Recue’s “Do Not Disturb”: Live Jam, Made in an Airport Hotel Room [Free Download]

It’s like musical survival training. Quick: you’re stuck in a hotel. Can you make some music? Our friend Recue, aka Riku Annala, was unexpectedly being stranded in a hotel and made it into a musical opportunity. The results are damned fine listening. (Thank whatever act of God / airlines prompted this.) You can enjoy the results, free. Riku writes: Dunno if you remember but some time ago I shared the little cheap tape head “saturation” thingy with you. I was recently ‘stuck’ in an airport hotel room (for other reasons than music), but the good thing was that I had …

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Drum Machines Have Soul: araabMUZIK on MPC, with Visuals

araabMUZIK Live MPC Set Part 1 from Death by Electric Shock on Vimeo. I have exactly zero interest in entertaining the tired hardware versus software argument that surfaced, inevitably, with the discussion of the upcoming Beat Thang drum machine. But behind that question is a very relevant question: why do people love drum machines? Why do they love particular hardware, like the MPC? What can you learn about digital performance and design from these devices and their master virtuosos? Watching videos like this one, featuring araabMUZIK, gives me all the answers I need. This is one musician among others. I …

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Streaming Sound and Image Performances Fri, Sat

In addition to Halloween-themed music mixes to entertain you this weekend, sounds and images from experimental to trance are echoing through the Internets this week. We’ve got the details on Create Digital Motion. For visualists and a range of out-there-leaning audiovisual and sonic acts, France and the rest of Europe have a festival streaming online: Festival Stream: French and European Visualists at Cinesthesy 1.0 Today and Saturday And 11:30p US Eastern is SWiY, with more gear than we have (as pictured above): Halloween Stream Tonight: SWiY Live Trance and Gearlust Scare your cat and your significant other and keep the …

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Tuesday Night in Berlin: Dense Record Shop Gig and Get-Together

I’m thrilled to be here in Berlin this week, before heading to Ireland for Dublin’s DEAF Festival. (More on that shortly.) Tuesday night, I’m playing a set at Dense Record Shop, a wonderful record store that also does live sets and has its own bar. It’s a cozy, informal venue so if you are in Berlin, drop by and say hi — it’s a chance for all of us to meet in person. 8p sharp – 10p all over. Dense Shop Location You can also find the event on Facebook Berliners, I can’t wait! Rest of the world: more on …

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A Multi-Touch Interface for Ableton Live, with the New Lemur Firmware

If you could control your music with all of your digits, and get interactive feedback on a display, what would your setup look like? Expert Lemur user and software engineer Bryant Place has one such answer. It shows off just how much the Lemur’s software has evolved over a series of revisions, and reveals a bit of what can go into performing with Ableton Live. Photos/screens: Bryant Place. Used by permission. (Click for larger versions.) Side note: for a look at live touch interfaces with Native Instruments’ Reaktor, see our story for our NI minisite. To really understand how touch …

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