Behind The Scenes With Squarepusher’s Music Robots

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This video, embedded below, takes a behind the scenes look at Squarepusher’s music robots, the Z-Machines, which are featured on his latest EP. 

For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar”, notes Squarepusher. “I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting.” Continue reading

Musicworks Magazine Announces 2014 Electronic Music Composition Contest

Musicworks2014ContestMusicworks Magazine has announced an Electronic Music Composition Contest.

The magazine invites musicians to compose an experimental piece in one of the following genres: acousmatic, audio art, electroacoustic, glitch, intelligent dance music, microsound, noise, turntable art, or video music.

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Pantha du Prince + The Bell Laboratory Do Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ (Behind The Scenes Documentary)

This morning Ableton debuted its new documentary, featuring Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince, collaborating with The Bell Laboratory in a performance of Terry Riley‘s seminal minimal composition, In C, at London’s Barbican Theatre.

Riley’s In C, composed in 1964, consists of 53 musical phrases, to be played by any number of people on any instruments. The phrases are to be played by each musician any number of times, as long as the musicians stay within a few phrases of each other. Because of the compositional rules of the work, performances can be very different in sound an length.

Members of The Bell Laboratory play the piece on a broad range of percussion instruments. Weber uses Ableton Live on his laptop and samples and loops the percussionists’ instruments, adding his performance to the minimalist classic.
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Frankie Knuckles, The Godfather Of House Music, Dead At 59

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Frankie Knuckles, known to many as ‘the godfather of house music’ is dead at the age of 59.

Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014) was an American producer, remixer and DJ. Born in New York City, Knuckles got his start there, then moved to Chicago and was influential in the development of house music in the 80s.

Knuckles died unexpectedly at home, according to his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson.

Knuckles made his name DJing at Chicago’s Warehouse club. Knuckles was best known for his late 80s and early 90′s house tracks, but also remixed Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.  Continue reading