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Experimental and obscure musical instruments from the bygone era


We all know about the Theremin (right?) but have you heard of the Pyrophone? … Ondes Martenot? The Cristal Baschet? What about the American Photoplayer?

via The Vintage News

When it comes to musical instruments and music, there is no limit to people’s creativity and imagination. Literally everything around us can be used as an instrument, as a means to produce sound. Music has been an inseparable part of human existence since the beginning of our evolution.

Throughout history, musicians and instrument makers have been experimenting with different ways of producing sound and melody. Some of the contraptions created have become a standard in the musical world. The others, the ones that are more experimental or obscure, are pushing the borders of sound and inspiring musicians to pursue new horizons.

Take the deep dive into this wacky world here

Resident Advisor Praises Together

It was hard not to marvel at what Together has created in the last nine years.

As Boston’s Together festival closed last month, we were again put into the spotlight by the arbiter of the world dance music community: Resident Advisor.

In the article, Drum and Bass legend Lenore is respectfully named “one of Boston’s most important DJs,” Houseboi is now an “opening-night tradition,” recent SF transplant Aaron Jen is lauded for his “masterclass” of an opening set, and the mighty DJ Kon is (obviously) the “edit master.”

Click here for more on our scene and thank you to Resident Advisor and Andrew Ryce for making a little noise about our part of the global community… We shall return September 22nd-29th!

DJ Knife Creates 50-Song, Hour-Long Mix

Our beloved DJ instructor DJ Knife is certainly a Boston hero. For one, his Fresh Produce clubnight has brought countless of legends to town and for two, his “Strange Brew” mix CD series has lit up eardrums for thousands.

And now DigBoston, the city’s long-standing alternative weekly, has chosen to shine the light on Fresh Produce 6… his newest mix which was released in collaboration with Down the Road Brewing. (Ironically, using a recipe from the now-sober Knife).

It’s like playing a video game over and over again until you beat it and get it perfect. That’s the only way I can describe it. I’ll probably practice that full hour 30 times.

Read about his Down The Road Brewing IPA at DigBoston.

LISTEN to this astonishing mix that includes everything from LCD Soundsystem to A Tribe Called Quest to Fleetwood Mac to Flying Lotus (!!!)

Party this Saturday!

Sonic Faction Releases a Free Probability Pack for Ableton

Like, whoa:

Probability Pack is a set of five innovative step sequencers and idea generators that add controlled randomization to any composition and performance process. Each sequencer has a unique way of introducing subtle or extreme randomization to patterns for unpredictable outcomes.

The pack includes Melodic Probability, Rhythmic Probability, and something called “Dr. Chaos”

Probability Pack is FREE for all Live 10 Suite users (or Live 10 Standard + Max for Live). Visit the Probability Pack page on Ableton.com to learn more about it and download it for free.

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