All Posts By

Isaac Elejalde

The entire lineup for Caprices Festival’s April 22nd edition has been announced

By News No Comments

The festival will take place over two weekends once again, and as usual, it will encompass the whole spectrum of electronic music.

The first weekend will be held on April 8th and 10th, while the second weekend will be held on April 15th and 17th. There will be something for everyone throughout the three dance zones of Modernity, Signal, and Forest, with significant additions on April 8th including Archie Hamilton, Cassy, Giorgio Maulini, and Guti on the Signal stage (live). Return will host the mayhem at the Forest stage with Digby, Eli Verveine, and Fumiya Tanaka, while Apoteoz and Canadians will take care of the weekend closing celebration at the Forest Stage on April 10th.

Whereas Weekend 1 is undoubtedly a must-see, there are even more highlights to be found on each of the festival’s days. On the opening day of the festival, April 15th, it doesn’t get much larger than a long B2B from Luciano and Ricardo Villalobos in the famed Modernity Glasshouse, with a prelude by Roman. In other news, Sven Vath and Dana Ruh will headline the Signal Stage this year. The Cocoon boss will also play an extended performance, so there’s a good chance his set will be jam-packed with bangers from throughout his sound spectrum. Yoyaku will host the Forest Stage, which will feature sets by team members Charlotte, Janaret b2b Varhat, and Lamache, bringing the day’s enchantment to a close.

The next day, the Modernity stage hosts RPR Soundystem, with Caprices resident James Mc Hale providing the all-important warmup. On April 16th, Alci, Madnax (Live), and SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia) will close the Forest Stage, with an official closing party the following day including Dune, Jay Fase, and Norman Weber of Luna City Express.

Links of Interest

Caprices Festival
Tickets | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Mobineko Express can press limited edition vinyl in only 4 weeks

By News No Comments

Mobineko, a Taiwanese vinyl pressing company, has announced the debut of a new service dubbed Mobineko Express, which would provide limited edition pressings in four weeks. Even though most international pressing factories have a backlog of work owing to an overabundance of orders vs. available resources.

Mobineko will be pressing and delivering orders ranging from 25 to 100 records in a shorter period with this new express service.

“We’ve noticed some dissatisfied artists discussing pressing facilities refusing to take orders for 2022 delivery, so it’s hard for us to keep this news under wraps any longer,” Mobineko said.

“Mobineko has spent the last few years creating a fresh new press from the ground up to be incredibly efficient and speedy for pressing runs starting at 25pcs with a 4 week turn time,” they stated.

Mobineko’s founder, Richard Dron, told Resident Advisor: “On a regular record press, it can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half to change tooling and prepare for a new order.”

“Then you have to wait for the press to warm up and run a few hundred recordings before you can achieve satisfactory results.

“Spending all of that time and PVC on a little order of 50 or 100 is a major concern, which is why most facilities won’t even consider pressing fewer.”

Mobineko Express will first be available to existing Mobineko customers, but if you think you might be interested, you can register here for early access, which will begin in a few months.

Links of interest

Mobineko
Website

How to build a DIY Eurorack stand

By News No Comments

Cereal Killer has a video that shows how to create a DIY stand for Eurorack all-in-one synthesizers.

The 4-tier stand is custom-made to fit the Behringer Neutron’s width. However, as seen in the video, the design may simply be modified to accommodate fewer or more synthesizers, as well as synths of varying widths, such as the Behringer D or Moog Eurorack synths.

Check out the tutorial

 

Behringer provides an update on the Syncussion SY-1 drum machine

By News No Comments

Behringer has released information on the development of the Syncussion drum synthesizer as well as issues with chip shortages. It appears like 2022 will be a sluggish year.

Behringer has updated their Facebook page with information on the progress of its Pearl Syncussion SY-1 clone. In July of last year, we first saw a prototype. The synth has gone through three iterations, according to Behringer, but the manufacturer claims it has now nailed it.

