Video From Record Store Day in Studio A

The sun was shining, the drinks were cool, the vibe was chill. It was an alright day in Studio A. Thanks to everyone for coming down and standing around in front of AIAIAI HQ, beer in hand. Here’s a little video documenting the action from the Record Store Day celebrations in our flagship store.

Record Store Day in Studio A this Saturday

Record Store Day is a day that celebrates the world’s physical record stores. This year we’re joining in the festivities and inviting a line up of local and international DJs and artists to play in Studio A. We’re also launching our new vinyl concept that offers a painstakingly curated selection of records, handpicked from the world’s leading vinyl distributors. Drop by Studio A on the 19th of April, have a Red Stripe or three and check out performances and DJ sets by Justin Miller, Disco Dick, Tyson Ballard and AIAIAI’s very own Ahle & Messi.

Video from the AIAIAI x WEDIDIT Party at SXSW

Video from the AIAIAI x WEDIDIT Party at SXSW

Neither AIAIAI or WEDIDIT see anything wrong with a little bump n’ grind. This was pretty much why we decided to hook up at the SXSW Festival for a parking lot party featuring Shlohmo, Paul Wall, Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise. A good deal of bump as well as a generous helping of grind ensued and WEDIDIT filmed it, made this video and sent it our way. Shouts to everyone for coming down and props to The Good Company for that polishing the video with that authentic, 90s, VHS shine.

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AIAIAI Mix 002: Kasper Bjørke

The second edition in the AIAIAI Mix series comes from producer/DJ/ Danish dance music don Kasper Bjørke, one of the most interesting, talented and iconic figures that contemporary Copenhagen club culture has cultivated over the last 10 to 15 years. This excellent contribution sees the seasoned selector sticking to his eclectic guns while finding a renewed, forward-looking focus that includes tracks by Pional, Daniel Avery and The Emperor Machine, among many other dark and atmospheric anthems.

New Flavour in Your Ear: SBTRKT – ‘Transitions’

New Flavour in Your Ear: SBTRKT – ‘Transitions’

Everybody’s favorite mask-rocking producer recently made his mood-altering new EP available for streaming. Accompanying the atmospheric sound is a hypnotic visual concept dreamt up by Hidden Places, frequent SBKTRKT collaborator and inventor of the iconic mask, which has come to be the trademark of one of the most interesting electronic producers working today. Look and listen after the click.

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Beats Unraveled #8 by BINKBEATS: Places by Shlohmo

Beats Unraveled #8 by BINKBEATS: Places by Shlohmo

- in which the talented Dutch multi instrumentalist puts his own unique spin on Shlohmo’s ‘Places’ in that characteristically soulful BINKBEATS stylee.

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Glenn Astro's AIAIAI Mixtape

Glenn Astro's AIAIAI Mixtape

Hot on the heels of his recent Boiler Room appearance, Tartelet Record’s rising, Essen-based signing Glenn Astro found the time to make us a mixtape chock-full of dusty, trip hop-y beats and electronic soul (with a bit of Discovery-era Daft Punk thrown in for good measure), which celebrates the release of his new EP. Yes indeed, Glenn Astro’s AIAIAI Mixtape might very well be your doorway to obtaining that coveted weekend mojo.

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‘Fantastic Man’ – a Film About William Onyeabor

‘Fantastic Man’ – a Film About William Onyeabor

'Fantastic Man' is a documentary investigating Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. Directed by Jake Sumner, the film tells the story of a label's attempt to track William down, speaking to fans such as Damon Albarn, Caribou and Femi Kuti and travelling to Nigeria to meet those who've worked with him in a bid to uncover the truth about his story.

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Interview: Peanut Butter Wolf

Interview: Peanut Butter Wolf

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We caught up with our new collaborator for a quick chat about the music and the TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition.

The TMA-1 Stones Throw Edition is out today

After the TMA-1 Fool’s Gold edition, AIAIAI now proudly the present the second chapter in the LABEL/ED series: The TMA-1 Stones Throw edition.

