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.
Conveying duality through two-dimensional work on paper, illustrator and designer Alext Trochut has made a series of prints that feature some of the most remarkable electronic musicians of our time, such as James Murphy, Caribou, Four Tet, Acid Pauli, John Talabot and Lucy. Truchot has invented a process through which separate images can be shown on one surface: one that appears in light and one that appears in the dark.
Let’s just clarify: utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Smirnoff got some severely disabled people together and let them create music USING THEIR BRAINWAVES. This is actually jaw-droppingly incredible. We had no idea that this kind of technology had come so far. Prepare to be amazed.
Remember that guy who played Massive Attack’s Teardrop on fruit & veg? Well, this is the actual invention that he used to wow us with! A couple of MIT students dreamt up this brilliantly goofy invention that lets you turn your banana into a keyboard, and makes your cat take pictures of itself when it’s having a drink. Sound weird? It is. But it’s also the very quintessence of awesome.
The fact that we haven’t yet featured the brilliant work of Ryoji Ikeda must be down to some sort of collective blip. The Japanese artist’s fusion of art, technology and wide-eyed wonder strikes at the very heart of our nerdy fascination with the Art & Technology continuum and this post can thus be seen as an attempt to rectify that embarrasing blunder. Inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics, his latest performative piece is called Superposition and explores the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale.
And this is meant in the most literal sense. Have you ever tuned into a radioshow, which suddenly got polluted by the incessant, grinding voice of a person so utterly in love with themselves that you lack the appropriate tool to make it stop. To really ram it home that this infuriating wall of self-congratulatory inanity must cease and never be allowed to speak again? Well, it turns out you’re in luck. Norwegian company Skrekkøgle has invented a radio with an accompanying cork that let’s you whip out a can of STFU on that cretin of a radio host.
Remember how we told you not to sleep on this documentary last week? Well, it turns out we kinda slept on it. It was released last Wednesday. Hey, what do you want, this is a busy company! Anyways, the of Red Bull Music Academy’s spot on one of the most important labels of last decade is pretty tasty (and self-deprecating in that characteristically dry New York fashion), so step inside, press play and check out James Murphy’s rakish new hat - and enthusiastic take on peanut butter.
Listen to the music being played in Dalston, London, Williamsburg, New York, or Nørrebro, Copenhagen; these days music discovery apps are a dime a dozen, but the Clerkd app makes a remarkable promise that just might nudge the app landscape in a bold new direction if the student-founded enterprise from Helsinki play their cards right and manage get enough people invested in sharing on their network.
Marvel at the painstaking work of paper cut enthusiasts who spent what seems like a significant part of their lives just to impress your eyeballs. Show these people some goddamn respect and watch this video immediately!
There are quite a few domino videos doing the rounds on the web, but very few are as inventive and well-executed as the action in the promo for A-Trak and Tommy Trash’s ‘Tuna Melt’. Sit back, relax and enjoy the relentless ride through dominoes, flames, water, toilets and pretty much anything else you can think of within a dominoes-related context.