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Since its debut in Detroit in the late 80's techno has become one of the most influential styles of dance music. It pops up at the most unexpected places and it influences people you'd never think of. As techno grew bigger it found new strongholds, escaping the decaying motor-city. Berlin became the new techno capital, whereas Berghain is the new White House. The effects of this place on the scene are significant at least. The culture that grew around it and the people that are being sucked in by it have gradually turned techno form a harsh futurist statement to a sophisticated neo-classical perfectionist craft. As I was wandering the fields of Airfield Festival, I already knew that I will have a chance to absorb a bit of all I've described above as the veterans of Berghain like Ame and Mathias Kaden were about to hit the stage. What I didn't expected was the passion and talent that accidentally crossed my paths. I was looking for moments to capture with a crappy lens on my camera,...

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Alt - J - Taro
Once in a while a song just grabs you and throws you into a state of mind which is hard to describe, but all too familiar for each and every one of us. You put it on repeat and pray to whichever god you're into at the moment that you will not get tired of it like you did with the last one. You will. Taro is the final song on Alt-J's debut studio album, An Awesome Wave. Fitting name for the album... and boy does it end on a high note! Now, I love the track for several reasons. It's an incredibly well put together song from a technical point of view, the highlight definitely being the riff starting at 1:17 (which is played by tapping the strings with an insulating tape). The melody - bewitching as it may be - only counts for half of the song's genius. Newman opens by painting a picture of Robert Capa's, the famous war photographer's, last seconds as he steps on a landmine in Indochina. "...very yellow white flash A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like rags"...

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Top 5 Romanian Festivals
I used to say that Romania is always somewhat five years behind the western world of which it wants to make part of so badly. Also I had to admit, that this lag isn't about technology or way of life. We have superfast internet, smartphones with countless cores, many ridiculously overpowered expensive sport cars and a bunch of shopping malls so you won't miss out on Zara's latest collection. The point where Romania falls behind is adopting trends and styles at large. The whole point of throwing this piece of mind at you is because I might think that the Romanian festival scene had proved me right. Somewhere around 2010 Big Room House made its foothold in the music world, its simple but highly energetic sound catapulted by events like Tomorrowland into the minds of the masses. This was also the very point when "electronic music" definitely took over the world of music festivals. Some four years later, namely in 2014 people in Romania really got into making festivals and the number of...

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The Mystery Lights - What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down
Thanks Ákos for the song and for the qoute :D

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Guts and his Lifelong Dedication to the Drug Called Hip Hop
Many parents worry for their children. They fear for their future carrier, they wish to keep them clear of drugs and they want them to have a good life. The question is, what parents should do to guide their children towards an ideal career? If one's familiar with doublethink giving the right drugs to their offspring might very well be a good idea. The question poses, which drugs should be handed over to the kiddo so it won't do harm and even if it does to a certain degree, it will be a warranty for further creative development. For Guts's mother the question was a no brainer. Music became the drug of choice and the currency to pay for stuff was nothing else but good grades. "I think this is the best drug she gave me" admits Guts. As the time flew by and the record stack grew with each passing minute it was showing much resemblance to what a young black man had in the late 70's somewhere in a rundown apartment of the concrete jungle of the Bronx. "Funk, Bob Marley but the half of it...

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Paul Kalkbrenner's Florian is a Fail
As far as humanity can recall dangerous voyages had to be done to discover new wonderful lands. However Kalkbrenner's "Florian" sunk just after leaving the docks and there weren't any storms nearby. "Cloud Rider" feels like the German version of Avicii's "Wake me up" In fact it the story that goes through three songs and three video clips begins with a socially handicapped person who doesn't have a single friend and for some reason he's unable to speak, or to use the internet. If someone with all these disabilities can make a good or even correct track, it has really high chances of becoming an internet sensation in no time. The artistic representation of the desperate music producer is trying to be deep, but the scenes that aim to generate empathy are ridiculously over-exaggerated and so awkwardly set up, that the viewer will feel empathy for the victims of Florian's attacks. I surely wouldn't let a stranger walk up to me to put a headphone on my ears without asking. "Motherfucker"...

