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South Korean musician Jin Hi Kim fuses electric komungo with video in Digital Buddha

Experimental zen.

Incheon-born composer and musician Jin Hi Kim first began her studies of traditional Korean music in South Korea during 1973.

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Focusing extensively on the komungo, also known as the goguryeo – a Korean fretted-board zither that originated in the fourth century – Kim helped to bring the instrument to global attention when she developed the world’s first electric version.

Kim later introduced its sounds to international audiences following her move to California, where she studied with artists including Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and David Rosenboom.

Decades later, Kim’s work has seen her combine her sounds with multimedia installations that incorporate sociopolitical themes, meditation and psychoacoustic theory.

Pairing the electric komungo with visual art and digital animation on Digital Buddha (2007), Kim intended to transform and pacify the neuroticism she identifies as intrinsic to daily American life.

Watch the performance in full above.

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Musicbook Upgrade „Source 2020“

Sind wir nicht alle ein bisschen Source?

Umfassendes Upgrade-Paket für ältere Lindemann Musicbooks

Wörthsee, 17.04.2020 – Diese Meldung dürfte Eigentümer älterer Musicbooks freuen. Lindemann macht alle Generationen seines herausragenden Alleskönners fit für die Zukunft. Falls Sie nicht im Bilde sind: Das Musikbook ist eine Vorstufe mit DAC und (teilweise) umfassenden Netzwerkfähigkeiten. Daher können die Geräte nach einigen Jahren schon mal hier und dort Inkompatibilitäten entwickeltn.

Die werden nun ausgemerzt. Wir sprechen dabei nicht (nur) von einem Software-Update. Tatsächlich können Besitzer der älteren Modelle nun ein umfassende Hardware-Upgrade erhalten. Inklusive neuster Firmware. Die Vorgänger kommen so auf das Niveau des neuen Musicbook SOURCE. Einschränkungen gibt es nicht, das Angebot gilt für alle Bücher der ersten und zweiten Generation. Namentlich sind das Musicbook 10, 15, 20, 25 mit oder ohne DSD.

Was wird gemacht?

Vom „Altgerät“ übernimmt der Hersteller nur Gehäuse, Display und Fernbedienung. Die Elektronik tauscht Lindemann komplett aus. Modelle mit CD-Laufwerk (Musicbook 15 und 25) erhalten ein neues CD-ROM-Laufwerk. Bei Geräten, die bisher kein Streaming unterstützt haben (Musicbook 10 und 15), kommt diese Funktion neu dazu. Damit entspricht jedes Upgrade-Gerät technisch und klanglich dem neuen Musicbook SOURCE.

Sie wollen mehr wissen über Lindemanns Musicbook-Baureihe? Hier geht’s zu den Tests von … Musicbook 15 DSD, Musikbook 15 und Musicbook 25

Das Upgrade 2020 im Detail

  • Neue, wesentlich leistungsfähigere Streaming-Plattform mit allen audiophilen Streaming-Diensten (TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, HIGHRESAUDIO) sowie Roon Ready Support
  • HighRes-Streaming, auch in Studio Master Qualität, bis 384 kHz/24bit und DSD256
  • Perfektes Wireless Streaming mit Dual-Antenne und AC-Standard – auch von hochauflösenden Titeln. Ein LAN-Kabel wird so nicht mehr benötigt.
  • Neue komfortable Lindemann-App für Android und iOS mit Tablet-Unterstützung im Landscape-Mode. Einfach zu bedienen, im Betrieb sehr stabil.
  • Neu entwickelter Digital/Analog-Wandler: neue Master-Clock mit ultra-niedrigen JitterWerten im gesamten Audio-Bereich, Wandler-Bausteine der nächsten Generation (2 x AK4493) im Mono-Mode.
  • Unser bisher größter Schritt in Richtung perfekter Digital-Wiedergabe.
  • Vollständig überarbeiteter analoger Vorverstärker, jetzt mit einem Phono-MM-Eingang der Spitzenklasse.
  • Verbesserter Kopfhörer-Ausgang mit höherem Ausgangsstrom, der Impedanzen bis 16 Ohm treiben kann.
  • Neues CD-ROM-Laufwerk mit schnellerer Zugriffszeit und geringerer Geräuschentwicklung.
Preise (inkl. 2 Jahren Neugarantie)
  • Musicbook ohne CD-Laufwerk: € 1.490.- [Modelle: musicbook:10 (DSD), musicbook:20 (DSD)]
  • Musicbook mit CD-Laufwerk: € 1.690.- [Modell: musicbook:15 (DSD), musicbook:25 (DSD)]

Der Beitrag Musicbook Upgrade „Source 2020“ erschien zuerst auf FIDELITY online.

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NYC’s 1970s disco scene celebrated in Love Saves The Day soundtrack

Collecting tunes beloved by Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Francis Grasso and Nicky Sian.

Author Tim Lawrence is releasing a 2xLP soundtrack to accompany his book Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979, via his own Reappearing Records imprint this May.

