A global record store database, James Holden’s group humaniser, Juan Atkins explains missed shows, and Williams and Thicke fined $7.5m for plagiarism.
Game Changer Goldie. DJ Mag profiles the artistic life of jungle and drum and bass innovator Goldie, who gives an in-depth history of his own artistry from the very beginning: the roots of his b-boy and graffiti days, to the growth of his music over the course of his many years as an artist. Watch above.
Free Digital Synsations synth from UVI. An exclusive offer for a free copy of Digital Synsations, a synth with the classic sound of units including the Korg M1 and Roland D50. Download from the UVI site using the voucher code FREEDS.
ASADI live on the Maschine. A young producer from Ohio going by the alias ASADI demonstrates his extreme proficiency performing live on a Maschine sampler’s pads, playing a full track with lightning-fast speed and precision. Watch him in action above.
Shruthi synthesiser lives on. Maker of synth and Eurorack kits Laurentide Synthworks announce that a highly-loved but discontinued monosynth, Mutable Instruments‘ Shruthi, will be supplied back to the DIY community as a kit following discussions with its original creator about continuing the unit’s legacy. Read the full announcement here.
Discogs global record store database. The internet’s main vinyl marketplace, Discogs has begun a mission to “document every physical record shop on the planet” on a world map, encouraging worldwide contribution to the database via the new Vinyl Hub. “With your help, we can create an accurate listing of all record shops, useful to diggers and travelers everywhere.” Check it out here.
Production tips from Igloofest. The likes of Luciano and Dubfire offer advice in this video recorded by LANDR at this year’s Igloofest outdoor festival in Montreal. Check it out above.
James Holden’s Group Humanizer. The electronic experimentalist has created a Max for Live patch based on the research of a Harvard scientist, which allows your musical parts to react to each other’s timing imperfections as live performers, creating a more natural and organic sounding groove that reacts to changes live. Read his essay On Human Timing, and download the patch here.
Juan Atkins explains missed shows. In an official press statement on behalf of Juan Atkins, it has been explained that the techno icon was unable to perform at three shows recently due to a total kidney failure caused by his diabetes. During a flight from Detroit to Frankfurt, Juan’s condition became so grave that he required emergency medical assistance immediately after the aircraft was landed due to his life-threatening condition. Read the full statement here.
Williams and Thicke fined $7.5m for plagiarism. Following accusations that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke plagiarised elements of Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 hit ‘Got To Give It Up’ in their track ‘Blurred Lines’, a trial between the Gaye Estate and the two multiplatinum performers has resulted in a $7.5 million fine, as an LA jury decides that similarities between the two compositions were too significant to simply indicate “inspiration”. Find out more here
2nd Outlook 2015 Lineup Announcement. The 2nd Outlook Festival 2015 lineup announcement brings Madlib, Pete Rock, J Rocc, and Moodymann to the all-night-long ‘Madlib Carnival,’ and performances from Shy FX and Congo Natty, Dusky and Loefah, Toddla T and Newham Generals, and loads more. Full lineup and ticket information here.
15 New Bob Moog Foundation Schematics. The Bob Moog Foundation unveils 15 new historic synthesiser schematics from their vast archives of hardware, conceptual drawings, photographs, vintage catalogs, design schematics and more. The selection spans an 18-year period (1964-1982), with many schematics hand-drawn by Bob Moog himself. Check them out here.