A buoyant, joyous track with hints of bittersweet electronic pulses, Tomas Barfod’s latest single provides a promising start to the year.
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.
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. ’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- is the incredibly painstaking video for Extrawelt’s new single that explores 'fractalscapes' through a process, which took over 4 months to realize. Check out the gorgeous video jam-packed with fractal eye-candy. It's well trippy.
- in which our favorite Aussie beatsmith deconstructs, and revitalizes Empire of the Sun’s original to deliciously bouncy effects.
- that Italian Futurist from the early 20th century whose 1913 Noise Machines (Intonarumori) and musical manifesto had an immense influence on generations of musicians looking to push the boundaries of sound. We’re hard pressed to think of a more fitting way to pay homage to the legendary sound Futurist than to have brilliant sound maverick (and collaborator on our Sound Taxi project) create a Russolo-inspired installation.
You turn your back for one second, and some technology you’ve paid less attention to flies off into the space age. Case in point is projection-mapping, which is featured in this short film that explores the synthesis of real and digital space through mapping onto moving surfaces. Documenting a remarkable live performance captured entirely on camera, 'Box' is pure, unadulterated eye candy.
At a time when the world's major cities seem increasingly atomised and fragmented, Montreal’s Megaphone project aims to bring people together in public spaces by giving them a voice. More specifically, the engineers and designers at Montreal’s Moment Factory want to provide the city’s inhabitants with the opportunity to have their voice broadcasted to a large audience with the aid of multimedia and cutting-edge voice recognition technologies.
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.