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Your Favourite DJs Turned Into Nightmares With Google’s Deep Dream

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Google’s ‘Deep Dream’ algorithm is relatively new, but since the company made it open source, the program’s freakish results on images are starting to become a favourite tool for online artists to play around with, the results often displayed in social media news feeds and blogs.

What Deep Dream does is:

“simulate a neural network where you can train the AI to draw what it sees from what it has been learning through studying different pictures. When you see pictures with weird animal shapes and eyes it’s because images were given to the AI to study first- so if you give it a picture of a cloud it’s going to try and find a pattern it already learned and apply that to what it thinks a cloud looks like” [ELI5]

A few days ago, THUMP USA rendered some press shots of DJs through the algorithm and came up with some truly horrifying pictures of David Guetta and Calvin Harris. This got us to upload some of underground dance music’s most prominent members. How many of the artists from the Deep Dream images below can you guess?

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Mixing Traktor Stem Decks On Kontrol D2: Video Workflow

This morning Native Instruments has released a brand new video showing the exact workflow of the Traktor Stem Decks on one of their Stems-compatible units, the Kontrol D2. Watch now to get a sense of the visual feedback, mixing style, and possibilities that the new file format might offer. Also, did you know that drum and bass is making a comeback?

Mixing Traktor Stem Decks

When playing around with the Traktor Stem Decks, it’s pretty clear that there are a few key “added-value” mixing activities that the video suggests to make it fun and interesting for both the DJ and the audience. In the video, these include:

  • Cutting Out Instruments: The Stem Decks seem to be grouping instruments pretty well based on the few we’ve seen so far, so bringing in and out parts like drums, bass, vocals, etc on the fly is easy. If you hit a cue point, it jumps all of the Stems to that specific cue, so it’s easy to do a custom breakdown and then return to the song’s drop.
  • Filtering + Effecting Individual Elements: This takes it one further – meaning that if you just want to apply an effect on the vocals (more reverb!) or the drums (high pass, please!), it’s very possible. This is one step beyond isolator based effects (only effecting one frequency range of the track) which we’ve previously shown how to do in Traktor here.
  • Mixing Tracks With Stems Instead Of EQ: This is where the fun really starts – taking traditional DJ mixing techniques and applying them to Traktor Stem Decks. If you’ve got the bass as it’s own Stem on two tracks, you don’t have to EQ out the low end on the outgoing track – just swap the basslines entirely, as demonstrated in the video. This is powerful stuff and could lead to a lot “cleaner” mixing with some practice and enough content.

One thing is for certain – this video makes using Stems for DJ mixing look like a lot of fun. What we’re really waiting on (besides Traktor 2.9 to come out) is a full reveal of the available content for Stem Decks, because ultimately that will be what makes or breaks this format.

Check out a Kontrol D2 here in the DJTT store, or get more details on Stems on NI’s official site

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Businessman Offers €100 On Craigslist To Get Into Berghain


A mysterious pair of “successful entrepreneurs” have turned to Craigslist Berlin’s temporary jobs page offering €100 for guaranteed entry into Berghain and other Berlin nightlife hotspots.

Thanks to a brilliant find from Levon Vincent, who earlier shared the post via his Facebook page, the “around 30″ pair who don’t have the time to “figure this shit out” for themselves are looking for a connected Berliner to provide front of the line access to “Berghain, Kater Blau, etc” and more of the cities “coolest” clubs.

The Berlin hotspot, long considered to hold one of nightlife’s strictest door policies, has been notorious for its refusal of entry for the famous or not. Recently, Felix Da Housecat went as far as to claim racial motivations behind his own refusal. Even Richie Hawtin has found his troubles with the club’s policy in the past.

Regardless, the idea that this shadowy duo’s request, especially given the unimpressive amount offered, or lack of background information (even though requested from applicants), points to it being more a case of overly eager clubbers resorting to simple, materialistic means for their own entertainment. But, should they actually be “successful businessmen”, the whole thing is much sadder. Whatever you may feel about Berghain’s door policy, its atmosphere remains rarely rivalled as a result, and precisely because of its exclusion of such suit and tie style would-be clientele. Read the entire Craigslist post below and laugh a little.

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Source: Craigslist

The post Businessman Offers €100 On Craigslist To Get Into Berghain appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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Octave One Are Back, Improvising Grooves with Machines

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If anyone can make cookie-cutter techno, then improvisation is the route back to heart and soul. And there are few people as good at making dense, bass-heavy improvised dance music as Detroit’s Octave One.

I mean, yes, it’s a little weird that any of us would get overly eloquent or snobby writing about dance music. I would hope your test is the same as my test – does piping a track make you start doing an embarrassing little jig at your desk? (Boy, am I glad my office is on street level and equipped with giant, aquarium-style windows.)

Octave One stopped by Resident Advisor recently, with a table bestrewn with gear – that thickened-up gravy of sound. Yes, that’s our own MeeBlip (SE edition, modded with an extra-big knob) on the bass stabs at the beginning. And there’s tons of KORG and other gear in there, as well. There’s a nice balance of advance preparation with rich live-played synth lines and mixing and filtering. It means they’ve done enough that they can lay down a groove, but they also can feel transitions, structure – actually say something in the moment. They’re also clever in keeping everything accessible, rather than doing something overly cerebral. Sonically, everything is defined (clever groove can help), but there’s also a healthy amount of dirt and warmth.

There’s funk and soul in this music, too, ingredients that perhaps more producers would do well to genuinely understand.

Co-founders Lenny and Lawrence Burden have been at this for about a decade and a half, and it shows. But what impresses me is that they aren’t just riding off the success of some tracks: they’re proving their chops in every single show, whether you’ve heard of them or not. (And yes, you might recognize tracks like Black Water (with vocals by Ann Saunderson) – but it really doesn’t matter.)

For still more improvisation, don’t miss their Boiler Room Moscow live set from last year:

There, they debuted the rich, delicious track “Afterglow”:

It’s fun to watch on the Internet, but I know I hope I get lucky and see them in person. Tour dates through Europe before they wrap up in New York:

31.07.2015 – Moon Beach Festival, Trogir, Croatia
07.08.2015 – Dreambeach Festival, Almeria, Spain
30.08.2015 – Krankbrother day and Night, London
06.09.2015 – Vagabundos, Space, Ibiza
18.09.2015 – Bacchanale Festival, Vieux Port, Montreal
19.09.2015 – Stage One festival, TBA, New York

Give them a visit:

The post Octave One Are Back, Improvising Grooves with Machines appeared first on Create Digital Music.

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