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Video Games Are Influencing A Generation of Music Innovators

A lot of my drums are just people picking up new ammo and weapons in games. — Burial

Mixmag goes underground with our friends Ikonika, Tokimonsta, and–well, maybe someday–Burial in a grand expose on video game music’s influence on the latest sounds.

Rustie is another artist who flipped perceptions of dance music on their head and ushered in a new generation of producers with his 2011 record ‘Glass Swords’ arriving stylistically similar to, and packed full of hyperactive noises from games such as Zelda.

Of course, Mmmmaven’s five-year mission is to support the unification of music and technology, and articles like this make every sense in the world.

Just take this quote from Make It New alum Ikonika: “My life feels more like a game than a movie. Music is the biggest game I’m playing.”

Much, much, MUCH more at Mixmag.

Gilles Peterson Interviews The Black Madonna

What happens when one of our favorite DJs interviews one of our favorite DJs?

“Something happens, the room snaps and it’s almost a supernatural experience.”

Gilles Peterson interviews The Black Madonna, aka American DJ and producer Marea Vierge-Noire. She discusses falling out love with her craft, then rediscovering her passion and restarting her career at some of the most famous clubs in the world. They also talk about overcoming nerves, dealing with awful gigs and the parallels between religion and house music. Presented by WeTransfer Studios.

Instrumental Instruments: Atari ST

This RBMA series on important music-making devices continues with the personal computer that was the first major step in the democratization of electronic music production.

“I was a bit shocked when I saw people use the Atari ST for things other than music. I almost forgot that it was a home computer.”

“I’d get a phone call from Jean-Michel Jarre asking technical questions. It was an honour to talk to him, but I didn’t have a clue what I was saying.”

“There were these crazy records coming out, and this was only possible because of the Atari.”

Read much much more at RBMA Daily.

Alummmmni: Richard Nordin

Richard Nordin was an army brat originally from Pittsburgh, who eventually found himself going to school in Worcester, MA. The mundane, seemingly nonexistent, nightlife scene in Worcester motivated him to finish school as quickly as possible, which would allow him to relocate to Boston, where the nightlife scene was thriving, full of life, creativity, and diversity.

He got his start DJing at the underground venue Red Tail in Manchester, NH. After attending Mmmmaven’s Make It New events, it sparked his interest in producing music. He loved the focus on underground music at Make It New, which led him to take music production classes at Mmmmaven. He not only took Production 101 and 102, but he took them twice.

“The producers I studied with were really gifted and intelligent and I could come in looking at any particular genre and the teachers would bend to whatever genre I wanted to learn production skills in.”

Nordin has gone on to play at Burning Man and notes Kink and House of Prayers as a couple of his musical influences. His long term goal is to utilize his knowledge and creativity to create music for the underground music scene. He started Houseboi, an event held the first Wednesday every month, which he also manages. It features performances that include singing, burlesque, drag, and is queer friendly. The characters are colorful, and the show is welcoming to all humans and their friends.

His advice for anyone interested in learning how to DJ or produce: put in the time, take plenty of notes, do your homework, and treat it like a second job.

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