CFA-Sound brings melodic House and Techno with APEX-1 Diva Presets

CFA Sound APEX 1 Diva

CFA-Sound has announced the release of APEX-1 Diva Presets, a new soundset featuring 105 high quality sounds for the Diva virtual analog synthesizer by u-he. Taking fully advantage of u-he Diva`s superb sound quality and features, this soundset delivers a well rounded package. Perfectly suitable for deep house, melodic house and melodic techno. Expect to […]

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Poland’s electronic underground called for support; the world answered with this music

In Poland, as queer groups and allies face a rising threat of violence and hate, the Oramics collective chose to respond with music. The result: a sprawling compilation of 121 tracks and international outpouring of support.

I definitely want to encourage you to grab the compilation, but also want to take this opportunity to give you a tour through some of the music here – including from some lesser-known and underground and Polish artists. So alongside some known international figures, like Peder Mannerfelt, Object Blue, Borusaide, Lee Gamble, Electric Indigo, and Rrose, you’ll get an excellent sampling of artists involved in Poland’s underground and queer communities. We’re fortunate that in dark and challenging times, we have music and emotion and celebratory and powerful sound, and not just, you know, the news.

A hypnotic video for this irresistible track – Bartosz Zaskórski and Rufus (animation) for Mchy i Porosty’s “not many friends.” (One of my favorites!)

This is not an abstract battle or “culture war”: in Poland as in an alarming number of places, basic rights of expression and safety are under assault, backed even by mainstream media and religious and governmental leaders. That’s put artists who I’ve worked with personally under real pressure and danger, among many others. It’s something you feel on a visceral level not only in Poland but in the fabric of the electronic music scene outside of the country, as well.

Out now, the “Total Solidarity” compilation gives sonic, musical form to a growing chorus of solidarity and protest. That network has brought together collectives, artists, curators, press, activist organizations, and concerned friends in a network inside and outside of the country. Total Solidarity demonstrates how deep that network is, and how many people have been touched by the political struggle and by these artists.

Over 100 tracks from the Polish underground and international electronic music scene come together on the digital release, available for fifty bucks on Bandcamp (or individually, by track). Poland’s Oramics collective joins Tilburg, Netherlands’ Drvg Cvltvre, who runs the label New York Haunted. The funds raised go directly to organizations battling homophobia and supporting queer communities.

http://oramicspl.bandcamp.com/album/total-solidarity-benefit-compilation-for-grassroot-lgbtqia-organizations-in-poland

“I think it is very important to show that music scene and culture will never accept hatred,” Justyna from Oramics tells us. “This was one of the main goals of this compilation – to gather people from all over the world and show support,” she says. “This symbolic support, kind of artistic / curatorial gesture of solidarity was the main goal I guess – all this which lies beyond fame, mainstream, underground and genre borders. This is the biggest success.”

Here are some highlights, and places to find more.

Justyna also shared some picks. “It was one of the goals to combine artists from literally everywhere,” she says. “Of course, it is important that we have so many amazing internationally acclaimed artists, because they are giving us all the incredible press — but how amazing it is to give some more visibility to those less known, but also super-talented.” Hell, yeah.

Here are a few of those picks – and I have to second these nominations.

Astma:

Duy Gebord:

Calum Gunn:

Kaltstam:

Mchy i Porosty:

Ostrowski:

Satin de Compostela:

Warrego Valles:

Wojciech Kurek:

I have listened to the whole compilation and love the whole thing, but to highlight even some more people, particularly those close to this scene, whose tracks really moved me:

Doc Sleep’s work I wrote about recently:

ISNT has this dirty, noisy beauty:

3-3-3 is a punk-ish banger from Dyktanto of Brutaz:

FOQL’s aptly named “Colony Collapse” is some delicious oddball mayhem from Justyna herself:

There’s some genius, futuristic apocalypse going on in the music of Oramics’ Mala Herba:

RSS BOYS and Eltron will be familiar to anyone following the Polish scene, but if not – know them!

Electric Indigo added a smartly constructed electronic opus that CDM readers shouldn’t miss – Susanne being both a legend in the scene as an artist and founder of female pressure, which has been a template for many female/femme/activist groups since:

Isabella’s chimey, crystalline creation sounds a bit like that cover art looks:

Dr. Rey mastered over a hundred tracks to make this compilation happen, and their contribution is eerie and beautiful:

Oh yeah, and I’m in there, too.

https://oramicspl.bandcamp.com/

Do go buy it whether by individual track or the whole compilation if you can. It reaches people in need:

All proceeds from the digital sales will support Polish queer organizations: Kampania Przeciw Homofobii and Miłość Nie Wyklucza, who monitor homophobia, provide all kind of support for queer people and have agreed to help us redistribute the proceeds throughout LGBTQIA+ organizations in smaller cities and towns of Poland, who need them the most.

