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San Francisco Bay Guardian (SFBG): CHEB I SABBAH, 1947-2013

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11.07.13 – 6:48 pm | Marke B.


Algerian-born, Bay-based DJ and musicmaker Cheb i Sabbah was an international star with an incredible past. But he will always be known here as a beautiful soul and teacher who incited a true spiritual devotion in his fans — and, the godfather of the global house movement, as one of the most creative DJs to coalesce strains of Indian ragga, reggae riddim, African percussion, and more into a wonderfully danceable mix.

A mix, it turns out, that influenced a generation of musicians and dancers and introduced many to the metaphysical joys of a sonic melting pot.

After he had fought cancer for a long time — there were several fundraisers for him over the past few years, which helped keep his music flowing — his family announced his passing this afternoon via his Facebook page. The statement, and some of our favorite tunes, after the jump. We’ll miss him greatly.

(Source: 11/07/2013 – SFBG)



A Live Mashup Video Goes Viral, with Ableton + Launchpad; What Have We Learned?

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Press,Scene | Fri 15 Jul 2011 7:54 pm

It’s easy to forget that some of the simple joys of electronic music are foreign to many lay people. Odds are, if you read this site, you’re an intelligent and well-informed digital musician. (I don’t mean to stroke my own ego, either; because so many of you are intelligent and well-informed digital musicians, you send a whole lot of the information my way that makes this site even possible.) But for all the extensive discussion, a lot of what digital musicians seek to do in their performance is simple: they want to make their work expressive and performative, and convey some part of that gesture to audiences to include them in the action.

And so it is that a video of a live mashup is impressing general audiences as much as it is enthusiasts. It’s not a complex work, but it’s brilliantly performed, and in incorporating some 39 songs into one epic mash-up of Ableton-synced clips, it presents plenty of touchstones for audience members. The ingredients: FL Studio, Ableton Live, a Novation Launchpad, and a Novation ReMOTE Zero SL MKII.

It also helps being really good, as this person is: the “mash-up” is never awkward or overwhelming, and rather than boring bar-long sync, is played live with 16th-note clips. It isn’t so out of the ordinary compared to other virtuosic MPC videos, but that’s the joy of the Web: the best players do actually get their stuff in front of lots of eyeballs.

What’s also interesting is that, because it incorporates pop songs and you can see visually what he’s doing (in a design first seen on the software for the open-source monome platform), general audiences are picking it up. A few examples:
“Pop Culture” mega-mash-up: 39 songs in three minutes [Bailey Johnson for CBS News]

The video viral “video chart” at The Guardian, UK’s daily paper

College Humor’s Biggest Thing

No less than Kylie Minogue tweeted about it. Thanks to Novation’s Chris Mayes-Wright for keeping track of this video’s meteoric rise in the past four days. Artist Relations once meant mainly keeping celebs happy; now, it includes catering to YouTube stars, which I think is a nice development!

Launchpad, indeed. A video goes viral simply because someone plays really well, and shares what they’re doing in a way people can understand. And that’s a really good thing. Picture: the Novation Launchpad controller, which draws inspiration from the monome community and platform’s grid-based goodness. Photo (CC-BY-SA) aleXwire.

That popularity may encourage some trolling and jealousy, but I have to say, I’ve seen just as many hard-core Ableton and monome users and whatnot also drool over this video. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in – a lot of you sure did and I’m only now getting around to it! Blame constrained time and poor Internets here on the road in England.)

If you aren’t necessarily into pop samples, though, I think this shows that even some simple performance elements can appeal. Sure, we love far-out interfaces and big visual impact around these parts, but you can also simply turn off that bar-long quantization or whip out your instrument of choice – keys, strings, voice, pads, or whatever it is – and actually play. Most people really get and appreciate that, and it’s fun for the player, to boot.

And on that profound bombshell, I wish you a very happy weekend indeed.

