Friday, February 03, 2017

(Review) After The Afterparty (feat. Lil Yachty) - Alan Walker Remix by Charli XCX (future house / tropical)

Charlie XCX knows a thing or two about after parties, and she is an excellent songwriter, so it's no surprise that this song is a hit. For some reason the future house / tropical vibe  of this remix reminds me of the Vengaboys, who we miss dearly.

 

BPB posts list of best FREE VST synths and effects released in 2016

There are tons of fantastic sounding free VST synths and effects for your electronic music composition and BPB compiled a list of what they consider the best free VST plugins released in 2016. year. The list covers virtual instruments and effects that are compatible with major plugin platforms (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
As a taster, here is just the first one --

See the whole list at http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2016/12/29/free-vst-plugins-2016/
 (They also have a larger selection of virtual instruments and effects on their main VST plugin directory)

Thursday, February 02, 2017

(Review) Oceans by CAZZETTE (electronic pop, EDM)

The jazzy opening vocals by Leo Stannard, underpinned by old school digital pads, followed by fat syncopated bass, make the new song  “Oceans” by Swedish electronic music duo Cazzette thoroughly enjoyable. A tropical house influenced synth flute riff tops off this electronic pop song. 



(“Oceans” was premiered exclusively on Spotify on Friday January 27th via ICONS and PRMD.)


Good news for Ableton Live Intro users: 12 new Live Packs (beats, instruments)


Good news for users of Ableton Live Intro: Previously, Packs were accessible only to those with Standard and Suite editions of Live, but now the following Packs have been made compatible with Live Intro and are on sale now.
(Ableton Live Packs are sounds, samples, effects and more, designed for use with Live. Ableton recommends them as "a source of inspiration whether you’re searching for synths, writing a film score, or exploring genre-specific styles.")

Here are some of the Packs

Urban Cookbook. 1 by Goldbaby

3000+ kits, hits, chords, bass and other production tools for modern urban music styles. Goldbaby used used analog tape, vinyl dub plates, vintage samplers and high-end outboard gear to record and process each sound – the result is as warm and punchy as you’d hope.

 Future RnB by Sample Magic

An all-in-one production toolkit packed with sounds for contemporary R&B, trap, hip-hop and other urban styles. 1.6 GB of crisp drum machine beats and powerful bass, plus an array of blissed-out analogue synths, lush keys, pitched vocal cuts and much more.

The AAS Bundle: Angelicals, Entangled Species and Journeys

The AAS Bundle brings Intro users Suite-only synths Analog and Tension at their evocative best, but without the ability to dive in past the set macro-mapped parameters. Create retro-futuristic soundscapes with the classic polysynths in Angelicals, or vivid impressions of faraway places with Tension’s physical modelling sounds in Journeys. Also using Tension, Entangled Species provides more than a hundred arpeggiators, pads and FX that are perfect for scores or electro-acoustic, ambient arrangements.

Read more about all 12 packs at https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/12-packs-for-intro-users/


Wednesday, February 01, 2017

(Review) Good Girls - Airia Remix by Crystal Fighters (indie electronic)



Is it the infectious first verse or the singalong chorus or the squeaky tropical house / trap synth riff that makes this song by Crystal Fighters so catchy? This song by the English indie electronic / indie dance band is from their third album, 'Everything Is My Family' (released on the 21st October, 2016).

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Playlist: Electronic Music Lab artists

Where can you a find a group of electronic musicians that includes producers of House, EDM, Trance, Breaks, Tropical House, Future Bass, Synthwave, Electro Pop, Ambient, Indie Electronic and more? Check out our playlist of artists who are also members of the Electronic Music Lab -


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Meet the Musicians behind OVER and 1057 Remix


We bring you behind the scenes of these two hot new releases, with interviews of Brannlum and Jeff Hue


As 2016 comes to a close, the Singapore music scene has been buzzing with hot new songs with an electronic flavour - Jasmine Sokko's 1057 (which has topped Spotify's Singapore Top 50) which has since been remixed by producers from Singapore and Malaysia including Brannlum; and Ffion's Over ft Jeff Hue, which was co-written with  electronic musician Jeff Hue. We especially like the strong electronic music presence on these successful, popular mainstream releases. So we decided to speak to the musicians involved. 

1057 - Jasmine Sokko (Brannlum Remix)

Brannlum is no stranger to uplifting, melodic, trance-influenced electronic music. As a singer-songwriter who has collaborated with vocalists Skye Soon and Shawn, he's been actively releasing songs and performing shows. His Discovery EP was launched this year at SPECTRUM, the electronic music festival organized by NUS Electronic Music Lab. 


What led you to remix this song?

When I heard 1057, Jasmine's vocals stood out and I was sure that I wanted to put my own take onto the song. I felt her delicate vocals would be complemented with a bass-heavy drop, further bringing out the emotions of the song.  So I took the chance and dropped her a message, asking if she would be open to having me do a remix of the song. Thankfully, she was really awesome about it and sent over the vocal acapella! 

What were some of the challenges you faced in the process? 

I feel the biggest challenge about all remixes is to be able to create a new track whilst paying homage to the original, and it applied to this remix as well. In addition, I chose to remix the track in reference to only the acapella, thus having to create the accompanying chords and adjust the timing of the vocals from scratch. This method was challenging and time-consuming but paid off in the end as it allowed me to create a remix that was fresh and different from the original.

