Open Mic: What’s Your Favorite New Music Of 2013?

klaus-schulze-audentity2013 has been a great year for gear – but it was also a pretty good year for electronic music.

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was almost inescapable for the second half of the year, and also made a lot of ‘best of 2013′ lists.

But there were also many interesting releases from electronic artists a little more outside the mainstream, including Jon Hopkin’s Immunity; Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest; Oneohtrix Point Never’s R Plus Seven; and Autechre’s Exai. 

2013 even brought new material from disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder.

What’s your favorite new electronic music of 2013? And what do you think of the state of electronic music in 2013?

Ambicon 2013 To Celebrate 40 Years Of The Hearts Of Space Radio Show

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Organizers have announced Ambicon 2013 – an ambient music conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hearts Of Space radio program.

Ambicon 2013 – being held May 3-5, 2013 in San Rafael, CA – is a weekend conference, hosted by Hearts of Space creator Stephen Hill. The event will be organized around 4 live surround-sound concerts, featuring 2 core Hearts of Space artists in each, for a total of 8 individual performances.

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Korg Turns 50 – What’s Korg’s Best Synthesizer Yet?

korg-50-anniversaryIn 2013, Korg celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Founded by Tsutomu Katoh, Korg released their first product in 1963, the Disc Rotary Electric Auto Rhythm machine Doncamatic DA-20. In 1973, Korg introduced their first synth, the MiniKorg.

Since then, Korg has had an impressive run. They’ve released a steady stream of electronic music gear, including classics like the MS-20, the PolySix, the WaveStation and the VC-10 Vocoder. And they have had their share of modern hits, with the Electribe line, Kaoss pads, the microKorg, the Radias and others.

What do you think Korg’s best synth or piece of electronic music gear has been from their first 50 years?