phone around your head, magician style. But you would only do that once for each listener – and there’s no special hardware to wear, either. (Take that, VR helmets.)

This is also the latest evidence in why the move to digital headphones and away from headphone jacks isn’t necessarily such a bad thing.

That said, the connector is an issue. Whereas Android vendors are using a standard USB-C port, Apple continue to insist on Lightning. To add insult to injury, they’ve missed the opportunity to add their own proprietary port to their own line of laptops – I think there’s absolutely no rational explanation for why the new MacBook Pro standardizes on USB-C but lacks Lightning, unless Apple are planning to themselves dump Lightning for USB-C.

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But let’s not get too hung up on that. The long view is still a positive one.

And it involves not one but two transformations. Not only do you start recording and playing back sound in a way that’s more naturally spatialized than stereo, but you open new possibilities by adding dedicated microphones to headphones.

We’re entering an age that could really change how people listen and record sound. There are applications for deep listening, field recordings, sound walks, for acoustic ecology and sound sensing, for fitness applications that are mindful of exposure to sound and potential hearing damage. Oh, yeah, and … I for one welcome all the mad amounts of bootlegging that will invariably occur. But maybe that’s because I always flake and don’t record my sets.

Mark my words: even if this specific Sennheiser product flops, this stuff is the future. And it’s been a long time coming.

Capture your world in 3D

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