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10,000+ Vinyl Library Opens In South Korea


The city of Seoul, South Korea has long been known for its array of tucked away, boutique vinyl-only bars hidden amongst its labyrinthian streets.

With this love of wax, the city has now opened a 10,000+ record collection library located in its Hannam-dong neighbourhood.  The HyundaiCard sponsored venue also claims to hold every edition of Rolling Stone magazine dating back to 1967, as well as housing an event space, and a collection of over 3,000 vinyl-oriented books. “Through the Music Library and Understage, we wanted to provide Koreans with a valuable opportunity to experience a diverse range of masterpieces of music,” said Lee Mee-young, vice president of HyundaiCard’s brand division.

Officially named Music Library + Understage, the project is the third in the credit card companies “library project” series, with a space dedicated to Design opened in 2013, and one dedicated to Travel last year.  All 3 of the libraries are housed in state of the art, contemporarily designed buildings within the bustling Asian metropolis.

Visitors to the Music Library will be able to peruse the archive, as well as play the vinyl from 12pm – 9pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and 11am – 6pm on Sundays.  The museum will be closed on Mondays

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Exclusive Interview With Mathias Kaden


Whether it is opening, peak hour or afterparty, Mathias Kaden’s intuition for a crowd and location, proves time and time again that he lives for his profession.

Mathias’ music is both, distinctly ambitious and refreshing. Inspired by the House music sounds of the 1990s, he works thoroughly to create new audio structures by utilising funky, freaky, dashing, dub, slamming sound features, enriched by African and South American percussions. The result is an enjoyable rhythm, which communicates with its audience in a very particular and playful way.

DJing and the production of electronic music have been Mathias’ occupation for 13 years now. With his approach to creativity, Mathias is one who refuses to over saturate the market with his own work. Rather, the necessity to make records that will remain long lasting is one of his guiding motifs. Together with Marek Hemman, Mathias released 4 ep’s on the label Freude am Tanzen and 4 of his own on Vakant. Amongst others, he has also remixed the likes of Matthias Tanzmann, Onur Özer, Dapayk, Anja Schneider, Daniel Stefanik and Trentemöller.

We caught up with Mathias ahead of his 6 June performance at Free Your Mind Festival, where we talked on a variety of topics from his new LP ‘Energetic’ (12 June on Freude am Tanzen) to the evolution of the German techno scene, his approach to Ibiza season, and much more.

“I really love Amsterdam. I would choose it if I had to move somewhere!”

With Ibiza season in full swing, how do you prepare for the rigours of the island?
I don’t prepare myself any differently for Ibiza than with other locations. The only difference is, I may bring some swim clothes.

If you play so much, like Sven [Väth] or Solomun, you may prepare differently as the people may get bored.  A lot of people will listen to these guys 6 or 7 times a summer, but I will be on the island 4 times playing the music I love.

What events do you have lined up on Ibiza?
I am playing again for Cocoon like past years.  This year I will also start to play for Sankeys, and Row 14 at Space.

Since you have played Cocoon year after year, can you give us an idea of the atmosphere of that party?
I like it a lot! It has been 5 years now for me.  For an artist, it is something very special to play Cocoon at Amnesia. The first two years were always perfect.  The last 2 years you may sometimes have a party with less people, keeping in mind the terrace still holds 5K.

I think this was good for Cocoon because people had space to dance, and also because the party had a lot of locals.  They would work all week and go out on Monday’s to Cocoon.  I am looking forward to every party in Ibiza but Cocoon is something very special, especially as a German DJ.

Another aspect of the summer is festival season. I am fascinated by this, especially coming from NYC to Amsterdam.  In the US we are getting there on the festival scene, but here it seems like there is a festival (or two or three) each weekend.  As an artist, do you have a selection process when approached by festivals?
First, I have to say big respect that you moved to Amsterdam and not to Berlin because many people make the mistake to go there.  I really love Amsterdam. I would choose it if I had to move somewhere!

