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Win A 1 Year Pass For The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

This is a great chance for all you classical music buffs…
Since the opening of the Digital Concert Hall in 2008, the Berliner Philharmoniker have broadcasted more than 250 concerts live.
Nearly all the great conductors and soloists of this time and more than 1,000 works can be found in the concert archive of the Digital Concert Hall.

A particular emphasis of the current season is the film section, which has been expanded to include numerous documentary films on current topics – such as the concert »Violins of Hope« and Wim Wenders’s portrait of the Philharmonie.

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall video streams classical music concerts to your tablet, smartphone, smartTV or PC.
You can test the service for free (to make sure your connection is fast enough) and subscribe for €14.90/month or 149.00 €/year (also available, 7 and 30 days options).

A unique look
I’ve been at the Philharmonie, and nothing beats being there BUT… the Digital Concert Hall offers a unique (and much closer) look at the orchestra’s performance.
The streaming service is rock solid, and you can capture every nuance of what’s happening on stage (not to mention the interviews with directors and musicians, the archive, etc.).

Trust me, if you love (classical) music, the Digital Concert Hall is simply a must!
This is why we’re really excited to offer you the chance of winning 3 12 Month Tickets (149.00 € value!)

How to win
Enter the competition following the instructions below.
Pro Tip: boost your chances using all social options (FB and Twitter) ;-)

The competition expires on October 7th at 12:00 AM Berlin Time. Good luck!

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You Should Listen to Fuzzy Cut-up Goodness, Heavy Techno from Annie Hall [Detroit Underground]

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Annie Hall — Random Paraphilia EP PROMO from annie hall on Vimeo.

Spanish-born, Windsor-based producer/DJ Annie Hall is always something special, a gift to techno and experimental music.

Pushing her digital sound to the edge, she can sharpen her sound to glitch, fuzz, but always with a sense of warmth and intimacy. It’s cut tightly, but manages to tread techno-electro paths in its asymmetrical grooves. There’s never an absence of forward motion: like one of those crazy new robotic insects, all the complex kinetic action somehow makes it sprint.

And then, as she does this summer, she can head straight into the best possible, dubby, dark techno, spinning, swinging basslines grinding hypnotically in the shadows.

She’s on … too many labels to remember. She’s working with Kero on Riverside Manufacturing (RVSD), making limited vinyl. And she’s all over the planet, one of those rare relentlessly evergreen artists.

Somehow today I found myself revisiting the promo for the 2013 EP at top, Random Paraphilia, which reveals some of her IDM-ish side. It’s just splendid, with remixes by Richard Devine, Gerard Hanson aka E.R.P, and Valance Drakes. See the video at top, with perfect hyper-future-broken-glitch motion graphics by dmas3.

And then there’s what she’s cooking up this summer, the “Overlook” EP on Torque, with remixes by Truncate (U.S.A.) and Aiken (Spain):

Find them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/torquemusic — and grab the record on Beatport.

So, let’s just get through the middle of the week by queuing up more, shall we?

Think Stormtroopers more than Diane Keaton when you hear her name. And don't expect her to give up any rebel secrets, really. Photo of the artist, courtesy the artist.

Think Stormtroopers more than Diane Keaton when you hear her name. And don’t expect her to give up any rebel secrets, really. Photo of the artist, courtesy the artist.

From 2012 — though to me, her sound holds up any old time — she coupled a gorgeous remix of Scan7′s “Mental Reaction” with an eerie, hyperreal iPhone film of the Detroit People Mover.

Scan7 — Mental Reaction — Annie Hall remix from annie hall on Vimeo.

That impromptu film became the basis of another motion graphics masterpiece by Dmas3, for the remix Valance Drakes “DSM-5″ on the same Random Paraphilia EP.

Annie Hall / DSM-5 Valance Drakes rmx. DU™ from dmas3 on Vimeo.

All of this tends to glitch, hard-edged intersections of digital surfaces colliding, images deteriorating into flurries of pixels, rhythms fashioned from hyperactive electronic transformations. If it seems to lend itself to real-time exploration, that’s just what Johannes Poell of Austria did, working in the gaming environment Unity 3D.

IGNITE from Johannes Poell on Vimeo.

