Orbital part ways, SoundCloud founder dodges copyright questions and Taylor Swift tops charts with experimental noise track.
Let’s Make a Spaceship. Red Bull Music‘s behind-the-scenes documentary looks at the building of Skrillex‘s latest MotherShip live show, including the epic spaceship he debuted at Coachella. Watch above.
Jeff Mills plans UFO Instrument. Originating from the idea of having something “special” and exclusive for his orchestra performances, Detroit icon Jeff Mills asks the London-based instrument designer and sound artist Yuri Suzuki to create a machine based on an infamous mid-1950’s UFO sighting over Los Angeles. More info here.
Bakema’s TrouwAmsterdam. Failed Architecture‘s contribution to contemporary art exhibition Venice Biennale 2014 examines the current use and meaning of TrouwAmsterdam, a building designed by Dutch architect Jaap Bakema that turned into one of Europe’s most famous club venues. Read it here.
Mathew Jonson Speaks to Fabric Nightclub Engineer. In honour of their 15th year as a fixture on the London nightlife landscape, one of Fabric’s top sound engineers Sanjeev Bhardwa is interviewed by Canadian house producer Mathew Jonson about his history and experience with the club and what makes it sound so good. Read it here.
A rare interview with Arthur Russell, 1987. Following the release of Red Hot + Arthur Russell, a new covers album paying tribute to the late artist, the Guardian publishes an old interview that details his often vexed relationship with American music and its history. Read it here.
Legowelt & Willie Burns’ Relics of the Past. Part 1 of the house & techno producers’ homemade show is entitled ‘Professor Gardner’, which has a VHS-shot story about a statue along with hazy modular synth jam footage. Check it out above.
The 10 best songs from my teenage years, according to Seven Davis Jr. Vocalist-producer Seven Davis Jr counts down 10 of the best songs from his teenage years ahead of appearances at Simple Things festival over the coming weeks. He touches on his well-documented love of Portishead and Hendrix, as well as house singer Crystal Waters and his secret history as a grunge fan here.
Orbital Part Ways. After 25 years at the forefront of electronic music, Orbital brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announce that they’re hanging up their iconic torch-glasses and parting ways for the final time. Read the full statement here.
Liverpool’s House. The second episode of ‘Freedom of The DJ’ discovers the people behind the birth of the famous Liverpool house music scene, introducing its clubbing history and meeting the people who brought Liverpool its first ever house nights and raves. Watch above.
Will Beatport Turn Into The Next SoundCloud? With SFX Entertainment‘s recent purchase of streaming/social networking app Listn, and their allocation of the company’s employees to Beatport, 5 Magazine speculates that Beatport may soon become “a SoundCloud with a store in the back”. More info here.
‘Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift’. New York Times journalist Dan Brooks looks back to a time before streaming, where music acquisition was an act of commitment and personal statement. He goes on to assess why he believes music once held an entirely different role in people’s lives. Check it out here.
Is Vestax Out of Business? Vestax has been noticeably missing from action over the past few years. Lacking any new products at NAMM 2014, the trusted manufacturer was also completely absent from the recent BPM tradeshow in the UK, leading many to wonder if a demise was near. Find out more here.
SoundCloud’s founder dodges copyright question. TechCrunch asks SoundCloud founder Eric Wahlforss if DJs should expect their mixes to be taken down if they contain unlicensed samples. Watch his noncommittal response here.
Avid & Native Instruments Yosemite Incompatibility. “…Products with a hardware dependency, such as MASCHINE, KOMPLETE KONTROL, TRAKTOR, GUITAR RIG, and Controller Editor will not launch when the AVID CoreAudioManager/Drivers are installed under 10.10 Yosemite. Native Instruments and Avid are working together to resolve this compatibility issue.” Find out more here.
Taylor Swift Tops Charts With White Noise. Taylor Swift accidentally releases 8 seconds of white noise, just before the release of her new album 1989. But that didn’t stop eager fans from shelling out $1.29 to download the song, which shot to the top of Canada’s iTunes chart almost immediately. Find out more here.