Back to the question, about 3 years ago I did start to select the festivals.  I would get a lot of requests from new festivals that were maybe 1 or 2 years old.  We started to look at who the promoter is; which acts were being booked; how many floors and so on. Sometimes, they will pay 2x your fee, which shows that the event may want to grow too fast and they don’t really know how to do it.  If you play, you may get a lot of money but there will be technical issues or something like that going on.

In Holland, 2 years ago I may have lost a bit of the feeling as everyday there are like 4 festivals going on. I used to play Awakenings as they really put trust in what I was doing.  Now, I always play for Volt Festival and Free Your Mind.

I played the Loveland Weekender in April, which went great. The problem is, the main festival for Loveland is always on the same day as Sonne Mond Sterne.  I’ve played there 16 years and cannot leave that festival.  The people from Loveland might think I don’t want to play there, which is not true.  I want to but it is the same weekend as Sonne Mond Sterne and I just can’t leave.

In past interviews you have frequently highlighted a Studio 80 performance of yours from 2006 being particularly memorable. Are there other Amsterdam memories you are willing to share?
From a musical side, one great event was with my band Carousel, when we played at Melkweg. This was something very special.  I never played there as a DJ so it was nice to see it and to play with the band.

I also like Paradiso, because it is an old theatre.

I played at Trouw with Daniel Stefanik, all night long. Before this, everyone was talking about how Trouw was something super special. Better than Berghain even!  It turned out to be a very special event.

Besides this, when I first came to Amsterdam, I remember good times hanging out with William Kouam Djoko who was living with Boris Werner at the time. We would hang out at Bart Skils place all the time. Through this I met many people who I am still in contact with.  We would have some very special after parties in the flats so I learned more about the Dutch mentality and got so inspired I wanted to move there.

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Music Revenue Challenges: Streaming and Performance Royalties

Making a piece of music is only half the battle. Individuals forget after they signed a contract with a label, the next step in the business of music. Who owns the actual master recording? How is the label working to secure all of my royalties? Should I register my track for further protection? I have over 1,000 plays on YouTube, does that mean anything? Will I ever see any money? In this article I will try to answer these questions and present a way for the electronic music industry to gain more revenue for artists.

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Saccao, Heavy Pins, Antonio Santana – Can U (G-Mafia Records)


What happens when you take an iconic dance vocal sample from 1990 and layer it over an incredibly groovy bass line and driving percussive elements? You get Saccao, Heavy Pins and Antonio Santana‘s newest funk creation, off their “Just Like That” EP on Brazilian imprint G-Mafia Records, “Can U”. This cut is currently sitting pretty at #4 on Beatport’s Indie Dance/Nudisco top 100 tracks chart. A track like this is guaranteed to get the dancefloor movin’, shakin’ and certainly groovin’.


Release Date: 2015-05-18
Labels: G-Mafia Records
Catalog #: GMR036




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Rogg & Juan Proelis – The Distance (Anima Somnis)


This ‘Single’ is brought by Rogg and Juan Proeliis, both artists and friends, ‘The Distance’ is inspired in an introspective sound journey, A delicious rhythm with a little dark beat that involves with the interesting environment that synths create…. This songs are made from hypnotic melodies and squeezing drums with a perfect catchy groove that will captivate all your vibratory field.


Artist:  Rogg & Juan Proelis
Title:  The Distance
Label:  Anima Somnis
Catalog No.:  AS005

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New Animoog for iPad Fixes Everything; Hear it Go Indian, Do Improv


Forget for a moment whether it says Moog or not. Maybe it could say “Rogue” or “Brogue” or “Kylie Minogue.” Animoog would still be one of the handful of software instruments that really make the iPad feel like a proper synth. And yes, it is also beautifully polyphonic, expressive, features an interface that could only work on iPad, and sounds amazing.

There’s been just one problem: amidst an avalanche of Apple OS updates, that synth wasn’t always working reliably. And the love from the developer (yes, the famous one that rhymes with “Vogue”) didn’t seem to match the love from its users, frankly.

