In an unfortunate turn of events, New York's multi-purpose event space BKLYN Yard was forced to shut its doors and cancel all of its scheduled events, including the awesome Sunday Best concert series. The production company behind the Yard, MeanRed, was refused a continuance on its lease, and was asked to take down everything it had built up in its Carroll Gardens home that made the spot so unique. Read more »
Thicket is a new app for the iPhone/iPad by Anticipate artists Joshue Ott and Morgan Packard. Combining their individual styles in interactive visuals and sound, respectively, they have increasingly been channeling their performance, production, and programming expertise into a shared workspace that supports each direction.
The app is an audiovisual world of texture, movement, line, and tone. Spending time with Thicket, the user creates sonic and visual patterns within a space of warm, bright tones and evolving, elegant scrawls. Working with gesture to affect audio and visual responses, Thicket brings a playful, tactile intuitiveness to a world that might otherwise require a higher learning curve. Equally amenable to casual playing, intense exploration, or performance (the iPad version supports VGA output), Thicket is open-ended enough to allow discovery within its defined landscape. Check out some videos of the app in action after the jump! Read more »
For all you tune-makers on a budget out there, here are some killer freeware synths for you to get your pirating paws on. Resident Advisor turned us on to this new Tumblr blog, SS Freeware, that just posted a veritable grip of software synthesizers of all digital shapes, sizes, and sounds. Read more »
The sinisterly wonky and crunked-out tunes of Chicago's Salem are moving into a full album format this September with the release of its debut record, King Night. After releasing a series of limited-edition 7" EPs, the trio has pulled together 11 tracks to flesh out Night, which will be released by one of XLR8R's Labels We Love, IAMSOUND. Read more »
A couple months ago, we shared some news about Buenos Aires-based cumbia digital label ZZK prepping a lengthy tour which would include a full list of North American dates. Well, some of those dates have been announced, and it looks like a bit of the West Coast will be treated to the likes of Tremor, El Remolón (pictured), Chancha via Circuito, and El G come late July/early August. Read more »
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