The Simmons SDSV was inspired by the SY-1. The two rows of faders controlled two channels of percussion-oriented synthesis. It may be played via electronic pads or pretty much anything because of the trigger inputs. Behringer is considering changing the layout to fit into their preferred Eurorack format.

Because of the global difficulty with component shortages, Behringer apologizes for the delay and predicts that these problems will persist through 2022. It appears that we will all have to remain patient.

Links of interest

Behringer
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube 

Arturia Noir Editions: 3 desktop analog machines with a stealthy paint finish

By News No Comments

Arturia has enabled stealth mode for the MiniBrute 2, MiniBrute 2S, and DrumBrute Impact with a special edition black shell.

This concept was initially seen with the Matrix Brute Noir in June of last year. With the deep, black paint job, it looked fantastic. Now they’ve brought the mood to some of the smaller brutes, like the MiniBrute 2, 2S, and DrumBrute Impact, and it makes you question why anything isn’t black.

Another example of a deliberate deepening of tone is Moog. Moog followed up with dark and savory black versions after breaking out in the color realm with the Grandmother and Matriarch synthesizers. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the colors.

Arturia is a little different in that it isn’t known for using classic or strong colors. Moving to black might be considered a beneficial step because many of the products are based on a very unremarkable dull blue. However, because they are a limited edition run, you’ll want to acquire these while they’re still available.

When comparing them to the originals, there isn’t much of a difference, but the black wooden ends and red lettering could be enough to sway you.

Links of interest

Arturia
Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram

Erica Synths and Moritz Klein’s Educational DIY Synth Kits teach circuit design

By News No Comments

Erica Synths has collaborated with the YouTuber and educator Moritz Klein to create a set of Eurorack DIY modules that will teach anybody on how to make analog synthesizer circuits from the ground up.

There are nine kits in the series, with one being released every 4-6 weeks to build a working modular mono synth. Each will come with a full user manual that will walk you through the electronics behind each circuit as well as the sound synthesis techniques featured therein. Each stage of the construction is explained in detail, including the reasons for component selection and their function inside the module.

The kits contain some of Erica Synths’ original flavor, but they’ve also been toned down to make them as basic and economical as possible. The VCO, which is now available, costs €60 plus shipping and VAT. There’s a small Catch-22 in that to test the module, you’ll need a Eurorack case, but the case isn’t currently available, making it difficult to target this towards Eurorack newcomers. So this may be more about individuals who already appreciate a little of modular delving into the nuts and bolts of the thing. The ultimate goal is to “inspire future engineers and contribute to the ever-expanding diversity of electronic music technology.”

Links of interest

Erica Synths
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Google Arts & Culture presents a free online exhibition of electronic music

By News No Comments

Google has revealed its new online exhibition, ‘Music, Makers & Machines,’ which honors and examines the evolution of electronic music.

It digs into the various genres and technologies that comprise electronic music, as well as its pioneers and legends, as well as club culture.

The show is sponsored by Google Arts & Culture and is accessible via PC, Apple, and Google Play.

It is a collaborative project including approximately 50 worldwide electronic music institutes. Which will have interactive ar technology, allowing players to see classic synthesizers and other DJ equipment in three dimensions.

It visits Berghain, Manchester’s Factory Records, and Berlin’s club scene in the 1990s.

There are additional explanations of video game music, legendary music inventors, music technology, and the origin of the “beep.”

Google has created a video showing some of its capabilities, which you can see below.

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

By Intaresu's Pick No Comments

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.

Melchior Productions Ltd will release a new album on Perlon

By News No Comments

Melchior Productions Ltd AKA Thomas Melchior has a new album coming out next month on Perlon.

Vulnerabilities is the name of the new album by Melchior Productions Ltd and it’s the first album since No Disco Future, released via Perlon in 2007.

Microhouse, minimal techno, ambient, breakbeat, and other styles are all represented on the album. In February, 18th the 3xLP will be released.

You can pre-order Vulnerabilities now and listen to the previews on you favorite store: Yoyaku, Deejay.de, Juno, Decks.de.

