New Movie, ‘Enter The Dangerous Mind’, Explores The Horror Of Dubstep

enter-the-dangerous-mind-posterEnter The Dangerous Mind is a new psychological thriller about an up and coming dance music composer and his obsession over a caring social worker.

The movie, formerly titled ‘Snap’, was shown at SXSW and earned favorable reviews.

Film School Rejects’ Luke Mullen called the film “one of the most interesting films to play SXSW this year.’

Enter the Dangerous Mind will be available in theaters and via some streaming sites Feb. 6th. Continue reading

MIDI Manufacturers Association Says New HD Protocol ‘Has Reached A Milestone’

midi-manufacturers-associationThe MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) will be hosting an open discussion at the 2015 NAMM Show about a new ‘HD’ standard, designed to be compatible with MIDI 1.0.

The session, scheduled for Sunday, January 25, will cover the trademark, licensing, and product certification options for the MMA’s proposed new industry standard, “HD Protocol”.  Continue reading

Cakewalk Updates SONAR, Intros New Membership Model

SONAR-computer2015 NAMM Show: Cakewalk has announced a new SONAR product lineup and a new model for buying and owning DAW software.

With the new SONAR, the company is introducing a Membership model. Now, users have the option to choose either a traditional upfront payment, or to make monthly payments. New users receive 12 months of Membership free, while for current SONAR users, Membership renewal—which is priced similarly to a traditional lower priced product upgrade brings new updates every month instead of yearly (and sometimes overwhelming) updates.

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Tubular Bells for Two

Itubular-bells-for-two-performersn the latest episode of the Echoes podcast, host John Diliberto talks with multi instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts about their two man performances of Tubular Bells For Two.

Composer Mike Oldfield played over a dozen instruments on his signature work. With Tubular Bells For Two, Holdsworth and Roberts have taken on the challenge of playing it live, with no backing tracks or computers. Continue reading

New Aphex Twin Album, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP, Coming Jan 23rd

aphex-twin-computer-controlled-acoustic-instrumentsWarp Records has announced a new Aphex Twin EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2.

The 14-track EP is due out January 23rd.

The EP, along with the recently released Syro, follow a decade long drought from the influential electronic fartist, Richard D. James.

James has previously talked about his interest in music robots.  Continue reading

Camel Audio Closes Shop

camel-audio-alchemyCamel Audio, maker of Alchemy, CamelSpace & CamelPhat, has announced that it is closing shop.

In a statement they say, “We would like to thank you for the support we’ve received over the years in our efforts to create instruments and effects plug-ins and sound libraries.”

Their home page is now blank and customers that log in get this message: Continue reading

Synthtopia’s Best Of 2014 – Stuff That Was Too Cool Not To Mention


2014 was such an exceptional year for electronic music and synths that our best of 2014 posts, which cover Mobile Music AppsHardware SynthsMIDI ControllersModular Synth Gear, Electronic Music HardwareMusic Software and even the Sexiest Vaporware – still leave a lot uncovered.

Here’s wrap up on other things from 2014 that were too cool not to mention: Continue reading