We’ve teamed up with our partners at Seattle’s impeccably curated and just plain awe-inspiring Decibel Festival for a competition where two lucky winners each can win a DECIBEL Festival Pass! ($250). Want to see Machinedrum, Nicolas Jaar, Matias Aguayo, Blondes, Ben Klock, Neon Indian, plus an untold amount of other quality acts live? Read on.
Some of us remember a time when the incessant whining over the lack of Future Shock would not cease. ‘Where’s my jetpack?’ ‘Where are all the flying cars’ and ‘Why can’t I beam myself to Tokyo’ would be some of the questions posed by an increasingly impatient horde of nerds and technology enthusiasts. But within recent years these yearning cries have abated considerably as very clever people have gotten on the ball and provided the mind-blowing moments in innovation. The latest of these is the MYO armband, which lifts us into the 2054 setting of Minority Report with downright incredible gesture recognition technology.
With a slight delay, here’s a little video capturing the atmosphere of the TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru launch and the subsequent party at the DL. It was hotter than all hell when we launched the Young Guru headphones back in early August. Fortunately, our new headphone collaboration piqued the interest of the NYC massive to the point where they were down to come out and mingle instead of staying home in their air-conditioned abodes.
The concept of Trans Metro Express is to give four electronic acts the opportunity to compose a live set for the Copenhagen Metro, inspired by a video of a specific Metro stretch. The music is subsequently played live in the moving Metro while the Copenhagen massive go Metro mental, as it were. It’s safe to say that the compentent creatives behind The STRØM Festival of Electronic Music go that extra mile to provide the very best in music, movement, and memorable experience. A fact which this year’s Trans Metro Express was, very literally, a moving testament to. AIAIAI tagged along for the ride and filmed the entire thing, which resulted in this very video. Check it out.
We all like our phones. Some of us even like them a little too much. But, as anyone who’s experienced a malfunctioning smartphone can attest to, they come equipped with a significant problem: phones just don’t last that long. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Phonebloks, a simple but brilliant new concept, proposes an alternative: a phone that loses the malfunctioning component and replaces it with a new one.
We love these dudes. Watch how they get the crowd all riled up with Afrofuturistic, skittering industrial-step (yup, just made that up) and then confuse the hell out of them with Shabba Ranks…only to get them all worked up in a tizzy once again, wooohooo! If you thought Paris was slippin, shame on you. Teki Latex and and Orgasmic AKA the Sound Pellegrino Thermal team are here to slap you upside the head with badman skills and A-list attitude.
On the latest episode of Pensado’s Place, the acclaimed online go-to for audio engineering knowledge hosted by grammy-winning engineer, Dave Pensado and music connoisseur Herb Trawick, Young Guru talks about his part in making Empire State of Mind a worldwide hit, ‘matching your skills to the sound’ and how to handle the pressure of the music biz. Mandatory viewing for upcoming and aspiring producers and engineers.
We had a party in Hong Kong that celebrated the AIAIAI x SALT x Milk Magazine Instagram treasure hunt.
In honor of AIAIAI’s fervent NIN fanboys Kasper and Andy here’s an in-depth look into the magnitude, complexity and technology of the new Nine Inch Nails tour. As you might expect, Trent Reznor doesn’t mess around.
Our Latest collaborator and one of today’s most prolific audio engineers, Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, will take his expertise to Skillshare, the global online social marketplace dedicated to educating others about a variety of topics, on September 4, 2013. Filmed at SAE Institute New York, Young Guru will step to the digital platform to instruct a series of video lessons entitled "Sound Check: The Essentials of DIY Audio Mixing", a class that will cover the basics of mixing and recording. After learning the fundamentals, students will have the opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime contest judged by Young Guru and his team.
Artist Di Mainstone wants to transform New York's Brooklyn Bridge with the Human Harp, an instrumental sculpture that allows people to physically play the bridge. It’s ambitious, interesting and a little loopy in an arty, tech-infused, New York stylee.
Our friend and collaborator on the Make the City Sound Better Sound Taxi Project strikes again. And this time he’s bringing robots. Little white robots that turn marker squiggles into sound.
On the 30th of August Studio A will host an opening arranged by our friends at EIGHT Magazine and Red Bull Studios Copenhagen.
