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This section includes compiled posts from some of Lars Behrenroth's favorite (Deep) House and Tech blogs.
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Review & Video: Traktor Kontrol Z1 DJ Mixing Interface

The Traktor Kontrol Z1 offers two things: A two-channel software mixer for Traktor DJ and Traktor Pro, and a two stereo-channel audio interface. Think of it as an Audio 2 sound card with a built in two-channel Midi mixer, if you like - but crucially for Traktor DJ users, it's Apple approved The post Review & Video: Traktor Kontrol Z1 DJ Mixing Interface appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.


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Kaiserdisco – Meet Me On The Floor (KD Music)


The next chapter in the Kaiserdisco evolution begins with the release of their second studio album, the highly anticipated Meet Me On The Floor. Returning to the album format with a fresh perspective, the Hamburg-based duo delivers a varied but free flowing record that encapsulates their affinity with uninhibited, underground electronic music. Meet Me On The Floor is dedicated to all the great people Kaiserdiscos Frederic Berger and Patrick Buck have met on their travels over the last year. These meetings have, in the most part, been intrinsically linked to the club environment, the atmosphere in which the guys are most at home, hence both the albums name and dance floor focus. Ranging from deep house to groovy techno, stripped back electronica and beyond, the album provides a perfect snapshot of the modern Kaiserdisco sound. Club-ready but peppered with subtle idiosyncrasies that unveil a real depth of personality within their music, their sound is as addictive as it is individual.

Meet Me On The Floor will be release via the guys own label, KD Music on July 1st. 2013 has seen KD Music come into its own, unveiling a consummate mix of international and rising talent. The imprint has already seen killer releases from the likes of Danny Serrano and Darlyn Vlys, Hollen, F.Sonik, Kernel Key, Anil Chawla, Fabian Argomedo, Arjun Vagale and of course Kaiserdisco themselves. As the label continues to expand, last April saw the very first KD Music label showcase. Taking place at The Egg in London, this event pushed the sound of the imprint with an impressive clutch of forward thinking DJs who performed on the night. The new era of Kaiserdisco and KD Music has well and truly begun!!


Artist:  Kaiserdisco
Title:  Meet Me On The Floor
Label:  KD Music
Catalog No.:  KDCD003

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The post Kaiserdisco – Meet Me On The Floor (KD Music) appeared first on Music is 4 Lovers.

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We Got The Funk – Positive Force


Positive Force

Positive Force

This song is about as funky as it gets, another part of my much cherished vinyl collection.

Positive Force were a band from Pennsylvania – there were quite a few members including Albert Williams, Brenda Reynolds and Vickie Drayton. This song was on the Sugar Hill label and was a hit in 1979. The band didn’t really have major success, but I always remember this song fondly, it takes me back to my teenage clubbing days and sounds as fresh today as it did then.

Have a listen and let me know what you think ? Does it sound dated, or are you starting a soul train line down the lounge as we speak ? I love the crackle of the vinyl on this clip :)


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Inside Strange Sounds, Gear, Made in America: Richard Devine, Make Noise [Videos]

Late at night, patching cables in Make Noise's brilliantly-named "Maths" module. Photo (CC-BY) x2mirko - another German artist using American modules in the homeland of Eurorack.

Late at night, patching cables in Make Noise’s brilliantly-named “Maths” module. Photo (CC-BY) x2mirko – another German artist using American modules in the homeland of Eurorack.

The lust for new sounds can take many forms. It leads some to reduce, forcing themselves to stick to minimal choices to channel their creativity. It leads some to reuse and recycle, repurposing old gear. But it leads some into a quest for arcane racks of gear, spaghetti tangles of wires and flashing screens alike, a buzzing laboratory of choices and possibilities.

For this chapter in the story, we take a peek at the modular obsessed and toy-packed studios, with Richard Devine, Make Noise, and friends.