New Delhi: Electronic music yet to find fans in India… festival organiser

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New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The capital recently hosted its first ever electronic music festival – Global Groove Festival (17th – 18th Dec 2009) – but organiser Amit Saigal (editor of Rock Street Journal) says the genre is not so popular here and is appreciated by select audiences only.
“It is true that electronic music in India is still restricted to niche audience and has not found mass liking, but I’m glad that its popularity is growing,” Saigal of RSJ Events, who managed the Global Groove Festival, told IANS.

Global Groove, an event put together by DJ Ralph H. Christoph, the director (Head of Strategy) of Germany’s annual urban pop culture festival – Cologne On Pop, took place Dec 17-20.

Apart from the artistes, 80 delegates from countries like Germany, Iceland and Spain came down to participate in a conference to shed light on the state of electronic music in India as well as other parts of the world.

“In the past five years, electronic music has grown in the country. But there was no big platform to showcase it. It was an isolated scene. Hence we organised this event to tell the world what India has to offer,” added Saigal.

While electronic music is played around the world, in India bands like Midival Punditz are popularising it.

“This is just the beginning, we will organise this festival every year,” said Saigal.

(Source: 12/2009 (December 22nd, 2009 – 8:26 pm ICT by IANS) Thaindian News – Entertainment)

New Delhi: Electronic music now rocking with new tunes

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30 Aug 2009, 0105 hrs IST, John Sarkar, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: A certain section of the society is going into a collective state of bodily transcendence. Hypnotic rhythms are being laced with

fluorescent cocktails, as the country’s young swish brigade walks deeper underground. It’s being considered the biggest mind altering influence since Woodstock, but the shamanism may soon be out in the open.

From being a strictly underground genre, Indian electronic music is slowly creeping out into the limelight. The crowds are swelling and the number of desi world class acts is broke no more. Groups such as Jalebee Cartel, Kohra, BLOT, Jayant, Sattyananda, Shaair+Func, Tatva Kundalini, Anil Chawla and a whole heap of smaller artists are working all over the world and pushing the scene forward.

This spark of recognition is being seen as real and has spawned quite a few record labels such as DadA Music, Qilla Records, Shivlink, Audioashram and Thirdeye, in a very short time. These are mainly labels launched by the artists themselves. But the gig is not over yet.

Despite satellite radio stations such as Worldspace and BBC beaming electronic music, the country now also has its first indigenous full-time online music station, Radio79, broadcasting tub-thumping electronic tracks 24/7. The station has tied up with over 250 international labels and has seen over two lakh hits in a month.

Nikhel Mahajan, the brain behind the channel and an electronica artist himself, feels that electronic music is the future. “Already, Bollywood is playing electronic. People like Suketu, Himesh Reshamiya, Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy, Vishal and Shekhar, all have electronic undertones in their music. Just because, the vocals are in Hindi, the music is being passed off as commercial mainstream,” he says.

It’s a similar situation in America where electronic dance music is often classified as only electronic and accounts for 1% of sales, according to the NPD group (a market research company), compared to 8% in Britain, according to the British music industry group BPI.

Indian sales figures are quite comparable. In India, electronic music now accounts for nearly 3-4% of sales (The Indian Music Industry has pegged the size of the total music industry at roughly Rs 700 cr), according to industry estimates. “It’s a far cry from the time where it hardly mattered,” says Mahajan, who is also planning to launch an alternate lifestyle magazine called Ggrunt by next month, which would be the first Indian magazine on electronic music et al.

As a genre, Indian electronica might seem to be relatively new, however, its roots go deep down to somewhere back in the mid nineties. Sprouting in the UK, with the Asian underground movement that comprised of Talvin Singh, State of Bengal, Barmarsh and Shri, TJ Rehmi, lament and a whole lot more, there were small parties and outdoor gatherings that created a great vibe and atmosphere to promote the music.

“Sounds Of The Asian Underground” was the first real release that put Indian electronic artists out on to the global platform. Much later, when Talvin Singh went on to win the Mercury Music Prize, alongside artists like Roni Size, it was clear that the Indian community had some sort of an uprising and things started to stir up in the clubs and amongst music lovers.