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From Mad Mashups to the Main Stage
Some say he's the EDM star of Transylvania, some just simply love his banging craft and some say that he's selling out. The question is, what's it like to run a full time career in a place where the vast majority of dance hungry people are toddlers on the fields of electronic music, and the tough core of the dance community consist of unforgiving deep heads, who take music very seriously. In order to take a look inside his world, we asked him a couple of questions hoping to find out what's it like to be the ball in the Pinball Arcade of the Romanian dance scene. Also, we might get a better understanding of what the ball is made up, and why it behaves the way it does. • The M-Pill. For those who don't know who's Shiver, Alex, Raul and Ethylen, what's one should know about the man behind the names? • Shiver: A 10 year old kid in a teenage body dancing even when music's not playing. • The M-Pill: Where and how did you found the teleport to the universe of music? What made you to return...

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Electric Castle 2015 Review
Yes, it was the third edition of Electric Castle Festival, held between 25 – 28th of June on the mighty grounds of the Bontida Castle. I was there for the third time and finally, I think I might just have the required know how to tell you if it was any good. Why do I say that? Well, because the first time I was there in 2013, I had very little expertize about festivals, and also Electric Castle, just like I, was a newbie. In 2013 I wrote a short blogpost about that experience which was no more than an uncontrolled, written outburst of "OMFG, that was bleed - *ukin' – tastic". The second year I have been working more than one should during the event, so I did a brief review about what I've stumbled upon running around plugging in and out tons of wires. Finally, this year turned out to be a bit more relaxed so I almost had the time to check out everything. bleed - *ukin' – tasticJust like in 2013 and in 2014, the vast majority of the festival goers and the attending journalists are...

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What can music do to your body?
Looking further down the line, it becomes clear that every action has a reason, even if it lurks in the shadows. These reasons should vary from anything between "off the scale" grade creative outbursts to the desire to make money. The ways used by the musicians to reach this very goal always has a huge effect on the audience, even in the case of the coziest and cheesiest summer hits. And if music has the capability to make the listener feel in certain ways, than it seems absolutely correct to look at music in terms of function and use. This kind of view might help people to cristalize, to put their theories on solid basis as to why some music could be considered bad (degenerative, harmful), while other tunes can be considered healthy, educational, contributing to society in some ways. I had a chat with Christophe "Antipop" Hetier of Telepopmusik, to see what are his views on viewing music from the perspective of role and function. 1. What do you think, what is the role of music in...

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Nicolas Jaar's Releases Free Album
Without too much of a hype Nicolas Jaar's new album "Pomegranates" came out for free. There are no tricky sign up and give away your data tricks included in the process. A link has been posted to Jaar's Facebook profile that will launches an automatic download after clicking it. Maybe Jaar will follow the footsteps of artists like Gramatik, who is a major character in the campaing for free music. Download the album instantly by clicking this link. Posted by: Kado

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Homosexuality and Electronic Dance Music
Joel Zimmerman is well known for his hilarious online rants, for a good reason. From time to time he nails things point blank. Ten Walls have proved Joel's theory about the gravitational pull of the dance scene, by firing shots at the gay community that contributed massively to the creation of the dance music industry as we know it. "The Loft" was the first dance club ever, where the first DJ mixer of all times have been used. Naturally, The Loft was a gay club, so as the Paradise Garage, not to mention Larry Levan, the resident DJ of Pradise Garage, who was a pioneer of DJing and prodcuing. He was also the mentor and good friend of Frankie Knuckles (the grandfather of house). Before you start wondering about the sexual orientation of Larry, he was also homosexual. To put it in a simple way, the disco scene had created the spark that blew up the electronic dance culture worldwide some ten years later. 30 years isn't a long time, but it's enough to make an award winning producer, who...

