Open Mic: What Record Got You Hooked On Electronic Music?

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Open Mic: For most electronic musicians, there’s a track or an album that got them hooked on electronic music.

You hear the music and wonder how the artist made it – and soon you want to be making sounds & music like that. Next thing you know, you’ve got a home studio and a wall of gear.

Was there a track or an album that did it for you?  Continue reading

FRACT ‘First Person Synthesizer’ Coming April 22

Developers of the ‘first person synthesizer’ game, FRACT, have announced that it will be released April 22 and is now available for pre-order.

FRACT is a musical exploration game. You arrive in a forgotten place and explore the unfamiliar landscape to discover the secrets of an abandoned world that was once built on sound. As you start to make sense of this strange new environment, you work to rebuild its machinery by solving puzzles and bring the world back to life by shaping sound and creating music in the game. Continue reading

Toronto Bans Electronic Dance Music! Is Mayor Rob Ford To Blame?

mayor-rob-ford-crack-photoToronto has banned electronic dance music.

The Toronto Star reports that city-owned buildings at Exhibition Place will no longer host electronic dance music parties, as a result of a 4-3 board vote on Friday. Advocates of the ban argue that it will make young people safer, saying that ‘drug and alcohol abuse among minors is rampant at electronic dance music (EDM) events’.

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who introduced the motion, said the use of MDMA and ecstasy is of particular concern, arguing “this is not what city property and taxpayers’ money should be use for.”

Opponents argued that the ban was bad for business, would drive dance music fans to unregulated underground events, and was driven by the friendship of notorious ‘crack-smoking mayor’ Rob Ford, above right, and Zlatko Starkovski, owner of the local Muzik nightclub. Continue reading

BT & Dr Richard Boulanger Introduce MUSE, An Ambient Instrument For The Leap Motion

Superstar electronic music producer BT & Dr Richard Boulanger, Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music, have released a new music app, MUSE, which works with the Leap Motion controller & OS X.

The MUSE app gives the user the ability to create ambient electronic music using gestures, captured by the Leap Motion.

Here’s an introduction into MUSE and how it works: Continue reading

New Album From Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – Someday World

Warp Records has released a couple of tracks from the upcoming Brian Eno & Karl Hyde album, Someday World.

Someday World is comprised of nine songs, composed and sung by Eno & Hyde, with a distinguished cast of supporting musicians, including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Fred Gibson, Georgie Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro.

The release was produced by Brian Eno with 20 year old Fred Gibson, continuing an ongoing collaboration between Eno and Hyde which sees the two together on a complete album for the very first time.

Here’s what Eno and Hyde have to say about the collaboration: Continue reading