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The ultimate list of Minimal House and Rominimal Festivals around the world

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The pandemic hurt the world of electronic music and festivals in 2020. However, in 2021, several music festivals reopened their doors to the public, delighting us with their wonderful performances and reviving music in everyone’s hearts.

To thank all the festivals that have kept us alive in the world of minimal house and rominimal music, we have brought together the ultimate compilation of all the festivals that we have all known or visited. We hope that 2022 will be a year of great music and more events, and we will continue to advocate for the covid19 situation to improve so that we may fully enjoy them.

Sunwaves festival

SUNWAVES originated in 2007 as a counter-offer to the offerings of festivals, with no interest in pyrotechnics, crazy lights, smoke machines, or mainstream music. The festival’s goal was to foster a sense of community via electronic music and respect.

SUNWAVES is Romania’s first and largest biennial music event, lasting five days and five nights. It was the first event to establish a standard for sound quality. Because of SUNWAVES, Funktion One has become the ideal sound system for electronic music events throughout Romania.

The second Sunwaves festival experience in Zanzibar will take place on Dongwe Beach from January 27th to January 31st, 2022. You can purchase tickets here.

UNUM Festival

The concept of open-air music festivals has been around for centuries, and integrating music with natural elements is not a new concept. UNUM Festival brings us an experience of open-air events.

The lineup of performers due to perform at the festival is incredible, with performances taking place over three stages over five days and four nights. Aside from the musicians, the festival site will include a leisure center, seminars for visual artists from Albania and the area, acrobatics, yoga, a food court, and other amenities.

The UNUM festival will return on June 1st, 2022. Tickets may be purchased here.

Nostromo Festival

Nostromo broadcasts a technology stream in the depths of uncharted natural surroundings due to his innate attraction to a magnetic unknown.

When juxtaposed with the calm that prevails in the verdant surroundings, the essence of electronic music, a reflection of an intriguing yet frightening and uncertain future, embraces the entirety of its importance. Nostromo thus praises the unbreakable relationship between these two worlds: you and me, us, this wild human need to experience palpable moments of happiness suspended above time.

You can learn and see more about Nostromo Festival here.

Caprices Festival

In Crans-Montana, Switzerland, an electronic dance music event will take place over two weekends in a glasshouse 2,200 meters above the Swiss Alps. A one-of-a-kind event in a one-of-a-kind

Join them for their Winter Edition in April 2022, on April 8 – 10 and 15 – 17. Two weekends, three stages, and more than 50 acts. You can purchase tickets here.

Epizode Festival

EPIZODE is a one-of-a-kind music and art festival hosted on Vietnam’s largest and most beautiful island, Phu Quoc, that brings the newest electronic music trends to Asia while also highlighting the greatest regional artists.

Epizode Festival has arrived in Albania, and they have put on a great display this year with incredible artists.

Epizode will be returning next year, you can purchase and see more info here.

Festival In the Nature

Festival In The Nature is a festival that celebrates music in a natural environment. The forest, the musical pleasures, and the people surrounding you will co-create an entire chapter of stories worth repeating long after everything is finished. This event is a fantastic escape from reality, with a mystical aura that has garnered a devoted following over the years.

You can see and learn more about the festival here.

Hide & Seek Festival

Dance to some of the best selectors in the worlds of underground minimal house, techno, and disco, surrounded by lush woods, three lakes, and gorgeous gardens.

The festival emphasizes excellent sound, fantastic music, and mesmerizing production, making it a must-attend event for every dance fan.

Hide & Seek is back next year for two days at the magical Capesthorne Hall. You can learn more and purchase tickets here.

Blies Festival

Projektgruppe Blies is a national autonomous creative collective made up of producers, DJs, artists, designers, photographers, architects, and scientists. We are interested in experience concepts that are intellectual, beautiful, and cross-disciplinary.

The festival functions as a bridge-builder between various types of electronic music by young and inventive artists, and it promotes cultural interaction and inspiration in the fields of music and art.

The event aims to become an annual intercultural gathering place for the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. We are not profit-driven in the festival’s preparation and implementation, but rather advocate low-barrier access to electronic music. We are particularly concerned about gender equality in the lineup. The lineup is split 50/50 between men and women.

You can learn more about this festival here.

