Flashback Friday: The Great Synthesizer Showdown Of 1985

The 27th Annual Grammy Awards, held thirty years ago, on Feb 26, 1985, featured an all-synth performance by the epic lineup of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, and relative newcomer Howard Jones.

The performance has been described as “The most ’80s thing that ever happened. Ever.” Continue reading

Aphex Twin Wins 2015 Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy


Among the early announced 2015 Grammy Awards, Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) has received the Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy, for Syro. 

The other nominees included:

  • While (1<2), Deadmaus
  • Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon
  • Do It Again, Röyksopp and Robyn
  • Damage Control, Mat Zo

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Ikutaro Kakehashi & Dave Smith Grammy Award Ceremony To Be Streamed Live


Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith will be honored with a Technical GRAMMY Award this weekend for their role in developing MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

The GRAMMY will be presented during the Special Merit Awards on Saturday, February 9, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. PST. The ceremony will be streamed as a live webcast, via www.grammy.com/live.   Continue reading

Dave Grohl Backpedals On His Grammy Speech, Calls Skrillex ‘Badass’

Rock god Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) got a lot of nods from the audience with his heartfelt acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards this year. In the speech, Grohl said:

“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do.

It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”

Nice sentiment – but the way he said it also managed to piss off everybody who makes music with computers. People like Deadmau5, who remixed the Foo Fighters last year, and Skrillex, who won three Grammy Awards this year.

Grohl realized this and has released an official statement that backpedals a bit on his Grammy speech and offers an olive branch out to the electronic musicians of the world…..

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2011 Grammy Award Nominations Go To David Guetta, Skrillex, Deadmau5 – But Who Would You Nominate?

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The Recording Academy announced Wednesday nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, with David Guetta, Skrillex & Deadmau5 each getting nods.

Nominations in electronic and dance music related categories include:

  • Best Dance/Electronica Album:
    • Zonoscope – Cut/Copy
    • 4×4=12 – Deadmau5
    • Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta
    • Body Talk, Pt. 3 – Robyn
    • Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites – Skrillex
  • Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical:
    • Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
      Sonny Moore, remixer (Benny Benassi)
    • Collide (Afrojack Remix)
      Afrojack, remixer (Leona Lewis)
    • End Of Line (Photek Remix)
      Photek, remixer (Daft Punk)
    • Only Girl (In The World) (Rosabel Club Mix
      Abel Aguilera & Ralphi Rosario, remixers (Rihanna)
    • Rope (Deadmau5 Mix)
      Deadmau5, remixer (Foo Fighters)
  • Best Dance Recording
    • Raise Your Weapon – Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
      Joel Zimmerman, producer
    • Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce
      Duck Sauce, producers; Duck Sauce, mixers
    • Sunshine – David Guetta & Avicii
      Avicii, David Guetta & Giorgio Tuinfort, producers; Avicii, mixer
    • Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn
      Klas Åhlund & Billboard, producers; Niklas Flyckt, mixer
    • Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites – Skrillex
      Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer
    • Save The World – Swedish House Mafia
      Steve Angello, Axel Hedfors & Sebastian Ingrosso, producers; Steve Angello, Axel Hedfors & Sebastian Ingrosso, mixers

What do you think of this year’s round of nominees? And who would you nominate, if it was up to you?

BT On ‘My Greatest Honor’

BT has shared his thoughts on getting nominated for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards for Best Electronic Album, for These Hopeful Machines.

His response to the nomination is surprisingly raw and personal. He talks about being inspired by some of the greats of popular electronic music as a 13-year old kid and how that inspiration has continued to drive him over the years.

Whether or not you’re a BT fan, we think you’ll find something inspirational in his story.

Because of this, and because we think it’s a story that many readers will be able to relate to on some level, we’re embedding BT’s story below.

See his full post on his Facebook page, and let us know what you think of his story, too. Continue reading

Imogen Heap – Music Geek Goddess Of The Year?


Is it too early to declare Imogen Heap the Music Geek Goddess of the Year?

Not only did she take home the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Ellipse, but she looked fantastic in her slightly mad Twitter Dress.

Her sculptural necklace displayed a live Twitter feed via a wireless router, while her handbag featured a built-in monitor that displayed images from her fans.

“I just thought it’d be nice for them to come with me, so I’ve got a live Twitter feed from them,” explained Heap. “All the way through making the record I had so much encouragement and love via Twitter or YouTube or MySpace from the fans and it really helped me to crack the whip in the studio.”

via belfasttelegraph, image: socialife