Music

Controlling Sound With Your Face (And Vice Versa)

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Daito Manabe uses electrical impulses as an artistic medium, creating music through reactions of the human nervous and muscular systems.

“Can you smile without emotion?”

That’s what Daito Manabe asks in the video above. It’s the sort of question many of his digital art projects begin with, leading him to experiment with myoelectric sensors to turn people’s faces into human drum machine. A similar endeavor recently saw him visualizing FaltyDL’s music using jerky, electrified movements of the human body.

Taking the role of programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer on each of his projects, Manabe is able to realize scenarios that change our perception of how our bodies interact with technology. Whereas most electronic musicians control sound with their hands, Manabe uses the electrical impulses of his facial muscles. Most of us just walk in sneakers, but Manabe fitted various pairs of Nikes with sensors that trigger and manipulate sound. DJs have long dreamed of having a third arm to mix and scratch with, and Manabe has already traversed this possibility.

While a lot of digital art prides itself on seamlessness, hiding the wire and code guts of what makes each piece tick, Manabe’s work embraces the functional aesthetic of these tools, focusing his creative energy on conveying a thought-provoking performance. Sitting on stage and altering sound with various facial expressions has this effect without fail.

You can check out Manabe and Perfume choreographer MIKIKO’s projection-mapped video for Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue” below. Below that, see some stills from Manabe’s various projects.

(via The Creators Project)

Keys N Krates: The Rehearsals

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This past December we welcomed the unique trio, Keys N Krates to Dim Mak. Now we’d like to invite you into the rehearsal room of the performers via YouTube as they remix a series of tracks.  The collection of rehearsals is a preview of what you’d catch during a live performance from Keys N Krates. Stay on the look out for more to come from these guys, including tour dates and their debut EP, “Treat Me Right.”

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Clockwork Releases 30k Bootleg Package

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Back in September Clockwork released his 15k bootleg package after reaching 15k likes on Facebook. Four months later the mastermind has doubled that number with 30k likes on Facebook. To celebrate this crossroad, Clockwork has released his 30k Bootleg package featuring twelve tracks. The package is now available for free download on his official Facebook page. 

 Track list!
1. Annie’s Climax (Usher vs. Afrojack)
2. Be Aerodynamic (Daft Punk vs. Loops Of Fury)
3. Big Bad Basswolf Sound (Clockwork vs. Duck Sauce)
4. Flash Down (Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas, Afrojack vs. Green Velvet, Nicky Romero)
5. I See Your Claymore (Jordy Dazz vs. Fatboy Slim)
6. Make Some Atom (Chuckie, JunxterJack vs. Nari & Milani)
7. Ode To Newlands (TJR vs. Justice, A-Trak)
8. Pandor Cinema (Tony Romera vs. Benny Benassi, Gary Go)
9. Pop That (Crookers, RVBRA vs. French Montana, Drake, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne)
10. The Black Out (Marcel Woods vs. Martin Solveig)
11. Voodoo Veldt (Deadmau5, Tommy Trash vs. Jacob van Hage & Saint Liz)
12. We Are The Reborn (D-Rashid, Blasterjaxx vs. Empire of The Sun)

 

Out Now: “HaleShop” – Booka Shade (Free Download)

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Following the release of Booka Shades’s successful September release of Honeyslave, the Berlin duo are welcoming the the new year with new music releasing “Haleshop” the title track off their upcoming EP as a free download. The track is currently featured on Magnetic Mag and Harder Blogger Faster with more information on the upcoming EP and available for download on Booka Shade’s website.

 

Angger Dimas – Booster feat. MC Ambush (Teaser Video + Free Download)

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Indonesian prodigy Angger Dimas, whose name actually means “Love”, has become a familiar face within the dance world. His recent trophy tracks include “Resurrection”, Steve Aoki Feat Iggy Azalea “Beat Down” and Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas vs. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike “Phat Brahms” are all high voltage and his recent release “Booster” featuring MC Ambush, does not fall short.

Download for FREE on Soundcloud

Dim Mak in Europe Part 1 – Austria / Beatpatrol 2012

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Watch our latest video as Dim Mak takes you behind the scenes for the 2012 Beatpatrol Festival. Our stage at the Austrian festival had an amazing line up with performances from Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, Tommy Trash, Clockwork, Mustard Pimp (Live), PeaceTreaty, Dan Sena, Jidax, Haezer, and iPunk.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – STH02 : SMASH THE MADNESS ( USA vs MEXICO ) 2012

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[Smash] — verb (used with object)
To break pieces with violence and often a crashing sound, as by striking, letting fall or dashing against something
As in: “He smashed the vase against the wall” – “He smashed a window” – “They smashed the f*cking house”

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Buckle up, hold on tight to the seat of your pants and get ready to travel at breakneck speed across the planet, as Belgian upstarts Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike invite you to watch their brand new tour video diary packed with backstage footage, immense crowd shots and a chance dining encounter with the legend that is The Sherminator.

By way of private jets, thousand horse-power speedboats and the odd rollercoaster, Dimitri and Mike take their fans coast to coast across the USA ( Mansion Miami, EDC Orlando, Surrender Vegas, … ) , before heading downwards into the sweltering, sultry heat of the Dominican Republic and Mexico City. Learn how to eat sheep’s eyeballs, whip a crowd into an absolute frenzy and take a cake in the face from Dimmak head honcho Steve Aoki, all set to a stunning soundtrack that includes some exclusive promos of upcoming music from the pair.

