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Zezo One, CEO & Editor-In-Chief for BasslineRumble.com- is often considered a pioneer US DnB MC. From 1994 to present day, Zezo has been rockin mics as a Jungle/DnB MC coast to coast. With over 15 years in the game and multiple residencies across the US, many come and try to test, but all but a few can actually hang. Whether on stage rockin mics, or behind the scenes working as an Engineer/Producer/Remixer, music is his business and business is good... For more information, check out Zezo's Facebook page
NeroAtMusicBoxDec2011

Nero UK sells out 2 shows in LA

Los Angeles- The folks at Bassrush are coming back with a vengeance in 2012 and they helped kick off the upcoming year of seriously bad ass events by partnering up with the team from LA Beatdown to bring NERO UK to the Music Box Theater for 2 SOLD OUT shows Dec 22nd and 23rd.

If the latest album (and the promo video from back in June) are any indicators of what someone can expect at their live show, suffice to say that this had to be one of the best shows of 2011, up there with Amon Tobin’s ISAM Live tour, which was a personal fave of mine!

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Hollywood CA. 90028

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Mr. Moroder In The Studio

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Giorgio Moroder: The Beginning 1969-1979

There are no words to describe this genius!  He is one of world’s best known innovators composing dance, film, pop and other musical forms.  Giorgio can take you on a visual and musical expression journey like no other can.

Moroder Promo Video

The Italian born musician recorded under the name “Giorgio” since 1966, but got his first hit with “Looky Looky” in 1969, a bubble gum pop song with a catchy riff that makes you sing “Ah-OOO-Ma-Ma…Pa-Pa-Oooh-Ma-­Ma-Ma”!!!  Around the same time he sang a song called “Son Of My Father”, although it was a hit, the song was in Italian. In 1972, a band named Chicory Tip scored a hit with it sung in English.  The song was one of first early forms of a synth driven music.

Giorgio was a music making machine releasing albums “Giorgio’s Music” (1974), “Einzelganger” (1975) and  1976′s “Knights in White Satin” under Giorgio Moroder, but his career exploded with the birth of Disco.  His synths took him to great heights with the release of “From Here To Eternity” which was a huge success in 1977.  During his time at Casablanca records, his most notable work is with Disco Diva Donna Summer creating such classics as “Love To Love You Baby” and the anthem “I Feel Love.

The following year he composed the soundtrack to the locked up abroad nightmare “Midnight Express”.  If you ever saw this film, the music creates an intensified vision of the eerie trip of Turkey’s notorious prison.  The composition got him an Academy Award for best musical score in 1978.  During his projects he produced a group called the Munich Machine, which gave us the disco club classic “Get On The Funk Train”.  Munich Machine released three albums under the Casablanca label during the 1977-1979.   He also managed to squeeze in another release “Giorgio Moroder’s E=MC²” in 1979.

 

The year is 1980, from here on in; bands came up from nowhere emulating his style!!  A new era, new technology, new music genres emerge, but that’s a different story!!!

Join me next week for Part 2 of Giorgio in the 80’s and beyond.  For now, enjoy the video and the music links for you uploaded by yours truly.

Peace for now and see you next week on the FLLLLLLLLASSSSSHBACCCK!!

ESSENTIAL GIORGIO MORODER ALBUMS:

From Here To Eternity

E=MC2

 

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Griid touch controller for IOS raising bar for Ableton users

San Francisco- You know that the team here is super hype on all things music tech related, so when we saw a post from Dubspot talking about using Mac OSX Automator to fire up different things in Ableton, we had to see what was up.

While the article itself is pretty interesting, the thing that jumped out at us was a slick looking IOS app called Griid.

While we haven’t had a chance to play with this yet (if any of you have, please let us know what you think!), the concepts behind this application are interesting and look like they could play a major part in anyone’s Live setup.

Griid is comprised of 3 primary modules (descriptions taken from Liine’s website):

  1. Miixer
    • “Miixer introduces track based navigation: any fader on any track in any combination. Options include ultra-fine resolution and volume limiting.”
    • Features:
      • Track based navigation: choose any fader on any track.
      • Miixer button: show/hide all faders.
      • Support for the maximum number of sends in Ableton Live.
      • Variable precision fading.
      • Option to limit volume at 0dB.
      • Absolute or relative touch mode for all faders.
      • Fader size matches zooming in clip grid.
      • Stereo Loudness Indicators on each track.
  2. Tutorial Video for Miixer:

  3. Cliip
    • “The Cliip step sequencer module allows you to create and edit Ableton Live MIDI clips directly on the iPad or iPhone screen.”
    • Features:
      • Piano roll with zoomable keyboard and timeline.
      • Percussive mode for short notes and Melodic mode with two finger note length gesture.
      • Snap and fine modes. Snap note position (or note end) to the grid, or use fine mode to add some groove.
      • Drag up the velocity lane and add dynamics to your music.
      • Copy and paste functions allow you to copy the contents of one clip to another.
      • Duplicate function allows you to duplicate and extend the current loop (e.g. to copy a loop 4 times so that you can add a variation on the 4th loop).
      • Clear all.
      • Remotely create new MIDI clip.
      • Hide/show velocity panel with toggle.
      • Note names shown on all white keys.
  4. Tutorial Video for Cliip:

