Orbital Calls It Quits, But The Music Goes On And On

orbitalBrothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announced today that they’re hanging up their iconic torch-glasses and parting ways, as Orbital, for the final time.

Having first broken up in 2004, the Hartnolls reunited to play the Big Chill, celebrating 20 years of their DIY techno track ‘Chime’ in 2009.This led to extended touring and a performance before millions at the opening of the Paralympics, with Professor Stephen Hawking on vocals.

Here’s their iconic track, Halcyon: Continue reading

Charity Auction 2014 Raising Money For Save The Children

charity-diploma2013KVR’s Charity Auction 2014 is now underway.

The Auction, organized by Luftrum’s Soren Hybel, is an annual effort to raise funds for Save the Children’s Emergency Fund. Audio software and hardware developers have donated a wide variety of items for the auction.

Last year, the Auction raised $20.924. This year’s target is $25,000.

All auctions end on 11:59:59 PM on October 31st Central European Time (CET). When the Auction end, the funds raised will be given to Save The Children.

You can check out the auction items at the KVR site.

via Richard Walshe, Soren Hybel

Steve Reich’s ‘Radio Rewrite’ Inspired By Radiohead

steve-reich-radio-rewriteNonesuch Records has released a new album by electroacoustic pioneer Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite.

The title piece references two songs by the English band Radiohead. Alan Pierson conducts this premiere recording of Radio Rewrite, which was composed in 2012.

The album also includes recordings of Electric Counterpoint (1987) and Piano Counterpoint, which is a 2011 transcription by Vincent Corver of Reich’s 1973 Six Pianos. The works are performed, respectively, by Radiohead’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, and pianist Vicky Chow, who is a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Continue reading

Propellerhead Reason 8 Now Available

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Propellerhead announced today that Reason 8 is now available for purchase.

Reason 8 introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that they say is designed to let you ‘move faster from idea to music’.

Here’s the official video intro to Reason 8: Continue reading

New 4DSOUND System Inspired By Nikola Tesla

4DSOUND is a new immersive audio system that allows for evolving changes in three-dimensional positioning of sound.

Despite the emergence of professional and consumer surround-sound systems, most live performances still rely on stereo (or even summed mono) sound, with an audience hearing most of the music from one direction.

4DSOUND is built from expansive array of speakers, a Max-based core, and custom Max for Live devices that allow for sound to be positioned anywhere within the system’s space.

In the video above, 4DSOUND founder Paul Oomen talks about its conception, and Martin Stimming discusses performing with the system. Continue reading

Thom Yorke’s New Album, ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, Now Available To Torrent

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Thom Yorke has announced a new album today, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, which is available right now.

You can buy the digital album as a $6 bittorrent bundle, or get the deluxe vinyl + digital version for £30.

Official Description:

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is a new eight-track record from Thom Yorke.

A record born of silver darkness, pressed onto heavyweight 180g white vinyl completed with undersize 75mm centre labels, housed within heavy white board inner and outer sleeves.

These are printed with a metallic silver laminate then multi-tone black and a striking neon green; the whole is enclosed in a bespoke anti-static shield bag – a metallised laminated material usually used by the electronics industry for protecting components from electrostatic interference. The bag is printed with neon green on both sides, and has a resealable grip closure. Continue reading