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Tune in an Afternoon: Dam-Funk and Nite Jewel

Two distinct LA flavors that taste great together! A few weeks back when we were sitting around fantasizing who in Los Angeles we'd want to collaborate for our recurring series, Tune in an Afternoon, we pretty quickly came up with Dam-Funk and Nite Jewel. When we contacted them, it turned out they were fans of each other and had been looking for an excuse to collaborate. It was decided that Nite Jewel would produce and that their favorite store, LA's Future Music, would serve as the afternoon's launching pad. From there, things just got creepy. Be sure to download their song, "Am I Gonna Make It," here. … Read more »

What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 14

Processing drums and guitar using Ableton Live's audio effects racks. … Read more »

Tune in an Afternoon: Lusine and Pezzner

For our third installment of our occasional Tune in an Afternoon series, we chal… Read more »

Freestyle 101 with Doseone and Jel

We sit in as Anticon's Doseone teaches his weekly freestyle class with some help from bandmate Jel. Veteran freestyler Doseone has plenty of wisdom to dole out on cyphers, crutches, "getting open," and the world beyond Lil Wayne, but as we observed, the schooling is hardly one way. Dose, Jel, and fellow instructor Kev seem to be getting just as much from this circle of budding Oakland MCs (aged 12-18) as they're giving out. Be sure to watch out for 13-year-old Tyrone—he spits fire! … Read more »

What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 13

Christopher Willits tackles drum recording using a three-mic set-up. In this episode, Christopher returns to Sound Arts Studio to show us drum mic-ing techniques with Jeff Pierre, a 16-year-old drummer from Haiti who plays the tanbou segón. … Read more »

FaltyDL: Garage Beats and Sushi Rolls

The prolific jungle obsessive and former sushi chef talks New York Garage and makes an Atlantic roll. This year has been explosive for New York producer Drew Lustman (a.k.a. FaltyDL). He has three releases on Planet Mu and is breaking new ground with his 2-step/U.K. garage beats. Here, he explains how he learned focus and discipline while working as a sushi chef and shows you how to make an East Coast classic, the Atlantic roll. … Read more »

What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Max for Live!

We interrupt our usual broadcasting to bring you a special preview of the unreleased Max for Live! Ableton gave Christopher Willits the green light to show off some of the features from the not-yet-released Max for Live. If you're a digital-signal-processing dork like us, you know this represents an exciting leap forward. … Read more »

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  • 08/18/2009

What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 12

Christopher takes a break from the studio to give touring tips. After eight years of touring the world as a solo musician, Christopher Willits has learned a thing or two about efficient touring. Here, he shares his tips on how to save time and money, and how not to get caught at the border. … Read more »

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  • Tags: How-To
  • 08/04/2009

Tune in an Afternoon: Lemonade

Lemonade takes our 40 bucks, gets all Anthony Bourdain on us, and then makes a fish-slapping track that you can download! In the second installment of our occasional "Tune in an Afternoon" series, Brooklyn bass trio Lemonade takes our money to NYC's Deluxe Food Market in Chinatown to find musical inspiration among the vats of frogs and bok choy. After sampling garlic chops, cava pops, and fish slaps, the band busts out a tropical track fit for the energy drink-fueled kids' show of their mind. … Read more »

What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? Part 11

Further adventures in controlling Jitter video with Ableton Live. … Read more »

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  • Tags: How-To
  • 05/26/2009

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