“Over the last several years, I’ve had the mindset that dance records are a waste of time unless they include a lot of variation,” Melchior told Resident Advisor. “I suppose I was more focused on being a dance floor expert and releasing 12-inches on my labels Aspect Music and My King Is Light because I began DJing a lot more after 2007,” he says.

“Closer,” one of the album’s tracks, includes JAW and Alina Pash on vocals, as well as extra production by Perlon’s cofounder Dimbiman AKA Zip.

Links of interest

Perlon
Website | Facebook | Discogs

A short update on how the pandemic is affecting the electronic music scene on a daily base

By News No Comments

As instances of the Covid-19 variant Omicron continue to rise throughout the world, here’s a rundown of how the pandemic is affecting clubs, festivals, promoters, and the electronic music community as a whole.

Germany

• German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state premiers reached an agreement to close all nightclubs by New Year’s Eve. Previously, clubs were only required to close in areas with high Covid-19 instances. Private meetings will also be limited to a maximum of ten persons who have been vaccinated.

• The Berlin Club Commission has requested for PCR testing to be made mandatory in order to replace the present dance prohibition. “We need a long-term solution here so that we don’t bring our cultural life to a halt with each new wave,” chairperson Pamela Schobess said. “PCR testing provide security in this situation.”

Poland

• Nightclubs have been shuttered since the 15th of December, however, they may return momentarily on New Year’s Eve under stringent conditions (100 people max, vaccine passports).

France

• Since December 18th, France banned UK tourists who do not have a “compelling cause to go.” This excludes both tourist and business visits. Since last week, clubs have been shuttered.

Switzerland

• Since December 20th, Switzerland implemented new admission restrictions for clubs and events, with all guests obliged to adhere to the 2G+ rule: vaccinated or recovered during the past four months, or vaccinated or recovered combined with a negative test result.

Northern Ireland

• Nightclubs closed on December 26th until further notice, and all indoor standing events will be outlawed.

Canada

• From December 22nd to January 18th, all pubs and clubs in British Columbia will be closed. Restaurants are also no longer permitted to seat more than six people per table, implying that they cannot organize parties.

• The government declared today that clubs and bars around the country that have been struck with new capacity limitations of 50% are now eligible for pay and rent assistance.

• Quebec’s bars have been ordered to close.

• Beginning this weekend, dancing is prohibited in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, with capacity limitations in effect and clubs and restaurants required to close early, depending on the province.

UK

• Dalston Superstore in London closed early for the holidays on December 16th. The location intends to reopen on Tuesday, December 28th.

• As part of new measures outlined by Wales’ first minister, Mark Drakeford, nightclubs will close on December 27th.

• UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated that from December 16th, that no additional assistance measures for the hotel industry will be implemented. However, as a result of a wave of cancellations, pressure is rising.

• On December 15th, the government enacted Plan B, a new set of regulations that includes requiring proof of vaccination or negative lateral flow tests to attend clubs and venues. Many clubs, like London’s Fabric, have been doing this “for months now,” according to director Cameron Leslie. “The experience of seeing textiles and a big number of other activities will be the same as it was a week ago.”

Portugal

• Prime Minister Antonio Costa has moved the closing of pubs and nightclubs from January 2nd to December 25th, from the original date of January 2nd. They will remain closed until at least January 9th.

Sweden

• Since December 23rd, all activities with more than 20 attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must be seated. All guests must display immunization permits for events with more than 500 individuals. Here are the new measures in their entirety.

USA

• Nightlife workers from NYC can claim $500 to a local non-profit Nightlife United.

• In Puerto Rico, all events have a maximum capacity of 250 people. In addition, all venues must close between midnight and 5 AM.

Greece

• Since December 29th, bars, nightclubs and restaurants can no longer play music.

Spain

• Asturias and Cantabria have shut down clubs down entirely.

• Aragon and Navarra ordered bars and venues to close after midnight.