Who is Robert Hood?

For those unfamiliar with the techno icon who is playing the 13th Anniversary of Make It New this week, it quite impossible to sum up his career, but this Resident Advisor interview from 2014 (by one-time Boston resident, and Make It New guest DJ, Will Lynch), does a pretty good job.

It’s my goal and my life’s ambition and my vision to give, to bring water and bring food to all who want to listen.

The icon speaks very highly of the music of his parents, the sounds of Pac Man, and the famous Detroit radio DJ, the Electrifying Mojo, who, as Lynch says: “may have had more influence on techno than anyone who ever lived.”

You were designed to do great things. But a lot of people go to the grave not knowing that, not realizing their dreams and their visions, having them manifested and come to pass.

Read the full interview here (one which, according to one comment, might bring you to tears), or just experience the music for yourself this Thursday.

Free Stuff Friday from Ableton

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Today, in honor of Free Stuff Friday, Ableton is giving away a bunch of free content from drum loops to classic 909 grooves made famous from Detroit Techno. Ableton teamed up with AskAudio to create a new series entitled “Electronic Artists Revealed”, which is going to have a select few artists release courses on a number of topics such as live performance, sound design, and how they accomplish all of it. This week, Deepchild, Miro Pajic, and Marc Smith released analog synth loops, drum kits, and effects in celebration of the new series. You can pick up the free sounds here!

Deepchild
Deepchild

 

Ableton also released a 909 Grooves and a Detroit Techno pack that can both be downloaded for free. The 909 Grooves pack is a Live Set that’s readily usable for mixing and matching different drum parts so be sure to check them out!

That’s not all, Ableton is also giving away Midular, which is a set of modular Max for Live devices for MIDI control and sequencing. Many of these devices are very simple yet extremely useful like the quantizer for live input. You can download Midular for free here!

All of these packs are available for free download on the original Ableton blog. If you are interested in learning more about Ableton and how to produce music or perform with it, be sure to check out MMMMaven’s music production classes!

John Barera releases new 12″ with Will Martin

john bareraMmmmaven artist John Barera has a new 12″ release with Will Martin out soon via Dolly Records.

John Barera & Will Martin delivering some straight up & effective no-nonsense house music on Dolly 18! Three powerful and euphoric contemporary club tracks with both that classic club feel and that esoteric Detroit touch, effectively combining the best of both worlds.

Check out further info and preview the new tracks here.

John also runs his own label, Supply Records, and is releasing a new EP himself, Supply 008, in the weeks ahead. You can preview that set via Soundcloud:

Want to be like John Barera? Check out Mmmmaven’s course offerings today.