And soon after, artists such Joi and Nitin Sawhney made waves in the music industry. A few years down the line and another uprising of sorts took place with a massive Asian crew from the US and India, comprising of artists such as Karsh Kale, Medieval Punditz, Zakir Hussain, Bill Laswell, DJ Spooky, Atul Ohri, Vishail Vaid and the likes.

After this wave of musicians, artists were on the roll in India and overseas and Indian electronica has, since then, grown by mammoth proportions, with more and more musicians breaking barriers and making noise on the International EDM scene.

The sound of the new millennium is very diversified, with DJs and music producers churning out anything from psychedelic trance to progressive, house, minimal, tech, tech-house, dub, breaks, and a whole lot more.

Indian clubs have come a long way from playing just commercial Bollywood and are now open to this new wave of Indian and international electronica with some popular night spots such as FBar, 360 degree, Bluefrog, Zenzi, all catering to this genre of music and offering the electronic experience to punters.

At the same time, the country has its own electronic sound festival which is held in Goa. Called the Sunburn, the fest usually has a mix of House and techno music. But the scene is not yet comparable to the best festivals in the world such as Germany’s Berlin Love Parade, Portugal’s biennial Boom Festival (where the Portugese government has allotted land to the organisers), Australia’s Rainbow Serpent trance festival or even some of the smallest electronica fests in Brazil.

Also, electronic music is being increasingly used in fashion shows here as well. Says Rashmi Virmani, Delhi-based fashion choreographer: “Earlier we used to use a lot of lounge and fusion music. But suddenly, electronic music seems to be in vogue. The pace of shows has become faster and crisp, and designs have become more edgy. Hence, electronic music fits the bill just right.”

But there is a catch to this groovy feeling. Some artists such as, Madhav Shorey of “Kohra” who is also an ex-member of Jalebee Cartel, feels that here, electronic music still has a long way to go. “Electronic is not about fashion. It’s more of a movement and cult.

With this sudden explosion there is a lot of crap going on there and people are running to make a fast buck,” he says. “In India you get paid a lot more for a gig than you get paid abroad. But the motive is not right.” Artists usually earn from gigs at clubs and bars and a fairly well-known outfit charges between Rs 50,000 and Rs 60,000 per show.

Shorey also feels there is a lot of competition at present and artists refuse to play with each other, which is bad for the movement. But the race is understandable. International electronic band Infected Mushroom is rumoured to earn around 65,000 euros per gig!

(S0urce: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News-By-Industry/Media-/-Entertainment-/Entertainment/Electronic-music-now-rocking-with-new-tunes/articleshow/4949770.cms )

Pressekodex – Deutscher Presserat | Press Code – German Press Council

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German Press Code

Drawn up by the German Press Council in collaboration with the Press associations and presented to Federal President Gustav W. Heinemann on December 12, 1973 in Bonn.

(English updated version of September 13, 2006)


Vom Deutschen Presserat in Zusammenarbeit mit den Presseverbänden beschlossen und Bundespräsident Gustav W. Heinemann am 12. Dezember 1973 in Bonn überreicht.

(In der Fassung vom 3. Dezember 2008.)


The freedom of the Press enshrined in the Basic Law includes the independence and freedom of information, the right of expression and criticism. Publishers, editors and journalists must in their work remain aware of their responsibility towards the public and their duty to uphold the prestige of the Press. They perform their journalistic task fairly, according to the best of their knowledge and belief, uninfluenced by personal interests and motives that have nothing to do with the matter in hand.

The journalistic principles define the professional ethics of the Press. These include the duty within the framework of the Constitution and constitutional laws to maintain the standing of the Press and speak up for the freedom of the Press.

The regulations pertaining to editorial data protection apply to the Press in gathering, processing or using information about persons for journalistic-editorial purposes. From research to editing, publishing, documenting and storing these data, the Press must respect people’s privacy and right to self-determination on information about them.

These professional ethics give everyone the right to complain about the Press. Complaints are justified if professional ethics are infringed.

This preamble is part of the ethical standards.


