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Watch Nature Documentaries While Listening To Dance Music, It’s Beautiful

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There is arguably nothing more mesmerizing than the breathtaking and complex beauty of nature. We live on a diverse, awe-inspiring and marvelous planet filled with an expanse of fauna, flora and scenery that is second to none. In 2006 we were glued to our televisions when the BBC released the first Planet Earth series, at the time the most expensive nature documentary series every filmed. Fast forward to today and we are tuning in weekly to Planet Earth II, learning more about the vast and expansive nature of the world that surrounds us thanks to never-seen-before high definition footage and the soothing narration of Sir David Attenborough.

As a lover of dance music and nature I have often gotten home from the club, put on a random nature video from YouTube and pressed “play” on my favorite mix. The juxtaposition of the two has always formed a powerful artistic medium for the senses. The experience is now improved ten-fold thanks to Planet Earth’s one-of-a-kind imagery, and specially curated mixes to be played along footage from the show. Benji B put together a Planet Earth II Mix that goes hand-in-hand with drone footage from the series, filled with music from Carl Craig, Flying Lotus, Actress and more. Similarly, David Rodigan compiled a Jungle mix set to phenomenal Planet Earth II footage of the jungles of Costa Rica and Australia.

With the amount of combinations endless, we hope to see more of these artistic collaborations between nature and dance music. We encourage artists from all over the world, no matter how “big” or “small” they may be, to incorporate beautiful electronic soundscapes with nature footage.

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The BBC Tells You How to Get Into Berghain

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Two weeks ago we got into Berghain on a warm September Sunday afternoon, exactly 24 hours before the club was granted “high culture” status by a German court and allowed to pay at a lower tax bracket than pure entertainment venues.

But what makes Berghain a high culture venue? BBC’s Lisa Ludwig explores the venue’s door policy and morefor “The Cultural Frontline” programme. Listen to the clip in full below or via the BBC iPlayer.

We can’t say we fully agree with her though, as our play-by-play of our 24 hours in Berlin demonstrates.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Curates “Bedtime Mix” For BBC Radio 1

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Ahead of Radiohead’s return to the United States for headlining performances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Osheaga and gigs at Madison Square Gardens in New York City and the Shrine in Los Angeles, the band’s frontman Thom Yorke has put together a beautiful Bedtime Mix for BBC Radio 1.

Shared on the British radio station yesterday, the 45-minute mix includes several gems such as Holden’s “Triangle Folds Inside Out,” William Winant’s “Trackings I,”Laurie Spiegel’s “The Unquestioned Answer,” Radiohead’s OK Computer b-side track “Melatonin,” and Yorke’s very own live rendition of “Bloom,” recorded during the Pathway to Paris last year.

“I spend a lot of time listening and writing music while half-asleep, music that evolves quietly and slowly like the weather, like nature. Machinery bending time—I love that shit. If you’re still awake by the end of it, I’ve done something wrong. Night night. Lights out.”

Listen to the mix here.

Pete Tong and BBC Radio 1 Take Over Hollywood Rooftop on Jan 22nd

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BBC Radio 1’s dance music pioneer Pete Tong has announced plans to broadcast his 22nd of January show live and directly from a rooftop location in West Hollywood overlooking downtown Los Angeles.

The three-hour show, set to broadcast at 10pm-1am UK time and 2-5pm local time time, will see Pete take over the decks accompanied by top artists in dance music including Eric Prydz, Richie Hawtin, MK (with a special guest) and Claude vonStroke. The British legend will be joined by other names to be announced during his Radio 1 show a week from now on January 15th.

The afternoon rooftop session will be followed by the already announced “Essential Mix Live” show at Exchange LA later that night. Featuring Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong himself and rising star Lee K, the recordings from the night will form up an Essential Mix to be released on Pete’s show.

The Los Angeles broadcast will be the first of two in the United States, with Pete set to take over a Miami rooftop during Miami Music Week where he will be in the company of Annie Mac, Dannie Howard and additional guests yet to be announced.

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Pete Tong said: “I’m very excited about my show coming live from LA on Jan 22nd. Los Angeles has become a creative hub for electronic artists from all over the world during the past few years and California and Las Vegas a hot bed of ground breaking festivals and some of the world’s leading clubs. Bringing the show out of Hollywood and being able to reflect some of the exciting things going on is a great way to start the year.”

Keep up with news on Pete Tong’s LA show via Facebook or Twitter.

Pioneer’s DJ Equipment Division Sold to KKR

Pioneer Japan has sold its DJ equipment division to U.S.A.-based investment firm KKR & Co. L.P.

Pioneer will retain a 15% stake in the venture, which will maintain the name “Pioneer DJ.” Pioneer’s president, Susumu Kotani, revealed that the sale was to further the company’s goal of concentrating management resources on its car electronics business.

Pioneer DJ is known to many as the industry standard name in professional-grade media players and DJ mixers. The company recently announced the production of its PLX-1000 turntable, which aims to fill the void created after the discontinuation Technics’ infamous 1200 series.

 

Source: BBC News