IGNITE is an audio-reactive realtime environment built in unity3D.
it was realized in a cooperative effort with the almighty orihaus! noctuelles.net
It utilizes Richard Devine’s remix of Annie Hall’s track Bandit 28930 to drive animations, camera movement, …
(for this particular incarnation shown here).
oh and… this is a 25fps capture of a 60 frames per second realtime demo.
(hardware would actually allow more, graphic card caps at 60.)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

CPU’s video for “Symphora” takes these sots of geometries and makes them more fluid, with equally pleasing effect:

Annie Hall — Symphora from CPU on Vimeo.

But we can do techno, here, too.

In a podcast this month for Japan’s Seven Lounge, she does techno properly — dark, odd, minimal (in a good way), heavy, and with an unmistakable echo of the Detroit sound.

Or there’s the podcast for Reclaim Your City, which might transport you to one of her sets in Berlin’s Tresor or Berghain.

Or go still darker yet with a Dystopian Rhythm podcast from earlier this year:

Or hear her podcasting for aforementioned label Torque:


01.Tunnel_the ritual(corbin davis remix)
02.Ryogo Yamamori — closing
03.Aiken — Eternal Dreamer
04.The Plant Worker — Gamma 04
05. Exium — Fenomen
06. Rene Walther temple of mind (virulent remix)
07. Bodies_in_Pawn — Null (Project 313 Version)
08. Jose Pouj — Occipital (Reeko remix)
09. Garret Dillon Knock original
10. Spherical Coordinates — scjkn-09(Original_Mix)
11. Adam Jay & DJ Shiva — Impossibilities (Ground Loop Probably Remix) [Bonus Track]
12. Mark Broom & James Ruskin — No time soon
13. Christian Wunch Mutation
14. Logotech — Verschrauben
15. Drumcell — Rooted Resentment

In quieter, more candid moments, here’s Annie Hall on her way this summer in a Tokyo tour, in another mobile-documented video made collage. Gentle glitch ambience “Remind” by Direkt Jive, also on Detroit Underground, is a perfect soundtrack to Japan, somehow.

Tokyo with Oto, Lena and Hisashi 2014 from annie hall on Vimeo.

Bringing us full circle, you can grab the Random Paraphilia on Bandcamp:


IDM never died. It just glitched, then evolved, got still more beautifully corrupted — and we got sick of the acronym.

I’ll finish with this, because the track describes the ideal studio setup:

“i made this track last night using Max\MSP, Monome 64, Reaktor5 and beer. Enjoy”


Hope to see her back here in Berlin — or get to Detroit/Windsor one of these days.


Follow her on SoundCloud for the latest — https://soundcloud.com/annie-hall-dj

The post You Should Listen to Fuzzy Cut-up Goodness, Heavy Techno from Annie Hall [Detroit Underground] appeared first on Create Digital Music.


unEarthed Sampling releases “Tension Hits 2” for Kontakt – metal and wood percussion recorded in a hall

Friday, May 9th, 2014

unEarthed Sampling has released Tension Hits 2, the sequel to Soft Tension Hits, a new sample library for Kontakt. Where STH focuses on soft tension filled hits from unlikely sources, TH2 focuses more [Read More]

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Mini Reverb

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Read more about TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Mini Reverb at MusicRadar.com

We first spotted this petite reverb on Guthrie Govan’s pedalboard, and now it’s available to us mere mortals. TC Electronic’s HOF Mini is one of the most compact reverbs on the market – the enclosure’s too small to even display the full pedal name!

However, that means you get just the one control and mono operation only, while the pedal is powered by a nine-volt power supply.

“This is no one-trick pony, though, for the HOF Mini also boasts TC’s innovative TonePrint technology”

This is no one-trick pony, though, for the HOF Mini also boasts TC’s innovative TonePrint technology. By default, the pedal is loaded with a lush hall setting, but through the use of the TonePrint smartphone app, any of the full- sized Hall Of Fame settings and artist-programmed ‘Prints can be beamed into the pedal.

Plus, with the recently updated TonePrint Editor, you can connect the stompbox to your computer and create your own TonePrints by adjusting a wealth of hidden parameters, and even assign which parameter the pedal’s single knob controls.


Like its bigger brother, the HOF Mini’s reverbs are exceptional, and with the TonePrint function there are potentially limitless options available, from short springs to an unparalleled range of modulated ‘verbs. No matter how high you crank the reverberations the pedal’s analogue dry-through ensures your guitar’s natural tone still shines through.

This isn’t the reverb pedal for guitarists who need a lot of sounds on the fly, but if one ‘verb will do you for a gig, and you like the idea of in-depth editing using the TonePrint Editor, the HOF Mini is an inconspicuously impressive bijou reverb.

