"There he goes. One of God's own protoypes. Some kind of high-powered mutant never considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." Hunter S. Thompson wasn't talking about Raja Ram, but..
At 74 years, Raja is still touring the world with his own singular brand of madness. Like some Pied Piper from beyond the doppelbereich, he dances about the stage playing the flute, "throwing hats to the people" and leading dusty dance floors into phantasmagorical states of rapture and delight. He's a quarter of the legendary psytrance act 1200 Mics and half of the strange, divine and utterly unclassifiable beast that is Shpongle with Simon Posford. - Pulseradio (read more..)
Free shuttle buses will run to the Soundwave music festival this weekend, after the government scrambled to the rescue of thousands of rock music fans who faced being stranded at the Melbourne Showgrounds after the event's organisers failed to give public transport operators proper notice that the event was happening.
Soundwave - which is expected to draw 35,000 fans over its two days
The reincarnated lama of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism is to appear at Somerset's Glastonbury Festival this summer.
The Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion website confirmed he will talk in the 'Sunday morning slot' on the Pyramid Stage, on June 28. This slot has previously seen appearances from the likes of The English National Ballet and the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
The following day, His Holiness will give a public talk on Buddhism in the 21st Century at Kempton Racecourse in Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex.
instrument designed by Istanbul-based musician Görkem Şen that emits music right out of a retro sci-fi movie
just saw this at thisiscolossal - you should too! check the vimeo video
~ The Yabahar is a new acoustic instrument designed by Istanbul-based musician Görkem Şen that emits music right out of a retro sci-fi movie, a remarkable feat considering there isn’t a bit of electricity involved. The Yabahar can be played in a variety of different ways using mallets or with a bow, relying on a combination of two drum-like membranes, long springs, and a tall fretted neck to create music...
Lake of Dreams - Burning Man 2013 Film and Music by Roy Two Thousand http://roy2k.com/ Additional footage by August Winkelman and Connor McNeill Produced by…
enjoy the experience virtually, thanks to the incredible new film Lake Of Dreams by Roy Two Thousand. Combining time-lapse, hyperlapse, and standard video, Roy, along with his second shooters, August Winkelman and Connor McNeill, give us a 7 minutes jaw dropping short film that will feel so real, you will be cleaning the sand out of your teeth for the rest of the afternoon. - fstoppers
You can find more from Roy Two Thousand on his website.
Beatport last year, revealed during a recent Q&A session that it “wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that there’s a streaming service coming from Beatport,” indicating that a partnership with T Mobile would be likely.
News has also leaked (via Android Police) that YouTube will be launching a streaming service called YouTube Music Key, offering “ad-free music, audio-only playback (for background or screen-off listening), and offline playback.
Illegal warehouse parties have proliferated since the state's new liquor laws were introduced, according to club owners and music promoters
Illegal warehouse parties have proliferated since the state's liquor laws were changed, according to club owners and music promoters, who say the partygoers are trying to escape 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks in the CBD and Kings Cross.
The underground raves are not licensed and are known for unregulated drinking, drug use and potential fire hazards in unsafe buildings. Popular sites include disused warehouses or studios in the inner-city industrial belt between Marrickville and Alexandria, but also old army barracks in areas including Mosman.
Clubbers in Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross will be banned from buying shots, doubles or high-strength premixed drinks after midnight as of this Friday July 18, as new restrictions on alcohol service come into effect.
New Sydney CBD alcohol service restrictions from Friday July 18
> No shots, doubles or premixed drinks over 5% alcohol after midnight (excluding cocktails) > No buying more than four drinks at one time after midnight > No buying more than two drinks at one time after 2am > No liquor service at all between 3am and 5am
“It [dubstep] was about a vibe, almost meditation at one point,” Jones says. It just wasn’t exciting any more, it just got the point where it was all about drops.
Oliver ‘Skream’ Jones’s departure from the genre he helped create as a London teenager has been well documented, but new Thump documentary Come With Me goes into more depth than before, as Jones talks about the early days of the UK’s dubstep scene through to its world domination, his subsequent disillusionment and move into making and playing house, techno and disco.
Spotify will ask some of its 40 million users to re-enter their passwords and upgrade their software after detecting unauthorised access.
Music streaming service Spotify will ask some of its 40 million users to re-enter their passwords and upgrade their software in coming days after detecting unauthorised access to its internal systems and data.
Dance music is obsessed with its own heritage. Despite only being around for a few short decades, its influence has spread and evolved from its underground roots into wider popular culture and the music discourse as a whole.
One of my favourites - Human Traffic was not on the list..
When Ralph Erenzo wants to shake up a batch of his Hudson Baby Bourbon, he wheels in the sub-woofer and cranks up the dubstep right next to the barrels.
"I call it sonic maturation," says the eccentric founder of New York bourbon company Tuthilltown Spirits. "I have no scientific evidence for it, but I think the vibrations help to develop the colour and aroma more quickly.
10 signs you're a veteran raver | We don't stay young forever. It's the unfortunate truth about life, and it especially applies to going out. After a while, things just aren't the same. You need more rest, everyone in the place seems like they're half your age, and the guy who used to be your favourite DJ doesn't even play the same style of music. If one or more of these applies to you, consider yourself a veteran rave (via pulseradio)
‘comfort zone’ for weary music lovers...but you have to be OVER 30 to get in
Australian music festival Soundwave has announced new 'comfort zone'. It was initially an 'oldies lounge' after a Twitter user suggested a 35+ area. The zone will have bean bags, a gelato bar, wine in glasses and massages
When looking through club listings, we often see the word ‘live’ next to artist names.
Are we talking analogue hardware, cueing samples in Ableton, live percussion, or something vastly different altogether? Here, we ask a range of top artists in electronic music to shed some light on their relationship with the word ‘live’ and what it means in electronic music.
The New York Times reports that “as part of a new licensing deal with entertainment companies, SoundCloud will begin incorporating advertising and for the first time let artists and record labels collect royalties.
Known as gamma-ray bursts, these explosions of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation are the brightest events known to occur in the universe
An astronomer and a graphic artist have teamed up to turn powerful explosions in distant galaxies into spellbinding music and animations. The unique celestial compositions are psychedelic and strangely beautiful.
There was a 13 per cent increase in the number of people who said they’d use at least some of their drugs outside the venue, rather than using them all inside,
Trialling a sniffer dog-free music festival could be a valuable experiment, according to drug safety and policy experts. It follows the plea by Australian band Art Vs Science to abandon the use of drug-detection dogs at this month’s Splendour in the Grass event to reduce the number of “panic” overdoses.
Last week, Apple purchased Beats Music for $3 billion — the largest acquisition the company has ever made. With it, the company acquired Dr. Dre and longtime Interscope Geffen A&M Records executive Jimmy Iovine, the men behind Beats and a "sound revolution" who are actually doing irrevocable damage to our ability to appreciate music.
They aren't alone in it. Beats is just the biggest representative of the cultural trend of constant headphone use, and the silent epidemic that has come with it.
Dre and Iovine's headphones are engineered so that you "hear your music the way the artist would play it back" — specifically, the way hip-hop and rap artists, like Dre, would want to play it back
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