This happens more than you think. I don’t even know what to think.
Look I’ve heard many people say how this is a common chord progression in music. I get it. The problem lies in the fact that this is possible. It shows how artist like Daft Punk are as large as they are with a common chord progression. When I first heard this I freaked out. The video was recorded in 2011.
It just shows how the marketing and advertising push that the song Get Lucky had and still gets is insane. There’s that much music being made for this to happen and it’s that similar in my book that I had to show people.
Pretty Lights has not released a full album for two years now. The renown sampled based artist has been hard at work on this new upcoming album, A Color Map of the Sun. Derek Vincent Smith released his documentary that explains how the album was put together. I just finished watching it and completely blown away by the extensive process that went into this album. I would say going forward it would be wrong to call Pretty Lights a sample based producer. Pretty Lights has transformed into a music composer with this album. Contrary to his original process of sampling vinyl records he gathered an orchestra of musicians to record what he had in his head and then pressed it all to vinyl. The complete album was recorded and done in analogue. The synthesis elements of the album were all done with modulators and analogue sounds, NOT digital. The recordings were done on tape and then pressed to vinyl. The end result was a custom crate of vinyl that was created for Derek to use while arranging and piecing together all the recordings into what is the final album.
This past week-end I spent it in Colorado for Sonic Bloom. I had the opportunity to talk to many predominate musicians and producers while at the festival. One of the main questions I asked many of them was where music is going next… Every musician I spoke to mentioned the hybridization of live instruments mixed with the electronic sound. The main artist that was mentioned in every conversation was Pretty Lights and what he was doing with this new album, A Color Map of the Sun.
I believe that if anyone ever doubted Pretty Lights and his future should really think about saying those words… Derek has created a master piece and we haven’t even heard the completed work yet. This album will set the bar for the future. Everyone speaks of this new era of revitalizing the old sounds of soul, jazz, funk, etc… with electronic production. Pretty Lights has done just that and has recorded everything from scratch to the vocals, instruments, and synthesis. We are now in 2013 and Pretty Lights A Color Map of the Sun will become a staple of electronic music for our generation.
A Journey Through Transformational Festivals is an online documentary web series that is being put together mainly about west coast music festivals. The four part series focuses around the festival community and events that took place over the summer of 2012.
The last post I made was about Electronic Awakening and covers the history and community that has evolved over the years. It seems like this webseries seems to be covering a lot of different topics as well but targets the festivals of 2012.
This year I’ve attended nearly 10 festivals across the States. I can’t tell others enough about my journey this year. The summer of 2012 will never be forgotten in my life. The adventures that I had this summer will forever impact who I am and who I will become. The trailer above is comprised of footage taken from Symbiosis 2012. Symbiosis 2009 I missed but made it a point to make sure that I attend this years event. Out of all the festivals I attended Symbiosis is the one gathering I’ll never ever stop talking about. There have been ideas running through my head about putting something together that I can show others to help showcase all these event.
A Journey Through Transformational Festivals will be released in four episodes over the course of 2013. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they put together. The first episode won’t be out till February 2013 but they recently put out a small video together titled The Bloom which can be found below.
The Bloom gives us a bit more insight into the different areas each video will concentrate on as well as a collection of festivals they were at. It’s great to see coverage of all these events as many people are completely aware of these events. The outdoor festival community is quite a unique tribe as it’s a completely different experience from traditional club/bar events. The attire, dance, food, personality, spirituality, music, etc is something that I believe everyone should experience. I hadn’t attending an outdoor camping event till Lightning in a Bottle 2009 and it changed my life forever. I had been to events like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, and others but these events are so vastly different when it comes to these west coast festivals.
I can’t wait till February 7th, 2013 as it is the confirmed date for the first episode, The Peak Moments of Our Lives. Based on my personal accounts of this summer I know that the title seems quite fitting. Be on the look out for more information at The Bloom
EPISODE 1: “The Peak Moments Of Our Lives” (February 7th, 2013)
EPISODE 2: “The Parties Are Practice”
EPISODE 3: “A Sense Of Mythos & The Sacred”
EPISODE 4: “Reinhabiting The Village”
Electronic Awakening is documentary put together by Andrew Johner about the rave/festival culture. It’s one of the better films I’ve watched about the current scene today. The focus is on overall community that has been built and the culture it has started across the world.
