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’.

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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

Camel Audio Updates Alchemy Mobile

Alchemy_Mobile_2point3point9Camel Audio have announced the v2.3.9 update for their iOS synthesizer, Alchemy Mobile.

Alchemy Mobile 2.3.9 Key Features:

  • iCloud storage of favourites and user presets
  • Sound quality improvements – smoother track switching and looping
  • Audiobus 2.1 with support for iOS 8 (Audiobus on iOS6 no longer supported)
  • Numerous additional improvements to performance and stability.

Here are audio demos: Continue reading

Universal Audio Debuts Thunderbolt Satellite DSP Accelerators

UA_Satellite_Thunderbolt_DSPThis week Universal Audio announced its new line of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators, for use with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and shipping early October.

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators enable Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to run larger mixes filled with DSP-intensive plug-ins. These “desktop-friendly” units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.
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Updated APC Controllers Now Available

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Akai Professional has announced that it’s now shipping three new APC controllers:

  • the flagship APC40 mkII (above);
  • the APC Key 25 with integrated keyboard, and
  • the compact APC mini.

“We are excited to announce the availability of the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini,” says Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill. According to Gill, the new controllers incorporate feedback from users of their existing APC20 & APC40 controllers and include the most commonly requested features.

Here is an overview of the new APC controllers: Continue reading