Can a website be human enough to allow us to say that a website is another website’s friend? Seriously, I have no clue, I don’t even care so stop asking weird questions, will you?
Famelik here. I’ve decided to mark this transition to spring and to make some things more explicit : Unlog is, one way or another, connected to many people and projects. So lets do an update and introduce you to some of them. Not because they pay us, but because each one of them deserves it.
• Kalbut DSGN : Graphics you’d like to fuck
We can credit Mr Freezy for most of our visual and graphic identity at Unlog. The best ones I mean. Hailing from Belgium,
he and his partner in grime are talended hard workers who teamed up go way beyond your expectations in graphism, art and product design.
• High On Beats : Electronic music dream team from Montreal
Formerly JaimeLeDubstep.com, HOB is an art collective based out of Montreal, Canada. The core team consists of Construct, Def Child, Geoff Bukk, Amy DubSelekta, Wally and Rob Habit, working with an extended team of people who all are actors in the Montreal music scene. They all joined forces to share their love and passion for contemporary underground electronic music of all kinds, with a focus on bass, beats and sound culture. You’ll undestand it at the first look on their brand new website, which offers a variety of content that will make you a busy listener for the days, weeks, months (years?) to come. Long life to HOB!
• Stroll Around the Groove : Rare groove weekly radio show
Crate digging and rare groove here. SATG is a weekly radio show and event I’m proud to be part of. Pride is not even the right word, but the best I have in mind to express how amazing it is to discover by my teammates’ digging report every week. We’ve recently celebrated our 33th radio show, and we certainly won’t stop here. Sit tight, we bring the records.
• Rider Radio : Never ending stream of tunes
RR is an innovative web based music platform that provides exclusive mixes, playlists and live performances, as well as reports on emerging trends from our correspondents across the world. We teamed up with this brand new project to bring some Unlog vibes to the platform, so expect some more news on this side soon! +1 for their amazing interface and the quality of their live shows. Hard work, again.
• Beat4Battle : Cut it up f.f.fresh…
2013, and still, B4B is one of the most active boards for turntablists and beatmakers all around the world. Each day, new people with different levels, different music orientation join the family to share media, events and knowledge about turntablism, challenging each other on monthly scratch and beatmaker battles. What else, join the crew!
• Audace Radio : trip to Japan
Our crew members are based in France, Canada, Belgium, and Japan. For those among you who’re interested in the Japan part, here’s the link for you. Audace Radio is the main project of our friend Audace, DJ and producer based in Tokyo. Apart from his own events, label releases, mixes, he’ll also share content related to the hip hop/broken beat/electronics scene in Tokyo. Stay in the loop.
• Tales from the Crate : Radio show based in Belgium
Belgium again, with our friends Fabot and Reverend D (B4B, Pipolass) who’ll keep you in the loop on the latest releases linked to the turntablism and beatmaker scene in Europe and around the world. French language again, but you’ll like their selections. Tune in!
• BassMusic Magazine : Bass music, yes. But French style.
When DJ Noyl does not dig for Unlog on work on his beat-juggling patterns, he writes articles for his french family : Bass Music Mag. A web-zine magazine focused on bass music, with articles, interviews, portrait, chroniques, playlists and a diary of french events.
• Blackelk Recordings : A new beat scene based in Southern France
If you’ve been hanging around lately, you’ve obviously read several times about Blackelk Recordings. Created by UM, one of our very first podcasters, the label recently celebrated its first anniversary and plans some interesting things for 2013. All the catalogue of this new beat scene is available for free download, a good opportunity to discover previous works from artists such as Broken Drop, UM, Everydayz, Duff Ill, Hentitan, Killacam, Le Med, MLp, Freaks Show Spores, Famelik (who’s that guy again?) and many more. No shameless promo here : our connection being the logical consequence of our similar views on music, they definitely have to be on that list.
• Shabu Recordings : Splash
"post arty ambient electroacoustic synth music inspired by acid and techno" can be an option if you try to find a keyword combo to describe what’s Shabu about "whatever, just feed me new music" could be another combo. Either way, this Montreal based label holds the key to a world known to few people, full of immersive textures you’ll sometimes want to listen to at night. Axel Helios, Jesse Somfay, Avus, Niccolò Bianchi, Vaghe Stelle, Groj… are the core artists signed on this label, not to add the impressive list of artists about to join the spash (hehe, I know, you don’t). Thanks again to Axel Helios for mastering our Ravi Shankar tribute beat tape by the way!
Props to our team, our party friends, artists who contribute to the projects, to all those who listen, follow, support, help, love, share, read, acknowledge our existence, whatever. Many other websites and people would fit here but we’ll keep some for the next update. What an update.
As usual :
Unlike yesterday, today’s pick will feature two artists who strive in two different layers in this musical mesh. Yet, both of them appear on our Unlog Complex #01 project, which (nuff said) is still available for free download. Let’s start with…
VNDL is familiar with our readers, through the podcast he’s provided some months ago and the track Mille fragments we’ve released with Blackelk Recordings. His work is something I really want to push not only because of the common approach of sound we share, but also because he’s a really prolific artist and whose sounds clearly evolves between each and every project he works on. We don’t want you to miss the chance to witness that.
So expect to deal with sound textures here. Remember that while music tastes can differ in many points between two people, we’re all sensitive to sound textures. It’s just a matter of context.
I like writing. I should do it more often. But sometimes, the description provided with a release fits way more when you want to describe it to someone else. It’s not always the case (and maybe a worst 10 album descriptions would be a funny game), but it’s the choice I’m gonna make now.
‘gahrena’ envisages a deeper exploration of virtual reality by using highly processed electric guitars as well as manipulated field recordings and a wide range of electronic devices. the sound on this album can be described as abstract electronica with a deep organic feel, where vndl’s inspiration and sonic research fuse with the amendatory work of nebulo, offthesky, pleq and c0ma.
vndl constructs a changing, mysterious sonic world recreated from aural landscapes already in existence. a gripping release taking you away to as-yet unknown environments – attentive listening required.
Different topic now.
This broken beat / groove / hip hop oriented producer was unknown to me some months ago, until I discovered his project Klendatü on Bandcamp, thanks to a guy who’s used to stroll around the groove. Here it is.
If your question is "is it a free download", the answer is yes, and I’m even going to put tags on this article so everyone knows where those fresh beats are available.
Since then, we got in touch to invite him to join our beat tape project, and his track Octobre finally ended in the release. We’ve been discussing a lot on the final sound he wanted to have on his final, especially on his kick drums.
Despite my very selective (and boring) views on hip nop beats, this conversation made me understand the importance human groove takes in his abstract beats, which is confirmed by his latest release, a collaboration with MelodiQ.
Brace yourself, those two tracks got vibes!
I have some pretty exciting news for you: a new Shinect version is soon to be released : Shinect 0.48 !
Here is a list of the main new features:
- Shinect is no longer a console-based application! Just click on it to start it, as you would with any software, no console commands knowlege is required!
- Calibration is now about ten times faster (thanks to the new OpenNI version)
- Installation has been simplified
- Wiimote support with auto-detection (if no wiimotes are available, the pads settings return to a default kinect-based behavior)
- Layout page switching: you can ‘scroll’ between different layout pages with gestures
- New basic GUI: just right click on the Shinect view to select your setttings
- MIDI output is now a global parameter (no longer config file specific) and can be selected or changed via the new context menu
- You can now switch between config files dynamically (select your file using the new context menu)
- Added an option to keep the Shinect window on top of others apps
- Info and error messages are now displayed on top of the view
This version is currently in private beta phase, so if you’d like to help me by testing it, just contact me on twitter: ShiniKnobz
Big news from Belgium, with this new ipad app released developed by Herrmutt Lobby (if you’re into M4L, you also gotta check his BeatFader module) . The beta version is available on the Vlek website : http://vlek.tumblr.com/post/18443761704/vlek-presents-beatsurfing
VLEK08/APP – A MIDI INSTRUMENT BUILDER FOR IPAD.
Developed by Herrmutt Lobby.
More info: beatsurfing.net
BUILD ORGANIC MIDI INSTRUMENTS.
- Create swarms of MIDI objects that fit your most delirious setup dreams. Just drag&mod.
- Overlap objects on layers, create new organic systems that bring back a human feel to your performances.
- Each object can interact with your DAW and/or alter any other object’s behaviour, creating an infinity of combinations.
- In-app editing: switch between edit and play modes in a split second.
BRING BACK EXPRESSION IN YOUR PERFORMANCE.
Build an instrument and play it, like a partition, in a 1000 different ways.
This video features 4 "operators": the Line, the Circle, the Polygon and the Fader. Each of these operators allows you to build your own MIDI instruments from the ground up as if you were drawing them on the screen. The distribution of the objects and the trajectory of your fingers then help to reintroduce variety and a human feeling to your performance.
The Beatsurfing app is set to be released in Spring 2012.
Enroll for the Beta Test here: bit.ly/vlek08-beta
This video shows Herrmutt Lobby playing with the new Beatsurfing app.
This video features an iPad2 running iOS 5 controlling an Ableton Live / Max For Live session.