Live 10 Tutorial with Subalias

In this tutorial, our instructor Mitchell Owens (aka Subalias) will be showing you how to use basic FM synthesis in one of Ableton‘s stock synths to create a nice pluck bass.

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Make It New Announces 2018 International Residencies

Beautiful Swimmers from DC and British talent Palms Trax land in Boston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — [Cambridge, MA] — After hosting George Fitzgerald and Martyn for 2017, the Make It New party is announcing two new residencies for 2018: the London-born Berliner Palms Trax and dynamic DC duo Beautiful Swimmers.

The artists will make regular engagements at the Middlesex Lounge throughout the year, bringing their unique perspective on modern music regularly to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since his beloved “Cooking with Palms Trax” show on Berlin Community Radio, Jay Donaldson a/k/a Palms Trax has played from South America to Australia. His announcement to settle in Boston for a spell comes with similar engagements in Glasgow and Bordeaux.

Beautiful Swimmers most recently spelled in Boston for Together, holding a record fair in partnership with Martyn and closing the 2017 festival down. Rated 2016’s “Best DJs in the World” by Vice (Thump) Magazine — they earned it by being completely obsessed with finding and releasing, and loving, music. They will be visiting Boston regularly from their home in Washington, DC.

“Make It New already has three great resident DJs,” says Mmmmaven CEO and Make It New booking agent Alexander Maniatis, “but these three really add something totally different.” Having just celebrated 13 years of weekly parties, Make It New is hosted by Polina Starobinets, Managing Director of Mmmmaven (simply pronounced “maven”), the DJ school based up the street in Central Square.

Ari and Andrew (Beautiful Swimmers) are selectors who always… always… play amazing music you’ve never heard before and Jay (Palms Trax) is booked at the world’s best events. We’re are so happy they’ve committed to us for 2018.

The DJs of Make It New, Baltimoroder (Erik Pearson), Coralcola (Mikey Lee), and Mike Swells have recently been highlighted themselves. From the Honey Soundsystem Podcast of DJ Mike Swells to Baltimoroder and Coralcola getting inside international music site Resident Advisor (and gathering 3,500 plays in the process).

It all amounts to a bevy of musical riches to the Greater Boston community.

Palms Trax will begin his sojourn on February 22nd, while the Beautiful Swimmers’ residency launches March 1st, 2018.

As they say: Stay tuned.


Make It New with Beautiful Swimmers [12/15]

For the description of week’s #MakeItNew event, we thought we’d just leave it to the wordsmiths at Resident Advisor.

If you’re ever feeling down on dance music, go to a Beautiful Swimmers gig.

Andrew Field-Pickering (AKA Max D) and Ari Goldman have been going back-to-back since the late ’00s, and they’re among the most animated DJs in the game, hammering home the fun and physicality of their selections by dancing and wearing ear-to-ear smiles.

They’re also serious record collectors—when they’re not traveling, Goldman and Field-Pickering work in record stores, and their time spent in the bins shows in their sets. Over the years, the duo have used house music as a foundation to explore Baltimore club, jungle, post-punk and other unclassifiable delights.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves 😀

Make It New with Beautiful Swimmers [12/15]
+ resident Baltimoroder
Thursday December 15, 2016
Middlesex Lounge
9pm / 21+ / $10 Before 11pm / $15 After

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RIP David Mancuso

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By every account, 2016 has been an awful year. Yet, this morning we woke up to the news that dance culture pioneer David Mancuso had passed. Much like Frankie Knuckles in 2014, it is a devestating blow. Here is a 7-hour set from Mancuso in his style:

You’ll notice how he doesn’t mix, just plays (beautiful) songs. He was a DJ before there were DJs. He was a cultural pioneer that provided a safe space before “safe spaces” even existed. He created The Loft in 1970. The party was called “Love Saves the Day“:

Clubs are set up for the purpose of making money. This is not what The Loft is about. The Loft is about putting on a party and making friends. That doesn’t mean you can’t put on a party and make friends in a club, but these places are structured to make a profit, and that’s a whole different head. Without a doubt, that has a bearing on how things happen and how far things can go.

For me The Loft is all about social progress.

Mancuso would then go on to start one of the very first “record pools,” the modern equivalent of a file-sharing system. Such members of the record pool? Tony Humphries, François Kevorkian, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, and Nicky Siano … LEGENDS.

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In the newly released book, Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor 1980-83 (which we have already ordered for our library, make no mistake), Mancuso gets a good chunk:

davidmancusoMancuso’s party was the “complete opposite” of Studio 54, where dancers would buy expensive outfits in order to be somebody and narcissism reigned. “The Loft wasn’t about your dress and attire,” he explains. “It was about being communal.” Dancers wore functional T-shirts, military-style gas pants, and either Capezio jazz-dance shoes or five-dollar Chinese slippers.

David Mancuso was nothing more than a seminal figure in modern music, setting the table for disco, boogie, house, and, well, most of the music you love today. For a complete telling of Mancuso, visit discomusic.com.

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