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Gear: Karenn Discusses Live Set-Up in Extensive New Interview

Together as Karenn, Blawan and Pariah have forged a distinct path into the world of hard-edged techno. Though the pair's releases have certainly been impressive, it is Karenn's live show that has done much to build the group's respected reputation—placing both members behind tabletops densely stacked with gear, the duo's live performances have consistently proven to be a visceral mix of free-form hardware techno. Now, in a new interview, Blawan and Pariah have for the first time gone into detail about the gear and techniques which fuel the Karenn collaboration. Read more » 

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  • 05/29/2014

Gear: On Blast - The Audiophiles at Bowers & Wilkins Discuss the Custom Soundsystem They've Built for Primavera Sound

The 2014 edition of Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival kicks off tomorrow, the four-day event once again bringing luminaries of the indie world and an impressive array of electronic talents to the city's Parc del Fòrum. As part of the festival, British hi-fi speaker designers Bowers & Wilkins have created the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System, a colossal, one-of-a-kind speaker set that will power the festival's appropriately titled Bowers & Wilkins + Bolier Room stage, which will host the likes of John Talabot, Andy Stott, Fort Romeau, Demdike Staare, and The Haxan Cloak, among others. Before XLR8R and the Primavera audience have a chance to experience this unique soundsystem—which will be housed inside an igloo-style tent designed by Igloovision—we spoke with former product manager and current brand manager at B&W, Danny Haikin, to discuss the inspiration behind the project and how the company hopes bringing "completely undistorted and uncompressed" audio to an electronic festival stage will help spread the gospel of "good sound." Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2014

Gear: Check Out the 808 Cube App

Inspired by the classic Rubik's Cube and the revered 808 drum machine, the 808 Cube app provides a fun way to make quick beats using one's browser. It's also a great way to waste some time on the internet today. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2014

Gear: LV and Keysound Launch Remix Contest

Released earlier this month, LV's and Joshua Idehen's collaborative "Imminent" single is now the subject of a new remix contest coordinated by the London production outfit and the Keysound label. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2014

Gear: Watch Dauwd Build a Track in 10 Minutes

After dropping a new EP for Kompakt last month, Dauwd is the latest producer to take the Against the Clock challenge, attempting to put together a track live in 10 minutes. Read more » 

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  • 05/12/2014

Gear: Bicep Details the Five Most Essential Pieces of Its Studio Set-Up

UK duo Bicep (a.k.a. Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar) has undergone quite the transformation over the past few years. Once known primarily for their blogging prowess and a keen ability to unearth quality bits of classic house, Ferguson and McBriar gradually made their way into the international DJ circuit and has boosted that effort by issuing a steady series of high-quality productions. And while Bicep's initial offerings borrowed heavily from '90s house and garage, Ferguson and McBriar have slowly expanded their sonic palette, often flirting with techno and making it so that the Bicep sound is now a lot harder to pin down. A big part of this musical evolution can be attributed to the duo's growth in the studio, not only terms of production skills, but also in terms of how much gear is on hand. With a new 12" slated for release later this month via Aus Music, we asked Ferguson and McBriar to go through their fleet of equipment and tell us about the five pieces that they think are the most essential to their craft. Read more » 

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  • 05/12/2014

Gear: Watch a New Mini-Doc on the Art of Vinyl Mastering

Discussing the subject with accomplished mastering engineers Rashard Becker (who has also released his own music via PAN), Andreas "Lupo" Lubich, and Noel Summerville, a new mini documentary from the The Vinyl Factory dives into the current state of mastering tracks for wax. With a client list between them that includes Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Theo Parrish, Maxmilion Dunbar, Nicolas Jaar, and Laurel Halo—to name a few—Becker, Lubich, and Summerville provide a good deal of useful insight into the world of mastering for vinyl. Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2014

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