Charlie Cooper, Telefon Tel Aviv, Passes Away

One of the two members of the Chicago based, electronic group Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on Thursday, January 22nd. Charlie Cooper III was 31 years of age. ‘Immolate Yourself,’ the groups third studio album was released one day later on Bpitch Control. Little has been released on the exact details of how Cooper died. … Continue reading “Charlie Cooper, Telefon Tel Aviv, Passes Away”

Winter NAMM 09, Ableton 8

Ableton Live had plenty to announce at this year’s Winter NAMM conference. First, of course, they’re announcing Ableton Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8. With a great new intuative warping engine. They’ve also announced a dedicated controller for Live from Akai, the APC40 (Ableton Performance Controller), as well as Max For Live, a collaboration with … Continue reading “Winter NAMM 09, Ableton 8”

Assault Guitars? Thought You Had a Bad Ass Guitar.

Talk about a stage presence, you could take hostages with this thing (or maybe just unwilling groupies). I mean, yes, it’s a tad over-the-top and extremely ridiculous; but come on, it’s rock and roll. Previewed at Winter NAMM 09, the AK87/91 Assault Guitar comes equipped with a flame thrower and roman candles…and it plays. It’s … Continue reading “Assault Guitars? Thought You Had a Bad Ass Guitar.”

Rothbury Festival 2009

Word is the Rothbury Festival is on for 2009, 4th of July weekend. Plans are to continue the event at the Double JJ resort even though it is currently in bankruptcy court and will be searching for new ownership. Double JJ is located in southern Oceana County,  near Muskegon Michigan. Last years inaugural environmentally themed, … Continue reading “Rothbury Festival 2009”

Touch. The New Beatport

The last sense to be featured before the launch of the new beatport is touch. I have to say, they’ve saved some of the best additions for last (as they should). What’s the real focus? Functionality. A very inventive piece, for any website, is the new docking feature. Both the playlist and MyBeatport can be … Continue reading “Touch. The New Beatport”

iTunes Loosens Their Belt, Finally

Apple recently announced iTunes, the largest digital music e-retailer, will change it’s pricing structure and offer music without restrictions. Frankly, I’m not sure how they made it so far with the restrictions alone. Aside from the fact it’s extremely easy for iPod users to purchase music from the service and they really had no competition … Continue reading “iTunes Loosens Their Belt, Finally”

Torq 1.5, Update to Digital Dj Software

One of the newest digital Dj softwares, which has received numerous praise, has announced an update which promises innovative new creative tools and workflow enhancements. Torq 1.5 brings even more creative options to the only digital DJ workstation designed to merge live DJ performance and advanced music production. New features in Torq 1.5 software include … Continue reading “Torq 1.5, Update to Digital Dj Software”

See the New Beatport

Ahem. Excuse me, let me remove my foot from my mouth. Last entry I told you the biggest piece the MyBeatport section was missing, the ability to mark individual tracks as favorites. Well, instead of adding it to the MyBeatport section, they’ve decided to add a whole new separate function labeled the Hold Bin (better … Continue reading “See the New Beatport”

Smell the New Beatport

The next set of updates to 4.0 somehow are associated with your sense of smell. Well, they had to try to get all five in right? They’ve upgraded My Beatport; you know, the small window section in the lower left hand corner where you can save your favorite artists and labels for quick navigation. So … Continue reading “Smell the New Beatport”