Michael Mayer Rocks TMA-1s in the Boiler Room

Kompakt’s legendary co-founder gets real on the 1s and 2s in a trippy, technicolour dream space. This, girls and boys, is how you do it.

Tomas Barfod's Unga Bunga Mix

Tomas Barfod's Unga Bunga Mix

It's actually been waaaay to long since we featured our old friend and TMA-1 collaborator Tomas Barfod on the blog - which is why a fresh Souncloud update from the Great Dane couldn't have come at a better time. In this mix that he created for Danish national radio show Unga Bunga in early 2013, he once again demonstrates his unparalleled ability for balancing mood and texture with rythm and beat. It's one of those melancholy-yet-uplifting selections that just might have you dancing with tears in your eyes, as the song goes. Failing that, listening to it while enjoying a good cup of coffee and looking at the falling snow through your window, should get you good and ready for 2014.

Read Posted in Mixes by Ulrik
New Flavour in Your Ear: Jungle

New Flavour in Your Ear: Jungle

- a blast of warm tropical breeze and a treat for the ears and the eyes. During the summer a video of a very cool six-year-old girl doing breakdance to a very groovy tune was released online. The girl is called B-Girl Terra, the band behind the tune is called Jungle, and they've quickly become a band to watch.

Read Posted in Music by Barbara
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.

Review: Leif // Dinas Oleu

Review: Leif // Dinas Oleu

A few weeks ago Fear Of Flying, the British label led by Ben Micklewright aka BLM and Jay Massive, timidly propelled a ticking bomb into the world of electronic music: Leif Knowles’ first LP, displays the intriguing name ‘Dinas Oleu’ and enigmatic lomo picture. Fear of Flying has proven through the years its talent in surprising its faithful and growing audience, selecting with great care artists from many horizons, developing through the releases an eclecticism which has become a sign of superior high-caliber music.

Read Posted in Music by Jonathan
Scandi Synth: exploring Nordic minimal synth, coldwave, and synthpop

Scandi Synth: exploring Nordic minimal synth, coldwave, and synthpop

There’s an expression that everything is clearer in retrospect. I’m not sure what the expression is in regards to music, or the point at which haphazard trends morph into legitimate subcultures, but it does seem that avant-garde talent is better recognized when there’s been a lapse of time. At least that’s the case with Minimal Wave. Minimal Wave is an interesting genre in that it’s more an umbrella term coined in hindsight than it is a unified movement. The term was pioneered by renaissance woman Veronica Vasicka, New York based DJ, photographer, and founder of Minimal Wave Records. Characterized by its use of analog synthesizers, DIY-recording techniques, and minimal musical structures, the movement comprises a vast array of genres, from synthpop, to synthpunk, to minimal synth and coldwave.

Read Posted in Music by Sabrina
New Flavour in Your Ear: The Deep - Singular Silence (Pieces of Juno mix)

New Flavour in Your Ear: The Deep - Singular Silence (Pieces of Juno mix)

The Deep are an intriguing, new Los Angeles-based electronic sci-fi duo shrouded in enticing conceptual mystery. Their new single Singular Silence has created quite a bit of stir in the blogosphere, partially because it’s backed up by a hefty arsenal of remarkable remixes - such as this wonderfully unpredictable, Björk-resembling Pieces of Juno mix that we’re particularly taken with here at AIAIAI HQ.

Read Posted in Music by Ulrik
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.

Semiprecious: Bongs, Art and Auctions

Semiprecious: Bongs, Art and Auctions

Helsinki-based ceramics artist/designer Man Yau has crafted a series of remarkably elegant, conceptual sculptures that look and feel like a million dollars. They’re the sort of trophy-like objects that you might secretly dream of being able to afford - when you move into that swanky new Lower Eastside apartment where Apartamento and Monocle magazines are casually interspersed on the charmingly weathered upholstery of your vintage Eames sofas. However, these sculptures come with an interesting catch; they’re actually fully functional bongs ready to be filled with potent Mary Jane and get you high as a kite.

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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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UNSOUND – How Musicians and Creators Survive in the Age of Free

UNSOUND – How Musicians and Creators Survive in the Age of Free

- is a crowd funded documentary featuring, among other creative heavyweights, Diplo, Jurassic 5 and Ghostly International’s Tycho. According to the producers it: ‘reveals the dramatic collapse of the music industry and the unintended consequences the internet revolution is having on creators of all kinds.’ If this trailer is anything to go by, it does look as if UNSOUND is actually a very legitimate attempt at watching out for starving artists struggling to make ends meet in ‘the ‘age of free.’

