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
This video, from the Rockpalast Archive, captures Kraftwerk performing live, in 1970.
The video captures a mixed media performance in Soest, Germany in the Winter of 1970. This is four years before they defined their sound and image with Autobahn. Continue reading
Moby is looking a little pissed off! Could it be because he’s getting sued over alleged unlicensed sample use – after 22 years?
According to a Hollywood Reporter article, Moby is being sued by VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label. They say that Moby included unlicensed samples on his 1992 songs, “Next is the E” and “Thousand.” Continue reading
Organizers have announced the Moogfest 2014 event schedule and venues.
The festival, which runs April 23 – 27, will include evening performances headlined by three Kraftwerk 3D concerts, along with Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder, and M.I.A.. Daytime programming is led by Futurama’s David X. Cohen, super-producer Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monae.
Of particular interest to us is the “Modular Marketplace” electronic pop-up shop at Moogfest, which will be showcasing innovative instrument makers and featuring boutique electronics, experimental effects and modern modular synthesizers. Continue reading
Here’s a vintage look at Kraftwerk, on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, in 1975. Continue reading
Here’s a little vintage electronic dance action: Back in 1977, Giorgio Moroder was inventing the sound of the future, with tracks like this one, Utopia, from From Here To Eternity.
Moroder notes, ‘Only electronic keyboards were used on this recording.”
In this video, via Future Music Magazine, James Wiltshire from remix and production duo, The Freemasons. shows us their gear packed studio, including the rare Hartmann Neuron synth and more.
What would you ask Giorgio Moroder, if you had the chance? Continue reading