Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
Dan ‘DJ Fresh’ Stein is set to take another step up in his illustrious career by launching his incredible live show in late 2011. FRESH/LIVE aims to amplify the club experience by incorporating a full live band to perform Fresh’s latest and greatest tracks in authentic fashion.
One of the originators of drum&bass, Fresh began his career as founding member of the supergroup Bad Company. In ‘98 when Fresh was still 19, the group released The Nine – a track that was to later be voted the best d&b tune of all time by D&B Arena. Not bad for a guy still in his teens!
After winning many awards with BC, including KMAG’s best album of 2000, he teamed up with Adam F in 2003 to found Breakbeat Kaos. The label quickly became a tastemaker, championing Pendulum’s game-changing album Hold Your Colour and playing host to Fresh’s critically acclaimed debut LP, Escape from Planet Monday… Read More.
R.I.T.M. is an intense electronic act that combines dance, techno & progressive house with an unforgettable live stage performance. Decade is their new combo CD/DVD featuring previously unreleased, re-mastered songs and music videos. Each song is an expression of visual music performed like an electronic circus with abstract narratives and dynamic presentation. Ritm creates these live submersive environments by designing all encompassing experiences for their fans.
Star Shine is one new song featuring the worlds first full body video suit. It was constructed using over 1500 full color spectrum LED lights that display video. LED lights also have a bright deep saturated quality that has to be seen live to truly be experienced. Ritm has taken this cutting edge technology and created a break through in visual music performance. Bunny has designed an incredible custom leather suit to house the LED lights and painstakingly constructed this piece of wearable art. VJ Tek plays custom video content that is mapped to Bunnies suit while he performs against a video backdrop. In essence, this is an audio visualization of the music composed by David Christophere and Bunny that plays in real time. “These shows are live sonic research that we have been doing for 10 years”, stresses VJ Tek. The video suite started as a brainstorm and was conceptualized over a five year period… Read More.
Francisca Valenzuela — 25 years old. Chilean – north american singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in California, until moving to Santiago, Chile at age 13. She is currently launching her second album called “Buen Soldado” (Good Soldier/ Independent, March 2011) which was produced by Vicente Sanfuentes (Sr.Coconut, Gepe, Matias Aguayo), Mocky (Feist, Jamie Lidell) and Francisca. Her piano pop/rock songs refer to social or political issues, personal stories, intimate reflections, humor and love stories.
Her first album, “Muérdete la Lengua” (Bite Your Tongue/ Independent, November 2007) contains 10 songs in Spanish and 2 songs in English. It was written and composed by Francisca Valenzuela and produced by Mauricio and Francisco Durán of Los Bunkers. The album went Gold in her country Chile, and allowed her to tour all over the country and the globe -from the World Expo Shanghai 2010 and 2008 LAMC Festival in NYC to a Homage to Chile in Pompeii to Vive Latino Mexico 2010 – and was highly praised all over Latin America and more. As National Public Radio (NPR) Music in the US highlights: “with a voice reminiscent of Fiona Apple and killer piano skills, Valenzuela raised eyebrows with her debut album , Muérdete la Lengua (“Bite your Tongue”)”. Rolling Stone Chile named it 16 in its 50 best albums of 2007; American Latino TV awarded Francisca the 2009 “Favorite Latino TV Newcomer Award”; her 5 singles rotated on MTV and she was selected in the 2009 “15 x 15: artists to Watch” campaign, among other acknowledgements.
“Buen Soldado” (Good Soldier, Independent / March 2011) contains 12 songs in Spanish, all written and composed by Francisca Valenzuela and produced by Vicente Sanfuentes (Sr.Coconut, Gepe, Matias Aguayo), Mocky (Feist, Jamie Lidell) and Francisca Valenzuela. In January 2011, the first single “Quiero Verte Más” (“I want to see you more”) hit radios in all Latin America. Club Fonograma reviewed it as “this piano led single sparkles the second it starts and it is beautifully executed by Francisca´s soulful sensibilities, after all, she is the most glamorous artiste in Latin Pop”. The album will be was just released in stores in Chile, and will be available in the rest of the world in the next months.