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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.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg – ‘Faden Away’

New Flavour in Your Ear: Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg – ‘Faden Away’

Just when you thought the Stones Throw label could not possibly get any doper, they unveil one of the most monumental mega jams in recent memory. The hook up between Snoop and Dâm-Funk is one of those collaborations that makes you go:’ why hasn’t this happened before? And the answer to that question is quite obviously that the stars had to be aligned just right, so that the celestial shine from Planet Funk could focus a twofold beam of iridescent cosmic energy at Snoop’s sizable blunt and Dam-funk’s opulent ‘do - the force of which has pulled these seasoned Caesars of the groove together in the one of most delicious, synthed-out love-ins of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, it is our pleasure to present: The Funk. AKA Dâm-Funk and ‘Snoopzilla’ - ‘Faden Away.’

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Phonebloks Part II: Project Ara by Motorola

Phonebloks Part II: Project Ara by Motorola

When we first heard that Motorola were developing a new project that allows ‘users to swap out parts within a modular hardware ecosystem’ our immediate thought was: ‘we’ve heard this before.’ And the idea that sprung to mind of was, of course, Dave Haakens' infamous Phonebloks concept, the viral phenomenon that the entire world and your dad knows about by now. Phonebloks was criticized by a fair amount of naysayers, because of its extremely ambitious (if slightly unrealistic) cross-developer vision. Nevertheless, Motorola have now joined forces with Haakens for a more realistic, albeit less ambitious version of the concept called Project Ara.

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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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Terranova Rock TMA-1s at Boiler Room Berlin

Fetisch and &ME AKA Terranova are not only very nice guys, they’re also the duo you need to book if you want the sort of wonderfully unpredictable party soundtrack that channels the freedom-loving spirit of The Paradise Garage while kicking out the latest lean, focused and forward-thinking jams. Check out how one of Kompakt’s classiest twosomes effortlessly balance the divide between full-on house music dance-a-thon and cultured listening session at the perpetually rowdy Boiler Room Berlin.

Mapping Music on Facebook

Mapping Music on Facebook

Have you ever wondered what it looks like when millions of sound waves are traveling through social networks? Stamen Design did before creating Beatquake - a visualization of dynamic characteristics for typical listening activity across facebook. More than 110 million songs, albums and radio stations have been played 40 billion times through apps integrated with Facebook’s Open Graph.

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.

Robert Henke's "Lumiere" at Unsound

Robert Henke's "Lumiere" at Unsound

Visiting this years Unsound Festival gave us a cornucopia of live acts, DJ sets and impressions. However, one thing really stood out visually with a deserved standing ovation in the Kino Kijów.

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New Flavour in Your Ear: Nightwave - ‘ Rave Hard’

New Flavour in Your Ear: Nightwave - ‘ Rave Hard’

Sometimes you have to abandon all notions of decency and rave hard. This is one of those times.

Read Posted in Music by Ulrik
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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Nu Kids on the Block: the next generation of disco revival

Nu Kids on the Block: the next generation of disco revival

Nu-disco is a weird term. For starters, it’s not really new, considering it first appeared over a decade ago. And of course, there’s also the spelling. Is new that much more cumbersome to spell than its alternate, edgy consonant + vowel equivalent? Although, there’s something to be said about abbreviating a three-letter word. Using “nu-disco” as a superset genre for several upcoming of artists also poses its own set of problems. How to describe the next wave of this category? New nu-disco? Nu-nu disco? Nu disco squared? Let’s just skip the labels and talk about the music.

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Review: Four Tet // Beautiful Rewind

Review: Four Tet // Beautiful Rewind

Barely a year after releasing the LP Pink, the London-based producer Kieran Hebden better known as the infamous Four Tet returns with a new album, which has so far avoided the usual hype: Beautiful Rewind. Behind the psychedelic cover hides an album swimming against the current trend, resulting in an impressive track, a near perfect summary of all that went before.

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Dunkel Radio Interviews Oracy

I first encountered Oracy one morning in Panorama Bar, the house-oriented top floor of everyone's favourite monolithic temple of techno. The first track he dropped was a particularly demanding 90s-sounding rave number, as if to present a challenge: accept it and dance, or disappear. And some did - maybe 30 percent of the floor emptied out, but the brave ones who stayed were subject to something stunning: his set was diverse, soulful and utterly ballsy. Behind the moniker stands German Thomas Wendel, who you may be familiar with as techno connoisseur Don Williams, or the man behind the imprints Mojuba, a.r.t.less and Wandering. On the 25th of October we’ll be bringing this bold Berliner to Jolene Bar, Copenhagen, for our Dunkel Radio party. We decided to catch up with him before his visit, for a chat about where his journey with electronic music started and how he developed his esthetic on DJing. We even managed to uncover some very promising news about a future Convextion release on a.r.t.less...

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Rocking TMA-1s in the Boiler Room

African acid-rave and pounding house vibes aplenty, as the man with the tallest headgear in dance music takes center stage at Boiler Room London, armed with facepaint, dancers and champagne. If that opening sales pitch doesn’t have your undivided attention, we will posit the contention that you are well and truly dead inside.

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