Inspirational Moments

Some videos to inspire, expand and absorb energy.
SD love,

Kink Vs. Sierra Sam

Bulgarian producer and outboard gear junky KiNK recently teamed up with likeminded Belgian producer Sierra Sam in Berlin’s famed Watergate club for an exclusive improvised live set.

PhilSynth

“I really am a fan of originality. It is quite noticeable with transistors. Even transistors that have been built for twenty, thirty years and are still being built, that have the same name and suffix and the same values, they sound different.”

Leaf Audio

a Leipzig-based audio production company, demonstrates the art of building your own gear, step-by-step. Self-taught himself, Richter runs regular workshops showing newbies how to build synths and effects boxes using a circuit board, soldering iron and the most basic of technical knowledge. The results, exemplified by Richter’s own TR 808 Bassdrum, are pretty impressive.

Virgo Four

“We are not trying to be super visual faces, we don’t necessarily want that part…”

Alexander Robotnick

Maurizio Dami is one of those producers that can honestly say “Been there, done that”. The Italian musician has been releasing music since the ’80s under his moniker Alexander Robotnick, and his cult track “Problèmes D’Amour” helped shape the sound of house music and Italo disco.
“(In the past days of music production) you couldn’t change everything later,”
“You needed a clear idea about your work—once it was recorded, it was recorded, no chance to change it.”

James Holden Live in Budapest 2014

Here you can watch him fiddle with his gear setup and crank out “Blackpool Late 80s,” “The Caterpillar’s Intervention,” and “Renata” alongside his percussionist. Let the prog momentum, kraut-y synths, and supple beats carry you away.

CARIBOU live in Vienna (2014)

Watch CARIBOU perform “Your Love Will Set You Free”, “Can’t Do Without You” and “Sun” live in Festival in Vienna (18 October 2014)

METRO AREA live in Vienna (2013)

Watch METRO AREA perform “Dance Reaction” and “Caught Up” live.

When Saints Go Machine live in Vienna (2013)

(all by Electronic Beats)

SD…to feed the soul!

SoundDesigners Podcast #48 December Mixed By Owen Ni

Podcast 48

Hello everyone,

Another month, another podcast with a guest artist in the lands of SounddDesigners.
Another American artist to turn the focus to the Techno, like many dj’s living informed who do not like to hold a music genre, has the price that has. More important than all this is like what we do, but that does not mean surrender of other musical genres. Simply setting up one set more richer, more complex to articulate, to maintain the high quality parameters. Owen is one of those artists.
Has signed on labels such as Pong Music, instabilities, Hipnotic Room among others.
You can see more in the links below.
For now, just the play, to better understand the sounds of our friend Owen…

Owen Ni links:

Discogs
Facebook
Soundcloud

This month is December, and it could not be, we would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and good entries in this new year that will enter.

See you guys in next year!!
Strong love,

Vladislav Delay Goes Digital

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One topic that always arouses much controversy. The vinyl is all one story, the beginning of the legacy of electronic music,later appears the digital format which destroys the entire industry that vinyl built in decades. The music industry suffers a change of 180 degrees. It is necessary to adapt and the main question is What to do? In this interview Vladislav Delay tell us what decided after his experience.
SD Love,

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Veteran experimental producer Vladislav Delay is taking the digital plunge. The vinyl stan has announced that he’s remastered the records on his Ripatti label in preparation for its digital release, which made us wonder why he held out so long and what convinced him to change his mind. It turns out that Delay, who has contributed to some of our favorite labels (Chain Reaction, Mille Plateaux, Raster-Noton, Semantica), has struggled with the challenges that have transformed the music industry since the advent of digital media, and he’s had to compromise certain aspects of his artistic vision in order to remain solvent. We reached out to get his thoughts on the strengths and pitfalls of both mediums and what it takes to make money in the contemporary music industry.

The first and most obvious question is, what made you change your mind?

Seeing the sales reports, basically. I ran out of money to release more vinyl without selling them [digitally].

Why and when did you decide to release your records digitally?

I kept looking at the situation by each release, then hired a press agency to make people aware of the releases and try to sell some copies. When that didn’t change anything, and I reached catalog number 07 and made deep losses, I just had to accept the situation. I kept at it as long as I could, thinking it will pick up eventually, but it didn’t. I can’t keep paying a lot of money to release the music. Zero return would be okay, but not losing more money than I have.