People of all creeds and nations, it’s time to huddle up in front of the holographic campfire for a list containing our favorite scif-fi movies. Indulge in bittersweet, dystopian scenarios, rough ultra-violence and highly speculative imaginings of the future. Become enthralled by gilded, prissy androids, white-haired cyberpunk cyborgs and the eeeend of the wooooorld as we know it. Ladies and gents, it’s all very subjective and it is AIAIAI's 20 greatest science fiction movies of all time!
Honda teamed up with Funktion One for a video that recreates Ayrton Senna’s most memorable race through the world’s best sound system.
Ghostly International’s ever dependable Missy Livingston AKA Moderna steps up and delivers a choice selection of ethereal melancholy, sun-bleached disco and atmospheric techno. If you need a soundtrack that provides the aural backdrop to driving into a radiating, orange sunset with your best friends, look no further.
It doesn’t get much more summery than Washed Out’s latest single that comes with an accompanying jungle-tastic video directed by London-based, multitalented creative, Kate Moross.
Our friends from the Point Blank School of Music fire a few pertinent questions at the man of the moment, resulting in a chat about DJing, adapting to the unpredictable, rapid changes of the music game and, of course, the TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru headphones.
This is it. Our collaboration with one of hip hop’s most prominent audio engineers is out. We’re finally ready to release the TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru, the headphones tweaked by the expert whose award-winning work can be heard and felt on records by Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Go cop the new AIAIAI x Young Guru headphones, available worldwide from today, the 17th of July!
Beat Match is an ingenious, interactive, collaborative ping pong game that merges sound and image. It’s pretty simple: you control music and graphics through playing with your partner. Sound and image follow the tempo and rhythm of your game, which means that the music stops when you stop. The challenge, then, is to keep a steady beat for as long as possible to create a consistent track.
Our latest collaborator just pulled an interesting rabbit out of his sound engineering hat in the form of a previously unreleased track he produced for the almighty Jay-Z himself. Have a listen to the atmospheric hip hop of‘Dead Presidents III’ after the jump.
BINKBEATS is a talented producer/percussionist/ musician who does these rather remarkable multi-instrumental covers of forward-thinking producers like Flying Lotus, Lapalux and Madlib. If this is your first introduction to the Dutch creative, you’re in for a bit of a treat.
South Africa's bestest most dopest producer/rapper/designer unleashes a rad new mixtape that pays homage to his birth year and comes with an 8-bit video game. Listen to the mix tape, play the game and enjoy your weekend. Starting: now.
The tall music oracle who has tweaked the soon-to-be-released TMA-1 Studio Engineered by Young Guru ruminates on the art of crate-digging. There was, for example, that time in Amsterdam where he had to go past several drug dealers and a sketchy brothel to get to a vinyl goldmine guarded by an old lady. Not completely sure what that was all about, but this interview is definitely a fascinating must-see if you’ve got more than a passing interest in music. Click play and get inside the crate-digging mind of one of hip hop’s most prominent engineers.
Ghostly’s Fort Romeau comes up trumps with a summer-y mix that provides the aural equivalent of a giddy teenage stroll beneath the iridescent lights of an amusement park in June. If you’ve no idea what the hell that means, we can assure you it means warm, imaginative and thoroughly inviting disco and house that has a bliss-inducing, anticipatory vibe about it.
Our with-it Swedish pals at Discobelle hook up with Sound Pellegrino’s mighty Teki Latex for an exclusive mix full of uncompromising, dubby, industrial dance floor mayhem from the likes of Kowton, Pearson Sound, MikeQ, Edmx and Truss. Teki - who happens to one of the original TMA-1 testers - goes in hard with a mix that hints at angular new dance music genres. Give it a spin and tell us what you think.
A couple of weeks ago we posted a video featuring a group of disabled people who were given the chance to create music with their brainwaves through a new technology called Emotiv EPOC. This week we give you a guy who knits himself a scarf using the same technology with some added modifications. It may not have the same life-altering, grandiose feel to it, but it certainly is very entertaining nonetheless.
Today is the day that Modeselektor’s Monkeytown records release the 3rd album from the mad, Berlin-based, disco professor, Siriusmo. On first listen, ‘Enthusiast’ is punishing a tour de force through Diasporic grime, futuristic electro, disco, funk and abrupt, disorienting shifts in tempo and mood. We can safely say that it’s never boring.