Why You Should Hire a Musician

via The Undercover Recruiter by Anne Fitzgibbon

“As founder and Executive Director of the Harmony Program, an organization that brings music-making into under-served New York City communities, I have seen hundreds of young people develop not only instrumental facility and music appreciation, but also a broad base of life skills that contribute to their long-term success – academically, socially, and professionally. Among the many skills and habits they strengthen through the study and performance of music, three of the most important involve…”

… What are they? Click here to find out!

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New Confute Aperture EP + Two Hour Mix

Irish techno maven Gary Curran, aka Confute, has a new EP out! And to celebrate, he’s engaged us with an 2-hour DJ mix. Using 27 tracks in all, Curran (formerly of the Japanese Popstars), masterfully weaves in originals from his brand-new Aperture EP.

LISTEN:

Confute comes showcasing his mastery of balancing dark against light on his second release, Aperture, for Four One Records.

Opening track “Aperture” is tense, teasing techno, pieced together perfectly to pound any soundsystem. Once the bass opens, you are undoubtedly hooked in for the ride.

The heartbeat like hypnotism of “Hummer” is almost an anxious affair, laced with twisting arpeggiators that wander effortlessly in and through the haunting atmospherics and whispers.

“Frugal” is filled with little layers of bells dancing along to the summer warmth. Simple and yet beautiful.

Closing off the EP is “Syzygy”, a dark pursuit into the unknown, creating a memorable spacious feel.

There is more than enough variation in the Aperture EP for everyone to enjoy.

Having previously released 3 Albums, with Gung Ho, EMI and Bedrock, and an ever increasing remix catalogue for artists such as Beyonce, Groove Armada, Pete Tong, Daft Punk, 30 Seconds To Mars, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, Benny Benassi and Kylie Minogue and more, Gary has decided to bring his individual flare for writing electronic music to the forefront as Confute.

#MakeItNew Resident Coralcola on Dublab


“Dying Songs” focuses on melancholic electronic music but isn’t limited to that. Sometimes it gets dark, sometimes I try to mix techno awkwardly, sometimes i get nostalgic… I like stuff that’s dreamy, ghostly, pretty and sad. I’ll try out new productions of my own, as well. I’m keeping it pretty open and we’ll see how it evolves.”

Make It New resident DJ Coralcola turned in a dreamy, droney mix for legendary internet radio station Dublab and its long-time resident DNTEL aka Jimmy Tamborello. It includes a few of his own unreleased tracks alongside some folks who have visited Boston over the year… Tracklist is below.

Listen to the mix on dublab.com here

coralcola – slowmobile – unreleased
mukqs – v on shenton – hausu mountain
kaitlyn aurelia smith – i will make room for you – western vinyl
internet club – pure trance – self released
coralcola – live jazz – unreleased
xyr – arcana – not not fun
lapalux – smoke streams – brainfeeder
auscultation – laces – 1080p
palmbomen ii – dreams always come true – beats in space
ghettohousedrummachine – suadade – infinite pleasure
central – pillow peace – dekmantel
2 responsible – warm for a long time – asl singles club
hannes rasmus – die idee ist gut doch die welt ist schon zu weit – notown
earth trax – deprive me of air – lost palms
dj deep – tuesday record shopping in paris – kaoz theory
ricardo villalobos – dexter (two lone swordsmen mix) – playhouse

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Mikey is next up at Make It New with DJ Seinfeld. Need music for a project? Drop him a line: coralcola@gmail.com

A Soundtrack for Spiritual Awakening

Jon Hopkins makes gentle music with hidden depths.

Celebrated music writer Kelefa Sanneh reviews Jon Hopkins new album Singularity for the New Yorker. Mr. Hopkins was the first artist we collaborated on bringing to Boston five years ago.

[Singularity] is both the gentlest and the most epic of Hopkins’s career. — Kelefa Sanneh

Sanneh talks about Hopkins‘ early on being “seduced by the Roland TB-303,” how Singularity signaled his transition from Logic into Ableton, and which Spotify playlists he comes up on.

As an inspiration for our school, and for many of our students, Hopkins’ release is something to celebrate to be sure. After the 6 years and 7 months (!!) since we brought the acclaimed producer to Great Scott, we’re happy to see him remain

one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation

and be

one of music’s great minds operating in peak form.

Start your musical journey today: polina@mmmmaven.com.