Why were you originally opposed to the idea of releasing digital records?

I really don’t like the digital format. I guess I’m just a simple person and I trust and feel things more when I can see and hold them. The file compression [algorithms used by] major digital [retailers] makes everything sound pretty bad. It’s just too simplistic. And the way it enforces the fast-commodity kind of music consumption, I can’t say I’m a big fan of that.

There are some positive sides to releasing digitally. There’s no endless hassle with pressing vinyls and waiting for delays in production line, so I can release music quite effortlessly. Also, making vinyl sound good is such a big effort, and even then the end results with each listening situation differs quite a bit, so each listener has a different-sounding version, in a way. Digital, at least when listened at high-res formats, allows people to hear the same as I do if their monitoring system is correct, and I like that a lot.

One of the things that was important for me when I started the label was that I could offer something that has value and lasts longer than your hard drive. I never was into vinyl so strongly. I chose the format because I had no other options. I never said vinyl sounds great. It can sound great if you’re very wealthy, but that’s not my average listener, I guess. No fancy high-end turntable set-ups. So, because I’m not attached to vinyl that much, it’s not in principle a big deal to let that go. But practically, that there’s nothing physical anymore is a huge loss.

Whenever the topic of “going digital” comes up, I’m reminded of this Twitter conversation between Aurora Halal, Shawn O’Sullivan, and a few other producers/writers/industry types. I think O’Sullivan’s comments are really interesting, that refusing to release digitally is a way of opposing dominant means of distribution. Was there ever a political element like that to your decision to release only on vinyl? 

No, I never had political ideas about the vinyl or release medium. To be honest, life is too short for me to get into these theories and politics. I’d really rather focus on making the music. I’m not the one trying to change the game or oppose this or that, I’m trying to find a way to do my own thing out there and today’s world apparently asks you to be rather flexible. It makes it hard to create longevity and a body of work though. But yeah, the focus is content now, not the packaging.

(Provided by Electronic Beats by Elissa Stolman about Vladislav Delay )

SD…to feed the soul!

RBMA in Tokyo (2014) – Lectures with Untold, Holly Herndon, and Dave Smith

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[ – It’s always interesting to see and learn from the lectures of the Red Bull Music Academy. Artists of all persuasions show us experiences, techniques, ways to look at another perspective …. It is with this exchange that we add more to our world, whether artistic or personal.
Derived from all these factors, here are the latest (lectures) made by the great facility, name, Red Bull. Were held in Tokyo recently. For those who like something more, for those looking for the infinity of knowledge, which of course, feeds the soul,
here it IS, with love.]

Currently in session in Tokyo, in-depth lectures from the 2014 edition of Red Bull Music Academy have begun to surface online. Pulled from RBMA’s first round of lengthy conversations is a particularly informative lecture with innovative UK artist and Hemlock label head Untold, who weaves through his catalog and history as a producer, touching on a number of topics along the way. Also recorded during RBMA Tokyo’s ongoing lecture series are interviews with experimental artist and RVNG affiliate Holly Herndon as well as famed synth designer and production-gear pioneer Dave Smith. All three RBMA conversations are available to watch in full below.

This post was provided by XLR8R
(Text by James Eaton)

SD…to feed the soul!

SoundDesigners Podcast #47 November Mixed By Markus Masuhr

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Hello everyone,

Another month to get a new set of innovations and developments in our life. With the results, or part of them, the seeds we sow. We have the second month of autumn (Europe), the cold temperature rises despite increasingly be instability secondary to economic interests. Anyway …

This month we invited an artist we admire in the Techno scene, Markus Masuhr of Lepzig, Germany. Fan of Techno and Dubtechno, this podcast presents us with a journey full of sounds that projects in a world with unlimited dimensions, which lost in the hard scenarios like Detroit Techno but  full of hypnotic pad’s, full of vigor. Contemporary techno and full of charm, the selection and wonderful structure built during these 60 minutes.

Markus is not new as these wanderings gives to repair. Besides DJ is also a producer on Techno fields and develops two prestigious publishers. Insectorama (net-label) and Pragmat(12”). Already print quality 12 “in his name, continues the saga, full of potential, exploring sound aesthetically interesting always giving a signature that adds to the world in question.