That changes now. Apart from Retina graphics and Audiobus released previously, this week Animoog has gotten a long-awaited flurry of fixes and some new features, too.

If we had to sum it up in two words, it’d be these:
It’s stable.

And beyond that, just all around better. I’ll get to details, but first, let’s take a moment and watch the complete awesomeness of the touch screen being used to play South Indian Classical music:

Navneeth Sundar, a composer and pianist from Chennai, has recently discovered that the touch screen provided by the Apple iPad can be used to perform different kinds of music, including Carnatic music (South Indian Classical Music). The app used in this performance is “Animoog” created by “Moog Music Inc”. This particular patch, created by Navneeth himself on the app, is specific to a particular ragam or scale, which in this case is the ragam Desh and its parameters can be tweaked to suit other ragams, which makes it possible to explore the myriad dimensions and expressions there are, in Classical Carnatic music.

Pranaams to Shri. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, the legend, whose Desh Thillana composition we’ve performed here.

Really beautiful stuff. I’d love to hear if there are other non-Western musical applications for synths, generally (more advertising that in a separate post, as it seems I have been charged in talking about the topic at this year’s SONAR Festival).

Want more beautiful stuff? Look no further than this wonderful improvised album of etudes made on just the synth – clearly in this case, limiting the music to one tool proved inspirational. You can get them for free and remix them yourself for free – all 47 tracks’ worth:

Unanimoog, escape inside the music [Unmastered] by Satri

Montreal’s Satri explains his work:

In a world where there’s hundreds of excellent albums being made available daily, what excites me about what I propose with this second album is that you don’t need anything special other than the Animoog app to reproduce or play similar tracks. They’re single-track improvisations with no loops, no sequencer, no external effects, no complex or expensive music gear, everything is done live playing Animoog.

I invite you to learn more in the album’s announcement and to listen to the tracks themselves which are available for free. I hope you’re amongst those who might get inspired by this album and enjoy playing Animoog yourself.

But there’s just a massive amount of work done to this synth, making it not just one of the best soft synths around, but one of the most mature, too. It’s a synth that acts as seriously as you want, one that feels like an actual tool and not just an app. And yes, I’d rather pay thirty bucks for that once than 3 bucks a hundred times for stuff I won’t use. (Also – uh, check the arithmetic on that for another reason.)

Now in this week’s release, called, humbly, “2.2.4″:

• Stable support for iOS 8
• Stable support for 64-bit devices
• Revised timbres panel with categories (touch-hold timbre in category for preview)
• Fixes for timbres showing up with domain name prefixes
• Audiobus input slot compatibility fixes
• Virtual Animoog MIDI ports are now always available even if no port is explicitly selected
• Improved IAA instrument compatibility (IAA transport panel will be done for a future release)
• Use with any buffer size from 128 to 4096 (256 being the intended size for all supported devices)
• Fixes for restore purchase functionality
• Improved in-app store layout and interaction
• iTunes File Sharing access to timbres, presets and projects
• Removed import/export preset from setup panel since iTunes File Sharing should cover all needs
• Added timbre category list under ‘random preset’ to enable/disable categories to randomize timbres from
• 4-track recorder fixes for loading clips, pasting clips and AudioPaste
• 4-track project fixes for save/load/delete/share
• 4-track now remains unlocked when not connected to network
• Pitch bend range is now always saved with presets and correctly loads from presets when this option is active
• Pitch and mod strips now light up with incoming MIDI
• Hold button now more clearly shows when it’s active
• Manual MIDI CC input now ensures only numbers can be entered
• Keyboard scale selection now doesn’t misbehave after selecting the whole tone scale
• Preset panel is laid out more consistently
• Resuming after interruptions from Siri now reactivates audio
• Proper handling of large amounts of MIDI expression data, coming from alternative controllers
• Updated built-in manual

So, how did this change? There’s now a team in place to support the app properly, including friend-of-the-site Geert Bevin, who recently came onboard at Moog and shares this news (and artist tips) with CDM. Congrats on the great work, Geert; we look forward to more.

Animoog [Moog Apps]

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