This 2011 has already been very busy. Among other things, Francisca was invited as the only chilean artist to perform in Shakira´s Popfest, in Santiago Chile; she opened the Lollapalooza Festival, in its first international version in Santiago, Chile, performing in one of the two man stages; she joined U2 and Bono as the only guest artist invited to sing “One Tree Hill” onstage during their performance in March; she performed at the Cannes Film Festival, El Rey Theatre (LA), Highline Ballroom (NYC), South by Southwest Festival (Austin, TX) and recently finished successful tour of Buen Soldado all through Chile.
She has collaborated and performed with numerous artists such as Latin Bitman, Mocky, Beto Cuevas, Inti Illimani, Los Bunkers, Los Jaivas, Manuel García, Leonel García, CeÚ and Café Tacuba among others. She has also made music for cinema and theatre and participated in international tribute albums for Violeta Parra, Inti Illimani, 31 minutos and Joan Manuel Serrat.
In addition to her albums, Francisca Valenzuela has published two books:
Poetry book (in english):
Defenseless Waters (2000)
With in introduction by writer Isabel Allende.
Published by “El Andar Books” (USA).
Illustrated by Francisca Valenzuela.
Short story book (in spanish):
Published by Plaza y Janés (España y LA)
Literary agent “Carmen Balcells”
Siriusmo — “Where there is no love has to be created artificially? It is the responsibility of the plasterer of love. And it builds and builds, squeezes and tortures, chopped, formed, destroyed and built! But he never gets them to grasp. A strangely fearful Anblick.Fahrige movements, strangely twisted body, his face frozen in a grotesque mask. “Let it but, boy I’ll be fine again!” Or “thinking about it again in peace, but you can force it not!” You want him to call But it wants to know nothing of the plasterer. “! Create No no no need to create, but the need is my job, my job, I am the: plasterer of Love” (Source — Translated w/ Google)
THE IRREPRESSIBLES — play in the wasteland of our post-modern capitalist cultural burnout, playing with the embers, crying for their ruin, and making new inventions… Their name is a call to arms. They want to be part of taking us forward; they want a freedom… They do not pretend to understand you, they are only instinctive. They also do not want to play tired old games, so they get angry and break the old games and make up new ones. Their noise is an ever-evolving soundscape of texture, liberated emotion and play. From the abrasive to the sublime, they have no prejudice, as they have little concern for others’ definitions. Some say they make their own path… …Listen? (Source)
Jamie McDermott – Lead Vocals and guitar /Artistic Director / Composer, Sarah Kershaw – Piano /Vocals, Amy Kelly – Percussion / Vocals, Jordan Hunt – Violin / Vocals, Charlie Stock – Viola / Vocals, Nicole Robson – ‘Cello / Vocals, Sophie Li – Double Bass / Vocals, Craig White – Oboe / Cor Anglais / Vocals, Anna Westlake Clarinet / Vocals, William Turner-Duffin Sound Design / Electronics
Blu is a modern musical instrument that draws inspiration from the keyboard, re-imagining keys in a modular and flexible way. Much in the same way a child learns to build structures from toy blocks, they can learn to understand tonality and song composition simply by changing the position of the modular keys around the central unit to control pitch and timing of the notes. Its smart, colorful user interface makes learning music an exciting and memorable experience.
Designer: Eric Pautz
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A recent retro throw back trend is making audio waves across the internet. DJs from all over the world are hunting down the prized and coveted Commodore 64, and making some amazing 8bit tunes, remakes and mashups. Computer purest are hacking the processor and turning it into a musical instrument, just like the Roland TB-303 during the 90s rave days, C64 is making a musical come back online across social networks. The over processed 8bit sound, (when processed with an artful ear), is future electronic minimal at it’s finest. Many DJs and artist are experimenting with this production tool, and they are producing some enjoyable sounds.
The Commodore 64 is an 8-bit home computer introduced by the now defunct manufacturer Commodore International in January 1982, each unit price was US$595. The C64 dominated the market with between 30% and 40% share and 2 million units sold per year, outselling the IBM PC clones, Apple Inc. computers, and Atari 8-bit family computers. Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control supplies and cost. It is sometimes compared to the Ford Model-T automobile for its role in bringing a new technology to middle-class households via creative mass-production. C64 emulators allow anyone with a modern computer, or a compatible game console, to run these programs today. The C64 is also credited with popularizing the computer demo scene and is still used today by some computer hobbyists
Here’s a sample set by a dear friend, Kafka Oh from Stockholm Sweden… =]
There is also a huge global community dedicated to C64 tunes, check them out!