Electric Castle

An eclectic lineup of new media installations and performances, breathtaking scenery, and historical settings create an alternate world in which you can lose yourself to find yourself.

The festival, which lasted five days, established itself as a model for increased production and remarkable, highly renowned festival architecture.

Electric Castle is a one-of-a-kind music event taking place at Banffy Castle in Transylvania from July 13 to 17, 2022.

You can learn more about this festival and purchase tickets here.

Fabrika Fest

FABRIKA, founded in February 2013 in the Maison de la Fondation de Tunisie in Paris, is a collaboration of electronic music musicians and visual art enthusiasts with over 8 years of experience organizing cultural events.

The collective is multiplying its activities and organizing very popular events, especially “FABRIKA Fest,” held annually the festival is oriented towards minimal electronic music, the first of its kind in Africa and the MENA region, with the support of Coccinelle Studio, a company created to professionalize and regularize its work. FABRIKA aspires to become a major date on the international festival calendar.

FABRIKA gathers some of the genre’s top worldwide DJs, who are brought together with some of the best local talents, and delivers a one-of-a-kind musical line-up in an exquisite location that includes a beach, a hotel, and creative and visual installations. FABRIKA, in addition to providing a platform for promoting Tunisian artists and skills, is a one-of-a-kind tourism entertainment that showcases a proven local savoir-faire and provides festival attendees with a high-quality experience.

You can learn more about this festival here.

REF – Riviera Electro Festival

The third REF will be held at numerous locations across Nice from August 19 to 21, 2022.

The program and other essential information will be available soon.

The BPM Festival

The BPM Festival, which stands for “Bartenders, Promoters, and Musicians,” began in 2008 and was hosted in Playa del Carmen, Mexico until 2017 as a post-New Year’s Eve meeting of industry leaders. During that time, it has expanded to a ten-day event with a global attendance of 70,000+ DJs, producers, revelers, and industry experts. BPM events were held throughout the day and night at various locations across the beach resort town and were a must for any music enthusiast with a discriminating taste for superb underground dance music.

Since its inception in 2008, The BPM Festival has expanded its global dance music footprint by hosting several one-off events in leading dance music hotspots such as Bali, Barcelona, Beirut, Brazil, Dubai, Ibiza, Mykonos, New York City, Toronto, and the Zurich Streetparade, where it had its BPM float in 2017 and 2018.

After 10 years, The BPM Festival announced its first expansion event, The BPM Festival: Portugal, and will hold its third edition in Portimo, Portugal, September 12-15, 2019. Following its European premiere, The BPM Festival: Portugal was nominated in three categories at the 2018 Iberian Festival Awards: Best Major Festival, Best New Festival, and Best Lineup.

You can learn more and purchase tickets here.

SXSW Music Festival

Showcasing Artists, whether new, emerging or established, benefit from exposure to new audiences and attendance. South By Southwest® curates showcases with the help of record labels, booking agencies, management, and public relations companies, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals, and more.

From March 14 to 20, 2022, join SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Top 5 free VSTs in 2021

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When the year 2021 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the incredible free VSTs that the year has provided. Join us as we look back and select our top freeware audio plug-ins for 2021.

FKFX Obvious Filter

This year, FKFX, a new developer, caught the plug-in market by storm with two fantastic plug-ins: Influx and Obvious Filter. The latter is a one-of-a-kind creative filtering plug-in with 10 filter types and an envelope follower. Its most impressive feature, though, is the sick morph sequencer, which allows you to generate and manipulate modulation forms. A deep modulation matrix guarantees that items do not stop moving. If you enjoy innovative filter effects, this should be on the top of your list.

Obvious Filter is available in VST3 and AU formats for macOS and Windows. The plug-in is free, however, you can help the creator by supporting him on Patreon.

You can get it right here.

Full Bucket Music WhispAir

Full Bucket Music won this year’s KVR Developer Challenge with WhispAir, a free three-oscillator wavetable synth that outperforms many commercial options. WhispAir offers all the components for creative, powerful, and “expensive-sounding” wavetable patches, including FM, AM, a stereo multi-mode filter, four envelopes, and three LFOs. The synth also has a chorus effect and a unison mode with detune and spread for lush and expansive tones.

WhispAir is available in VST and AU formats for macOS and Windows.

You can get it right here.

