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.

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.

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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

Trevor Jackson Rocking TMA-1s at Rough Trade

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.

Extrawelt – 'Breedle'

Extrawelt – 'Breedle'

- 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.

New Flavour in Your Ear: Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’

New Flavour in Your Ear: Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’

To some of you, Daniel Avery’s very distinct dance floor flavor isn’t all that new. The 27-year-old producer and resident DJ at Fabric has been doing the rounds on the electronic music circuit and indeed the outer reaches of the known blogosphere for quite a while. But the striking novelty of his debut album lies not in an upcoming talent’s take on the sonic zeitgeist, but in a versatile artist’s singular departure from it.

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Interview: Tim Sweeney

Interview: Tim Sweeney

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Picture a guy who graduated university over a decade ago, sitting in the basement of a student dorm. Now picture that guy doing a radio show called Beats in Space. Different image? Thought so. True, Tim Sweeney has America’s longest-running college radio show. But Beats in Space is iconic, so synonymous with the underground dance music scene, it’s easy to forget its humble roots as a student radio show or the fact that every Tuesday you can find the host at WNYU’s studio located below a university dining hall. And when I say every Tuesday, I mean it. BIS recently celebrated 14 years. And Tim has never missed a week. The stuff of legend, perhaps, but urban myth it is not—he once finished the full two-and-a-half hours with a bad case of the flu (I saw it with my very own eyes.) It was then I realized: there are people who love music. And then there is Tim Sweeney. In a rare moment when he wasn’t on the air or in the air, flying to a gig, I had the chance to talk to Tim about upcoming projects and the beloved show listeners keep tuning into, week after week, looking to hear what they know they won’t find anywhere else.

Dunkel Radio launch their new interview series ‘Overlooked’ with techno emperors Karenn

In this series we'll be asking a variety of names from the scene to point out who and what they believe is being overlooked, so they get a chance to big up the stuff that they think deserves more attention. To kick things off, Najaaraq spoke to two of the UK’s most exciting producers right now: techno champions Blawan and Pariah, after their live set as collaborative project Karenn at PHONO Festival last month.

New Flavour in Your Ear: Empire of the Sun – DNA (Ta-Ku Remix)

New Flavour in Your Ear: Empire of the Sun – DNA (Ta-Ku Remix)

- in which our favorite Aussie beatsmith deconstructs, and revitalizes Empire of the Sun’s original to deliciously bouncy effects.

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65daysofstatic's ‘Prisms’

65daysofstatic's ‘Prisms’

- is the music video that finally proves wrong the guy who made the music video for Authechre’s ‘Gantz Graf.’ Back in 2002, after Alex Rutterford had released the stunning video for Autechre’s equally mesmerizing single, he answered a lot of questions about the creation of the video. And, because people apparently asked him a lot of questions about algorithms, he stated that: ‘it's fool's gold thinking that someone can sit there writing a piece of software that can make intelligent decisions about pace and animation." Well, this has just been proved wrong with Matt Pearson’s creation of a system that interprets audio and generates the striking visuals of the ‘Prisms’ video.

Yuri Suzuki Pays Homage to Luigi Russolo

Yuri Suzuki Pays Homage to Luigi Russolo

- 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.

The Box: Next Level Projection-mapping

The Box: Next Level Projection-mapping

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.

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Dunkel Radio Interviews Yosi Horikawa

Dunkel Radio Interviews Yosi Horikawa

Ever since his childhood, Yosi Horikawa has always been the DIY type. At just thirteen he spent most of his time with his tape recorder, recording and overdubbing different elements onto tape, using his headphones as a microphone. Now, although his setup has changed substantially, the same inventive attitude prevails in his work. Horikawa has more recently been keen on field recording and using organic elements in his music, like creating soundscapes of forest rain to rhythms using the sound of bubbles. We caught up with the Japanese experimental producer after his astonishing performance at PHONO Festival and had a talk about reunion with nature, his home country, and Bento.

Megaphone: Giving Voice to the People of Montreal

Megaphone: Giving Voice to the People of Montreal

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.