Alex Niggemann Interview


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.

Is vinyl better than digital?

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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.

How BTURN is Changing the Way the World Thinks About the Balkans



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.

Marc Houle Interview

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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.

Tomorrowland Festival 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.

Exit Festival 2012 Novi Sad



Exit Festival 2012 Novi Sad


Novi Sad’s 13th annual Exit Festival took place at the Petrovaradin Fortress from July 12 – July 15, 2012. This amazing collection of different musical talent has captured the imagination of music lovers worldwide for a good reason. Over 2 million people from approximately 60 countries have enjoyed the Exit Festival so far, and this year’s rousing event showed that the festival is continuing to pick up steam.

Guide to Sónar 2012.

Sónar - International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art

Sónar, the annual festival bringing together the world’s best in electronic music and in multimedia art, will kick off its biggest celebration yet June 14-16 in Barcelona, Spain.

More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the 19th “International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art,” as it is formally known. The three-day event will feature over 110 artists performing in concerts in and around Barcelona. Thirty artists new to Sonar are set to join the internationally diverse lineup, highlighted by modern hip-hop and electronica titan Flying Lotus and one of the newest stars of European electronica, Russian Nina Kraviz.

Rolling Stones Touring in November


Mention the rolling stones and most people born before the year 2000 will know exactly who you’re talking about.

They might talk about Mick Jagger and his unmistakable voice or the iconic lip and tongue logo synonymous with all things Rolling Stones or they might break out with the chorus of Satisfaction (which goes a bit like this… I can’t get no…. satisfaction….).

Ever since the band formed in 1962 in London, they have been belting out classic rock and roll songs that have defined a generation. Their musical repertoire has covered rhythm and blues and the hits just keep coming.

Whatever it is – the sheer greatness of The Rolling Stones is hard to deny. They came in 4th on the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list published by Rolling Stone Magazine and they’re still going strong. That’s right, they are back on the scene to celebrate 50 years of rock music history.

50 years is a long time to be playing as a band and they are as electric as ever. Don’t miss out on seeing 4 legends of rock come together as one yet again to deliver an unforgettable performance.

The Rolling Stones will be playing The O2 Arena in London on Sunday 25 November 2012 and there’s no doubt tickets will sell out fast. Avoid disappointment, book your Rolling Stones London tickets now!