In addition to providing education for those who want to upgrade their musical ability through powerful technology channels, and including our production side (which recently brought Bob Moses to Middlesex Lounge), we seek to assist and support Boston’s burgeoning music production scene however we can.
We’re proud to say Boston is home to some fabulous musician/producers, and they’re catching fire. Here’s what is going on with some of them.
About two years ago, our in-house modern music maestro collaborated with Dutch photographer Julie Nymann for “A Song for Echo,” at the Museum of Science Planetarium. Some pretty heavy-hitting art mavens approved and the resulting soundtrack has finally been released. Here’s what elite music critic Philip Sherburne had to say at Pitchfork:
As the album proceeds, it builds into something almost overpowering—an enormous basso throb accompanied by the grating sound of knives being sharpened, metal gates swinging back and forth in the wind; swollen reverb sings the wind-tunnel blues. And then, like a storm passing overhead, it all fades to silence.
Read the rest of the review here. To immerse yourself in the sound (headphone highly recommended) click below:
You might also want to buy the limited-edition white vinyl here.
Ricardo also returned this weekend from a jaunt to NYC, playing as Scuba Death:
Our in-house hip-hop and #dreamclub producer Durkin regularly gigs around Boston, from museums to corporate soirees and back again, but his productions are starting to be wholly recognized by the outside world. Take this tweet for example, where he points out that two of his tracks are in the Beatport Top 100 for hip-hop. Including this gem: “Feel it”:
Read all about his latest release with an interview for Run the Trap:
Who are some of your favorite producers/artists in the game right now?
Shash’u, FS Green, Jailo, Vices, Full Crate, Promnite, SevnthWonder, abhi//dijon, D.R.A.M., Cousin Stizz, Roses Gabor, Branchez, Obey City… I’m sure I’m forgetting tons.
The sheer volume of GOOD music coming out these days is overwhelming.
We couldn’t agree more.
Durkin also is getting attention from across the pond at funkimag.nl. And don’t sleep on his hip-hop productions either. Read what ComplexMag has to say about his latest release with Michael Christmas. On top of all that, Durkin has had copies of his Get Wet mixtape buried with shoes throughout the world. It’s true.
Catch the wave with Durkin Tuesday November 11th with Ryan Hemsworth at the Sinclair.
Doctor Jeep resides in New York, but cut his teeth playing parties up here during a stint at Northeastern. We still chime in with him from time to time and just this Saturday, he played with some of his idols: Pinch and Pangaea (Hessle Audio.).
He seemed to have a pretty good time:
dude, wow. last night in boston was one of my top 3 favorite shows all time. big soundsystem in a small dark room with people who really appreciate the music. big up our uk guests for the insane sets too, never thought i would witness pangaea b2b pinch jungle set at 5am IN BOSTON!!!
On his Facebook page he shared what he played:
Keep an eye out for his new EP coming out in December:
Not to be slept on, Coralcola aka Mikey Lee of Worcester Massachusetts is starting to release some of his own music. He’s long been known to create some cutting-edge electronic ambient darkness, but his latest, “TOAC“, sees him veering into some Oneohtrix Point Never-style glitchyness. Listen to the #MakeItNew resident break it down on this short but powerful EP:
And if you have yet to hear his two-hour essential mix of #MakeItNew he created for Vanyaland you simply must check it out. It’s right here.
We certainly hope you’ve been keeping up with John, our #MakeItNew resident and world-traveler, but now he’s gone and done something wonderful: reciprocated.
In his latest mix, this time for the hugely-respected Boiler Room enterprise, he’s made a mix of all Boston-based producers including Ableton instructor Ali Berger, fellow #MakeItNew resident Baltimoroder and our friend Matt Gravis. In turn, he gives our city a bright light:
Boston is hardly short on musical merit: check Gang Starr’s rough-edged wisdom; the quiet, trembling majesty of Galaxie 500; hell, even Bobby Brown knocked it out the park now and again. But cast an eye over the electronic music scene, and you can count the big hitters on one hand. Armand Van Helden, Kon and Soul Clap have all successfully flown the flag—but even then, it’s relative. Perhaps chalk it up to long shadows cast by fêted hubs like Chicago, Detroit and the NY-NJ sprawl, but the city sells itself curiously short.
Of course there’s more where that came from.
You too can learn in the ways of new music via our Ableton production labs. Email Sarah to start on your career today.