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Spotify May Be Developing Its Own Music Hardware

After achieving success as an online music streaming service, Spotify may be looking to take the next step.

Reports are suggesting that the music streaming giant is planning to introduce its own music hardware. This was bolstered by a recent job listing which announced that Spotify was looking for a senior product manager for “a category-defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles.” The listing also stated that the selected candidate will be tasked to create “frictionless and creative Spotify experiences via fully-connected hardware devices.”

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Q&A and Pemiere: Mod21 Releases “Chapter 1” EP on 21 Imprint

With previous releases on Prologue including an album on Semantica Records, Manuele Chiaravalloti a.k.a Mod21, brings perfectly executed raw modular techno jams, side stepping syncopations and dark delayed bleep atmospheres to create a weighty hypnotic minimal piece entitled Chapter 1 on his label 21.

“A1” is a halftime deep pulsing gem, almost reminiscent of glitch artists such as Ø [Phase] and Pan Sonic. It contains slow modulating percussion and sine bleeps which are large and reverberant, aiding to the overall hypnotic nature of the EP, Chapter 1. Cut in A2, “Philadelphia Experiment” is a mind boggling display of displaced beats and accents. Noise and sine waves rise in pitch while the steady beat of the kick and surrounding percussions help induce a trance.

In “Step by Step” on B1, electro tinged drums roll forward with slight sonic variations and a progressively harmonic drone slowly nurtures the piece. Finally on B2, Structuralism is a faster, more intense track with familiar intertwining rhythms and progressing modulations.

Purchase “Chapter 1” via deejay.de and stream the exclusive premiere of “Philadelphia Experiment” below today. Following is our interview with Manuele in honor of his EP.

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The History of Electronic Music Exhibit Opens in Berlin

If you have an interest in music history, especially electronic dance music history, then this recently-opened exhibit in Berlin is something you should check out! Called “Good Vibrations,” the exhibit showcases some of the most iconic electronic instruments of the last 100 years, the instruments that helped shape music as we know it today.

Among those are an early Theremin produced in Russsia in the 1920s and a Trautonium, an early monophonic electronic instrument invented in 1929 by Friedrich Trautwein in Berlin. There is also the collection of iconic synthesizers, from the Fairlight CMI, to the Buchla music easel and the EMS VCS 3, among several other models on display. Alongside these vintage classic analogue equipment, visitors are also treated with a glimpse of the future through the selection of prototypes of new inventions on display.

Good Vibrations also features workshops and opportunities to play a selection of the instruments on display.

The exhibit currently runs at State Institute for Music Research at Tiergarten 1, Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin, Germany. Its run will end on June 25.

H/T: The Vinyl Factory

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Q&A and Premiere: Ennio Colaci Releases “Stereoscope” EP on Berlin’s Dreiklang

“Stereoscope” is Ennio Colaci’s debut on Berlin’s Dreiklang, following the label’s characteristic triangular composition with Tadeo and David Hausdorf remixes completing the EP package. Having had their first release in 2015, Dreiklang marks their third record after releases from Edit Select and Och. It comes from Italian producer Ennio Colaci who produces alongside the owner of Bosconi Records, Fabio Della Torre, under the alias Minimono.

Ennio’s Stereoscope steers away from Minimono’s disco flavored house orientated sounds, bringing a warm palette of textures in the form of soft noise, percs, dubby delayed chords and a sub kick and bass relationship reminiscent of early dub techno records. Alongside the title track there are two remixes from David Hausdorf and Tadeo. Tadeo roughens Stereoscope up and introduces a more techy sound, while David Hausdorf dries up the original, moving the focus to the dub chord.

Stereoscope on Dreiklang is a 180g, vinyl only release surfacing in handcrafted record sleeves by Berlin based artist Nils Altland on the 14th of March 2017. 6AM had a chat with Ennio in honor of the release and premiere of the title track, which you can listen to below.

 

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Global Vibe Radio Episode 050 feat. MODOR

For this week’s edition of Global Vibe Radio we welcome Italian producer and DJ MODOR.

