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.
- with this nifty little wooden juicer called Turn Around, which not only looks beautifully simple, but also brings back juicing to its tactile origin through the ‘Nordic hyper analogue design’ as KiBiSi put it.
In this, the latest Fragment interview, we stayed close to home, more specifically the Copenhagen borough of Nørrebro, where we had an in-depth conversation with up-and-coming producer/DJ Beastie Respond AKA Tobias Hjørnet Pedersen. This is what the Rinse.FM-featured, Blawan-remixed and progressively rising artist had to say about drum and bass, his enduring love for the 80s - and singing into an iPhone on the bus.
Ghostly International, our discerning friends who have given us so much good music over the years, have slowly moved away from being ‘just’ a record label and branched out into art, style, pop-up shops and most recently: sugar. More specifically, they’ve created a remarkable limited art edition of Beacon’s new album ‘The Ways We Separate’. Housed in a sculpture cast in sugar and epoxy, the latest Ghostly innovation should make an eye-catching addition to your record collection.
- is one of the cleverest pieces of experimental sound design we’ve laid our ears on for quite some time. By performing the seemingly simple act of rubbing leaves against a turntable, composer and sound designer Diego Stocco creates overwhelmingly delectable ear candy that makes turntable wizkids like Kid Koala seem like musical conservatives in comparison.
One of the world’s best DJs throws down the sound among the scantily clad pool posse of Boiler Room Miami. Enjoy the timeless, tantalizingly tasteful set of the main man Carl Craig as he takes you on an electronic odyssey of great things past and present from Moodyman to Omar S.
Gold is rocked around the neck and on the ears as Johannesburg’s finest treats us to a set full of syncopated gems and low-end delicacies. The crowd may not exactly be going apeshit, but this will in no way deter us from bigging up Spoek’s Boiler Room set.
More mindblowing stuff from the world of experimental sound design. j.viewz has made it his mission to play one of Massive Attack’s most enduring hits on an aubergine, some strawberries and a carrot. A mission that he succeeds in completing with flying, fruity colours.
Our partners over at KiBiSi have yet another award to place on what must be an increasingly strained mantelpiece. And this time around they took it home with a magnetically attachable bike light that performs a cut above the rest while being easy on the eye in that characteristic KiBiSi fashion.
- is not the title of ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist john Frusciante’s latest solo album. It’s actually a sound experiment that makes water flow in awe-inducing shapes and patterns. Click play on the video and prepare to be delighted.
That’s right, Studio A will be having Traktor weeks in Studio A from the 4th until the 16th of March, which means that everyone’s welcome to drop by and try out Native Instruments’ acclaimed DJ Software used by a diverse and brilliant range of DJs from Matthew Dear to Richie Hawtin.