Jaranan techno: Raja Kirik is the mad sound of resistance from Indonesia

This sonic mayhem assaulting your speakers is battle music – ancient folkloric resistance, exploding out of the Yogyakarta home base of YES NO WAVE MUSIC.

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Time travel through polyrhythms: King Britt’s Back 2 Black, on repeat

Production legend, accomplished live electronic musician, and inspiration and friend King Britt has been deep in his lab again. So hop in the polyrhythmic time machine, as you may want to set its controls to “loop.”

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djay Pro adds real-time AI separation on Apple’s Bionic chip – and producers will want it too

AI was going to take the fun out of DJing – selecting and mixing for you. But the reason you’ll use it could be to make music more fluid. Algoriddim’s latest is a showpiece of Apple’s custom silicon – and a possible secret weapon for the rest of us.

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Notch visual tool now does streaming, keying, and more interactive control

Notch is a wonder – another example of how real-time visuals continue to advance to the point of being as expressive as instruments. And the latest update makes it more capable, from input to keying to streaming.

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Apple’s platform squeeze holds back music and creativity, too – so will there be consequences?

Apple’s desire to tax and control its app ecosystem is earning outcry from developers, government, and outside observers. It’s a stand-off musicians and creators should watch closely.

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The RØDECaster Pro promises to pack a broadcast sound studio into a box

It seems like everybody is scrambling to make gear for podcasting and streaming. But RØDE has done something unique and self-contained and a firmware update makes it look like a serious tool.

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Death and failure, electronically: how vintage games sound when you “die”

In 2016, Johannes Kreidler examined the compositions signaling your demise in a dizzying array of vintage video games. As even our phones “gamify” pandemics, it seems weirdly relevant. The conversation came up as Johannes asked what sorts of musical cues should be composed for integration into COVID-19 pandemic notification apps. (The German government this week […]

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Fundamental puts a rich, vintage tube oscillator studio in a plug-in, from sonicLAB and Hainbach

Make eerie, modulating drones like it’s a disco in the Exclusion Zone. Or delve into the sound tools of Stockhausen. But for anyone who loves finding shifting, nuanced colors in oscillators – Hainbach and Sinan Bökesoy have created something for you.

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Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them

It’s not waiting for someone to be “offended.” It’s about why anyone would be defensive about clinging to terrible terms based on horrific inhumane things. Let’s just fix this, finally. And yes, if you think this might be coming up now because there is a global conversation about racial injustice, you’re right. That seems like […]

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A bass and drum machine, inside your KORG hardware, with Sinevibes’ Groove plugin

What if I told you you could take a KORG keyboard – or even the ultra-cheap NTS-1 – and add a bass and drum machine, just by downloading a file? Sinevibes’ Artemiy Pavlov has been raving about the possibility of KORG’s platform. Now he’s realizing it.

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