How the computer became the ultimate synth

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It is said that Atari’s decision to include MIDI I/O in the ST computer was something of a last-minute whim of its management and that the company’s engineers weren’t convinced it would bring any benefits. Whether or not that’s true, what’s without doubt is that it was a decision that was to revolutionise music-making. Before […]

Techno star and Ibiza mainstay Francisco Allendes gives us production tips and a tour of his gear

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Chilean DJ and producer Francisco Allendes has been slowly rising through the ranks of the techno scene, releasing on labels such as Desolat, Crosstown Rebels, VIVa Music, Cadenza and many more. He’s been a resident of Ushuaïa since 2010 and a monthly regular at the incredible ANTS party, too – and once we discovered he […]

French DJ and producer Rocco Rodamaal explains how he recreated a stone-cold house classic

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For those who don’t know you, Rocco, tell us a little about your journey into DJing and making music… I’ve been a DJ for 30 years and a producer for 20 years. I’ve been immersed in music from childhood, thanks to my older brother, who was DJ’ing in the 80s. He allowed me to listen […]

“I can’t make feel-good stuff right now”: KYOSi on her current approach to making music

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She’s been described by some as ‘experimental indie pop’, while others have referred to her as a skilled fuser of jazz and electronica, but for New York-based electronic-music artist Dani DiCiaccio – in the guise of her artistic persona KYOSi – the music she crafts isn’t designed to tick any specific boxes. “I think I […]

Black Lion Audio on its approach to fusing modern technology with classic hardware

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It used to be that if you weren’t getting the best performance out of your audio interface, then the only solution was to sell it and buy a new (and usually more expensive) solution. That scenario might well have changed, because there are now specialist companies such as Black Lion Audio that can take an […]

Will the future of sample clearance be as easy as tagging friends on Facebook?

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When rapper Lil Nas X, the artist behind the viral chart-topper Old Town Road, together with record-label Sony, were sued in July over unauthorised samples in the song Carry On for $25 million, it served as a fresh reminder of the long-standing complications of sample clearance that numerous creators and producers face daily and the […]

Steve Mackey on producing M.I.A., Arcade Fire: “Persuading artists to turn dials and do extreme things in the studio is exciting”

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“I think it’s tough for new artists to do what Pulp did. Which was to be very unsuccessful for a long time,” laughs Steve Mackey. The former Pulp bassist, now anarchic production auteur, is dissecting the music industry and how it has mutated since he, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle and the rest of Sheffield’s most […]

Ask Abbey Road: Recordist Matt Jones on reverb, sidechaining and where to spend your budget

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This is the second of a three-part interview with Abbey Road recordist Matt Jones. In the first part, Jones shared details of a recordist’s job scope, the importance of having a checklist and tips on landing a job in the industry. Jones began working at Abbey Road in 2012 straight out of university, rising through […]