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Gear: In the Studio: Matmos

Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt, who together form the group Matmos, have spent most of their production career seeking out unconvential concepts and sound sources to use within their adventerous electronic works, resulting in a discography that is rarely stale and consistently unique. For their latest record, The Marriage of True Minds, Daniel and Schmidt enlisted volunteers to participate in the Ganzfeld experiment, in which Daniel would attempt to telepathicly transmit the sound of Matmos' then-unmade record to the participants, whose descriptions of what they heard in their head would in turn serve as the blueprint for the album's tracks. In the process, subjects reported back everything from sloshing buckets of water to the sound of triangles and synthetic strings, leading Matmos to incorporate a wide range of unexpected elements while making their record. In order to gain some insight into exactly how it all worked, we visited Daniel and Schmidt in their basement studio in Baltimore—the duo's adopted hometown since relocating from San Francisco six years ago—and picked the veteran sonic adventurers' brains about their unconventional process and quirky set of tools. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

Gear: Take a Look Inside Mouse on Mars' Studio

It's been almost a year since Mouse on Mars' Parastrophics LP (which you can still stream in full here, by the way) saw a release through Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Still, the pioneering pair of electronic musicians have hardly been resting in the interim, and—as Resident Advisor found out in its latest Machine Love feature—the group's studio is still as top-notch as ever, its users still bursting with seasoned wisdom. Read more » 

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  • 02/15/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Live 9 and Push Release Date, Reason's Figure App, Bob Moog Foundation on Synthesis, and More

Other than the big news from Ableton that Live 9 and Push finally have a release date, it appears we may be in the midst of a post-NAMM slowdown in the world of music-production gear. Now that all the company's new products have been announced, it's time for them to figure out how exactly to get their various toys into the hands of users in the months to come. Still, we've managed to round up a few useful bits, such as updates to Propellerhead's Figure app, a guide to the fundamentals and history of synthesis from the Bob Moog Foundation, and the Point Blank Institute offers up a tutorial breaking down the key elements of Todd Terje's phenomenal "Inspector Norse" tune. Read more » 

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  • 02/15/2013

Gear: Ableton Announces Release Date for Live 9 and Push

Somewhat unexpectedly and without much fanfare, Ableton has announced a joint release date for Live 9 and the company's first ever hardware controller, Push. Read more » 

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  • 02/14/2013

Gear: Carl Craig, Legowelt, John Tejada, and More to Feature in Modular Synth Doc; Watch the Trailer Now

Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm (also known by his production handle Solvent) have compiled a wide range of interviews and gear-porny footage for I Dream of Wires, a feature-length documentary which navigates the mysterious world of modular synthesizers and their passionate users. Read more » 

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  • 02/11/2013

Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Inside Teebs' Studio, Faderfox UC3, Bleep Drum, Traktor App, and Maschine Contest

Some interesting and rather compact new gear was introduced to the world this week courtesy of Faderfox and Bleep Labs, while Native Instruments hinted at a forthcoming Traktor app for iPad. Meanwhile, XLR8R visited Teebs' SoCal bedroom studio and teamed up with Native Instruments to give away 10 custom Maschines. Catch up with all of that business and more in this week's music tech wrap-up. Read more » 

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  • 02/08/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Teebs

Without question, Teebs (a.k.a. Mtendere Mandowa) is still a young guy, but in the context of LA's constantly renewing beat scene, the Brainfeeder affiliate is practically a grizzled veteran. Over the past few years, he's quietly assembled an impressive discography, one that frequently pairs lush melodies with shambling drum patterns to glorious effect. That said, 2012 was a relatively quiet year for Teebs, as he only offered up the Cecilia Tapes Collection, a compilation of unmastered raw cuts, loops, and sketches. Curious about the progress of his new music and armed with a series of questions about his gear set-up and production methods, we recently made the trek to Teebs' home studio, situated in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood. As we snapped photos of his workspace, Teebs not only shed some light on a potential new solo album and his collaborative Sons of the Morning project with Prefuse 73, but he also told us about everything from his early days as a producer to his ongoing search for crappy toy keyboards. Read more » 

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  • 02/06/2013

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