MODOR is a techno and electronic underground music producer based in Italy. Although this project was launched in 2015, MODOR made his way into the music industry with another alias back in 2003. During this time he has played many clubs throughout Italy, as well as abroad in countries such as Greece and Spain. Utilizing Ableton software and a beloved Korg synth, MODOR is constantly searching for the perfect sound based on atmospheres, bridges between genres, electronic melodies with effects, distortions and cutoffs, sometimes also incorporating deep and sub bass lines and dark vocals too.

His hard work in the studio and behind the decks has earned him releases on Puchero Records (Costa Rica) owned by Macho Iberico and Mely Rodríguez.

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C.Vogt Debuts on All Day I Dream with “Purple Hills” EP

Chriss Vogt, known as C.Vogt artistically, is the latest addition to Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream team.

Classically trained, the versed producer just debuted on the esteemed label with Purple Hills, a 3-track outing that includes the title track, a remix of it by now label-mate YokoO and a collaboration with Patrick Jeremic entitled “Pour Éternel.” The son of renowned violinist K.Vogt, Chriss discovered music at a young age, learning the piano and the saxophone before moving to electronic music and releasing on other well-known labels such as Visionquest and Get Physical before adding All Day I Dream to his extensive resumé.  You can stream the EP below and find it for purchase on Beatport.

So how did Chriss attract Lee’s attention? And what does he have planned for the future? We asked that and more as Chriss prepared to deliver his first All Day I Dream podcast, recorded in tandem with Patrick Jeremic and released today.

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Global Vibe Radio Podcast Episode 048 feat. MonoPhaze

This 48th edition of our Global Vibe Radio podcast series comes from producer and DJ Lapo Boccianti, aka MonoPhaze, one of Italy’s up-and-coming underground dance music acts.

Based in Florence, he just released “Beyond Home”, a two-track EP out on John Norman’s UNT Records. The original is from the young Italian, and the remix comes from label boss John Norman himself. We interviewed him last month for the occasion, touching base on his Italian roots, love for house and techno and more.

Lapo has also released under the moniker Sid85, his work featured on labels such as Mashpotato Records, Anonymous and Subwoofer.

Enjoy the mix, full tracklist below:

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9 Unforgettable Festival Escapes Worth the Flight

Music festivals have been popping out everywhere and in different parts of the world, all with different concepts, lineups and offering diverse experiences from one another.If you’re one of the many people who has done their local and national festivals many times already, why not plan a trip with your friends or fly solo and find the inner music adventurer within you by attending a new festival abroad?

Enjoy beautiful sceneries and get lost in new countries and cities, all the while experiencing some of your favorite DJs in the process, some of which you may never get the chance to see back at home. From all over the globe, we give you nine of the most unforgettable festival escapes worth the flight:

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deadmau5 Offers Free Download of “stuff i used to do” with 13 Unreleased Tracks

Today, Friday, February 24, and for one week only, deadmau5 has teamed up with WeTransfer for the release of stuff i used to do, a collection of sixteen previously unreleased tracks.

Download the first 13 tracks now, here. Beginning Friday, March 3 stuff i used to do will be available at all digital retailers, and will include three exclusive tracks.

The collection, which is also available to all via the WeTransfer homepage, comes as a celebration of deadmau5 as an independent artist that can choose to offer free music to his fans at will.

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The Need for Sustainability in Today’s Music Industry

More and more artists are prioritizing the need for sustainability in today’s music industry. They are slowly transforming music parties into greener more environment-friendly festivals. It all begins with small initiatives such the single-use of plastic bottles and the technology that allows tour trucks to utilize sustainable biodiesel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In ecology, sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely and as part of the ecosystem. It is up to each one of us that inhabit this beautiful planet to do our part to help attain homeostasis without causing further harm to the environment. More importantly in our industry, it’s imperative for each one of us to to act out and promote the need for sustainability.

As a producer, you can help out by producing more environment-friendly festivals and put a stop on wasteful party practices. Here are some of the biggest festivals that have adopted the “leave no trace behind” policy and practices recycling and other means just to cut down C02 emissions: Grassroots, Outside Lands, Sweet Life, Lollapalooza, and Lighting In A Bottle in the States, or DGTL in Amsterdam. There’s plenty more out there, with festivals, big and small, old and new, rising to the occasion to forward as many green initiatives as they can.

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