February 25, 2006

Joey Beltram: The Rising Sun

As Zappa said, "talking about music is like dancing about architecture", so I will not try to explain in words how this production by Joey Beltram sounds. I can say, however, that different bones of my body can't stop moving when I listen to it. True hard, classic, physical techno tracks, born to be mixed, very basic but very effective. Not very soulful, and maybe nothing new but, who cares if "it works" better than a swiss watch? ("it works" is the title of the second track, Joey knows what he is doing). Just try it by clicking the iTunes button right here.
The Rising Sun

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Video: Richie Hawtin interview

This time the video is from google. Better interface and speed than youtube. Enjoy.

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February 18, 2006

A bunch of electronic music podcasts for you.

These are the music podcasts I am currently subscribed to, via iTunes and my new iPod 60GB. Some of them can't be found in the iTunes Music Store, but you can subscribe anyway. The links provided here are for the feeds, so you can enter them directly into iTunes (just drag the link to iTunes or go to Advanced/Subscribe to podcast):

- David Guetta's audio podcast. Mixes, with playlists and artwork.
- Electronic periodic. Ambient music.
- FrequencyBerlin podcast. Artists like Pacou, Claude Young, etc.
- Istadream. The best free electro house podcast.
- Livefeed Rodz-Konez. Amazing! Live sessions by Surgeon, Mulero...
- Techno.fm
- Technopodcast. Very good sessions by spanish DJ PC Board.
- The Detroit Sessions with Brian Kage. Detroit techno and house.
- Trackwerk. Underground dance music.
- Transitions with John Digweed.
- Ultima Thule Ambient Music Radio. There is no better ambient.

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February 15, 2006

YouTube banned my videos from Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Yes, banned. The videos in my previous post do not work any more. Sorry for that. They have been banned in YouTube. I received this e-mail today: "Your video Richie Hawtin @ Torino 2006 (2 of 2) has been rejected due to its inappropriate nature. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information on what video material is not permitted on YouTube."
No more explanations. No way to reply that e-mail. No defence possible. Of course, as you can suppose, a video with a excerpt from the Opening Ceremony of Torino 2006 does not contain obscenity nor drug abuse. Copyright? it was recorded from a public television, the spanish TVE2. There are millions of videos in YouTube that contain similar material, like sport events, so I don't understand a damn thing.
[UPDATE: I have rechecked a bit and it seems that all videos related to Torino 2006 are being banned at YouTube. It seems that someone from the Olympics Committe or something told them to remove the videos. Oh, how lovely are those people, aren't they?]

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February 12, 2006

Videos: Richie Hawtin's music at Torino 2006

[UPDATE: YouTube seems to have banned all videos related to Torino 2006. See my post above.]

I recorded the opening ceremony of Torino 2006 with my EyeTV and I uploaded an excerpt to YouTube. This excerpt, of course, is the section featuring Richie Hawtin's music. The topic of this part of the ceremony was about Italian Futurism and engineering. Due to limitations in YouTube I was forced to split it into two parts. Enjoy !

You can also watch them in YouTube: Link to part 1, link to part 2.

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February 08, 2006

Richie Hawtin on your TV on Friday

I hate sports. I would like to propose the UN an initiative for 2007 to declare it "International Non-Sports Year". So I would never expect to publish a post related to the Olympic games here. However...
This friday, Feb 10, Richie Hawtin will perform in the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Torino. He will present new music created specially for this event. Get an appetizer of the music here.
This is becoming a standard, at least in europe. In the last Olympic Games at Athens we could enjoy a performance by trance DJ Tiësto (trance is not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it, anyway). Still, these are european based events, albeit aimed to an universal public. I would love to see Jeff Mills perform at SuperBowl or NASCAR. That would be a sign that many things are changing in the musical scene in the US. Keep dreaming...

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February 05, 2006

Great reading at "Women of techno" e-zine.

I recommend you to visit the web of the women of techno project. It is focused on techno women DJs from Canada, but there is much more content, that goes beyond what the title suggest. Like they say, "some topics explored are sampling, postmodern quotation, artists' involvement in the international music industry, and critiques of corporate control". Please, check it !

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February 03, 2006

Good news for laptop DJs

Apple Tablet Patent
The biggest problem of DJ'ing with a touchscreen is that those screens only allow for one click, at one point, at once, just like in a non-touchscreen. But DJs use both hands and many fingers at the same time. Now Apple has patented a touchscreen that allows the user to touch many controllers at once, using all the fingers and even the toes, if you want. Via Music Thing.

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