Norway's Numusic Festival (Sep 6-9, 2006) was born out of a desire to have an intimate non-commercial festival that would bring the most contemporary electronic artists together on a bill with musical pioneers who have influenced them. Everyone from the Afra Beatbox Orchestra to Annie to Andy Weatherall got people's happy feet moving in the nearby venues, where having fun ruled and pretension of any sort was frowned on.
XLR8R 101 Issue Preview
Meanwhile, we at XLR8R have spent the last month creating our annual Music Technology issue, and the fruits of our labors are now visible. Check out a sneak preview of the issue all about the current state of music tech, including the deceptively simple question "What is actually new in music technology?" The answer, it seems, is that it's not what you use, but how you use it.