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Gear: In the Studio: Surgeon

When it comes to techno, Anthony Child commands a level of respect that few artists can match. Since moving to Birmingham in the late '80s, he's released records as Surgeon via esteemed labels like Downwards, Tresor, and Blueprint, though he most recently issued his first solo record in over three years through Belgian imprint Token. This, coupled with the announcement of a six-part reissue series compiling some of his early material from old DAT tapes, got us thinking about the time in between and how Child has managed to keep his studio an exciting place throughout a 20-year career. Having recently been experimenting with a new modular set-up, the UK producer was more than happy to share some of the ups and downs he's experienced along the way, and during the course of our conversation, he also touched upon the art of live performance and the importance of taking on new challenges. Read more » 

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  • 10/29/2014

Gear: Review: Komplete Kontrol S-Series Keyboards

For a company that’s been churning out software synthesizers and emulations of acoustic instruments for nearly 20 years, it's somewhat remarkable that Native Instruments has never released its own keyboard MIDI controller. Apparently five years in the making, the Komplete Kontrol S-Series is just that: they are controllers built to integrate seamlessly with the Komplete suite of VST instruments and effects using NI;s Komplete Browser and "Native Map" technology. Along with a high-quality keybed, "Light Guide" play modes, a great arpeggiator, and some smart, physics-enabled touch sliders, the S-Series keyboard is a very impressive piece of kit. Read more » 

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  • 10/27/2014

Gear: Artist Tips: Matom Shares Five of Its Key Production Philosophies

Earlier this year, the world was introduced to Matom, a collaborative project from Thomas Gandey and Radio Slave (a.k.a. Matt Edwards). The pair started its run in grand fashion, issuing an LP, 'Love Mistakes,' via Carl Craig's Planet E label. (Originally released on vinyl over the summer, the record was given a wider release on CD and digital formats last month.) Clearly created by veteran artists who know their way around the studio, 'Love Mistakes' is packed with lengthy explorations that often only lightly reference house while incorporating elements of jazz, new age, and a myriad of smoothly introspective sounds. Given that so much knowledge went into the record, we figured its creators might be willing to share a bit of it with the XLR8R audience, and enlisted Gandey to spell out a few of the artistic and production philosophies that he and Edwards have relied upon over the years. Read more » 

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  • 10/22/2014

Gear: Pioneer DJ Launches KUVO

Pioneer DJ has launched KUVO, a website and app which gives DJs the ability to broadcast real-time set lists, and fans the chance to see exactly what certain selectors are playing, whether or not they are actually on the dancefloor. Read more » 

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  • 10/15/2014

Gear: Native Instruments Reveals Details of Traktor Kontrol S8

After teasing the unit last month, Native Instruments has today fully unveiled the Kontrol S8, a "flagship all-in-one Traktor" controller set to hit stores later this month. Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Gear: Moog's Werkstatt Synthesizer Kit Sees Wide Release

Moog's Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Kit was (as its lengthy name implies) originally made for use in a workshop series that took place at the 2014 edition of Moogfest earlier this year. Following that, the kit has been available only at select shops, that is until now, with the announcement from Moog that the "patchable, 100% analog synthesizer" kit will see a full release. Read more » 

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  • 10/09/2014

Gear: In the Studio: Chancha Via Circuito

Back in 2007, those looking to find Pedro Canale, the musician who records as Chancha Via Circuito, could most easily find him sitting in the back at Zizek, a weekly club night in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. (The night would eventually spawn a label and is known these days as ZZK.) There was a party goin' on, but underneath the noise and flash sat Chancha, patiently manning the merch table and selling a handful of releases from local producers and DJs. The best thing on offer happened to be the smallest item on the table: his own debut EP, which was only available as a 3" mini CD-R. Those five exquisite songs shaped fragments of South American folk into lucid-dream beat loops, the music aware of contemporary electronic production trends and a dubwise approach to space, but not beholden to either. While many of his peers in the emergent Buenos Aires scene were making mashups or cumbia dancefloor edits, Canale was crafting subtler tunes, unhurried combinations of bass, drums, and melody that seemed simple but always left the room's air charged with energy. Read more » 

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  • 10/09/2014

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