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Refracture - Dusted Breaks
Refracture is an important figure of the electro-breaks scene, who's known for delivering very powerful and energising, but not agressive breaks. Now he's giving away 17 tracks and there are quite a few outstanding tunes. Go ahead and grab them! Click here to Download

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Art or Money 3 / Demand and Supply
As electronic music grew from a basement in the suburbs of Chicago to a worldwide phenomenon, reshaping the dance culture and industry, it became the breeding ground of many controversies and debates. If you're reading this article you probably know a lot about it, even if you were living under a rock on Mars in the last 30 years. The screams of fanboys and the angry mumbling of deep-heads can be heard from other galaxies as well, I suppose. listening to the repetitive sound of Satan There's a lot of talk on the commercial vs. underground topic. Non-music people or if you will it put that way, common people refer to the underground as a dangerous place where the kids your parents warned you about meet to do drugs and other socially "unacceptable" and "dangerous" things while *listening to the repetitive sound of Satan*. On the other hand there is the commercial bunch, who in the eyes of the "underground" are some Regular John's and Janes listening to something that is barely music...

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Method One - Blackwood EP
You give up after listening to hundreds of mediocre tracks on soundcloud, you retreat to facebook for a bit of relief, and BAAAM. You click on a link from a friend who's notorious for finding "off the scale" music, and all of a sudden you're in paradise. The Blackwood EP is breathtaking in an intelligently mean way. Progressive and atmospheric breaks are something that you don't hear on every corner. In fact it's deep down in the underground right now. It wasn't always like this: in the mid-late 90's, when progressive and atmospheric breaks were sort of well known, Hybrid and Way Out West being the most important influences as far as the internet can tell. Almost two decades later the scene is on the rise once more. It is a flourishing scene with Labels like Morphosis or artists like Slighter, Dave Gluskin, E.F.G., and many more. If you consider the above mentioned "ingredients" mixed together as a cake then the Blackwood EP is the cherry on the top, or the strawberry, because I...

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David Guetta vs. Jon Hopkins:
Whether you like it or not, there are no exceptions from the rules of physics in any way. What do I mean by cheap way of entertainment? Getting drunk, getting high, and doing any other thing that takes no effort and knowledge, causing a fake sensation. Of course, we all need to transcend sometimes to clean out all the spam and expired notifications from our own operating system. Yet there is one thing that causes some minor flaws in the system. That problem is that people are getting stuck at the cleaning phase. As we all know, even the most delicious of foods and heavenly good tasting beverages can turn into curse for those who have too much. Yet some decide to do this, using their free will to turn some of the coolest substances into something that makes them miserable. Why? Because they are looking at having fun as a one way thing. Having or "absorbing" fun while doing nothing in return will always lead to getting stuck in loop. This is where the music and a bunch of other...

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What Happened to the Electronic Scene in 2014?
After an Ultra Miami headliner, Avicii was hospitalized, Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 took his place to rick-roll tens of thousands of people at the main stage. While everyone was expecting BigRoom and "Wake Me Up" the mau5 dropped a heavy parody of Martin Garrix's "Animals". If that wasn't enough he decided to go full techno for his entire set. The set was shared all over and everyone who knows the scene a little, was bursting in tears laughing his ass off. Well played Joel, well played. 2. Dillon Francis invades social media with "clips" that'll make you shit your pants while ROFL. He comes up with the most unexpected outbursts in the most various ways. Even when he sounds serious he ruins it in the last couple of seconds. GEENIUS. (See the best one's on his facebook) 3. Steve Aoki tries to sue Wunderground only to make people laugh harder at him. Wunderground's response to Steve's Lawyer is as hilarious as it could be. 4. Traktor launches its new flagship model the S8....

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LeVant:
Orwell was a genius and I hate him for it, which means I love him as well. Taking this state of mind a bit further we arrive to my method for reviewing music. I try to be as objective as I can, projecting my deepest and most understandable self into characters that can be understood by anyone, who speaks English. In order to achieve that, I have to cut lots of cultural ties that link me to my surroundings, to be able to hear and speak the world's collective emotions. Why this personal rant stands as an introduction for something that should be a review? Just bare with me for a sec, and you'll see that it is more of a review than anything else. LeVant's craft is cool, because it drives you as it pleases and not how you try to experience it. When I was listening to "L'Extase" for the first time I was covered with goosebumps and that's something you don't feel on a regular basis. The mixture for making goosebumps consists of a well-organized, warm, and experimental noise with a bit of...