Die im Grundgesetz der Bundesrepublik verbürgte Pressefreiheit schließt die Unabhängigkeit und Freiheit der Information, der Meinungsäußerung und der Kritik ein. Verleger, Herausgeber und Journalisten müssen sich bei ihrer Arbeit der Verantwortung gegenüber der Öffentlichkeit und ihrer Verpflichtung für das Ansehen der Presse bewusst sein. Sie nehmen ihre publizistische Aufgabe fair, nach bestem Wissen und Gewissen, unbeeinflusst von persönlichen Interessen und sachfremden Beweggründen wahr.

Die publizistischen Grundsätze konkretisieren die Berufsethik der Presse. Sie umfasst die Pflicht, im Rahmen der Verfassung und der verfassungskonformen Gesetze das Ansehen der Presse zu wahren und für die Freiheit der Presse einzustehen.

Die Regelungen zum Redaktionsdatenschutz gelten für die Presse, soweit sie personenbezogene Daten zu journalistisch-redaktionellen Zwecken erhebt, verarbeitet oder nutzt. Von der Recherche über Redaktion, Veröffentlichung, Dokumentation bis hin zur Archivierung dieser Daten achtet die Presse das Privatleben, die Intimsphäre und das Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung des Menschen.

Die Berufsethik räumt jedem das Recht ein, sich über die Presse zu beschweren. Beschwerden sind begründet, wenn die Berufsethik verletzt wird.

Diese Präambel ist Bestandteil der ethischen Normen.


Section 1 – Truthfulness and Preserving Human Dignity

Respect for the truth, preservation of human dignity and accurate informing of the public are the overriding principles of the Press.

In this way, every person active in the Press preserves the standing and credibility of the media.

Ziffer 1 – Wahrhaftigkeit und Achtung der Menschenwürde

Die Achtung vor der Wahrheit, die Wahrung der Menschenwürde und die wahrhaftige Unterrichtung der Öffentlichkeit sind oberste Gebote der Presse.

Jede in der Presse tätige Person wahrt auf dieser Grundlage das Ansehen und die Glaubwürdigkeit der Medien.

Section 2 – Care

Research is an indispensable instrument of journalistic due diligence. The publication of specific information in word, picture and graphics must be carefully checked in respect of accuracy in the light of existing circumstances. Its sense must not be distorted or falsified by editing, title or picture captions. Unconfirmed reports, rumours or assumptions must be quoted as such.

Symbolic photos must be clearly marked as such.

Ziffer 2 – Sorgfalt
Recherche ist unverzichtbares Instrument journalistischer Sorgfalt. Zur Veröffentlichung bestimmte Informationen in Wort, Bild und Grafik sind mit der nach den Umständen gebotenen Sorgfalt auf ihren Wahrheitsgehalt zu prüfen und wahrheitsgetreu wiederzugeben. Ihr Sinn darf durch Bearbeitung, Überschrift oder Bildbeschriftung weder entstellt noch verfälscht werden. Unbestätigte Meldungen, Gerüchte und Vermutungen sind als solche erkennbar zu machen.

Symbolfotos müssen als solche kenntlich sein oder erkennbar gemacht werden.

Section 3 – Corrections

Published news or assertions, in particular those of a personal nature, which subsequently turn out to be incorrect must be promptly rectified in an appropriate manner by the publication concerned.

Ziffer 3 – Richtigstellung

Veröffentlichte Nachrichten oder Behauptungen, insbesondere personenbezogener Art, die sich nachträglich als falsch erweisen, hat das Publikationsorgan, das sie gebracht hat, unverzüglich von sich aus in angemessener Weise richtig zu stellen.

Section 4 – Limits of Research

Dishonest methods must not be used to acquire person-related news, information or photographs.

Ziffer 4 – Grenzen der Recherche

Bei der Beschaffung von personenbezogenen Daten, Nachrichten, Informationsmaterial und Bildern dürfen keine unlauteren Methoden angewandt werden.

Section 5 – Professional Secrecy

The Press shall respect professional secrecy, make use of the right to refuse to bear witness and shall not reveal informants’ identities without their explicit permission.

Confidentiality is to be adhered to in principle.

