Posted by annakec on November 5th, 2012
Somewhere between house music and avant-garde electronica, Silicone Soul have found their calling. In a recent interview, the group discussed their history and shed some light on their current musical direction. The duo, made up of Craig Morrison and Graeme Reedie, spoke of their beginnings in Glasgow, their first big break and their international acclaim.
Their story reflects their ability to bring together the fevered rumble of dance floor mania and a lifelong devotion to countless musical influences.
Their latest release, the “Smokestak” EP, is simultaneously heart-pounding and heart-stopping. The concise tracklist throws convention aside to make room for radical innovation. It is a rare occasion indeed when house music can be described as ethereal or expansive. This release trips along the edge of expectation, removing what is possible in exchange for what is imaginable.
Posted by annakec on November 2nd, 2012
From DJing in Liverpool to globetrotting and on to international acclaim, Yousef is one of the hottest names in electronica. With only two albums in his repertoire, Yousef has relied on his hard-won DJ skills to craft a scintillating live show.
He has carried this live auditory experience to locations where few performers dare to tread. Yousef was the first DJ to host a set in war-torn Syria and he has a loyal fanbase in South America, Europe and the US.
Yousef’s new album “A Product of Your Environment”constitutes a significant shift in tone and style for the legendary DJ and sonic artist. The new tracks distance themselves from the standard fare of beat-centric and bass-heavy cuts that DJs so often spin in clubs.Of course, Yousef’s latest offerings are intensely danceable, but there is a focus on melodic leads and harmony that is not present in most house music.
If there is to be a revolution in electronic music, Yousef could very well lead the way and “A Product of Your Environment” will make an excellent ignition. It might be tempting to refer to this release as an improvement on Yousef’s first album,”A Collection of Scars and Situations”, but calling it an evolution is far more accurate.
Posted by Pentago on October 5th, 2012
We interviewed La Baaz, one of most awesome and promising techno artists on today’s scene and he prepared a special, exclusive dj mix for your pleasure. Check it along with several other projects Patrick’s on. Techno friday’s on.
Posted by annakec on October 3rd, 2012
How long ago did electronic music first speak to you so strongly that it became a passion? About how young were you?
Well, I grew up at the time where electronic music first got really big in the early 90s. I think even the first music I danced to at a kids party in my elementary school was some kind of Euro-Dance stuff. I was about 8 years; I now realize that this was definitely the first time I listened to music on purpose.
As my brother, who I always looked up to, was one of the early ravers, EDM was also daily routine. That was also the reason for, how I got to know about my first record I ever bought: Armand van Helden – The Funk Phenomena.
When I was 14 years old, I told my parents that I’m gonna sleep at a friends house, but I was going to my first party, which was a famous rave in my hometown. From that day on my interest and passion for electronic music and it’s whole culture was born.
Posted by annakec on September 24th, 2012
There have been a lot of debates concerning the sound quality of vinyl and digital recordings. Everyone is taking sides and trying to defend their choice. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer yet on which among the two is better. Determining which one sounds better is quite subjective. In addition, there are other salient points that one should understand before they claim one really sounds better.
The big question still remains. Which is better? Audio enthusiasts defend their choices by elaborating the pros and cons of the two. They keep on asserting that there is actually a detectable difference.
The battle surrounds the difference between the nature of storage media that can either be analog or digital. Digital audio works with two basic parameters. This includes the number of times in every second that the waveform height is sampled. This is referred to as the sample rate. It also includes the measurable levels in each sample or the resolution. In a CD, there is 16-bit resolution. Each step is precisely measured on a scale of 0 to 65,535 in its waveform height with a 44,100 times per second sample rate. These measurements are two times more than the highest frequency that the human ear can detect.
Posted by annakec on September 20th, 2012
For several decades, the Balkan has been more associated with war, political conflict, and desperate economic times, than with any other interest. That is no longer the case, however, and the Balkan region is enjoying a renewed sense of stability, artistic growth, and economic development.
The online news magazine site, BTURN, looks to shine the spotlight on the region’s growth and development in a number of areas. The magazine’s focus is primarily on the culture of Balkan and how that culture has changed, developed, and is revolutionizing the world scene.
To that end, BTURN is an absolutely incredible source for the region’s technology, music, artists, and events. The website is still developing, and is seeking to one day discuss virtually every artist, event, and new musical genre that emerges from this region. As it does, it makes for absolutely captivating reading about a region of the world whose culture and beats are ignored all too often.
Posted by annakec on September 3rd, 2012
From a kid with a love for obscure new-wave and analog synths, to his current position at the reigns of Items & Things, Marc Houle has gotten major mileage out of his incredible talent as a prolific music-making machinist.
His journey has taken him from Richie Hawtin’s club “13 Below” in Detroit, to a stint on the legendary Minus label, and now to his second album “Undercover,” released in February through Items & Things.
The man is a virtual music machine, cranking out nearly 1,000 tracks in his lifetime, with a sound that pulls a bit of Chicago together with a little Detroit in a new-wave underbelly style.
Posted by annakec on August 3rd, 2012
Thousands of electronic dance music (EDM) fans descended on Belgium July 27-29 for one of Europe’s largest music events of the year, the Tomorrowland 2012 music festival. Concert goers anticipated the event so much that it sold out all 180,000 tickets in seconds. Estimates placed the numbers of attendees at 60,000 or more. The annual event in Boom, Belgium, a town about 30 miles north of Brussels, covers a sprawling 185 acres and essentially was its own small town.
In case you were one of the approximately two million people who tried to get tickets for the concert or just heard about it afterwards, the lineup was as impressive as it was deep. The headliners at the concert included Carl Cox, Marco Carola,Seth Troxler, Extrawelt, Fatboy Slim, and John Digweed, to name a few. Tomorrowland had 16 stages, plenty of vendors, and a campground, so not only could one go around and hear different acts, but also sleep in the midst of the action.
Before getting into the acts themselves, it’s important to set the scene for how phenomenal the concert was. One of the hallmarks of the concert was its vibrancy. The main stage, for instance, was what could be called a bibliophile’s dream. It was constructed to look like it was made of giant books.
Its size required nine months to construct and weighed in at a hefty 138 tons. The dreamlike quality of the presentation carried over into the clothing of the revelers who were encouraged by the concert’s website to bring brightly colored garments roomy enough to allow the freedom of movement to dance wherever one happened to be while listening to the pulse-pounding beats.