2015 NAMM Show To Feature Double The Synths

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The 2015 NAMM Show, scheduled for January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, promises to be a huge event for synth fans.

We just got word from the NAMM Show organizers that synth manufacturers have nearly doubled their show floor square footage since last year, making this one of the show’s fastest-growing segments.

And you know what double the area for synths means….. double the synths! Continue reading

Amazon Echo: Super Cool or Super Creepy? You Make The Call!

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Amazon has introduced a new type of ‘smart device’ – the Echo – that’s a reimagining of the home stereo as a always-connected, voice activated speaker.

It’s got some impressive features – combining Siri-style voice recognition, with search, music and news service. You can tell it to play some music by Boards of Canada, tell it to wake you up at 7am or ask what the weather is going to be like, and Echo will handle it.

It’s not much of a stretch to imagine an App Store for a device like this, where you could download new types of music applications for it. Brian Eno has already done this on iOS, turning his classic Music For Airports album into a generative music application. An audio ‘smart device’ could be a perfect platform for generative music making.

But, while the Amazon Echo has some super cool aspects, it’s also a little creepy – because it’s always on and listening to you. Even in your bedroom.

And, as Amazon says – it’s ‘Connected to the cloud, so it’s always getting smarter.”  Continue reading

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 createdigitalmusic.com 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

Adrian Belew’s Flux ‘An Evolution In The Way We Experience Music’

Multi-instrumentalist Adrian Belew is running a Kickstarter project to help develop Flux, a new application and format for music that promises to never play a song the same way twice.

According to Belew, it’s a format for music that reflects changes in the way we live our lives and even think: Continue reading

Goldie’s Timeless, Live With An Orchestra

Goldie (Clifford Joseph Price) shared this video, which captures the first orchestral performance of his 1995 classic, Timeless.

The performance features The Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley. It was recorded live, in front of a sold out audience at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as part of James Lavelle’s Meltdown Festival. Continue reading