Ziffer 5 – Berufsgeheimnis

Die Presse wahrt das Berufsgeheimnis, macht vom Zeugnisverweigerungsrecht Gebrauch und gibt Informanten ohne deren ausdrückliche Zustimmung nicht preis.

Die vereinbarte Vertraulichkeit ist grundsätzlich zu wahren.

Section 6 – Separation of Activities

Journalists and publishers shall not perform any activities that could throw doubt over the credibility of the Press.

Ziffer 6 – Trennung von Tätigkeiten

Journalisten und Verleger üben keine Tätigkeiten aus, die die Glaubwürdigkeit der Presse in Frage stellen könnten.

Section 7 – Separation of Advertising and Editorial Content

The responsibility of the Press towards the general public requires that editorial publications are not influenced by the private or business interests of third parties or the personal economic interests of the journalists. Publishers and editors must reject any attempts of this nature and make a clear distinction between editorial and commercial content. If a publication concerns the publisher’s own interests, this must be clearly identifiable.

Ziffer 7 – Trennung von Werbung und Redaktion

Die Verantwortung der Presse gegenüber der Öffentlichkeit gebietet, dass redaktionelle Veröffentlichungen nicht durch private oder geschäftliche Interessen Dritter oder durch persönliche wirtschaftliche Interessen der Journalistinnen und Journalisten beeinflusst werden. Verleger und Redakteure wehren derartige Versuche ab und achten auf eine klare Trennung zwischen redaktionellem Text und Veröffentlichungen zu werblichen Zwecken. Bei Veröffentlichungen, die ein Eigeninteresse des Verlages betreffen, muss dieses erkennbar sein.

Section 8 – The Rights of the Individual
The Press shall respect the private life and intimate sphere of persons. If, however, the private behaviour of a person touches upon public interests, then it may be reported on in individual cases. Care must be taken to ensure that the privacy rights of uninvolved persons are not violated. The Press shall respect people’s right to self-determination on information about them and guarantee editorial data protection.

Ziffer 8 – Persönlichkeitsrechte

Die Presse achtet das Privatleben und die Intimsphäre des Menschen. Berührt jedoch das private Verhalten öffentliche Interessen, so kann es im Einzelfall in der Presse erörtert werden. Dabei ist zu prüfen, ob durch eine Veröffentlichung Persönlichkeitsrechte Unbeteiligter verletzt werden. Die Presse achtet das Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung und gewährleistet den redaktionellen Datenschutz.

Section 9 – Protection of Dignity

Violating people’s dignity with inappropriate representations in word and image contradicts journalistic ethics.

Ziffer 9 – Schutz der Ehre

Es widerspricht journalistischer Ethik, mit unangemessenen Darstellungen in Wort und Bild Menschen in ihrer Ehre zu verletzen.

Section 10 – Religion, Philosophy, Custom

The Press will refrain from vituperating against religious, philosophical or moral convictions.

Ziffer 10 – Religion, Weltanschauung, Sitte

Die Presse verzichtet darauf, religiöse, weltanschauliche oder sittliche Überzeugungen zu schmähen.

Section 11 – Sensational Reporting, the Protection of Young People
The Press will refrain from inappropriately sensational portrayal of violence, brutality and suffering. The Press shall respect the protection of young people.

Ziffer 11 – Sensationsberichterstattung, Jugendschutz

Die Presse verzichtet auf eine unangemessen sensationelle Darstellung von Gewalt, Brutalität und Leid. Die Presse beachtet den Jugendschutz.

Section 12 – Discrimination
There must be no discrimination against a person because of his/her sex, a disability or his membership of an ethnic, religious, social or national group.

Guideline 12.1 – Reports on Crimes

When reporting crimes, it is not permissible to refer to the suspect’s religious, ethnic or other minority membership unless this information can be justified as being relevant to the readers’ understanding of the incident.

In particular, it must be borne in mind that such references could stir up prejudices against minorities.

Ziffer 12 – Diskriminierungen

Niemand darf wegen seines Geschlechts, einer Behinderung oder seiner Zugehörigkeit zu einer ethnischen, religiösen, sozialen oder nationalen Gruppe diskriminiert werden.