Read more about TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Mini Reverb at MusicRadar.com



Stirring Solo Vocal + Ableton Push: Thomas Piper, Live at Webster Hall

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Grid and human. Photo courtesy Thomas Piper, live at Webster Hall (New York).

Grid and human. Photo courtesy Thomas Piper, live at Webster Hall (New York).

If the computer can do one thing, it is to vastly expand what a single musician can do live. Whether you rise to that challenge has everything to do with who you are as an individual musician. It’s about the person as much as the machine.

Thomas Piper, Jr. is at his absolute best in a soulful, no-holds-barred, energetic performance New York’s famed Webster Hall. (His son Zion, by the way, is also terrifically talented.) Here, his vocal is front and center far more than the computer, but the digital instrument also supports what he’s doing.

At the Kompakt pop-up recently, I was keenly interested to talk to Blue Hawaii about how they meld live electronics with vocals. We were footsteps from where Ableton Live is developed, but even that tool to me is a means to an end: the fundamental question was how they approach the vocals.

We’ll have the results of that conversation here on CDM soon, but it’s safe to say that Thomas Piper and Blue Hawaii represent different ends of the spectrum of how you might approach this. And that’s little surprise; the dynamic of a duo is very different than a soloist.

Blue Hawaii lets their singer control her own looping and effects separately, while her partner does arrangement. And since he’s only doing arrangement, he mixes, remixes, slices, and adds beats live. Thomas’ approach is more minimal, allowing him to keep his focus on singing — and, crucially, the audience. Live is essentially a machine for backing tracks; you’ll note how neatly-organized his scenes are, and how he keeps triggering simple.

But here’s where Push shines as a controller: you’re always one push-button away from switching between triggering scenes and controlling melodies.I expect that ease in switching modes is something people may emulate on other control layouts, too, once they’ve seen Push.

Thomas is also using Push in the studio; he’s uploaded a video in which he shows how he finishes the work. That’s interesting, too, as Ableton from their very first pitch for Push emphasized starting tracks with the controller. The implication was that you’d turn to the mouse to wrap things up, but it’s nice to see this in contrast.

In a video, he explains how he works with the hardware.

THOMAS PIPER INTERVIEW About Ableton PUSH from Thomas Piper on Vimeo.

And you can’t help but notice the Apple laptop there. This contrasts with the “post-PC” argument now being made about the mainstream market. Whatever is happening to the industry at large, the laptop is still ubiquitous onstage. (And notably, that’s often an Apple laptop.) What’s happened to the laptop in music is a strong case of “laptop and…” The laptop itself fades into the background in the way a mic stand might — and it’s just as essential as equipment. For comparison, see:

The Laptop Revival Is Here. The Laptop Is Dying. [Gizmodo]

That article concedes that specialist audiences will remain just as interested in laptops as always. And that seems to include musicians in a big way.

Back to Thomas Piper, here’s a preview of his record:

And you can buy his trap-themed drum pack, as used here, for ten bucks on his site:
Thomas Piper Store

Thomas Piper Site

The post Stirring Solo Vocal + Ableton Push: Thomas Piper, Live at Webster Hall appeared first on Create Digital Music.


Andreas Vollenweider – The Glass Hall

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Sunrise over Sofia with the beautiful music of Vollenweider.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The Jace Hall Show – Drago vs Creed: The Rematch (9/13/2010)

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

www.youtube.com Click here to watch The Jace Hall Show Season 4 (Brand new episodes!) The Jace Hall Show: Season 3 Episode 02 (9/13/2010) Todd has decided to spearhead the interviews to hire a potentially new assistant/hot chick for the office, while Jace is seeking someone who will actually know how to use a computer. Also at the office, things continue to escalate between Carl Weathers and Dolph Lundgren before it gets taken down to the “arena” to settle the rematch once and for all. Meanwhile at Blizzard, the Captains Hat has taken over the table to restore order, and things at the Cyber Café have taken a deadly turn for the worst. Also Gary “The Smoking Jacket Guy” Grahams personal camcorder tapes are shown for all the world to love and see. HE GOT PWND! For more Jack Hall, check out his website at: www.jacehall.net – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Follow Machinima on Twitter! Machinima twitter.com Inside Gaming twitter.com Machinima Respawn twitter.com Machinima Entertainment, Technology, Culture twitter.com FOR MORE MACHINIMA, GO TO: www.youtube.com FOR MORE GAMEPLAY, GO TO: www.youtube.com FOR MORE SPORTS GAMEPLAY, GO TO: www.youtube.com FOR MORE TRAILERS, GO TO: www.youtube.com FOR MORE MMO & RPG GAMEPLAY, GO TO: www.youtube.com Tags: yt:quality=high Zerofriends alex pardee chadam unreal engine unreal 3 Olivia munn finale corey craig season episode machinima street fighter anthem ultimate music video G4 attack of the show
Video Rating: 4 / 5

