The innovative category of Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression controllers continues to gain ground among top DJ’s. Focusing on instruments that deliver acoustic-level electronic expression and notes that are modulated real time, these controllers seem to be the future of music production.
One step towards this future is made by the new Seaboard RISE. This new controller balances originality with futuristic vibes. From design to functionalities, we were highly impressed by its capabilities.
Following its predecessor, the Seaboard GRAND, the controller focuses on the innovative idea of reimagining the keyboard as a pressure-sensitive surface. Each gesture finds its own note and sound in every dimensions.
The controller is designed to allow a 5D experience: from striking the keywaves to pressing them, gliding, sliding or lifting. As a plus, it works wirelessly and is available in 2 models: the two-octave RISE 25 and the four-octave RISE 49.
Red Bull has just announced it’s annual Music Academy. As in each year, one city will host an entire month of music workshops and activities that promote creativity in music and not only. The Academy is renowned for matching top producers and DJ’s from around the world and for curating concerts and parties designed specifically for this event.
This year the lucky city will be none other than Montreal. The Academy will return to Canada, a country that also hosted the event in 2007, in Toronto. And let’s not forget that the Academy has become an official partner of MUTEK, Montreal’s leading electronic music festival. This year seems full of surprises.
So what to expect? Each year’s event is organized around each city’s musical and cultural identity. Besides lectures and workshops with pioneering music figures and music collaborations in state-of-the-art studios you should be looking forward to curated signature concerts and parties held in chic venues and cultural institutions as well as more underground spaces.
The applications are already open, but they will close on March 7, 2016. So hurry up and reserve your seat. For more information you should visit redbullmusicacademy.com.
We just released our new mini-pack called Minimal Grooves Loops.
Full beats influenced by the modern minimalistic vibes and the European underground movement. Sharp and hypnotic well crafted sounds that will allure and inspire your grooves. Splited into Full, No Kick and Percussion this pack got some chunky drum grooves. Inspired by young talents like Anthea, Ilario Liburni, Aney F or Tripio X.
Good stuff coming soon. Here are some tech specs for this pack.
Download contains: 30 x 24bit WAV Loops at 122BPM and 123BPM. 10 Original loops splited in Full / No Kick / Percussion
Download size: 62MB unzipped.
Works with all major music applications, including Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Apple Logic and many more.
Long before music became the ground for experimentation and innovation, a free thinker dared to dream and release a series of sound mosaics that will influence the entire music landscape, and especially the electronic movement.
Imagine the music landscape of the 1940’s. France. Imagine a radio engineer thinking about the philosophy behind music and music theory. His name, Pierre Schaeffer. Now known as the father of Concrete Musique, he is one of the well known and important pioneers of electronic music.
Born in 1910, Schaeffer was not a trained musician, but after landing a job as a radio engineer he started to experiment with music sounds and techniques. He discovered that he could lock-groove records, meaning that he could make the needle of a record stay in one single groove, creating a loop. He also experimented with natural sounds, from trains to animals. In 1948 he even produced his first piece of what will became known as “musique concrete”, a term that captures his entire philosophy: using collages of sounds found everywhere around us and manipulated through changes in pitch, duration and amplitude. His innovative idea gave a new interpretation of music form and perception.
The public’s reaction wasn’t really encouraging, but by broadcasting his pieces over French radio airwaves, Schaeffer gained the attention of many composers and performers. Among them, Pierre Henry with whom he will found the Groupe de Musique Concrète/Groupe de Recherches Musicales. As its name stands, their mission was to discover new musical techniques by constructing and deconstructing pieces from vinyl records and magnetic tape. Their studio became essential for the electronic music composition movement (they launched Edgard Varèse’s famous “Deserts”).
Although he lost interest in music production later in life, Pierre Schaeffer remains among the most visionary artists of his era. He pioneered an electronic revolution that is still felt in the contemporary musical landscape, especially in the electronica genre.