Four Tet shares unreleased material, a rare Metalheadz video, new kit for building your own electronic instruments and 10 are charged over the Love Parade tragedy.

Make music from anything with Ototo. A Kickstarter funded, all-in-one instrument invention kit, Ototo features a synthesiser, 12 on-board touch-sensitive inputs and a range of different sensors that can be connected to four sensor inputs – all highly customisable. Once connected via USB, its sensors and inputs can act as MIDI controllers too, which you can see in action here.

Love Parade Fatalities

Ten held over festival tragedy. The Guardian reports that ten people face charges including involuntary manslaughter and bodily harm in Germany over a stampede at the Love Parade festival which resulted in 21 deaths in 2010.

A rare VHS of the Metalheadz Sunday Sessions is uncovered. Featuring a whole heap of familiar faces and a DJ set from Grooverider, this is a rare glimpse at a seminal club night in jungle and drum and bass history. Embedded above for your viewing pleasure.

A short history of music’s most sampled and covered songs and artists, with visualised data from WhoSampled.

A Brief History of Dance Mania Records is the story of one of Chicago’s greatest house labels. Featuring interviews with label founder Ray Barney and artists Parris Mitchell, Duane Buford and Wax Master. Check it out above.

‘Global Clubbing Dialogues’ explores the world’s most successful digital strategies in electronic music; 16 conversations about live entertainment and social media with the professionals that handle the passion of millions of fans online.

Four Tet records 60 minute of unreleased music impromptu in a mix for Triple J, featuring his remix of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Burn’ and collaborations with Terror Danjah, Burial and more.

touchAble Mini

Zerodebug unveils touchAble Mini for iPhone & iPod touch; the powerful and top-selling Ableton Live controller touchAble, now available in the palms of users’ hands.

An interview with Nicky Blackmarket. The drum and bass legend and BM Soho owner talks to LAW magazine about UK rave culture, the origins of hardcore and pre-internet music distribution, which you can watch above.

Delighting in the discovery of unusual sounds. Trevor Cox, a professor of acoustic engineering at Salford University, explores both naturally occurring and man-made sonic wonders in this interview promoting his latest book on this topic, The Sound Book. Stream it here.

14th February, 2014

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