Read more: Nicky Siano on disco, drugs and DJing at Studio 54

Originally released in 2003, Lawrence’s Love Saves the Day book focuses on New York’s disco scene, within the broader context of American dance music culture during the 1970s.

A year in the making, the accompanying compilation collects tracks played DJs including Larry Levan, David Mancuso, and Nicky Sian, with music by James Brown, Gladys Knight, and Wilson Pickett.

Love Saves The Day follows Lawrence’s 2019 soundtrack to his Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor book, which was also released via Reappearing Records.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Love Saves the Day: A History Of American Dance Music Culture 1970​-​1979 Part 1’s 22nd May release, check out the artwork and tracklist.


Side A

1. Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Dibwe Diambula Kabanda
2. Chuck Mangione – Land Of Make Believe

Side B

1. Wilson Pickett – Don’t Knock My Love (Part 1)
2. Wilson Pickett – Don’t Knock My Love (Part 2)
3. James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose

Side C

1. Jackson 5 – Hum Along And Dance (Uncut Version)

Side D

1. Brainstorm – Lovin Is Really My Game (12 Version)
2. Domenic Troiano – We All Need Love
3. Gladys Knight And The Pips – It’s Time To Go Now

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Amoeba Music permanently closes its Hollywood location due to Coronavirus pandemic

“We miss you all and cannot wait until we can be together again.”

Amoeba has permanently shut its Sunset Boulevard location, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: Amoeba Music launches crowdfunding campaign to survive Coronavirus pandemic

Amoeba’s time at its iconic Hollywood location was coming to an end, with a move planned later this year.

While all three of Amoeba’s physical outposts remain closed, the shop is still operating online, and plans to update its website with more second-hand and collectible offerings.

“The only thing we do know for certain is that we intend to survive. … The only way we can keep Amoeba Hollywood alive in the future is to make this difficult decision now,” shares Amoeba.

In the wake of its sudden closure, Amoeba is now focusing its efforts on the launch of the new 6200 Hollywood Blvd location, which it plans to open in the fall.

The news follows Amoeba’s launch of a crowdfunding campaign to support its three shops through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Head here for more info.

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Khruangbin announce new album, Mordechai

Groove around London in the disco-fuelled video for first single ‘Time (You And I)’.

Texan trio Khruangbin are releasing a new album called Mordechai, this June via Dead Oceans and Night Time Stories.

Drawing on “reference points from Pakistan, Korea, and West Africa, incorporating strains of Indian chanting boxes and Congolese syncopated guitar,” it also “features vocals prominently on nearly every song, a first for the mostly instrumental band,” according to the labels.

Mordechai’s 10-tracks were recorded in the group’s farmhouse studio in Burton, Texas.

The album follows Khruangbin’s Hasta El Cielo LP, as well as their Con Todo El Mundo LP – the latter of which was one of our favourite albums of 2018.

Pre-order a copy here in advance of its 26th June release, check out the cover artwork and tracklist below.


1. First Class
2. Time (You and I) 05:42
3. Connaissais de Face
4. Father Bird, Mother Bird
5. If There Is No Question
6. Pelota
7. One To Remember
8. Dearest Alfred
9. So We Won’t Forget
10. Shida

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Jessy Lanza returns to Hyperdub for new album, All The Time

Made with a Mother 32, Dfam and Moog Sirin synths.

Jessy Lanza is releasing a new album, called All The Time, via Hyperdub this July.

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Working with creative partner Jeremy Greenspan to record the album, Lanza experimented with a Mother 32, Dfam and Moog Sirin synths to create its 10-tracks.

“We got all of the machines talking to one another and would run patterns through. A lot of the little burps and quacks and squiggles heard on the songs are from those experiments,” explains Lanza.

With more of a lyrical focus than previous releases, All The Time sees Lanza exploring her relationship with anger.

All The Time follows Lanza’s 2016 album Oh No, which was also released on Hypderdub.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of All The Time’s 24th July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Anyone Around
2. Lick In Heaven
3. Face
4. Badly
5. Alexander
6. Ice Creamy
7. Like Fire
8. Baby Love
9. Over and Over
10. All The Time

Photo by: Milos Jacimovic

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Dusty Kid announces the re-issue of ‘A Raver’s Diary’ with some rather fine remixes

One of Italy’s most talented electronic music exports, Sardinian Dusty Kid makes a return with the re-issue of his 2009 classic Techno album – ‘A Raver’s Diary’. The audio will be made available on vinyl for the first time on 15th May. As well as delivering a number of remixes from a range of electronic producers, that breathe new life into the album. Paolo Alberto Lodde AKA Dusty Kid also releases a package of never before heard B-Sides and singles. To mark the start of the project, tracks ‘Moto Perpetuo (Heat Engine)’ and ‘Pluk’ (Nicolas Bougayeff Remixes), is available to stream now.

Since its release in the late ‘00s, ‘A Raver’s’ Diary’ his set the mark for groove ridden melodic techno LPs. As it surpasses its 10th Anniversary, Isolade help to deliver a full package on double vinyl. Set to include new remixes, versions and B-sides; never before heard.

