Decibel Log 2: Robert Henke, Room40 Label, Flying Lotus and Friends

The FlyLoTrio After Rocking Decibel – Ronald Bruner Jr., Flying Lotus and Thundercat The patter of rain against the window brings in day two at Decibel.  Early afternoon coffee is the ‘tall’ to order for the conference sessions in Pravda studios.  Robert Henke (Monolake) greets with a smile as he takes the podium for the first lecture “The Age of Abundance.”  It is a rare opportunity inside one of the minds behind Ableton, as he thinks on the future of electronic music eleven years after the founding of the company.  His talk revolves around the evolution of computer technology to …

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The Zen of monome Performance: Edison’s Live Push-Button Music

edison…. new set up….! from edison on Vimeo. The open source monome, ingeniously minimal as it is, is just an object. It’s the community that has formed around this hardware controller, a simple array of light-up buttons, that has made monome a cultural phenomenon, by pushing performance practice. Using grids of simple music events, they represent an ongoing transformation of DJing from the act of manipulating two records to composing with chunks of material. On the Web, this has become something of a virtual slam between artists – more generous than competitive. One of my favorites to watch this year …

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