Ototo: the all-in-one musical invention kit which allows you to make an instrument any way you want

AIAIAI collaborator Yuri Suzuki has, along with his fellow members of new designs formation, Dentaku developed a state-of-the-art small, synthesizer which allows you to build instruments using conductive materials and simple electronic sensors.

Introducing TMA-1 X Insights: scan the packaging to see interviews and insider tips from producers and DJs

As a new TMA-1 X packaging feature, we've interviewed some producers and DJs who shared their tips for making it in the music game. Getting your hands on the content is fairly easy: download the Layar app to your smartphone, scan the TMA-1 X packaging and hey presto! You’ve got access to handy tips from people in the know. Check out the video and get cracking.

Johnnyrandom Makes Music Generated From Bicycle Sounds

Johnnyrandom Makes Music Generated From Bicycle Sounds

Bike-nerds of the world rejoice, the object of your obsession has now been turned into music. By recording sounds generated from his bike and building a track around the samples, the composer/ sound artist known as Johnnyrandom has created an ode to the modern bicycle.

New Flavour in Your Ear: Tomas Barfod – Pulsing (Feat. Nina Kinert)

New Flavour in Your Ear: Tomas Barfod – Pulsing (Feat. Nina Kinert)

A buoyant, joyous track with hints of bittersweet electronic pulses, Tomas Barfod’s latest single provides a promising start to the year.

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The AIAIAI Best of 2013 Playlist

Ladies and gents, these are the tracks that got us all worked up in a tizzy in 2013. Strap on your headphones and have a tumultuous tumble down the musical time tunnel that is the AIAIAI Best of 2013 Playlist!

FRAGMENT: Michael Mayer

FRAGMENT: Michael Mayer

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The man, the myth, the Mayer; Producer, DJ legend and Kompakt co-founder Michael Mayer was kind enough to let us corner him before he played another one of his characteristically excellent marathon sets at Culture Box. We had a quick chat about his DJing, the enduring resillience of vinyl and his plans for 2014.

FRAGMENT: Buraka Som Sistema

For the latest installment in the FRAGMENT interview series we caught up with Lisbon’s finest, most restless originators of the rapidly rising, global phenomenon that is tropical bass music. DJ Riot and Branko (who were a little tired from the excellent CPH:DOX x Red Bull Music Academy gig that they played the night before) came by our Copenhagen office to drop some fresh knowledge on their influences, the new Buraka Som Sistema documentary and why they’re definitely not ‘Indiana Jones in search of the lost ark of beats. ’

Jam City Rocks TMA-1s at Boiler Room Madrid

The white-clad Nightslugs producer/DJ treats the Spaniards to a generous helping of forward-thinking bass music.

Launch of the TMA-1 X in Studio A Next Thursday!

On the 28th of November, we’re launching the latest addition to the TMA-1 headphone family: TMA-1 X. Our new headphones have been given a new sound design that suits all genres of music, it provides a lightweight alternative to the existing TMA-1 range and it comes at an entry-level price. Come and celebrate the birth of our new, matte-black baby in Studio A and at Fortunen where a diverse range of DJs, producers and musicians will kick out the jams for your listening pleasure.

inFORM - Incredible Interactive Dynamic Shape Display

inFORM - Incredible Interactive Dynamic Shape Display

Boys and girls, prepare to pick up your jaws from the floor because this is unlike anything you've ever seen before: inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. It can also interact with the physical world around it, such as, for example, moving objects on the table's surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. This is truly state-of the-art stuff from the Tangible Media Group.

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Dave Hakkens’ Open-Source Local Recycling Centre

Dave Hakkens’ Open-Source Local Recycling Centre

The Phonebloks guy is at it again. And this time he wants to reduce industrial waste through a ‘local recycling centre’ that uses plastic to create a range of products like a waste paper bin, a spinning top and a plastic lamp. But the action doesn’t necessarily stop there as Hakkens made the blueprints for the machines available online for everyone to comment and improve on.