We will be in touch with Oramics to hear how these organizing efforts are going, and what else the electronic music community can do there – and worldwide – to support people’s safety. It’s expressive freedom that has brought us to music and music technology, so if that’s not what we’re in the business of supporting, I’m not sure what we are doing.

For those near Berlin – Polish-born Rey for their part will also be leading their project The Womb, with a summer symposium for female-identified, non-binary and queer creatives and entrepreneurs, on 31 August. Kudos to Rey for this epic mastering job; see Uferlos Studios for more.

For more Oramics action, here’s the latest Behind The Stage podcast, with Szkoda:

More reading:

I got to write about Oramics a couple of times before:

And see also my chat with Dyktando, who also contributed to this compilation, from when I got to play with him last summer:

https://oramicspl.bandcamp.com/

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Save 40% on Producertech’s House & Techno tutorial courses this week only

Producertech House & Techno 40 OFF

Producertech has launched a sale on House & Techno courses, offering 40% off on tutorial videos by Dale Anderson, Paul Maddox, Rob Jones, Martin Eyerer and more. Understand House & Techno Production and Sound Design fully with these in-depth courses ready to be streamed from within your Plugin Boutique user account. Including courses from Martin […]

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Giveaway: Win Techno & Tech House Mega Bundle 2 by Audentity Records

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Audentity Records is having a giveaway of its recent Techno & Tech House Mega Bundle, which marks the 200th release of the label. You can win this bundle comprising Dark Techno 3, Crafted Techno and Primetime Melodic Techno by sharing why you deserve to win the pack. Check out the Facebook post and leave your […]

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System 6 Samples releases Deep and Involving Techno sample pack

System 6 Samples Deep & Involving Techno

System 6 Samples has released its new sample pack Deep and Involving Techno, a collection of intense and emotive high quality audio samples rendered at 126bpm. Expect to find everything from stripped back dubby drum sets to full peak time groovers and everything in between. For this latest pack we introduce a new folder called […]

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Sample Magic releases Genix sample pack, Afterhours Vocals, Modular Ambient & more

Sample Magic Genix

Sample Magic has announced the release of a sample pack by Genix, a collection of sounds by the UK DJ and producer Damion Houchen. Hailing from across the pond, UK producer and DJ, Damion Houchen, also known as Genix, makes his pack debut on Sample Magic. Known for his signature tech and progressive trance sounds, […]

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Audentity Records launches 200th release: Techno & Tech House Mega Bundle 2

Audentity Records Techno Tech House Megabundle 2

Audentity Records has announced the release of its 200th release Techno & Tech House Mega Bundle 2, a bundle of three packs at a discounted price. The bundle includes nearly 1,000 loops and samples. Hailing from The Netherlands and founded in 2011, Audentity Records packs have been used by thousands of producers and are best […]

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Serotonin Trance, Decoded Drum & Bass, Circuits Techno & more by Zenhiser

Zenhiser Serotonin Trance

Zenhiser has released Serotonin Trance, a fast paced, truly emotive sample pack that delivers over 5GB of dance floor erupting, stadium filling samples, loops, stems and MIDI. Simply explore this euphoric world where unrelenting rhythms meet captivating melodies to create a new spawn of sound dedicated to the timeless world of Trance music. Designed for […]

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Sound7 releases Noize Vol. 1 soundset for u-he’s Diva synth

Sound7 Noize Vol 1 for Diva

Sound7 has announced the release of the Noize Vol. 1 soundset, a collection of Techno presets for the Diva virtual analog synthesizer instrument by u-he. Heavy set sounds for true techno crunch. Raw and unforgiving ready to sit centre stage of your production. Modulation used to enhance or define the sound in keeping with the […]

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Datacode extendes 2019 Summer Sale with sample packs & presets up to 50% off

Datacode Summer 2019 Extended

Datacode Records has announced an extension of its 2019 Summer Sale, offering discounts of up to 50% off regular on a selection of sample packs and synth presets. Datacode has extended their 2019 Summer Sale which includes great deals of up to 50% off on their top selling Sample Packs & Presets! Featuring a great […]

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