One of the most popular acts in the world right now, the pair, who soared an incredible 41 places in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 to take 38th place, are infamous for their high-octane on-stage antics, arena-busting DJ sets and a relentless stream of fiery chart-topping releases that have fans constantly salivating for more.

On the subject of new music, and adding even more to this bumper package of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike goodness, the brothers are giving fans a sneak peak of their huge remix for their protégés Wolfpack. ‘Miracle’, a reworking of the classic 1990s hit which features the vocals of original singer Coco, will be released early 2013 on their Smash The House imprint, including this cut from Dimitri and Mike (LINK). Take a listen, and keep an eye out come January for further news on the full release package!

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Movie Soundtrack:
01. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Wolfpack – Ocarina ( BodyBangers Remix ) – OUT 2013 ON SMASH THE HOUSE
02. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & JunxterJack – Check This Out (original mix)
03. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Coone & Lil Jon – Madness ( Original Mix ) – OUT SOON ON DIM MAK
04. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Coone & Lil Jon – Madness ( Oh Snap Remix ) – OUT SOON ON DIM MAK
05. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & GTA ft Wolfpack – Turn It Up ( Original Mix ) – OUT 2013
06. Dimitri Vegas, Moguai & Like Mike – Mammoth ( Original Mix ) – OUT SOON ON SPINNIN RECORDS
– Jurassic Park Interlude
07. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Wakanda – OUT SOON
08. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Whisper – OUT IN 2013
09. Wolfpack – Miracle ( Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Instrumental Remix )

For more information on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike visit:
www.facebook.com/dimitrivegasandlikemike
www.twitter.com/dimitrivegas
www.twitter.com/likemike
www.soundcloud.com/dimitrivegasandlikemike
www.youtube.com/dimitrivegasonline

Dim Mak in Europe Part 2 – Belgium / Tomorrowland 2012

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Watch our latest video as Dim Mak ventures to Belgium for Tommorrowland, one of the largest EDM festivals in the world. Our stage at the festival included a mind-blowing line with performances by Steve Aoki, Joachim Garraud, Zeds Dead, Zedd, Angger Dimas, Sound of Stereo, Autoerotique, Felix Cartal, Tai, Mustard Pimp (Live), Clockwork, Albin Myers, PeaceTreaty, South Central, Dan Sena, D.O.D., and Jidax.

Vibe Exclusive: Dim Mak’s latest recruit Will Brennan + Free Mixtape Download

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This Winter, DIM MAK RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of upstart West Palm Beach rapper, WILL BRENNAN. In celebration of the signing, VIBE will feature the world premiere for Will Brennan’s Dim Mak debut mixtape “MORE PERFECT UNION”. The mixtape features a variety of production notables from Pretty Lights, Zeds dead, Kaskade, Deadmau5, Xaphoon Jones, Julian Cruz, Araabmuzik and Heroes x Villains.

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The first from the mixtape, “All Of The Pretty Lights” breezes in with Rihanna’s hook and Pretty Lights’ beat butchering, and then, Brennan comes in punching with his natural knack for rhymes. “Going Through Under The Sheets” samples Wales singer Ellie Goulding’s electropop single, while Brennan flutters in with a deftly timed flow. Brennan delivers a short narrative on top of a genre-bending take of Warwicks “I Say A Little Prayer For You”, chopped by Zeds Dead. Bravados are not missing from the mixtape, “Remember To Fall In Love” and “Get By With The Golden Touch”, pull in Brennan’s strong suit for fearless flows.

Will Brennan embodies the charisma, versatility and flow-skill to bring a new kind of personality to the rap game. Brennan has supported rap titans like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, B.O.B., Yela- Wolf, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Dom Kennedy and Wale. Dim Mak will be releasing Brennan’s “PRODIGAL SON” with additional remixes early 2013.

Scanners – State of Wonder (Official Video & SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist)

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Scanners return with their slow burning epic ‘State of Wonder’. A beautiful hymn to the river that runs past their home in East London, the river Lea.

The video was filmed on the river in the fall. Scanners commandeering their friends canal boat for the job. The film, shot by Amer chadha patel, flows gently with the music till its uplifting climax.

Featured on the SxSW YouTube channel here.

#FreeFriday Episode No. 023: Scanners – State of Wonder

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happyholidaysdimmakIt’s been two years since the London based band, Scanners released new music, however that’s all about to change today.

As a part of our 12 Days Of Dim Mak Christmas we’re giving away and premiering the video for “State of Wonder,” an exclusive track off their upcoming album Love Symmetry. This track is one of the slower paced songs off the album, however it’s also one of the more powerful ones.

If you liked what you hear don’t forget to spread the holiday cheer and share this with a friend or two. Enjoy!

Out Now: Felix Cartal – Lullaby feat. Natalie Angiuli

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Felix Cartal has done it again with his latest collaboration with Natalie Angiuli. This morning, Felix released “Lullaby” the B-side to his last track “No Sleep.” According to Felix he wanted to create, “something less aggressive, something more memorable and song-oriented.”  You can listen and download the track for free on SoundCloud now.