Welcome to producer-wonderland! Have you already booked your vacation for this year? If not, this studio could probably help you for the most creative producing session, ever. Spirit Catcher, the Belgian duo consisting of Jean Vanesse and Thomas Sohet are the owners of this fairytale house in Beaumont Belgium. You already should know them for several high quality productions on 20:20 Vision, Systematic Recordings, Moodmusic and NRK and for their cool DJ sets. Lean back and enjoy 8 stunning pictures of their professional studio in collaboration with our friends from TURNLAB.
Hello Jean, Hello Thomas, weâ€™re still overwhelmed from the pictures of your studio. But letâ€™s get back in the days. When did you start DJing and producing?
That was in 1996. (more…)
You can use 3D printers and custom software to make everything from houses to pizzas, but did you know you could also 3D-print vinyl records?
Developer Amanda Ghassaei from Instructables is known for her alogorithm that converts audio data into 3D geometry data. She has subsequently used that alogorithm to manufacture 3D vinyl records for singles from artists like Nirvana, Pixies, Daft Punk, and Radiohead. More recently, the track Down Boy, performed by Bobbie Gordon and produced by Kele Okereke, was put onto a 3D-printed vinyl record using her alogorithm.
An Objet500 Connex 3D printer generated the disc for Down Boy, at fine settings like 600 dpi, with 16 micron steps. Gordon recently performed the tune at a launch party for the world’s first 3D-printing record store, where the limited-edition, 3D-printed version of her track went up for sale. Down Boy was a sponsored and documented project by Bacardi Beginnings, and it marked the first time that an original song had been released and sold as a 3D-printed album.
Ghassaei’s algorithim uses an 11 Khz sampling rate however, so the resolution of Down Boy is quite low. In fact, the final output is around 25 per cent of what you could get from an MP3. With such a poor rate, the Objet500 Connex actually cuts off high-range tones in most songs. It’s been said that 3D-printed records have a sound that is audible and distinguishable but still distant and hollow. Watch the video below for an example.
Ghassaei also said the resin residue of 3D-printed albums will eventually wear down a turntableâ€™s needle, but she insisted it is still “really cool to kind of push the technology.” Furthermore, it takes more than a gigabyte of data to 3D print an entire song, meaning a standard 12-inch LP can only hold one single. Her DIY website on Instructables explains in detail how to convert audio files into 33 RPM resin records. It also demonstrates how 3D printers create albums, layer by layer.
Although 3D-printed albums are thicker and stiffer and sound horrible when compared to vinyl records, you must think of all this as a stepping stone of sorts. The technology to produce 3D objects is still new and will likely be honed over time. Maybe one day it’ll be responsible for the full comeback of vinyl records. After all, music has been experiencing a vinyl revival over the last decade as audiophiles seek a warm and authentic music sound.
You can view Bacardi Beginnings’ video documentary for both Down Boy and the first 3D-printing record store (called The Vinyl Factory in central London), below.
German police have discovered what they reckon to be one of the largest illegal pressing plants in Europe.
Several properties were raided in both Bavaria and Hessen after preliminary investigations led by anti-piracy organisation proMedia at the instigation of the German record industry trade group BVMI, with support from global trade body IFPI.
BVMI CEO Dr Florian DrÃ¼cke said: â€œThanks to the excellent preparatory work and above all the precise work of the prosecutor and police, this raid has enabled us to pull the plug on the largest-ever undercover pressing plant for music in Europe. The equipment found here demonstrates once again that this is not the work of petty criminals, but of professional organisations whose criminal activities inflict massive damage on artists and the recording industryâ€.
Governments across the world have slapped each other on the proverbial back today after they managed to successfully halve global unemployment statistics by considering bedroom DJs full time workers.
Under previous legislations bedroom DJs were considered by the government to be â€œunemployed pipe dreamers who should get real jobsâ€ but in the wake of successive years of chronic unemployment the government has reversed its stance to consider it real work. (more…)
A study carried out by London South Bank Universityâ€™s Sociology Department has revealed that one in four people taking up DJing run the risk of becoming an absolute cunt.
The news comes at a worrying time after a record amount of DJ equipment was sold in the English capital over the Christmas period, with some experts saying that as much as ten percent of Londonâ€™s population, a whopping eight hundred thousand people, could become cunts through DJing by the year 2017. (more…)
â€œThere was a growing digital demand for our own music, which we were watching be filled by pirate sites, and the current distribution networks were saying real DJs play vinyl and we knew we needed to do something,â€ Tappert tells DJ mag Canada. (more…)
Southport 50th was always going to be special. Every yearÂ Southport WeekenderÂ comes around again and with so many mind blowing gigs and sets we’ve seen throughout its history, Â it would be fair to assume Alex, Dave and the rest of the Southport Weekender family couldn’t top it off again, but my gosh they did! It was an epic weekender.Â
The history of Southport Weekender has been inspirational to many lovers of soul and unity. That’s why so many American artists, who have influenced dance music, always return back to get a slice of this unique melting pot. David Morales, Derrick Carter, Kerri Chandler, Kenny Dope, Jazzy Jeff, as well as legendary UK pioneers such as Carl Cox, David Rodigan, Trevor Nelson, Giles Peterson, Norman Jay and Mr Scruff were all in the house. Â Amazing live acts such as Faith Evans, Omar, Marcos Valle and Snarky Puppy added to the magic of what was a fantastic weekend.Â (more…)