First appearing in the early-00’s with a string of well-received releases, Dusty Kid was one of many sparks that helped usher in a new era for electronic music. With releases on globally esteemed labels such as Systematic, Bpitch Control and Mau5trap, he saw himself catapulted into the spotlight and saw support come from key international artists such as Richie Hawtin. Dusty Kid had grown organically into his global position and saw himself become a permanent fixture on the international touring circuit.

Upon its release in 2009, the album demonstrated Dusty Kid’s extraordinary flair for producing intelligent dance music. A truly versatile and classically trained musician, his eclecticism and ability to embrace diverse sounds is what has made his music so timeless and sees ‘A Raver’s Diary’ continue to electrify and inspire.

Merging direct dancefloor tracks with deep and hypnotic productions, ‘A Ravers Diary’ inspires trance-inducing atmospheres that make the music engaging from the first beat. ‘The Fugue – Contrapunctus X’ pays homage to Bach’s experimentation with monothematic instrumentation. The track directly references the theory as the basis to the track with two pieces of music occurring dependently together. Instantly commanding the attention of the listener with a melodic intro and austere bassline, Dusty Kid delivers this as a darker version of the original.

Reworking original ‘Moto Perpetuo’, Dusty Kid’s ‘Heat Engine’ rework reveals an uncompromising techno track laced with trance elements. Meanwhile, Freedom Fighters, adds progressive psytrance to his remix of ‘Moto Perpetuo’. The ‘Klin (Enaxri Point)’ rework is pitched up, embodying a deep electro beat, whilst ‘Amazon’ infuses ambient tones with emotive breaks. Filled with melancholy ‘America’ is a 17-minute-long opus – a lengthy piece that calls for its own ‘director’s cut’.

‘Cowboys Titles’ slows down the tempo on the album, layering synths amongst dreamy tone and edges down further with the Winter In June remix. Upping the ante, producer Ferlin’s remix of ‘Cowboy’s’ invokes acid lines whilst Andrea Cossu adds ambient and deep techno sounds. On ‘Nemur’ Dusty Kid utilises lyrics and vocals in a folk-pop techno crossover. The track receives its own acoustic cover on the project alongside a mystic remix from Grizzly and a classical ‘Walls Of Guitar’ version from Italian producer Odyzë.

Canadian Nicolas Bougayeff looks back at his roots in 90’s rave music with his remix of ‘Pluk’, delivering both his two ‘Journey’ and ‘Tool’ remixes. Italian composer and violinist Vito Gatto also remixes ‘Pluk’, delivering a string-heavy track. ‘Lynchesque’ also receives a trio of remixes from Italian electronic artist Marascia, Israeli Eitan Reiter and Acid Techno Pioneer, Robert Babicz.

2020’s re-issue holds a diverse range of remixes, new versions and remasters from both Dusty Kid and friends. ‘A Raver’s Diary’ is set to reaffirm the prodigal Dusty Kid and his abilities as an electronic music artist.

Listen to ‘Moto Perpetuo (Heat Engine)’ here.

Dusty Kid’s ‘A Raver’s Diary’ Vinyl Release will be available 15th May via Isolade.

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Detroit house and techno pioneer Mike Huckaby has died

A DJ, producer and teacher who left an indelible impact on dance music.

Techno and house maestro Mike Huckaby has died.

A force within Detroit’s scene for decades, Huckaby brought his sounds to Berlin and beyond in the ‘90s, following the release of his debut on Harmonie Park – Deep Transportation Vol. 1, as well as Deep Transportation Vol. 2.

In addition to his own producing and DJ work, Huckaby was also dedicated to teaching sound and recording to others, including via non-profit organisations reaching out to underprivileged youth in the community.

During recent months, friends of Huckaby had started a crowdfunding campaign helmed by Delano Smith, to help Huckaby with an undisclosed “medical setback”.

“The family of Mike Huckaby would like to thank you for your support, and acknowledges the outpouring of grief from his friends, mentees, collaborators and more. Please hold them in your thoughts in this difficult time. More information will be forthcoming,” shared @AdrielDetroit.

At the time of writing, the cause of Huckaby’s death is unknown.

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Block9’s Gideön streaming live vinyl-only charity set

Supporting LGBTQ refugees in Kenya and food banks across the UK.

Block9 co-founder and DJ Gideön is hosting a vinyl-only live stream in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, this Saturday 25th April – to support of Alight and #LIVEFORLOVE.

Read more: How record shops are getting vinyl to you during the Coronavirus pandemic

For the six hour, vinyl-only set, Gideön promises to dig into his collection of salsa, Northern Soul, roots, gospel and house records.

Funds raised will be donate to Alight – which has partnered with the Refugee Coalition of East Africa to support LGBTQ refugees in Kenya – and #LIVEFORLOVE, which is raising money to help food banks across the UK.

“Remember, social isolation doesn’t have to be physical isolation, so listen, enjoy, and remain connected.”

Head here for more info in advance of Gideön’s live stream on Saturday 25th April, 8pm-2am.

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