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Finding interesting music can be a tedious task in the area, but since my last stay the situation has definitely improved. Below you find links to some labels, collectives and producers in the area. A good overview(though the links are kinda outdated) can be found The platform was founded by Hong Kong based producer DJ Wash, who also hosts the Kongkast, a podcast, which is relaesed twice a month. If you want to see him live, he is currently touring Germany. - Event recommendation in Dresden
Another forward thinking label is Dubtemple Records, based in Brisbane, Australia. Their releases a free for download from the link above. Two of them immediately caught my attention: Blood Dunza and Bunda. Also check the Lee Scratch Perry Beat Tape - compilation.
In Singapore an audiovisual collective called Syndicate SG is filling the void. Check out the amazing sound of Jonathan Nah aka KIAT(you can buy his releases on Qilin) Further have a listen to other artists of the collective on their soundcloud page.
Thailand seems to be a little behind on the heavy bass music but If you are into Disco, definitely check Jaree Thanapuras, Grammaphon Children.

So far so good; lot´s of links, i know.
Have a listen, support the artists and enjoy.

Go-like simplicism seems to be the philosophy that prevails in the domain of digital live controllers. anyhow...

mlrv: on grid-based music contollers like the monome, livid ohm/block, novation launchpad, and akai apc/mpd. the software allows a sound file or live recording to be mapped across each row and assigned a triggering behavior.
Within this simple set of constraints and a complete MIDI + OSC remote control system, the performer of electronic music can be freed from the laptop, and at the very least appear to be doing something interesting.

further it is:
open source software, free to download and use. if you like it and find it becoming a part of your musical process (like we have), we ask that you consider contributing to its further development by purchasing a +supporter or +benefactor license...

The artists in the videos below are altitude sickness and galapagoose, both working on mlrv 2.0.

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New music video to "Esther`s" a track by Amon Tobin, nicely animated by belgian director Charles de Meyer (AKA Chuck Eklectric)

Mr. Fensterbank just released a Beta-Version of "MInaDIte". A virtual MIDI controller, like Jazzmutant's Lemur or MonoTouchLive, which is controlled via a touchscreen or mouse and sends MIDI messages in order to control music production, VJ, DJ, etc. software...

Get it on sourceforge and give feedback...

VLC 1.0.0 IS OUT!!! I'm not going to say more about it, the people who are already using it know what they're in for. For those who don't know it yet: check it out! It's definitely worth it - you will never touch another media player ever again believe me! Get it HERE.

last week the Sonar festival 2009 took place in barcelona. the most obvious trend to observe was that there are much more live performances going on rather than simply djing, so lets summarize. Day 1 featured Tim Exile with a show entitled "we are the robots", where the musician was accompanied by an essemble of 4 robotic instruments.(video) later that day we watched french experimental hiphop producer Debruit who is also worth mentioning for his fine cut-up sound.

the second day got interesting when viennas Dorian Concept rocked the stage and got wobbly with Bombsquad (listern here) who in my opinion played the best dubstep-set at sonar... and it got really interesting when Ryoichi Kurokawa (video) performed an eclectic audio/visual show using four laptops.

the third and last day was one of the electronic performers. The Raster Noton showcase, featuring SND, Byetone, Atom™ and especially Alva Noto, who performed using a gigantic audiovisual live patch(max msp or homebrew i guess), was nothing less than cutting edge (video1-interface / video2). Furthermore you should check the sound of Lukid, who kept the dub-heads knodding in the dome.

At night the Animal Collective turned the stage into a big playground and brought psychedelic overkill. Followed by Beardyman (video), whose very unique way of performing is worth watching. Props also to Sinden form the UK for bringing some oldskool jungle to the sonar night.

dorian concept - sonar set
debruit - sonar set
lukid - sonar set


Since the Team at Video Lan Project is nearing the release of version 1.0.0 of their famous VLC media player, also my personal choice of media player, I figured I spread the word and make you aware that there is a Skin contest going on right now for the final release too. As for this release candidate, it contains lots of new features like new codecs, various playback core improvements (frame-by-frame, live-recording, instant pausing, etc...), interface improvements and many bugfixes. Get more info, binaries and skin editors at the project site. Contribute by testing this wonderful piece of software. Keep software free!

"thru you" is an very interesting project by french sound artist kutiman. sampling from various youtube videos he created a quite unique recording somewhere inbetween electronical how-to´s, livingroom drum practices, dub box tutorials and the mother of all funk chords.

Oh what a great week this was for us tech aficionados!

First off, the Nintendo DSi is out since yesterday in Europe, with 2 cams integrated (waitin for homebrew! yay!), bigger screens and slimmer design... check it out.

Secondly, Ableton Live 8 (Kompact's most trusted choice for sequencing and live performance) is finally out with tons of new features like thight Max/MSP integration, Live Set sharing, new warping methods and lots of other stuff... more info here.

Joaquin Baldwin is an Annie Award nominee director and animator from Paraguay. Sebastians Voodoo is his latest 3D animation short, about a voodoo doll. for more info and a hd version check:

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