Spotify’s CEO says streaming saved artists. Human Traffic 2 comes into focus. London gets a new venue. Twisted Electrons releases another 8-bit.

Streaming’s environmental impact. According to a study by the University of Glasgow, streaming is likely worse on the environment than vinyl, cassettes, or CDs. Despite the fact that less plastic is used in the production and distribution of digital music, the energy used to store digital music on the cloud is has a far worse impact on the environment. The author’s note that this comes at a time when streaming has made music cheaper than ever, and stress the importance of thinking about the hidden costs of convenience. Read more here.

The Itchycoo Challenge. Inspired by Small Faces’ 1967 rock and roll classic “Itchycoo Park,” a song that prominently features tape flanging, two young men went on to found Eventide in 1971. Eventide soon introduced the Instant Phaser, the world’s first pro audio effects box, followed by the Instant Flanger a few years later. Now Eventide are running the The Itchycoo Challenge #420Remix Contest, and want to hear your original remix of the “Itchycoo Park” stems using the new Instant Phaser Mk II or Instant Flanger Mk II plug-ins. The grand prize includes $1000 (USD) cash, an Anthology XI ($1799 value), the Elevate Mastering Bundle ($199 value), and  Arturia MicroFreak ($299 value). Prizes will be awarded for second place and third runner up, and songs will be chosen based on remix originality, and song plays and social media shares. For full details of the contest and prizes, head here.

Nice one bruv! Human Traffic 2 has been confirmed by the original film’s writer and director, Justin Kerrigan. Following the 1999 cult classic, Kerrigan said the sequel will be “about one race, the human race, and a reaction to Brexit,” and the original cast of Danny Dyer, Shaun Parkes, Nicola Reynolds are set to reprise their roles. News of the film was originally teased in 2016, when it was said to be set in Cardiff and Ibiza. Watch video of the announcement below.

Therapy Kid. Following the 8-bit hapiNES synth (we first told you about that here), which features the sound chip found in the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Twisted Electrons has introduced the 8-bit therapKid, based on the Commodore 64 gaming console SID sound chip. Features are plentiful for its small package, including an arpeggiator, ring modulator, a 50-slot preset memory, switchable duophonic and monophonic modes, MIDI and MIDI over USB. Four oscillators power each voice, and all eight waveforms are adjustable individually for volume and tuning. The synth is also powered via USB. The therapKid is available for pre-order now for €255, and shipping begins in May. Learn more here.

Max for savings. The good guys at K-Devices are offering Attack readers a sizeable discount on WOV and TTAP. With each selling for €59 individually on the K-Devices website, we have arranged for Attack readers a special discount using the code kattack19. This discount code will give you 25% off a single product or 35% off both products (€75 instead of €99). Once added to the cart, apply the discount and the price will be reduced. You can check out WOV here and TTAP here. Both work as VST, AU and AAX plugins for Mac and PC. Enjoy!

Beats. A new coming-of-age film centered around raving in Scotland in 1994 — as the UK government introduced the anti-raving Criminal Justice and Public Order Act — is hitting theaters this summer. Produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by Brian Welsh of Black Mirror, Beats follows two young friends (played by Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald) who head to an illegal rave for one wild night before going their separate ways. The soundtrack features JD Twitch, The Belleville Three, Leftfield, Carl Craig, The Prodigy, Plastikman, LFO, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Hudson Mohawke and Orbital, and will be released in the UK and Ireland on May 17. Watch the trailer below.  

301 reboot. Berlin-based instrument manufacturer MFB is rebooting the MFB-301 preset drum computer, originally released in 1979. The original came with pre-programmed rhythms for genres like disco, reggae and bossa nova, and was available for a very low price. The new model, dubbed the MFB-301-Pro, will be available for a limited time in celebration of MFB’s 40th anniversary. Features include eight analogue drum and and percussion sounds, which are based upon the original circuits, but refined for the Pro. There’s also a 16 step sequencer, 108 pattern memory locations, 36 song memory locations, real time and step-by-step programming, and adjustable, programmable level per track. The MFB-301-Pro retails for €149. Learn more here.

Perfectly loud. As streaming continues its dominance, more musicians want to make sure their songs are on as many platforms as possible. However, if your music is too loud, streaming services like YouTube, Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora and Apple will penalize it, turning it down to ensure a consistent listening experience. Each platform adheres to a different volume standard, which is where the Loudness Penalty plug-in comes in. Inside your DAW, Loudness Penalty will tell you how to tweak your track so you won’t be penalized. You can try it for free, or download the full version from for $29.

Spotify’s big claims. In a wide-ranging interview for the Freakonomics podcast, Spotify founder Daniel Ek claimed that streaming has allowed more musicians to make a full-time living than they could in the CD era because the distribution costs were so high. “I think we are in the process of creating a more fair and equal music industry than it’s ever been in the past,” Ek said. He also claimed that because music costs nearly nothing, people are listening to more music, thereby elevating a more diverse and larger set of musicians into the spotlight. Ek also talked about Spotify’s vision for the future, and making podcasts a priority. Listen here.

Goodbye The Harley. Sheffield venue The Harley announced in a now-deleted Facebook post that it will be closing down due to “mounting financial pressures.” The space hosted names like  Plastician, Midland, Flava D, and DJ Q over the years. It also housed a restaurant, the Twisted Burger, that the venue said will remain open despite the club closure. The Facebook post went on to say that its and music and events department will be working with local promoters on “a new city centre event space, which will be open very soon.” See the full post below.  

Hello The Drumsheds. A new 10,000-capacity warehouse space run by the founders of Printworks is coming to North London this June. Opening in Meridian Water for Field Day on Friday, June 7th, The Drumsheds is a former gas works building with four linked warehouses and ten-plus acres of outdoor grounds. And because of its location — approximately 1km from Walthamstow — it can stay open longer and get louder than almost any other London venue.  This year’s Field Day lineup features The Black Madonna, Todd Terje, Mall Grab, Courtesy, Actress, HAAi and many more.

Light up modular. Lightstorm is the modular synth accessory for those looking to brighten things up a bit. Getting its funding on Kickstarter, the Strange Electronic’s Lightstorm Eurorack Case is a light-up case and module combo that glows and pulsates with purples, blues and reds. If you don’t like the case, however, you can just buy the module with an LED strip, and insert that into your own transparent case, or modify your rig how you see fit. The LED strip is the cheaper option at $300, while a Lightstorm case and module package will set you back $1,200. Head to the Kickstarter page for more info, and watch a demo video below.

15th April, 2019

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