  5. Griid
    • “The core Griid clip launcher module is the most fluid and reliable clip grid controller for Ableton Live. If you want the best controller on the market for launching clips, you need Ableton on your mind and Griid on your iPad.”
    • Features:
      • 11 x 11 clip grid in landscape; 8 x 16 in portrait on iPad.
      • 6 x 6 clip grid in landscape; 4 x 8 in portrait on iPhone and iPod Touch.
      • Fluid clip and scene launching and stopping.
      • Full clip information: name, color, playing status, loop/one-shot position.
      • Track names, scene names and scene colors.
      • Smooth inertia scrolling.
      • Whole Live set Overview mode. Move anywhere with a tap.
      • Tap track header to show playing clip.
      • Group track support.
      • Clip grid independently zoomable in track and scene dimensions.
      • Large font mode.
      • Enable/disable scene launching.
      • Dedicated safe space for scrolling in the scene area.
      • BPM scene names highlighting.
WODNB SF 2011

WODNB Sessions Invades SF! (03.18.11)

San Francisco- Tonight the streets are going to be shaking from the return of the Formation Records camp and Compression SF’s WODNB Sessions at Club Six.

The lineup is not the full on WODNB experience, but with SS, Bailey and Rollz alongside SF’s own badboy DJ’s 2Cents, Lukeino, Sharp, and The Heights and Colonel MC holding down the mic duties, Club Six will be throbbin’ well past closing time (4AM that is…)!

See everyone down there!

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Massive 8.9 Earthquake in Northern Japan triggers tsunami

Sendai, Japan- In what appears to be the hardest hit area of the country, Japanese news media are reporting that the death tolls are as high as 1000. The 8.9 earthquake is the largest Japan has had in over 100 years and is the 5th largest quake in recorded history.

( Paul Duginski, Los Angeles Times / March 11, 2011 )

Here in California, the tsunami early warning systems were in full effect as reports of massive waves over 23 feet in height were reported in Japan, but as the early morning hours waned into the morning commute, fears abated as reports from Hawaii and Oregon came in and no major damage was felt in those areas.

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Lower Haters presents Massive Nuts Show (03.18.11)

San Francisco- Lower Haters, a SF fave for indie art, design and music is known for their wide ranging tastes and epic gallery events. The “Massive Nuts Show” is going to be a fantastic display of three well-established, international street artists: OTTOGRAPH, GALO and 2501, all accomplished in their craft and all bringing their big style and influence to back to the Bay.

Big style is not just a metaphor. Ottograph, Galo and 2501 all work large. 2501, for example, reads spacious surfaces like animate objects and then gives them the dignity of character they deserve with paint. Born in Milan as Jacopo Ceccarelli, the name 2501 marks a deliberate style shift and focus on blending wall painting, paint on canvas, sculpture and video. Circulating between Milan, Sao Paulo and Berlin, 2501’s work is best recognized in massive, highly detailed mural paintings. They are pretty amazing and give new meaning to the term, ‘urban renewal.’

Ottograph, also a large-scale muralist, has been slinging paint since the age of ten. Starting out in Amsterdam, where he is from, and then moving on to become an internationally sought after artist, Ottograph has established himself squarely in the middle of the global street and graffiti art movement. Simultaneously though, Ottograph has bridged the fine art gap with his work, an advantage that comes with age and time dedicated to painting. The Modern Art Museum of Antwerpen (Belgium) is home to a giant Ottograph mural. Ottograph’s contribution to street art extends beyond his own work, as he is also a community leader, having organized several cooperative painting commissions and operating the website “I Paint Everyday” www.ipainteveryday.com to encourage the tedious, yet necessary practice of serious painting.

Hailing from the same underground culture in Amsterdam, street artist Galo, will be the third of the group showing at Black Book Gallery in March. Originally from Italy, Galo moved to Amsterdam in 1998 to start his career and fell into opportunity after opportunity to paint. This is where Galo developed the bulk of his artistic abilities and a network that would take him on a world-class tour of painting, spanning ten years and four continents. Galo now resides in Italy and has recently opened the first official street gallery in Turin, The Galo Art Gallery (Ottograph was commissioned to deck the interior out). Galo’s signature characters are recognizable by their bulbous eyes, long jaws and open-teeth smiles, most of the time intertwined into a tessallation-like graphic, spanning whatever surface it is that catches Galo’s attention. In part, he is known for his willingness to tag anything in sight.

(Editors Note: Bios courtesy of The Black Book Gallery, Denver, CO)

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BLOW UP SF @ DNA Lounge 03.11.11

San Francisco- That’s right kids, you aren’t seeing things, the winners of URB Magazine’s Best Party 2010 Award are back in full effect at their new home at the DNA Lounge, and if you haven’t been to a Blow Up SF party, then you are simply sleepin’ and need to wake the fuck up!

The Designer Drugs, Jeffrey Paradise, + more TBA Party at DNA LOUNGE is coming on Friday, March 11th!

SUPER SPECIAL Advanced Discount Tickets Now Available

21+ Ticket: $10 HERE

18+ Ticket: $15: HERE

Starring:
Jeffrey Paradise
Tenderlions
Midnight Conspiracy
Ava Berlin
Hosted by Shotwell
Photobooth by Jonathan Saunders
Video by UH-1 and Jon Becker
Photos by Holy Mountain
and TONS more!