Audiomodern Gatelab

Gatelab is without a doubt one of the greatest gate sequencers available, and it’s entirely free. The plug-in allows you to go wild with a plethora of ready-made and configurable rhythmic patterns, volume automation, ratcheting, innovative randomization choices, and more. It’s also MIDI-controllable, so you can use it live. Any electronic producer should have this.

Gatelab is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and stand-alone formats for macOS and Windows. There is also an iOS version available.

You can get it right here.

Zeek STFU

According to Zeek, the STFU is “the greatest free volume shaper accessible.” It may perhaps be the finest volume shaper in the world. STFU is a flexible and impressively fast, sample-accurate volume envelope that can accomplish a wide range of tasks for you. It syncs to the host pace and allows you to design your shapes to be triggered through MIDI. STFU may be used for ducking, mix cleaning, creative sound creation, and a variety of other tasks. It also has a CV output so you can use it to control other devices.

STFU is available in VST3 and AU formats for macOS and Windows.

You can get it right here.

Phuturetone GR-8

Phuturetone GR-8, like many of this year’s top free plug-ins, emerged from the KVR Developer Challenge. The GR-8 is a fantastic virtual-analog synth with 8 sounds (duh). It has two oscillators with PWM, FM, and sync and may be used in mono, poly, chord, and unison modes. GR-8 has a high pass filter, two envelopes, and an LFO in addition to a low pass filter with an adjustable slope. There is also a slew of inbuilt effects including distortion, phaser, chorus, delay, and reverb.

GR-8 is available in VST3 and AU formats for macOS and Windows.

You can get it right here.

Don’t see your favorite free VSTs in this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

Intaresu’s Pick: Against The Clock [FACT Magazine]

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Against The Clock is a video series on YouTube where you can see music producers developing the main idea of a track in just 10 minutes. This series is produced by FACT Magazine since 2013 and has over 250 episodes. After watching all the episodes we decided to write this post with the videos that we liked the most to create our first Intaresu’s Pick. The videos are listed from the latest episodes to the oldest one.

 

Brandt Brauer Frick – Against The Clock

The classical-electronic ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick take the helm on Against The Clock and utilize instruments we don’t see much on the series, including a grand piano and a trombone. Watch how the Berlin-based five-piece recorded and produced the finished track in just 10 minutes.

 

DJ Windows XP – Against The Clock Lab (Live from ADE 2018)

DJ Windows XP from the Netherlands made this deep house track in 10 minutes in an Against The Clock sessions during ADE back in 2018.

 

Jordan GCZ – Against The Clock Lab (Live from ADE 2018)

Now it is the turn for the performance of Jordan GCZ consisting of dub sounds in a minimal approach setup recorded live from ADE in 2018.

 

DJ Haus – Against The Clock

DJ Haus set himself the challenge of making a dancefloor track in 10 minutes using his modular synth with no cables patched, to begin with, let the music speak for itself.

 

DJ Boring – Against The Clock

The Australian lo-fi house don goes Against The Clock using his Ableton Push and TR8 as main instruments.

 

Ferro – Against The Clock

Look inside Ferro’s studio and watch him in action, using synths, drum machines, and effects to build a loose, dusty minimal house track in just 10 minutes. Listen out for the Michael Jackson sample.

 

London Modular Alliance – Against The Clock

Two-thirds of London Modular Alliance, Phil Ventre and Gavin Pykerman, make a track in just 10 minutes using the array of hardware available in their store showroom. It’s an in-store demo like you’ve never seen before.

 

Jacob Korn – Against The Clock

German house and techno producer Jacob Korn shows his studio magic by laying down a peak time house track in under 10 minutes that blends the best of the old and new.

 

Primitive World – Against The Clock

Primitive World went Against the Clock at his home studio in East London, producing a minimal house track with the majority of it built on his SP-1200.

 

Dexter – Against The Clock

Holland’s Dexter walks the line between raw electro and high-res house and techno like few others and didn’t even need 10 minutes to make his track, he was finished in eight.

 

M. Geddes Gengras – Against The Clock

M. Geddes Gengras has released wide-ranging, synth-focused music over the last decade and decided to perform a 10 minutes jam in his modular synth.

 

Ossie – Against The Clock

Ossie decided to go with a minimal setup using his laptop and a Native Instruments Maschine to make a deep house track.

 

Save to favorites all the videos selected in this post in our YouTube playlist down below and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite.