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RA: Dallas: electro's second city
Andrew Ryce heads to Texas to learn the history of the South's under-appreciated electro capital.
electro  dancemusic  guide  Convextion  Dallas  Texas  USA  ResidentAdvisor  2019 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
The role of South African dance music during apartheid | Resident Advisor - YouTube
How the optimistic sounds of Bubblegum, Afro-synth and Kwaito helped inspire resistance to repression.
bubblegum  afrosynth  kwaito  music  history  SouthAfrica  ResidentAdvisor  2019 
april 2019 by inspiral
The art of DJing: Jeff Mills
"Well first, are you a DJ?"

"I don't use sync or MIDI or anything like that. Four CD players into one hub, and that's it."

"I'm thinking more about how I'm going to get this track out, rather than how I'm going to mix the next track in. My style is mainly of subtracting, not adding."

"I'm feathering it. I'm listening to the rhythm of the music, and I'm picking small areas in between the notes where I'm actually making the transition. So if it's a 4/4 beat, I'm in between the one and the two, the two and the three, and the three and the four. So, the listener doesn't really feel that anything is decreasing, because I'm making my movements in between the beats. That's why it looks like I'm doing something and sometimes I'm not, because I'm trying to find a way to get in between the beats to make the transition. So I'm touching it, trying to find a way to do it."

"I'll let it fall off a little bit before you hear it, so you can feel it coming together. Because, you know, we're dealing with people, and people are not machines. Perfection is not always the point. To hear a mix come together creates a whole different excitement in itself. When you hear the tracks merge together, conceptually it pulls you into the whole process. If you never let the audience hear that, then they might believe that you're perfect, and that you mix like a computer, like software. So that's not always really the point. Sometimes I purposely lag the beats slightly, and then bring them together again, and that's because I want you to hear that mix perfectly, and then we can move on."

"When I use vinyl, you have so many DJs playing on these things [turntables]. I need to learn the condition of them, learn which one is gonna be a problem, and then that's the one I don't use as much."


"I would first try to make it. Or I would alter someone else's track, just for me to use, not to sell it. But if say, I like someone's track, but just the bassline and the drums, I'll make a special version of that just for me.

There's that. And then, of course, I'll buy material. But I prefer to have some hand in what I'm playing, I prefer to go in the studio and come up with something that has a strange scale in the drums or something. I prefer to make that myself, test that myself."

"There are no symmetrical lines in a jungle, you expect things to be crossing over, you expect different layers of things. And sound can also be positioned in that way, to create the feeling that you just don't know what's gonna happen when you open the brush. I use sound in that way. Or very clean and minimal, almost to the point that nothing is there. But you feel that perhaps something was there, and this is the residue of what it was."
interview  Roland  TR-909  DJ  JeffMills  Detroit  radio  ResidentAdvisor  WillLynch  techno  RobertHood  UndergroundResistance  AxisRecords  PioneerCDJ2000  VestaxPMC-500  mixer  RadioShack  music 
april 2019 by cosmic
RA: Low end theory: EQing kicks and bass
Through this article, we're going to look at how easy it is to make a whole series of mistakes when it comes to programming and mixing bass-oriented elements and how we can turn those potential pitfalls into advantages and substantially improve the quality of our mixes, so that when it comes to the point of listening back on big club systems, those disappointments will seem like distant memories.
production  music  bass  advice  ableton  residentadvisor  articles 
march 2019 by markogara
RA: Taking it slow with Kara-Lis Coverdale
Nice interview and profile; when I read it, I remembered how much I enjoyed _Grafts_.
music  karaliscoverdale  interviews  profiles  residentadvisor 
february 2019 by infovore
RA: Sonideros: The mobile soundsystems of Mexico City
Max Pearl reports from the Mexican capital on a timeless DJ tradition that stretches back to the 1950s.
Sonideros  cumbia  music  Mexico  MexicoCity  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
RA: Inside Copenhagen's fast techno scene
Kit Macdonald visits the Danish capital to investigate its emergence as a hotbed for 140 BPM dance music.
techno  fasttechno  music  Copenhagen  Denmark  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
RA: Opinion: Hackney Council's decision is a huge setback for London nightlife
The Night Czar role's limitations have been exposed by the messy battle over nightlife in the East London borough, writes Dan Beaumont.
alcohol  licensing  clubbing  Hackney  London  author:DanBeaumont  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
RA: Electronic music in East Asia
From Japan's aging scene, to the recent growth in South Korea and Taiwan, electronic music in East Asia is in flux. Tobias Burgers reports on both the challenges and exciting developments that have gripped the region.
music  dancemusic  clubbing  Japan  SouthKorea  Taiwan  Taipei  Seoul  review  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
RA: The art of DJing: Roman Flügel
The surreal touch that colors Flügel's music extends to his masterful DJ sets. Speaking to Matt Unicomb, he reflects on his decades behind the decks.
RomanFlugel  interview  music  clubbing  dj  profile  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
RA: Nyege Nyege: East Africa's new wave
Electronic music is booming in East Africa, and a small collective based in Kampala is at the heart of it all. Aaron Coultate travelled to Uganda to hear their story.
music  dancemusic  BoutiqElectroniq  NyegeNyege  profile  Uganda  Kampala  Africa  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
RA: 2017 in electronic music
We highlight the artists and musical movements that defined the year.
dancemusic  clubbing  music  review  electro  reissue  SouthAmerica  LatinAmerica  hardcore  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral

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