What do you like best about the song? 

I feel that the song comes together at the bridge, which is also my favourite part. Along with the introduction of a lighter synth melody, the cinematic drums builds the emotional tension of the lyrics, while reaching the final drop. I love the fact that the song's intensity takes the listener on an emotional journey throughout.

 What do you plan to do next? 

I've been working on a couple of originals that I hope to put out over the course of 2017. In the meantime, I'm working on several remixes of artistes as well, including Evanturetime and Cosmic Armchair, which will be coming out soon as well! 


Over by Ffion and Jeff Hue  

Jeff is a highly qualified and talented professional audio producer, mixer, engineer and sound designer. Besides creating his own electronic music, he also performs with electronic quartet Canvas Conversations. Recently both the band and Jeff (performing solo) played at SPECTRUM, the electronic music festival organized by NUS Electronic Music Lab.




What was your inspiration in creating this single?

When I started working with Ffion to create this song, we went through a few ideas in the initial development, from a slow, chill song, to a more upbeat song in the end. I wanted to be able to translate what she had composed, lyrically and emotionally, into the final product.

What was your creative process like?

I wanted to create something fresh and accessible, and went through a few references of songs I thought would suit the song. I worked on a vocal demo track that she recorded in her bedroom for a long time to develop a suitable arrangement before finally getting in to record the vocals that we used in the track. I started working on the synth chords, before adding a beat to it. However, I later changed the groove to give it more energy, and changed the arrangement of the synths to match the new groove. I used a sliced vocal lead, which I used in the drop, which I thought would add a lot of flavor to the song.

What was interesting or unusual for you in this project?

The interesting thing could be the workflow of the song, as I ran through so many variations of the song, and each variation caused me to edit different elements and components of the song to alter it's personality. So the final outcome is actually a result of constant attempts to change parts of the song, but one at a time, resulting in something different from where we started.

What will you be doing next?

I am currently working on my EP, which I aim to be an epitome of my musical journey over the last few years, encompassing everything I've learnt about music thus far.

We're happy to see these two talented (and friendly) electronic musicians making headway into the Singapore mainstream pop music scene, and we wish them all the best for 2017 and beyond. 

Find out more about Brannlum:
Follow on Soundcloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/brannlum
Download Discovery EP: https://brannlum.bandcamp.com/releases
Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brannlum
Business Inquiries & Collaborations: brannlumofficial@gmail.com

Find out more about Jeff Hue:
https://soundcloud.com/jeffhueofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/iamjeffhue/
https://www.facebook.com/jeffhueofficial

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Synth Meet at City Music - Modular and Analog Synths (Video)


Khew Sin Sun, a pioneer of electronic music in Singapore and a founding tutor of our Electronic Music Lab (EML) (www.eml.org.sg at NUS, recently shared his knowledge of sound synthesis, performed on his collection of analogue synthesizers, and showcased other analogue / modular electronic musicians, at City Music Singapore on 5  November 2016.
This playlist also includes a live analog synth jamming session by guest presenters David McKaige & Jon He performing on their modular synthesizers.


About Khew Sin Sun

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Khew Sin Sun has always been at the forefront of Music Technology. Since winning his first Synthesizer as a prize by winning the Yamaha Electone South East Asia Competition, it started a lifelong passion on "All Things Electronic"  All of this time, Khew found a knack in teaching his art form and conducted numerous workshops, talks, demonstrations as well as lectures about music technology. Khew Sin Sun was also a founding tutor of the NUS Electronic Music Lab http://www.eml.org.sg - a performance group based at the NUS Centre for the Arts that composes, produces, performs, records and promotes original electronic music in Singapore.

About David McKaige

First hitting the stage as a bass player in a Santana tribute band in America, David is now based in Singapore and has established himself here as a Keyboard & Guitar player. Since then, David has been intrigued by how one can never truly create the same sound twice on a modular synthesizer.

About Jon He

Jon He is an experimental sound and integrated media artist, researcher and educator. He works within a hybridized culture of art and technology, exploring the frontiers of computational creativity in contemporary sonic and visual arts practices. His works have been published at major international academic conferences/ journals and performed at specialized events and venues all over the world. His modular works are influenced by noise music, electro-acoustic music tradition, micro sounds, and the art of guqin music. This convergence results in works that traverse between the extremes of musical time scales, often blurring rhythmic rigidness and smearing the unwavering radiance of melodies. Jon is currently the postdoctoral teaching fellow in Sonic Arts at Yale-NUS College.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Acousmatic Music in the age of EDM and Launchpads

MUSIC TECH SG invited me to speak and perform at their Meetup in SMU on 19 September.
Synopsis: Acousmatic music began as recorded musique concrete, projected on loudspeakers in concert with no live musicians, and has analogues in modern electronic music and DJ sets. But in the era of EDM superstars, where audiences expect the DJ to "perform live", is there still room for the acousmatic aesthetic?
Performance begins at 42:00
Finale with field recording of the words of one local electronic musician at 47:15



Slides are here


Before I spoke, independent musician and Creative Commons Singapore lead Ivan Chew, spoke about his journey from Librarian to Musician. It's full of useful ideas for musicians who want to develop their skills and circle of contacts through legal remixing.

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