Music In The Age of Democratization, With Ableton’s Gerhard Behles & Coldcut’s Matt Black

As part of Berlin’s recent Social Media Week, Peter Kirn, editor of hosted this conversation with Matt Black (Ninjatune founder and member of A/V group Coldcut), and Gerhard Behles, (CEO of Ableton and former member of Monolake).

Behles and Black are both technologists and musicans, and the hour+ discussion delves into the intended and unintended consequences of today’s music technologies.  Continue reading

Ninja Jamm Sneak Preview With Amon Tobin

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Electronic music label Ninja Tune is putting out an ‘next-generation beatnological application’ for iOS, called Ninja Jamm. Ninja Jamm will let you take music from the Ninja Tune catalog and beyond and remix/play/tweak/effect/bend/fold/shuffle/spindle/mutilate the sound to create your own versions of tracks, both classic and new.

It will be free for both the iPhone and iPad and it will be available mid-summer.

New Coldcut Sample Library

Loopmasters continues to put out some of the coolest sample libraries. Their latest is Coldcut Sound Science.

Coldcut need no introduction, being some of the first and finest artists to successfully work with samples and loops to forge their own styles of modern hip hop and dance music, Matt Black and Jon More are responsible for some of the digital generations’ finest musical moments, and whose label Ninja Tune continues to release some of the most cutting edge tunes currently available.

This sample pack produced for Loopmasters by Matt and Jon themselves features a huge collection of previously unheard and unreleased material for genres such as Hip Hop, Breaks, House and Drum and Bass. Continue reading

Coldcut vs TV Sheriff vs The Status Quo In American Politics

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Dancefloor hooligans Coldcut join forces with America’s leading audio-visual vigilante TV Sheriff to bring you an election vivisection Revolution ’08

A drum+bass powered all-out AV assault on an American media machine now in psychotic overdrive for the Presidential election. A 10000-frame crash edit comedy celebration of the blatant corruption, warmongering, florid insanity and plain good old smelly bullshit that characterises the cultural landscape of the world’s most confused country. 21st century satire is alive and well.