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Disney features Avicii’s ‘Levels’ in new Fantasia video game

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Disney, though in the midst of a heated and highly publicized ongoing battle with Deadmau5, still remains eager to incorporate dance music standouts in its more recent projects. While according to Deadmau5, the corporation allegedly previously reached out to him with interest in collaborating for a Fantasia revision venture, Disney seems to have found yet another EDM leader to substitute.

Avicii’s famed “Levels” is featured as part of Fantasia‘s new video game titled “Fantasia: Music Evolved.” Described as a ‘breakthrough musical motion video game,’ the clip reveals a distortion-heavy rendition of “Levels” as the music for one of the game’s rounds. Fantasia: Music Evolved was released on October 21st and is now available for Xbox One and Kinect for Xbox 360.

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NASA launches its SoundCloud page with sounds from past missions

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Electronic music has been the fastest growing genre in the music industry over the last decade so it’s only fitting that the genre expand into the final frontier, space. David Guetta and Armin van Buuren have been two leaders to already express their desire to be the first DJs in space. Instead of sending a DJ to space just yet, NASA has decided to bring past space missions to Earth with their SoundCloud profile. America’s renowned space agency uploaded over sixty samples ranging from “Apollo Sounds” to “President Kennedy Sounds” to “Rocket Engine Sounds.” In the coming months, fans could perhaps hear JFK’s commanding voice say “we choose to go to the moon” and the famous “Houston, we have a problem” incorporated in upcoming tracks. NASA manifests a giant leap for the music industry as they demonstrate the vast applicability of platforms like SoundCloud to be used by various industries. 

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Pioneer Introduces Kuvo: Real-Time Set Publishing Software

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Despite the introduction of a brand new DJ controller, Pioneer is selling its DJ audio business off to KKR. This doesn’t mean they’re entirely out of the game yet though. Pioneer has revealed Kuvo, an app/software combo designed to publish real-time set lists from anywhere in the world. By linking a hardware box to the Internet and CDJs, meta-data about the set is sent to the Kuvo cloud. The app then streams what tracks the DJ is mixing, song by song, as well as listing which DJs are playing where. It includes an interactive map to show users which clubs are nearby. From the stream, each song is available for purchase via iTunes or Juno. Forget Shazam. Kuvo essentially does all the work for you.

The project has been endorsed by DJs and producers including Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler. Kuvo is expected to boost awareness for new talent and independent labels while connecting fans more directly with their favorite artists. The software is certainly an interesting innovation, bringing more accountability to how a set is executed. For more information on Kuvo take a look at the launch video below.

Source: Mixmag

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Watch Diplo and Skrillex Completely Obliterate a Texas House Party

Watch Diplo and Skrillex Completely Obliterate a Texas House Party

Close your eyes. Now take a minute to imagine what it would be like to have Diplo and Skrillex at YOUR house spinning YOUR house party. Now open your eyes; that would be awesome right? Believe or not, one lucky crew in Austin, Texas had the aforementioned privilege of hosting both members of JACK U at their house party, following Skrillex’s performance at the Austin City Limits festival. The duo stepped into the house and proceeded to bring the structure crumbling down with a wide range of tracks from Kanye West remixes to JACK U originals. Sonny took to Twitter shortly after to evaluate the damages:  

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NI’s Traktor Kontrol S8 has an official release date and price

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When Native Instruments released the Traktor Kontrol S4, it was a game-changer for the digital DJing world. It proved to be the perfect all-in-one controller for bedroom DJs and mobile professionals alike thanks to its compact setup and feature-rich design. Now, Native Instruments is looking to inspire the next great wave of change with the Traktor Kontrol S8.

Unlike its predecessor, the Kontrol S8 is a less of an intermediary between the old school-new school DJ dialectic and more of a full-on espousal of the digital DJing world. With that said, it’s also an attempt to shift the focus from the Laptop and onto the controller itself.

From the previews and images thus far, the controller has received a bit of a mixed response. There are countless digital DJs who have embraced the vision of the controller, yet their enthusiasm is matched by the skepticism of DJs from the turntable and CDJ world have scoffed at the controllers’ lack of jog wheels and tempo faders. Finally, you have a large demographic left in the middle, puzzled by its design but curious as to its potential.

With Native Instruments’ latest video, we get a bit more sense of what the all-in-one controller is capable of, and from the looks of it, there’s quite a lot to be excited about.

The Traktor Kontrol S8 will be available October 30th for the price of $1,199. Pre-order it here.

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Splice releases project file for Henry Fong & J-Trick’s ‘Scream;’ Musical Freedom weighs in

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As technology continues to shape the landscape of music production, Splice has offered the latest breakthrough in the creative process. The cloud-based music collaboration platform has teamed up with Henry Fong and J-Trick to open-source their Ableton Live project file for “Scream,” their recent chart-topping collaboration on Musical Freedom. This isn’t the first time Splice has done this, but it is the first time they’ve opened up a project file from a Beatport top 10 track.

It’s pretty insane how thoroughly you can analyze the track upon opening the project file. For instance, you can see everything from where Fong and J-Trick have placed their EQ notches on their kick drums, to their effects chains, to how they’ve layered their lead synths. Such an arrangement lends itself to a lot of potential scrutiny, yet Fong seems unfazed, confident in their approach: “Neither of us are technically crazy production engineers, so we just kind of did what sounded good in the track. It’s more about getting the right groove and melodies in this one, rather than complex sound design.”

In the past, artists have traditionally given out the stems for open remixes, but providing the full project file is kind of like the evolution of that: “Feel free to remix it, make a mashup,” Fong says, “steal the kick, look at the master chain, show your grandma how I compress, whatever!”

To further understand the implications of open-sourcing a project file, I spoke to Andrew Goldstone, General Manager of Musical Freedom. Goldstone is in charge of overseeing releases on Tiësto’s world-famous imprint, so as you can imagine, he’s quite well-versed in the marketing department.

I asked Goldstone what he believes the value is in giving away the project file on a platform like Splice: “It’s a tool for learning… the more people can understand how great songs are made, my hope is that it lifts people’s skill up.”

Goldstone touched on a larger phenomenon with aspiring producers. For the most part, people are sending in demos that sound exactly the same: “Satellite tracks are not the way forward. The more individual and unique your tracks are, the more likely they are to get attention. It’s about learning production essentials and taking those and developing a unique sound that lets you stand apart. No one needs the tenth copy of Martin Garrix.”

By partnering with Splice, Goldstone believes that they can help change this culture of imitation: “Right now there are so many songs out there that sound alike. Part of that is a function of people not having great production skills. Splice provides new producers and established producers a new way of doing things.”

Part of the value of Splice is that it elucidates the mystery surrounding these heavily touted professional tracks: “For producers to be able to ask those kind of questions to guys who have records signed, who are out producing records for big labels… to have the ability to have questions like that answered… it’s kind of unprecedented.”

This open-source approach thus has the ability to change the way producers study their craft by offering a collaborative platform between new and established artists. At the end of our interview, Goldstone reiterated his support: “I think this is the way forward… it’s being done by guys who are established. Who have a track record of success. It will hopefully elevate the level of production across the aboard.”

Splice will be holding a live stream Q&A with Henry Fong and J-Trick on Tuesday, 10/14, at 2pm PST to answer all production questions about their track “Scream.” Fong will also be doing a step-by-step walkthrough of the Ableton Live Session.

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