Section 13 – Presumption of Innocence
Reports on investigations, criminal court proceedings and other formal procedures must be free from prejudice. The principle of the presumption of innocence also applies to the Press.

Guideline 13.1 – Prejudice

Reports on investigations and court cases serve to inform the public in a careful way about crimes and other infringements of the law, their prosecution and court judgement. In the process it must not prejudge them. The Press may call a person a perpetrator if he/she has made a confession and there is also evidence against him/her or if he/she committed the crime in public view. In the language of reporting, the Press is not required to use legal terms that are irrelevant to the reader.

In a state based on the rule of law, the aim of court reporting must not be to punish convicted criminals socially as well by using the media as a ‘pillory’. Reports should make a clear distinction between suspicion and proven guilt.

Guideline 13.2 – Follow-On Reporting

If the Press has reported on the unconfirmed conviction of a person, it should also report an ensuing acquittal or a marked lessening of charges if the legitimate interests of the person affected do not dictate to the contrary. This recommendation also applies to the dropping of an investigation.

Guideline 13.3 – Crimes Committed by Young Persons

When reporting on investigations and criminal court proceedings against young persons and on their appearance in court, the Press must exercise especial restraint out of consideration for their future.

Ziffer 13 – Unschuldsvermutung

Die Berichterstattung über Ermittlungsverfahren, Strafverfahren und sonstige förmliche Verfahren muss frei von Vorurteilen erfolgen. Der Grundsatz der Unschuldsvermutung gilt auch für die Presse.

Section 14 – Medical Reporting

Reports on medical matters should not be of an unnecessarily sensationalist nature since they might lead to unfounded hopes or fears on the part of some readers. Research findings that are still at an early stage should not be portrayed as if they were conclusive or almost conclusive.

Ziffer 14 – Medizin-Berichterstattung

Bei Berichten über medizinische Themen ist eine unangemessen sensationelle Darstellung zu vermeiden, die unbegründete Befürchtungen oder Hoffnungen beim Leser erwecken könnte. Forschungsergebnisse, die sich in einem frühen Stadium befinden, sollten nicht als abgeschlossen oder nahezu abgeschlossen dargestellt werden.

Section 15 – Preferential Treatment
The acceptance of privileges of any kind that could possibly influence the freedom of decision on the part of publishers and editors are irreconcilable with the prestige, independence and responsibilities of the Press. Anyone accepting bribes for the dissemination of news acts in a dishonourably and unprofessional manner.

Guideline 15.1 – Invitations and Gifts

Even the appearance that the freedom of decision of a publishing house and its editorial staff can be impaired is to be avoided. Journalists shall therefore not accept any invitations or gifts whose value exceeds the extent that is usual in business and necessary as part of working life.

The acceptance of advertising articles or other low-value objects is harmless.

Research and reporting must not be influenced, hindered or even prevented by the accepting of gifts, invitations or discounts. Publishing houses and journalists shall insist that information be given regardless of the acceptance of a gift or an invitation.

If journalists report on Press trips to which they have been invited, they shall make this financing clear.

Ziffer 15 – Vergünstigungen

Die Annahme von Vorteilen jeder Art, die geeignet sein könnten, die Entscheidungsfreiheit von Verlag und Redaktion zu beeinträchtigen, sind mit dem Ansehen, der Unabhängigkeit und der Aufgabe der Presse unvereinbar. Wer sich für die Verbreitung oder Unterdrückung von Nachrichten bestechen lässt, handelt unehrenhaft und berufswidrig.

Section 16 – Publication of Reprimands

It is considered fair reporting when a public reprimand issued by the German Press Council is published, especially by the newspapers or magazines concerned.

Guideline 16.1 – Publication of Reprimands

The following applies to the publication concerned:

The reader must be informed of the facts of the reprimanded article and of the journalistic principle it violated.

Ziffer 16 – Rügenveröffentlichung

Es entspricht fairer Berichterstattung, vom Deutschen Presserat öffentlich ausgesprochene Rügen zu veröffentlichen, insbesondere in den betroffenen Publikationsorganen bzw. Telemedien.

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