The documentary covers tons of interviews from key players in the community from visionary artist, authors, musicians, promoters, and many others who have contributed to this giant movement. If you’ve never been to a large outdoor electronic festival this film will give you a glimpse into the festival scene.
I can’t tell you how many flashbacks and amazing memories rushed back into after watching the film. It’s astounding how big the culture and community has grown. There are small tribes and groups of people coming together all across the world building these events and coming together to celebrate life, love, music, art, and creativity. I’ve had to luxury of attending my first festival in 2009 which changed my life. Growing up in Miami, FL and big city life I never had been exposed to such events or strong community. Lightning in a Bottle was when I discovered this massive awakening inside. There is nothing like sharing these moments in time dancing, networking, sharing ideas, and coming together. I’m very isolated living in Miami and must travel to these events to feel like I belong. These events bring all of us together and awaken a deeper consciousness to the things around us. There are so many unique and different people out there who we may never encounter in our day to day life but these festivities give us an outlet of expression in any which way we want to use.
This film is something I recommend to many as it shows that even if there are politics, popularity contest, and more that we deal with in this community we need to focus on the greater good. There is more than drugs, sex, and music in this culture. Despite as tainted as it seems and almost a revitalization of the hippie movement there is a greater good at work which brings us all together. This films covers so many different aspects that make me proud to be part of this movement. All the interviews, music, video footage, etc… really give you a small taste and glimpse of this giant community.
Michal Menert just put a brand new track called Silvers of Light. The track is the first of four tracks that will make up a new EP called Elements. Elements will focus around the four elements: Fire, Earth, Water, and Wind. Silvers of Light is the Fire track and was written during the summer fires in Colorado, his home state. The goal is to release the EP with the four tracks and possibly additional tracks on a 10″ Vinyl release.
I’m a huge supporter of Michal Menert and believe he’s one of the few pioneers of our time when it comes to chill out and sample based music. The way he combines and mixes classic music is unparalleled. We all know who Pretty Lights is but it’s sad to hear how few don’t know who Michal Menert is especially since the first Pretty Lights album “Taking Up Your Precious Time” was co-produced with Menert. I’ve had the luxury of spending some time with Michal this summer and the man is a true artist. Despite what you may think of sample based artist this guy has a work ethic and attitude that is quite rare. It’s not about making the biggest dance hit, it’s about creating something beautiful and long lasting.
The conversation came up online on if it’s too soon to start thinking best releases of 2012 and one of the first albums I mentioned was, Even If It’s Not Right, Michal’s most recent release. I recommend checking out his two full length LP as they are the perfect soundtrack to any mood in my opinion. There aren’t enough words for me to praise Michal on the direction he takes when it comes to music. He is one of those unique producers like Emancipator that doesn’t really focus on creating dance floor hits but creating emotions and stories with their music. It’s also always a treat seeing him play as he plays live with his MPC and APC40. There’s not easy play button in his live setup. Be sure to check him out if you have a chance as he’s on a tour with PLM label mates, Break Science.
Introducing the next new controller from Keith McMillen Instruments! I recently got the QuNeo and was very impressed. It lived up to everything I expected.
They’ve launched a new KickStarer campaign to fund it and recommend jumping on it sooner than later as they ship on a first fund basis (I’m pretty sure).
Watch the video below and be blown away! I’m considering on grabbing one just to learn how to play piano. I could see myself integrating this into my setup versus the QuNeo. I use an Akai APC40 as my main controller and didn’t see myself learning how to finger drum anytime soon vs focusing right now on learning how to play piano.
I think the video covers most of the applications and info you need. Your next step is to help fund this product. Right now I’m debating on when I should order it considering I can’t right now but I’m hoping this goes viral.
NastyNasty aka Jasper is a BOSS. I’m one of the biggest fanboys of his music. The span of diversity in his music is incredible yet always has that signature NastyNasty texture.
He just posted up this professionally done video from What the Festival and it really showcases what Jasper is all about getting “weird in the paint”.
