Toronto has banned electronic dance music.
The Toronto Star reports that city-owned buildings at Exhibition Place will no longer host electronic dance music parties, as a result of a 4-3 board vote on Friday. Advocates of the ban argue that it will make young people safer, saying that ‘drug and alcohol abuse among minors is rampant at electronic dance music (EDM) events’.
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who introduced the motion, said the use of MDMA and ecstasy is of particular concern, arguing “this is not what city property and taxpayers’ money should be use for.”
Opponents argued that the ban was bad for business, would drive dance music fans to unregulated underground events, and was driven by the friendship of notorious ‘crack-smoking mayor’ Rob Ford, above right, and Zlatko Starkovski, owner of the local Muzik nightclub. Continue reading
EDM Time is a new video series that looks at the fundamentals of electronic music production using real world examples.
One viewer described the series as ’Like Bill Nye The Science Guy for EDM’. Continue reading
In case you were wondering what DJ/producer Sasha thinks about EDM, he shared his thoughts on it via Twitter: Continue reading
This video, via THUMP, is a profile of Simeon Coxe of pioneering psychedelic electronic dance music band Silver Apples.
“I think the future is really ahead of us,” notes Coxe, “You’re going to see huge leaps in terms of what we accept as music.” Continue reading
Max Million has released a new sound library, the second and final part of the Discrete Energy series:
Discrete Energy II provides the backbone for Glitch | IDM | Breaks or other forms of EDM music production.
Includes 443 MB of highly original and inspiring audio content. Every sample is as usable and fresh as humanly possible.
The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music, edited by Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn, is a book that looks at the history of electronic dance music, through interviews with a variety of artists that helped define it.
The book is largely compiled from interviews published over the last 30 years, in Keyboard and Remix magazines. The artists interviewed are a ‘who’s who’ of electronic music: Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Juan Atkins, The Orb, Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, BT, The Crystal Method and many others.
Because of the age of many of the interviews, they offer a vintage perspective. So, while some of the discussion is dated, it also often offers a contemporary perspective from the artists, early in their careers. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Infinite Sinewave does a multi-QuNeo live performance of Stripped, by The Fish House. Continue reading
The LA Times reports that Robert Moog, ‘EDM pioneer’ has been inducted into the Inventors Hall Of Fame..
We’re glad to see Moog get well-deserved recognition – even if it’s for throwing down sick beats, dropping the bass and all that EDM stuff that he’s so well known for.