Come on then traveling with PLAY!

Playlist soon…

Some info/links about Markus Masuhr,

Markus Masuhr (BIO)

From the deep and raw side of techno comes the artist markus masuhr.he lives in leipzig/germany and is the labelboss from the recordlabel “pragmat” and the netlabel “insectorama”. Markus started with electronic music in 1993 with friends at a youth club and illegal parties in Leipzig, he went on spinning techno records till 1997.After a three-year-detour over hip hop – Markus was a DJ of local sound crews – he eventually came back to 4/4 rhythms. Joining various party crews in Leipzig, Markus made himself a name as a highly skilled techno DJ. At the same time, Markus came to appreciate deep and raw techno and following to the dubtechno sound. Till this day, deep and raw techno and dubtechno sound are his main influences. When turning to produce electronic music himself in 2003, he chose to express his versatile style preferences in his own works as well – making tracks and live acts ranging from

deep techno with dub elements to raw techno. in the last years he has published on countless netlabels[insectorama/nulabel/deepindub/tropic…]worldwide. In the middle of the year 2012 starts his own 12inch techno recordlabel “pragmat”.only for his own interpretation of pure deep and raw techno with dubtechno elements. He himself describes his sound as techno that you feel approaching from the rear of the hard but deep with chords echos and delays in a 4/4 pattern dubtechno construct.

Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/artist/415206-Markus-Masuhr

Soundcloud(Markus): https://soundcloud.com/markus-masuhr

Soundcloud(Pragmat)https://soundcloud.com/pragmat

Site(Insectorama): http://www.insectorama.de

Facebook(Pragmat): https://www.facebook.com/Pragmat

Well…SoundDesigners like always wish a month of November full of good energies and happy conquers to your life!

Love,

SD…to feed the soul!

Ghostdata LP by Phantom Network SDTG005 (SNiPPETS) Soon…

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It’s time to add another edition to our catalog on Technogate line. We receive with love a new artist in our crew, Phantom Network (Richard Simmons) with the LP Ghostdata that will come out very soon. Leave snippets here,

SDTG005 Ghost Data LP by Phantom Network

Release text:

Another artist with the SoundDesigners seal of approval is welcomed on board at Technogate.
Based near London, UK, Phantom Network is the alias of Richard Simmons, who makes his debut with the LP, ‘Ghost Data’

There’s no doubt that this work is full of dynamic, delicate tastes, constructed with subtlety, strength, innovation and personality.

With these accolades, it’s clear that we want him in our midst. While travelling with this LP, we can explore many scenarios, either stimulating our imagination, or our feet on the dance floor. With chords often very present in the mix, we can draw a comparison to the deeper side of Techno, Dub Techno and beyond – so ‘Ghost Data’ will appeal to lovers of these types of sonic landscapes. This ghostly information is reflective of, and instructed by the foundation of dance music, which is shared in these 6 themes.
Phantom Network shows in this fantastic LP that he did not come here to play games – but to add something meaningful to our world. If he maintains this balance, we can look forward to what may be around the corner in the future. Hope you enjoy !
Until next time, with much love,
SoundDesigners.

Release date: Real soon…
Mastered by Jorge Caiado

*We would like to get some nice comments for the official release text, so if you share your love with us on the comments, we will publish them !
– and we will send an MP3 Promo.Zip to all those people !!
Until next time friends and have a nice week!
Love,

Donato Dozzy + Tin Man “Acid Test 09″ – One of the EP’s of this year so far…(2014).

The Messenger Ka sharing info about bright sounds: Acid test 09, 3 track EP of Donato Dozzy & Tin Man from March of this year on the US Absurd Recordings.

Donato Dozzy + Tin Man – Test 2

Warm and smooth, characterized by deep sounds. These series made by this wonderful double pulls the buildings to a very high level. The existing quality dance filled with layers of depth to a celestial path. Why more?
Travel for these unmissable sounds to add something inspiring to your day full of acid!
These 12″ deserves a permanent place in many bags.
For me, one of the EP’s this year so far!
Well…have a nice trip fellas!

Donato Dozzy + Tin Man – Test 3

Donato Dozzy + Tin Man – Test 9

Messenger Ka with love,
SD…to feed the soul!