With great power comes great responsibility. This is exactly why Senso Sounds’ bossman Oliver Huntemann waited until the timing was just right before releasing this dance floor grenade on the general population. With the original track coming to life back in 2011, Brazil’s Victor Ruiz provided his techno expertise several years later as an unofficial bootleg, only seeing the light of day for a small collection of eardrums. Fast forward to 2016, some minor touch ups and a fresh coat of paint has been added for this gem to really sparkle as it is released into the wild for our own personal enjoyment!
Comprised of Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann, Hamburg/Berlin duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse are one of those rare acts whose music caters for both body and soul.
Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s cinematic take on 4/4 electronica has won praise from all corners of the globe via releases on Diynamic, Connaisseur and their very own Musik Gewinnt Freunde imprint. A busy remix schedule has seen them grace the likes of Cocoon, Get Physical, Soma, Poker Flat, Defected, Systematic and Traum, reworking multifarious acts which include Trentemøller, HotChip and Terry Lee BrownJnr. along the way.
On Friday May 27th, Kollektiv Turmstrasse will make their way to Amsterdamse Bos for the third round of Diynamic Festival, where they will play alongside Solomun, Adriatique, H.O.S.H., Stimming, Karmon, and many more. Holding the same capacity as last year, the festival will be returning to the enchanted Amsterdam forest, but at a more tucked away location known as “Land Van Bosse“. In light of the upcoming festival, Kollektiv Turmstrasse provide an exclusive podcast.
Virtual reality is suddenly a high-profile topic everywhere, from Facebook to gaming. And while such ideas have been around as long as computer graphics, consumer tech is finally catching up with the vision. Here’s the thing: now as we move from sci-fi to reality, it’s not totally clear what this tech is for. Sure, it’s fun for immersive games, but beyond that?
One way to find out: try it yourself.
Benjamin S. Hopkins writes us having done just that. This is definitely a hack – a proof of concept experiment to see what might be possible. But what’s clever about it is that he’s done it without any of those fancy new goggles. This is last-gen tech, a simple PlayStation Eye webcam. So it’s indeed a teaser of what could be about to happen.
Here’s the basic flow:
Benjamin takes a $10 (!) Sony camera.
Using the Unity3D game engine, he adds custom virtual geometry onto the high-FPS video of his (real) turntables and mixers.
The result: you get overlaid imagery, in 3D, in real time. And that means the music can take three-dimensional form in space. Careful – this might make you a little motion sick.
What’s really exciting about this is not so much what you see, but the potential – keeping in mind this was one person and ten bucks and a few days.
For a few days work, I think this turned out quite well. There’s lots of possibilities here, for example using the eye’s 120fps mode and markers on the tone arm/platter, visual tracking could be used to determine orientation and update virtual representations rather than relying on the video feed. Using multiple cameras could also be used to get higher quality video of each turntable/mixer etc.
That could open up new ways of DJing, freed even of turntables, or new possibilities in visuals in clubs and beyond.
The only way to find out will be to keep experimenting.
Updated – he’s been working away, even while waiting on new hardware.
I posted a short vine over the weekend demoing some new lighting and am planning on continuing development on this project; better visualizations, better tracking and Vive support once I get my hands on the HW.
Aspiring 24-year-old DJ and producer, Julsdls, from Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, takes the stage for this week’s Hometown Heroes. Having recently opened up for Solomun, Agent! and Bedouin, young Julian is well on his way down a successful path.
We’ve dug deep to discover Julsdls, but finding those gem DJs making moves in far off reaches of the world is what this series is all about. Check out his mix and read more about Julian in the interview below.
Hometown Heroes: Julsdls from Dominican Republic
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How did you get into dance music and DJing? Do you remember a specific moment of inspiration or was it an evolution? I’ve always loved music of all kinds, but the first time I got in touch with electronic music was with Benny Bennassi – “Satisfaction”. The journey to discover my groove started there, not just as a DJ but as a producer as well.
What’s the scene like in Dominican Republic? How is it unique compared to the rest of the world? The scene in Dominican Republic is very beautiful. Everybody knows each other and everybody takes care of one another. It doesn’t matter skin color, sexuality, if you are ugly or cute, we are all the same. All that matters is having a good time united as one family no matter if you are rich or poor, we are there for one thing, MUSIC!
Name a couple core values you hold as a DJ? A core value that I hold is always get to a gig on time — at least 1 or 2 hours before. That way I can see the path that the event is taking musically. Something I always say is, “if it sounds good, use it” there’s no need to follow a pattern, it is all about the music and how the people dance it.
