Make It New with Matthew Dear (DJ Kicks Release Party)

A man of many musical hats, Texas born, Detroit raised Matthew Dear has a wide reaching discography that takes in face melting techno as Jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion. Often with a gothic slant and full of curiousness, his pensive but playful music is an intoxicating distillation of many different influences, often with his own stylized vocals at the center.

“There are snippets of friends and family strewn throughout the mix. A lot of the vocal interludes you hear are from a portable recorder I’ve carried with me over the years.”

As co-founder of both Ghostly International and Spectral Sound, Matthew Dear has also been responsible for some of the underground scene’s most exciting new music, plenty of which appears here. Now more than 15 years, five albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed and always evolving career, Dear is exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal DJ-Kicks series so special.

Included along the way are three brand new and exclusive cuts from Dear himself, one under his own name and two as Audion. They are typically weird and intriguing cuts that tie the whole unhinged and freaky mix together. Also helping to add to the left-of-centre afterparty vibe are inclusions by artists as diverse as Thatmanmonkz and Matrixxmann, ItaloJohnson and Pearson Sound, Randomer and Simian Mobile Disco.

“I always have a lot of unreleased music laying around, those I included on here seemed to fit. A mix like this is always a good place to showcase my own productions, but I didn’t want to oversaturate it with my own stuff.”

Wholly timeless yet totally of its time, this is the first new work from Dear in a while. Once again, though, it proves that he is a master of subversion; someone who can head down a brain frying techno warren then effortlessly onto raw machine grooves via left of centre synth ditties and kaleidoscopic house music. In his considered hands, they all make perfect sense.

“I wanted to create a mix that could be listened to anywhere, and reflect a little bit of everything that I play. Whether you’re in your car, preparing to open the club, or having a bottle of wine with friends at home, this mix is for you.”

Make It New with Matthew Dear (DJ Kicks Release Party) [2/16]
with resident Mike Swells

Thursday Feb 16, 2017
Middlesex Lounge
Cambridge, MA
02139
9pm / 21+ $10 before 10:30 / $20 after

Tove Lo Profile at Time Out New York

Time Out New York has a great profile on the Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo. Subtitled “The hard-partying, never-say-sorry Swedish pop star who’s primed to take over the States on her own terms,” it’s a complete illustration of the star on the rise.

“I do whatever I want. If I wanted to be bigger, I’d have to be more polished, but I wouldn’t be happy. It’s my choice.”

Read this more on this compelling story at Time Out.

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How To Create Templates in Ableton Live

New year, new tutorial! Here our Ableton instructor Subalias walks you through a five-minute lesson in how to make the standard template in Ableton Live:

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In this workshop, will we explore the basics of Ableton Live. The focus will be on the aspects of Live that set it apart from other Digital Audio Workstations.

8 Ways to Make Music Online

While it is practical to use various types of computer software to produce high-caliber music, it has been found that webpages online can also enable quality music production. Musicradar‘s  surfed the Internet to find some of the  best sites to create music through a web browser. He relayed his findings to Musicradar, and it’s a good idea to mark his recommended websites in your “bookmarks” folder.

1. AudioTool

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AudioTool has been a staple production website for a long time, but with its constant updates, the site is essentially brand new. “The easy-to-use interface enables you to rig up Roland-style drum machines and synths and route them through Boss-style stomp boxes and into a virtual mixing desk. Some basic DAW functions – including a piano roll display – enable you to program or record MIDI,” says Cornell.

2. Soundation Studio

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Equipped with rudimentary synths as well as a drum sounds, Soundation has all of the basics for music production. Plus, it allows users to include live recordings into production. Cornell praises the website by saying, “the layout and options should be familiar to anyone who has a passing interest in music production. The basic package comes pre-loaded with over 700 loops and samples, which can be bolstered by reasonably-priced packs that are available from the online store.” [MORE HERE]

3. Audio Sauna

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Cornell notes the uncanny resemblance between Audio Sauna and GarageBand, and applauds the websites basic tools. “Sound-wise, there are good FM and analogue synths and also a sampler which covers drums and a few other instruments. You can load your own samples into the sampler and apply distortion, chorus and looping. Songs and tracks can be exported as WAV files or saved for future recall,” says Cornell. [MORE HERE]

4. Soundtrap

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With Soundtrap, users can create a maximum of five music projects. The site makes sharing and collaborating on music simple for everyone. “The loops, effects and instruments are solid… Recording external sounds is easy. Sharing a project opens up your song for friends to edit…Once your tune is complete, hit the ‘publish’ button and it’s automatically mastered and uploaded for the community to hear and comment on,” says Cornell.

5. PulseBoy

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Pulseboy is available both online and offline. Cornell praises the site for its genuine 8-bit sounds and ability to save projects for later. Cornell states that, “the interface is designed to mimic the classic Nintendo Game Boy and features basic controls and graphics. Across the 16 tracks you can assign simple waveforms and noise, tweaking volume, panning and low/high frequency cutoff. Then it’s simply a case of tapping out your notes on your computer keyboard.” [MORE HERE]

6. Viktor NV-1

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The simplicity of the Viktor NV-1 is one of the sites major attractions. Easy to operate and fairly understandable, the site is perfect to learn the fundamentals of keyboard synths. “It comes with 30 presets and you can save and load your own. Common waveforms can be assigned to the 3 oscillators and shaped with an LFO and envelopes. The onboard compressor, delay and reverb units thicken up the sound,” says Cornell. [MORE HERE]

7. WebSynths

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“Another 3-oscillator synth but with a completely different look to most. Programmed by Mitch Wells, the main features of this instrument are the envelope shaping and the 136 presets, most of which sound pretty impressive,” says Cornell about WebSynths. The website allows users to transform their music into something completely new though distortion, compression and other post-processing aspects. [MORE HERE]

8. Patchwork

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A site for those more advanced in music production, Patchwork offers all of the instrumental amenities anyone could ever need. “Unless you’re familiar with analogue synth architecture you might initially struggle with the steep learning curve, but perseverance will pay off. If nothing else, this site is a fantastic emulation of an old-school patchbay and demonstrates what previous generations of synth engineers had to contend with just to create a simple sound,” says Cornell. [MORE HERE]

Cornell’s findings are useful for anyone. Novices and experts alike will benefit from these sites in different ways, allowing them to create insanely good music.

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