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Endless Melancholy:
You're listening to piano and the feeling is overwhelming. If thinking clearly it is obvious that soundcloud has all sorts of music, but it mostly offers electronic stuff, especially for someone like me who follows "generic" electronic music producers. the feeling is overwhelmingAnyway, it feels awesome so you have to look at the profile and here comes the surprise. Endless Melancholy is hailing from Ukraine, Kiev which is a bit surprising. What the average westerner knows about Ukraine? What a guy who's living right next to Ukraine knows about its musical scene? Not much. All we know about Ukraine that it is has Chernobyl, it is almost like Russia and in the last couple of months it was and still is the place of turmoil in Europe. The news are all about riots, unrest, war, killings and a downed airliner. The last thing that would be associated with Ukraine is this really-really smooth breathtaking music. Of course, there are guys like Jon Hopkins or Tycho, and this craft has very...

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Art or Money 2 / The Fear of the Unknown:
There's a never ending debate about what should be in focus for the music biz. Art or Money? Some are surfing on waves of money while some need a daytime job to make a living. There is a gap of creativity between these groups regardless of the fact that not all super rich DJ/producers are sellouts and not all bedroom producers are making gold. In the previous article lines were clearly drawn between art driven and "McDonald's" music with the help of Lifelike. Now that we see the tip of the iceberg it is time to stick our heads in the shallow water in order to capture fragments of something that might be really big. We could only guess the size underneath the surface. The first article ended with questions about what should be the correct path for a DJ or a producer to balance his craft to earn some money and to express musical visions at the same time. I realized that the best way to map this uncharted topic is to talk to producers and DJs from each side. So I found a couple where...

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The art of Killing awesome Tracks:
At a point something slaps your ears and all of a sudden you're floating. Midsun's track Megathron did the same for me. It is filled with a bunch of things I love. The strange electronic sounds twist your brain but it's not glitchy, it's not chaotic. It's well organized and nicely paced on four on the floor beats. I would refer to it as uber-high energy progressive house. Everything is just fine until I have to mention the miraculous way of finding the track which is impossible to recall. It was a mere miracle. As I heard it, just as any other music junkie would do, the first thing was to find Midsun and to like / follow him as a sign of support and to get more awesome tunes, obviously. This is where the problem is. I didn't manage to find Midsun on any kind of social media. The record label is up on facebook but the average or the slightly above-average music consumer is very-very unlikely to follow a record label. No matter how brilliant they are, it is very unlikely for them to...

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Outcries about the free U2 iTunes album
7 years ago (next month to be exact) Radiohead did the same thing with In Rainbows. Screams of "Omg! we're doomed!" began. A year later Nine Inch Nails did the same with The Slip... And certain people took to the streets with their "END IS NEAR" signs... Yet here we still are, enjoying music, and there's plenty of it. Tell me again how vinyl record plants can't keep up with the DEMAND for physical vinyl presses* again? Ask yourself, who's behind this outcry? Chances are, it's a musician who's music we've forgotten about (and chances are, it wasn't great to begin with.) Others following suit are most likely in shitty bands, that can't get anyone to listen to them... NOT because people don't care about music, but entirely because THEY MAKE SHITTY MUSIC. Stop projecting your creative failure onto the rest of us please, be better at your craft instead. Great music is still being made, bought and sold, I'd say some of the BEST music I've heard in my life so far has been in the last few...

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I don't care what DAW you use
I equate this to entering an art store to argue over which paint brush will paint you a better painting: If you can't paint, there's not a brush that an art store can sell you to make you paint like Renoir. The same is true for any tool used to make art, be it software or whatever. A tool in the hands of an artist becomes great because of the artist, and never the other way around. People who take the time out of their day to make statements about DAW "X" being better than DAW "Y" are simply attempting to justify their own choice, their money spent, and their own investment to learn/use that choice. Usually this argument will include something about how their favorite producer uses the same, and that MUST make it superior. Yet the rebuttal to that is counting the numerous artists who've championed rudimentary software to make their art: "I hear Burial uses only Audacity" or "Liam Howlett used mainly Reason to make Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned"... But honestly, who cares...

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