I highly recommend checking this guy out. I got to kick it with him a bunch over the summer at different festivals and he let me know that there will be a Frite Nite release and a Quitter release. He also gave me insight that he generally produces one new track a week. I’m dying to peak at his collection but something tells me we’ll be hearing a lot more from him soon.
He also put out a mix not too long ago called LAZERBRAIN. It’s a collection of unreleased material and man does it satisfy the weird receptors. I encourage you all to find his Twitter because he’s one of the coolest cats around.
Nothing but love out to you Jasper!
You are a true inspiration.
Old Apparatus recently put out the first installment of three EPs out. The first one is called Realise and is composed by the member, LTO. We expect a total of three releases to complete the series. There is some mystery behind who Old Apparatus consist of but we do know that the second release, Alfur, is being completed by A. Levitas and due out in October.
Realise is a chill downtempo EP that is filled with beautiful soundscapes. You can expect some upbeat moments but the overall emotion is mellow. You can find touches of IDM, glitch, ambient, bass and more. This release will be sure to satisfy those who are familiar with their original work.
I’m looking forward to hearing the upcoming new release, Alfur, after getting a small taste of this first edition. They’ve announced that Alfur will be a “suite of songs that weave together deep feeling and influence into a complex and very listenable EP, built for deep listening at loud volumes”.
Be sure to grab their other two releases on Deep Medi Musik.
Michal Menert just released his new full length release, Even If It Isn’t Right, today on Pretty Lights Music for FREE. If you’re a fan of Michal Menert or the sound that Pretty Lights represents I highly recommend grabbing this right NOW!
I had the pleasure of meeting Michal over WMC this year and got to kick it with him and take a glimpse into what the future holds on his side of things. This album defies a lot of the norm for most releases and tells his story in this long composition. Spending a few days with him and his manager I knew that I had to help them out. It’s not very often you come across such a talented artist with the ideals and vision that Michal has.
He’s your regular guy who likes to play video games, chill, make music, and eat tons of sushi. His story is quite a unique one and he’s the only person who could say that early Pretty Lights music was composed of Derek and Michal. It’s something that I believe isn’t noted enough.
I had the pleasure of being in Denver for Menert’s debut of his new fancy projection mapped stage. The moment I walked into Cervantes I was totally blown away. The team that put together is the same team that has put together Pretty Lights past stages but this one has been taken to a whole new level. The dedication and effort put behind Michal Menert is second to none. It’s a honor to have been brought in to take part of it. There’s much ahead and can’t even describe to you how incredible the experience was that night except by showing you a video of how wild it all came out below. The video was done by the Swaager team/website and is only a small glimpse into this magical stage represented by mountain like structures with a sun/moon center where Michal performs in front of. The lasers, video clips, and seamless combination of music and visuals are some of the best I’ve ever seen in my life.
Dear promoters of all locations. This show and stage will be touring in the Fall. I HIGHLY recommend picking this up. It’s one of the most amazing stages I’ve seen. The production levels is on par if not higher than Pretty Lights and other projection mapping stages out there. Cervantes was completely slammed and no one had any idea that the stage was being showcased for the most part.
So first things first – how can you not want to give a listen to a group that calls themselves Robotic Pirate Monkey? This fun trio from Boulder, CO brings the heat in their 4th release, Colors in Disguise. The nine-track album is upbeat, unique, and all-embracing; it provides an easy listening, soundtrack of your life kind of feel. Sprinkled with vibrant melody, tasteful samples, and resonant bass, the dynamic album leaves you with a feeling of bliss and exuberance. I have already been consistently listening to and really digging Rio de Fuego, which they released quite some time ago. The rest of the album is nothing short of brilliant! I love the deepness of Moon on the Man; the pulsating bass had me grooving in my chair at work. I think that Pantone Polygamy might be my favorite overall as I tend to lean towards synthy vivacious tunes.
I caught these guys at Lightning in a Bottle 2010 and have to say I really enjoyed their live set. They seem like the kind of guys you’d want to kick back and crack open a beer or light one up with. I’m also stoked to see them again at SnowGlobe on New Years Eve – if you’re at the festival (which you should be – the lineup is insane), make sure you don’t miss Robotic Pirate Monkey!
Grab Robotic Pirate Monkey’s free new release, Colors in Disguise, here.