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In the Studio: Pole

In part two of our series on Recombinant Media Labs, XLR8R Technology Editor Ken Taylor looks at the facility through the eyes of Berlin-based musician Stefan Betke, aka Pole. To a soundboard master like Pole, Asphodel is not only "a dreamland" but fertile ground for his dub-heavy explorations. Watch as he experiences Asphodel Studios for the first time. Read more » 

In the Studio: Asphodel and Recombinant Media Labs

In part one of a series, XLR8R Technology editor Ken Taylor takes you on a tour of one of electronic art's finest facilities, Asphodel and Recombinant Media Labs. Comprised of an unprecedented 16.8.2 -channel, 10-screen surround-cinema performance environment with an external control room, a suite full of new and old synthesizers (all in mint condition), a DVD- and CD-mastering studio and a recording studio with top-of-the-line equipment spanning nearly every era of electronic music, Asphodel and RML is a sound artist's dream come to life. Read more » 


The drawings by French electro-crooner Joakim on his new album Monsters and Silly Songs inspired XLR8R's 1st Annual Monster Caucus and a whole episode of monster talk and monster sketching. Joakim discusses rolling corpse hands in couscous with XLR8R TV's Vivian Host, as a team of monster artists across the country ponder a weighty question involving the pus of a dead man and the treacherous Snot Mountain. Read more » 


Digitalism played one of the bangin'-est sets in recent memory at San Francisco's Mezzanine in April. Lucky for you, we filmed it. Jens Moelle and Isi Tuefekci, two young Turks [one of them quite literally] from Hamburg, have been thumping eardrums with knob-twiddling remixes over the past year and are evolving into a dancefloor-friendly indie rock force to be reckoned with. We caught up with them as they prepared for non-stop touring for the release of their debut album, Idealism. Read more » 

An Evening with Beth Ditto and Yo Majesty

We asked Beth Ditto, the fearless leader of The Gossip, to perform a daunting task for her first turn as interviewer: get to know the force of nature that is Yo Majesty. Tampa, Florida's fiercest female rap trio blew the roof off 2007's South by Southwest festival with a performance that was in-your-face, topless at times and with brazen rhymes about "krypotonite pussy." This was Beth's first time meeting Yo Maj, but after battling for mic time and bonding over "saggy titties and stretchmarks," it was love. Read more » 

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