News Round-Up: 7/2/14
Rolling Stone explores Berghain, Prince showcases his latest project, Benga quits DJing and you can now DJ directly from Spotify.
Rolling Stone investigates Berghain. An exploration of the maze of historical and cultural corridors that make up the Berlin club – with special regards to gentrification and techno aesthetics – in Rolling Stone.
Robert Henke talks to RA. The innovative engineer, developer and electronic music producer, who played a part in the development of Ableton Live, explains his work method live from the Hacklab at CTM festival for Adventurous Music and Art in the RA’s Exchange recording above.
Dozens treated by paramedics at Hardwell show. The BBC reports that more than 100 young people have been treated for the effects of alcohol and, in some cases, drugs at a Hardwell concert in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service declared the scene outside the concert as a “major incident” due to the number of resources they had to deploy in order to treat the patients.
“Big up to all my real supporters… It’s been a lovely time.” Dubstep pioneer Benga broke the news to his fans on Facebook about the decision to step down from his position as an international DJ, to devote himself instead to starting a family with his fiancée – the writer, stylist, photographer and art director Holly-Jae Treadgold.
Detroit icon Robert Hood shares his favourites. The house and techno producer’s favourite tracks include Marving Gaye, Gang Starr and Talking Heads.
Prince fans queued in the cold from noon until night outside Camden’s Electric Ballroom in London for a chance to witness the pop legend showcasing his new, all-female backing band 3rd Eye Girl, the performance marking the forthcoming release of their album PlectrumElectrum. Further tour dates are yet to be fully disclosed, but have been confirmed as taking place in “iconic venues in and around London” throughout this month. Prince also made his network television debut on New Girl, which you can check out in the video above.
DJ with Spotify. The new Pacemaker app for iPad allows users to mix tracks streamed directly from Spotify using its built-in sync engine, crossfader and three-band EQs. Developed in conjunction with Spotify, Pacemaker is free to download, comes with a trial of Spotify Premium and can be upgraded via in-app purchase to enable a loop tool and FX. Check out the promo video above.
A Brief History of the Waveform. The documentary radio show, above, explores the evolution of sound recorded as a wave, and features the voices of media historians, physicists and the co-founder of SoundCloud.