Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – ‘Spectral Split’

This is the official music video for Spectral Split, by Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory.

The track comes from their new album, Elements of Light, which is described as ‘a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon.’ The music combines elements of minimalism, techno and traditional carillon works.

‘Nothing Can Doom This Groove’

This clip, from the film Vibrations, explains how to make techno.

And when it comes to explaining how to make techno, this version is golden.

In case you missed Vibrations when it came out, it’s about rising rock star, TJ Cray:

TJ gets the shot of a lifetime, an audition with a A & R man.

On the way into the city, though, a carload of drunks smash into his car, severing his hands. So he drops out of the business and becomes a homeless drunk.

Cray wakes up to a pulsing beat in an abandoned warehouse, where a “rave” party is in full action. To his rescue comes Anamika, a computer artist, who takes him outside for fresh air.

They become friends and eventually reinvent TJ’s career. With the help of friends, they replace his hands with prosthetics and design a metallic cyber looking suit. TJ becomes an overnight sensation as Cyberstorm.

But he doesn’t get his hands back.

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Pete Namlook Has Died

Producer, composer, synthesist and label head Pete Namlook (born Peter Kuhlmann in 1960) died November 8th, 2012, of as-yet unknown causes.

Kuhlmann’s daughter Fabia released a brief statement earlier today:

“It is with much grief that we announce the passing of Peter Kuhlmann, AKA Pete Namlook.

We are still shocked and are working on an official announcement that will follow soon to bring clarity to our minds. As word spreads on the internet more and more we just want to make clear that he died peacefully from as yet unspecified causes on 8th November 2012.

We will announce more details as and when they surface.”

Namlook was extremely prolific, releasing dozens of solo albums and releases with collaborators Klaus Schulze, Gaudi, Bill Laswell, Richie Hawtin, Tesu Inoue and others. Namlook also founded the German record label FAX +49-69/450464.

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The Beatdown Step Sequencer For Akai APC40

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Sonic Faction has introduced The BeatdownThe Beatdown Step Sequencer for the Akai APC40 and Ableton Live.

This custom device comes with the Beatdown library and lets you program beats and note velocities,while saving and recalling patterns in realtime. It also features realtime looping, FX and groove manipulation for killer live performances.

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