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Ole Scheeren: A Beijing Essay

Ole Scheeren: A Beijing Essay

To some of us Westerners, particularly the ones who live in little, old Copenhagen, the size, scope and vastness of Beijing, let alone China, can be hard to get our heads around. To say that the Chinese capital moves at a different architectural pace than most Europeans are used to is, apparently, a grave understatement.

Waze & Odyssey – Warehouse Project Mixtape

Waze & Odyssey – Warehouse Project Mixtape

This Friday one of our favorite house music duos will be playing at the Warehouse Project in Manchester. If this mix is anything to go by and you're the kind of intelligent individual who decides to go, you’ll very likely be down on your knees praying to the Dark Lord of House when Waze & Odyssey hit the wheels of steel come Friday.

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The Hidden Beauty of Sound Waves

The Hidden Beauty of Sound Waves

A bit lost for words on this one as it's actually pretty amazing. By passing sound waves through a metal plate, Brusspup uncovers geometric patterns that form and become increasingly intricate as the pitch of the tone increases. And so, the wow-factor is pretty much off the charts.

Sadly by Your Side: Book, Album, App - and Good Idea

Sadly by Your Side: Book, Album, App - and Good Idea

Merging sound, vision and environment, ‘Sadly by your Side’ is an album, a book and a smartphone app. But it’s also an idea. And that rather ingenious idea is that an album is open to your personal interpretation. Not only that, it’s also sensitive to the environment you happen to be in. If you open the app and point your phone at Sadly by Your Side’s physical pages, you’ll hear the tracks in their original form. But if you point it anywhere else, you’ll hear unique remixes of those same songs, with the tracks remixed in-real time as you change your environment.

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Young Guru Talks Music Software, The Black Album and the TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru in NYC

Young Guru Talks Music Software, The Black Album and the TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru in NYC

When Young Guru Young was in NYC to speak at The Apple Store In Soho, Nod Factor caught up with him in the street to discuss the new Logic Pro, FL Studio for Mac, why the industry needs Acapellas, that "Control" conversation he had with the great 9th Wonder, and the TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru.

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SubPac – The Next Level in Music Production?

SubPac – The Next Level in Music Production?

Supported by a horde of amazing producers and DJs like Kode9, Flying Lotus, Richie Hawtin and Bok Bok, SubPac is a new production tool that gives you bass in the right place. More specifically, it’s a tactile bass system that transfers low frequencies directly to your body effectively allowing you to experience the physicality of the music without doing damage to your precious ears.

Eccentric Exercise

Eccentric Exercise

What do you get if you take a Russian synthesizer, an Israeli artist, a Copenhagen gallery and run them through a competent curatorial blender? ‘Eccentric Exercise’, that’s what. We’ve lent some friendly headphone support to this very interesting exhibition that sees the Venice Biennale-exhibiting artist Guy Goldstein interpret the sounds of an ageing synth to rather remarkable effects.

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COMPETITION: Win a TMA-1 and Tickets to the Break New Soil Showcase at Amsterdam Dance Event! UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Yes indeed, it's that time of year, the Amsterdam Dance Event time of year! In celebration of the impending festival and the party we're supporting, we’ve teamed up with our friend Gregor Tresher for a competition where you can win a grand prize consisting of 1 TMA-1, 1 limited edition Break New Soil ADE 2013 t-shirt and 2 x guest list entrance to the Break New Soil showcase at Amsterdam Dance Event! Read on for details on how to enter

Trevor Jackson Rocking TMA-1s at Rough Trade

The legendary DJ, producer, graphic designer and founder of the seminal Output Recordings, presents his new compilation called ‘Metal Dance’ at Boiler Room’s Rough Trade event. Expect EBM, Proto-Chicago-house, synth oddities and percussive curiosities from a classy, modern renaissance man who knows a thing or two about the darker side of dance music.