Which way do you lean towards — 115 or 125 BPM? What’s one of your favorite jams you’re playing out at the moment? I started at 125-128 then I went all the way down to 115 – 120; currently I am between 120 – 123 (the real groove is here).
What gig do you dream about? I’d love to play on the beach at the BPM Festival, sunset time or sunrise time, there is more harmony and energy around that time.
What cool things do you have planned for 2016? For this year i am working more on music production then DJing, but I also have a duo project with a good friend of mine. The name of this duo is So Yumm — this project started out of nowhere! We had a random day to play and the name of the party was So Yumm, all night long me and Dr. Funk playing back to back, then someone wanted to have us open for Solomun, here we decided to make it official. I just gave you guys a short introduction of this duo but yes yummy things are coming this year.
Tell us about your mix… Jungle Galactic Funk is the way I like to describe this mix because of its conventions of funky bass lines, percussions and synths, ups and downs. I always try to tell a story in my mixes but I also like that the people who listen to it, create their own story with what I make for them.
London born Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Dj; Jamie George is a jack of all trades when it comes to music. His new song “Doo Wamp” released on his co-created imprint with Mr. Tickles, “Mutant Youth Records” is another addition to the list of awesome tracks. Jamie George always delivers in his own distinctive style and keeps an open mind, it is no wonder why he has had major support from the well respected artist’s he has collaborated with these past few years.
The deliverance of “Doo Wamp” is sure to bring all the vibes onto any dance floor with it’s hypnotic and super groovy beat.
Today we’re launching a brand new set of Mad Zach Sound Packs, Volume 5 of his infamous finger drumming series. This set of 15 packs is more refined and feature-filled than ever before, including play-along video lessons, a free computer keyboard player, and Ableton, Maschine, and Kontakt compatibility. Watch Zach demo the new packs in the video!
Note: In order to take advantage of the cool new Ableton features Zach has added, these packs require Ableton Live 9.3 or later. The video lessons require 9.5.
Volume 5’s New Features
Here’s some of the new features in Mad Zach’s fifth sound pack volume:
Learn To Finger Drum: Built-In Video Lessons
In the new volume, every single pack’s Ableton project has a built-in video lesson, in the form of an overhead shot of Mad Zach’s hands playing the pack. It plays directly in Ableton, and can be looped and sped up / slowed down in time with the master tempo. This makes learning finger drumming way easier, a concept derived from similar features in professional guitar-learning packages.
If the MIDI controller being used with the pack has LEDs, the MIDI clips will even light up your controller – giving you a Simon-like effect (play notes as they light up).
No DAW Needed: Kontakt Player Compatibility
“What software do I need to buy to play Mad Zach’s packs?”
The new answer is: NONE! With this new Volume 5, Mad Zach has ported all the packs to the Kontakt format, meaning you can download the free Kontakt player from Native Instruments and start using the packs right away. You don’t even need a MIDI controller to start using the packs because of the new QWERTY Drummer:
The QWERTY Drummer: Play With Your Computer Keys
At popular request, Mad Zach has found a way to play these packs even without a MIDI controller – and built a Mac-only sound pack player (“The QWERTY Drummer”) that allows you to use your computer keyboard to play the packs. This player can be used inside of any DAW, including the free Kontakt player mentioned above.
As with the volumes in the past, Zach has put hundreds of hours into these sound packs – building up the sound design and playability of each pack through studio sessions and live gigs around the world.
If you’re looking for a powerful experience in finger drumming – whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned pad-smasher – Mad Zach’s new volume is a solid win.
Los Angeles-based producer, Eagles & Butterflies, is back with his sophomore EP on Digweed’s Bedrock Records entitled Constellations. Out May 16th!
The budding artist has been on a tear in the studio! Aside from Bedrock, E&B has released original music on Get Physical, Noir Music, and Exit Strategy all within the past year. He’s also recently finished remixes for Moby, Underworld, andhim, and Ry X; and is on the verge of launching a new label called Art Imitating Life.
Constellations EP features three original tracks: “Moon”, “Sun”, and “Comet”; all of which fit the Bedrock mold perfectly. “Comet” bolted out at us as the grooviest of the bunch — nothing better than a driving bass line and sparkling synths to get our butts moving on the dance floor!
Check out “Comet” here first and make sure to pick up Constellations EP on May 16th!