Rudess Joins CME As Chief Musical Officer

Jordan_Paster-01CME (creator of the XKey multitouch controller) has announced that Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Wizdom Music) has accepted the position of Chief Musical Officer at the company.

According to CME, Jordan (right) will be involved in new product planning and development.

“I am every excited to announce my new position as Chief Music Officer of CME,” says Jordan. “Creating next generation instruments has been a passion of mine for a long time.” Continue reading

Moogfest Regroups, Plans 2016 Return

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Moogfest 2014, held in Asheville, NC April 23-27, was an ambitious undertaking that transformed Moogfest into an international event.

It also lost about $1.5 million.

In response, organizers have announced that there will be no Moogfest 2015, but that it will return in 2016 as a biennial event.

Here’s what they have to say about the decision: Continue reading

EDM + Hot Sauce = Electronic Sriracha Festival

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The 1st Annual Electronic Sriracha Festival (ESF) is coming to St. James Park in Downtown San Jose, CA on Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, August 30th, 12 pm to 8 pm).

The celebration of the iconic hot sauce will spread over two city blocks of park space and will feature 40+ food trucks and tents. The Festival will feature three stages of electronic music, representing the Bay Area. 

Details are available at the Festival site.

In Pursuit Of Silence

In honor of World Listening Day 2014, the team behind the upcoming film In Pursuit of Silence (coming 2015) released a clip featuring footage they acquired during their visit to Denali last April.

In the clip, National Park Service Soundscape Technician Davyd Betchkal discusses the importance of listening and it’s relationship to experiencing a place. Continue reading

Pioneer Announces $699 PLX-1000 Direct Drive DJ Turntable & We Get That Strange Feeling Of Déjà Vu

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Pioneer has announced the PLX-1000 professional direct drive turntable.

Features:

  • User-friendly control layout
  • High-torque direct drive system
  • Designed for optimal sound quality
  • Tempo control with variable width levels
  • Detachable power and audio cables

According to Pioneer, the PLX-1000 “offers a highly familiar, user-friendly control layout”.

Highly familiar.  Continue reading

Propellerhead Intros Free Take Creative Vocal Recorder

propellerhead-take-vocal-recorderPropellerhead has introduced Take Creative Vocal Recorder – a free digital audio recorder app for iOS, designed for quickly capturing musical ideas.

It’s designed with a simplified interface – with a single tap, you’re recording. It’s designed for use with headphones, so you can record in sync with built-in metronome, loops or beats.

The app also offers three tracks for fleshing out ideas and audio effects processing.

Note: Take is optimized for the built-in microphone on your iOS device. Wear headphones to hear your backing tracks. Best results come from using headphones (the ones without an integrated microphone) and recording into your iPhone/iPod/iPad mic directly.

Here are examples of Take Creative Vocal Recorder in action: Continue reading