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame reverb

Monday, April 9th, 2012

When TC Electronic launched the first of its TonePrint series of pedals last year, the company was getting back to basics and getting all ‘now’ at the same time.

The basics bit was these were compact, pedalboard-friendly, battery-powered stompboxes – a departure from the more complex Nova series. The ‘now’ bit was that the pedals could be constantly re-jigged by loading them with new sounds called TonePrints.

“Adding a reverb pedal to your set-up can open up a range of ambient vistas to explore, and the Hall Of Fame has loads going for it.”

Each pedal, besides the requisite knobs for tweaking, has a small number of selectable sound variations, one of the variations being TonePrint. Each of the sound variations represents a different configuration of a host of internal parameters and the TonePrint facility enables you to load a new configuration of those parameters, designed either by TC itself, or by a range of popular guitar and bass players.

TonePrints are freely available from TC Electronic and can be loaded into the pedal either via a USB computer connection or a free TonePrint app, beamed wirelessly from a smart phone.

The Hall Of Fame is the reverb pedal in the TonePrint range. It has the same form factor as its sibling delay, vibrato, chorus and flanger pedals that we looked at previously before the actual TonePrint loading facility was active. It can run from a 9V battery or
a standard adaptor. Battery access is by removing the pedal baseplate via a large chromed screw that moves easily, once loosened with a coin or screw.

A pair of dipswitches inside the pedal can select between the default true bypass switching and buffered bypass and set a ‘dry kill’ mode so you just get the effect with no dry sound when the pedal is used in an amp’s FX loop.

Operable in stereo as well as in a standard mono guitar pedal array, the Hall Of Fame features controls to set the amount of reverb and how long it takes to decay, plus there’s a very useful tone knob to make the effect darker or brighter. A two-way switch sets whether your reverb has a short or long
pre-delay – long giving a little more breathing space for your notes before the reverb kicks in.

A large rotary switch chooses between 10 different reverb types or the TonePrint. The 10 settings give you all the reverb types you could reasonably want as a guitar player apart from, if you’re into off-the-wall sonics, a reverse reverb.


A spring simulation is often essential for those without one built into their amp, and the HOF’s spring recreates the flavour very well. Elsewhere, the simulations of various real environments add a realistic sense of space while the ambient setting can usefully add a bit of the sort of ‘air’ you might get by moving a microphone a little further out from a speaker cab.

Some will like the modulated delay, others may think there is too much of a chorus effect applied. But that may be where the TonePrints will earn their keep, as there are several different modulated options such as a chorused church and a couple that combine plate reverb with flanging.

The default TonePrint setting that comes with the pedal is a dynamic spring reverb that turns the reverb up and down depending on how loud you play, but TC Electronic has plenty more available. The current set of artist TonePrints includes ones from Paul Gilbert, Troy Van Leeuwen, Soren Andersen, Brett Scallions and Harry McVeigh of White Lies.

OK, these might not all be household-name players, but they’ve come up with some cool sounds – we especially like Troy Van Leeuwen’s Vibrato Spring and Paul Gilbert’s Otis Fieldsgood TonePrint, which adds a nice ambience to sustained notes.


Adding a reverb pedal to your set-up can open up a range of ambient vistas to explore, and the Hall Of Fame has loads going for it. Not least that it’s dead easy to operate, and will take up less space on your pedalboard than any other comparable unit that we can think of.

The jam in the doughnut, though, is the TonePrint facility, which means that you will have a constant source of interesting new reverb sounds.

Read more about TC Electronic Hall Of Fame reverb at MusicRadar.com


Tonehammer releases Montclarion Hall Piano for Kontakt

Monday, October 25th, 2010

25th October 2010: Tonehammer has announced the release of Montclarion Hall Piano for Kontakt. Montclarion Hall Piano was recorded and programmed with 3 mic positions in a large hall, with a bonus prepared piano sect…