Deadmau5 Passed Over For Wall Of Fame Slot, The Landscape Architecture Of Oakes Garden Theatre Gets It Instead

The Niagra Falls Review reports that Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, got passed over for the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture Wall of Fame this year, beat out by the Landscape Architecture of Oakes Garden Theatre.

“I got my ass kicked by a bunch of fucking plants?” responded Zimmerman.

City Councillor Janice Wing says she was “outraged” to learn that Deadmau5 could be overlooked for the Wall of Fame not once, but twice. She’s questioning whether the process to get on the Wall of Fame is “fair and unbiased.

“If this isn’t bias, I don’t know what it is,” she says. “Other than sheer ignorance, perhaps.”

This year’s inductees are Diana Coatsworth, Honeymoon Suite, Bob McAdorey, Brian Smylski, Frank Shuster and the landscape architecture of Oakes Garden Theatre.

Ambient Synth Music Jam

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Sunday Synth Jam: Synthesist and Synthtopia reader Jason Job sent word of his new ambient slash minimal techno synth jam:

I’m a daily reader and a big fan of your blog. I particularly love all the Sunday Synth Jam’s you post.

I wanted to share with you my first video recording of a mostly analog ambient synth jam I played a few days ago, I put it up on YouTube and you can check it out on my blog at

Job also is sharing this track as a free download via SoundCloud.

Richie Hawtin – Plastikman Live 1.5

Richie Hawtin‘s alter-ego Plastikman will embark on a full live tour in late-2011 in a upgraded ‘1.5 format’ – one of the only live shows around where all aspects of the performance – music, lighting, audio, visuals and real-time audience interaction via the SYNK App – are controlled by a single on-stage performer. Hawtin and his team have incorporated new Plastikman music, visuals and interactive technologies.

Plastikman Live will be interactive for any fans with Hawtin’s free SYNK iPhone application, which feature live chat, a live behind-the-curtain camera feed and more interactive elements.

“These dates will represent the last opportunities for fans to catch Plastikman Live in its current form,” says Hawtin, “the 1.5 version of the show we’ve spent nearly a year of fine-tuning. After that, Plastikman will be returning to the shadows to begin work on a brand new 2.0 concept.” Continue reading

Richie Hawtin, Pioneers Of Electronic Music Documentary

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Slices – Pioneers Of Electronic Music Vol. 1 – Richie Hawtin is a documentary film based on electronic producer and performer, Richie Hawtin.

The film draws from the important stages and events in Richie Hawtin’s personal and artistic life, and follows Hawtin’s transformation from introverted and transplanted computer nerd into a DJ and techno-entrepreneur.

The 70 min documentary features an extensive archive of unreleased photos, video and interviews.

Of special interest are Hawtin’s relationship with his family, especially his technophile dad, his fascination with Detroit and his early DJ gigs.

You can order the DVD with some extra bonus features here.

Free Music Friday – Wicked Basslines & Galactic Didactic

We hate to see a Friday go by without sharing some links to some free music – so here are a couple of reader tracks to check out.

First up, give a listen to Windows Of The Soul, by Fool’s Chaos. Pay particular attention to the wicked basslines in the middle section. See the Fool’s Chaos page on Soundcloud for more. Continue reading

Free Minimal Techno Sample Library

Dan303 has released a free minimal techno sample library – Free DIY Techno/Minimal:

  • This sample pack contains a selection of high quality samples ideal for use in your DIY Techno/Minimal productions. Loops/Samples are all in Cm and at 120bpm.
  • All of the samples are completely free to use in whatever way you wish.

Free Minimal Techno Sample Library Contents:

  • 303 lines: 12
  • Percussion: 23
  • Siren FX: 8

Download here (direct link) or at Dan303’s site.