The southeastern USA is a pretty summery place now, the day before the Fourth of July holiday. A damp, oppressively-heavy heat hangs long after the sun goes down, accompanied by insects of the B-movie horror variety, hungry for human flesh. Fortunately, this part of the world also has basements and extra rooms and cars – perfect for accumulating treasure troves of gear in your music cave. And just as Moog Music has settled into Asheville, North Carolina, so, too, has boutique modular builder Make Noise, continuing as much the tradition of pioneer Don Buchla as Dr. Robert Moog. There, the intrepid Americans have embraced the Eurorack format born with Germany’s Doepfer, and extended the idea, mixing digital and analog techniques to produce a vast variety of experimental new creations. It’s the equivalent of the American microbrewing movement – and might just as easily knock you under the table.

None of this matters much if you can’t make some interesting noises, though. Before we get to the clan of gear, then, here’s the latest video from southern gentleman sound designer Mr. Richard Devine.

Mutable Instruments, Parisian Olivier Gillet’s firm, may be best known for his Shruthi synth. But here, the Braids Macro oscillator makes beautiful, delicate sounds that mimic plucked strings.

And out of that strange spaghetti comes something really lovely. Listen:

First patch with the Mutable Instruments Braids and Grids Modules (Plucked Synthesis) from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Richard explains:

First patch experiment using the Mutable Instruments Braids Macro oscillator running in “PLUK” mode. Emulating the sound of raw plucked strings that change with the timbre control via damping, and the color knob changing the plucking position. MakeNoise Rene sending out CV notes to the 1-v/oct input and Gate triggers to the Braids trigger input. The output is then running into the Phonogene for light processing. Liquid drum percussion sequencing by three gate trigger outputs from the Grids module. Trigger one going into the Mungo g0. Trigger two going to the DPO for the lower end kick drum emulation. Final output running lightly through a eventide space pedal.

This modular business can get very wild, too, if you prefer, in Richard’s hands.

So, what’s going on here?

“Something someone will want to use in twenty years…”

Tony Rolando, founder of Make Noise, tours his Asheville workshop and talks about what drives him – how he designs these instruments, and what he believes in. This isn’t a question of analog versus digital, or new versus old. It’s often both: it combines vintage interfaces and circuitry with the latest in bleeding-edge sound. It’d be as though Chevrolet made an aluminum-composite electric car you could hitch to a horse. But out of those blends of ideas, the idea is to make something lasting, something connected with long-term music making rather than just the latest fashion.

It’s also a rather beautiful video (via Sonic State:

The Techniques of Musique Concrete, in a Modular

A nice window into the scene comes to us from friend of the site Chris Stack and his experimentalsynth site. Here, we get a full half hour of conversation inside the Make Noise factory in Asheville. Tony Rolando, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (the terrific artist Lichens), and Richard Devine share what they’re working on.

Video quality isn’t great, but it’s packed with information, and I think worth watching even to understand this approach for those of us working in computers, too:

Where does he get those wonderful toys?

Sound designer Richard Devine, known both for experimental music opuses and an insanely-prolific sound design career, has parlayed all those sound design gigs into a drool-worthy gear collection. Richard freely admits he’ll often take a sound design gig just to get in on the latest stuff, and if anyone is on top of everything that’s happening, he is.

He recently took the UK’s Future Music Magazine on a tour of his studio, outside Atlanta. Just as the Nordic and Icelandic artists can hole up for the winter, it looks like a great way to soak up air conditioning in Georgia summers.

Future says:

If his music isn’t in your collection, there’s a good chance his sounds are in that synth you own, a videogame you just played or the TV ad you just watched. Watch and let Richard take you on a tour of his North Carolina studio

It’s also worth following Richard for his haiku-like Vine modular creations – little etudes in noise film.

now on Instagram, of course, via its new video feature.

To me, this stuff can be inspiring even if you’re sitting with a cassette Walkman and a used KAOSS Pad. (Hmmm… that’d make a nice rig, actually.)

Happy sound exploring – and, America, happy Independence Day.

The post Inside Strange Sounds, Gear, Made in America: Richard Devine, Make Noise [Videos] appeared first on Create Digital Music.

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