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WandaVision’s ‘Agatha All Along’: The best remixes

It might be the end of the first season of WandaVision, but producers and musicians have been keeping us entertained with their remixes of Agatha All Along. The track coincides with a big reveal in Marvel’s Avengers spin-off, so beware of spoilers if you’ve not been keeping up. Read more: Aliens, Superheroes & Spies: why is there so much studio...

Aliens, Superheroes & Spies: why is there so much studio hardware in film & TV?

With their complex interfaces and shiny, animated LEDs, music equipment is a great choice for set designers looking for futuristic set design. But, if you recognise the equipment from your own studio – and it’s doing something other than making music – it can be a struggle to suspend your disbelief. For example, you may have seen the recent trailer...

US Patent Office rejects Music Tribe’s application to trademark the “Behringer Oberheim” name

Behringer parent Music Tribe’s application to trademark the “Behringer Oberheim” name has been rejected, according to US Patent Office (USPTO) case documents that have surfaced online. Read more: Behringer parent Music Tribe to stop selling gear in physical retail stores The USPTO documents, dated 4 March, state that Music Tribe’s request to register...

Steve Albini believes the art and the artist should not be separated: “I don’t care what kind of movies a rapist makes”

Steve Albini has made his stance clear on the value of the work of artists who have a controversial or criminal history: that you cannot separate the art from the artist. Read more: Sunn O))) talks recording Life Metal with tape maestro Steve Albini “The idea that we can remove the artist from the art means that art isn’t communicating anything...

Learn how to create a bassline with irresistible groove in Cubase using your mouse

When you imagine someone laying down a bassline, you probably don’t see them at a computer screen clicking on a mouse. But by drawing notes into Cubase’s MIDI editor, we can instantly manipulate the groove and the pattern, experimenting with the bass part in a way that’s unachievable with a real bass guitar. In this Cubase Tutorial, MusicTech Expert...

Jack Dorsey’s Square Inc acquires majority stake in Tidal

Square Inc, Jack Dorsey’s digital payment company, has acquired a majority ownership stake in Tidal, the hi-fi streaming platform. The news was announced by Dorsey on Twitter – go figure. Jay-Z is stepping onto the Square board of directors while Tidal’s original artist co-owners will become the second-largest group of shareholders. “Why would a music...

Missio on amassing a billion streams, blurring genres and keeping creative focus

Just six years after they formed their winning partnership, Austin-based alternative electronic duo Missio have gained one billion streams, a swelling number of devotees and industry respect. The pair’s success is no surprise to anyone who knows them. Songwriter/vocalist Matthew Brue and musical wunderkind David Butler have put in a mammoth effort....

Roland brings back the JD-800 as a soft synth with all the original presets

The 1991 Roland JD-800 digital synthesizer has returned as a Zen-Core Model Expansion on Roland Cloud. The Zen-Core Model Expansion JD-800 brings the retro sound of the original thanks to Roland combining the original waveforms with advanced modelling techniques. The result is “100 per cent authenticity”, the brand says. Read more: Roland Zenology...

Tom Oberheim reissues the TVS Pro in a Special Edition run

After popular demand, the 2018 Oberheim TVS Pro synth is returning as a Special Edition, complete with an Oberheim logo badge and Tom Oberheim’s personal signature. The TVS Pro is a two-voice synth based on the TVS-1 released in 1975 and is Tom Obehreim’s favourite synth from the original Oberheim era. It’s built with two Synthesizer Expander Module,...

Artists are selling their music as NFTs – and they’re making millions

Deadmau5, Grimes, 3Lau, Jacques Greene, Tory Lanez and Kings of Leon are all getting in on a slice of the NFT action. The most jaw-dropping figure comes from 3Lau’s recent sale, in which he accumulated $11.3 million from an NFT auction. NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens – are commonly likened to digital pieces of art. In short, an NFT can represent the ownership...

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