Peter Gabriel : Pop star or new Bill Gates ?
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Peter Gabriel is one on the most important artist of the century, but he has had also a long involvement with technology : He co-founded Syco Systems, wich developed one of the world's first purpose-built digital audio workstations. Real World Multi Media, part of Peter's Real World Group, won awards for both technological and creative innovation. More recently, he has had success with OD2 (On Demand Distribution), now the leading European platform provider for the distribution of on-line music.
And this days Solid State Logic, a high end company that design and manufacture mixing consoles, have been acquired by a joint venture established by him and broadcast industry entrepreneur, David Engelke.
So Peter Gabriel lead now all the chain production in actual musical market : from creation to distribution.
Is it bad or good ?

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Laurent Garnier's remix contest winners
Laurent Garnier
You can listen here to the winning remixes of the Laurent Garnier track "Controlling The House".

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Mod pedals yourselfs

Guitar pedals can be usefull in electronic music, but to add more personnality the best way is to mod them. The folks at IndyGuitarist.com and Guitartone.net have written a book that details just how you can modify your own pedals, and it includes the details to modify many of your favorite pedals. The book is available as a paperback (Wire-O bound) book for $49.95, or as an ebook delivered via download. The ebook versions also includes video clips on how to solder and desolder components.

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Ibiza Party Calendar 2005

Ibiza is probably the best summer place for global dance music.
With this event calandar , you can organise your holidays.

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David is dancing to Kraftwerk
David Bernal (a.k.a. elsewhere) is an amazing dancer. You can see him on this VW advertising, but this video is funnier.

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Blue Potential
UWe and the Site of the Bridge of Gard presents BLUE POTENTIAL,
JEFF MILLS (LIVE) WITH the NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF MONTPELLIER
Saturday July 2, 2005 - 9.00pm (free Concert)
0n the Site of the Bridge of Gard - France
Opening: "Water Concert", a creation of Rene Koering
The meeting of a prestigious contemporary artist with one of the monuments emblématiques of Roman civilization.
The Site of the Bridge of Gard will accomodate, Saturday July 2, 2005, creation "Blue Potential" joining together Jeff Mills and the National Orchestra of Montpellier for a symphonic reading of the electronic repertory of the large Master of Strait. Fifteen years of music through full and mélodieux titles (the superb ones "Imagines" and "The March"), of the techno deep and classieuse ("Player Gamma"), of the pieces drawn from its original bands ("Fan-in to Metropolis", "Keaton' S Theme"), of the avant-gardists compositions ("Medium C" or obsessing "Man From Tomorrow"), without forgetting of course anthems dancefloor ("The Bells", and unforgettable "the Amazon" and "Sonic Destroyer", resulting from the time Underground Resistance).
With the initiative of UWe, several thousands of people are awaited for a free concert, first live of Jeff Mills since 1992, on an exceptional site for the 20th anniversary of the classification of the Bridge of Gard to the world Inheritance of Humanity by UNESCO.
Filmed concert - DVD to be appeared in November 2005 at UWe.

"How we view ourselves can often determine the prespective and degree in which we see others and the world around us. Each and every one of us has a view. Such a view, that it can shape the future of others and how they live, dream and look towards the future that we all hope is better and more fruitful than our past. This I believe is a common initiative.
With the efforts of Unesco and their relentless drive to preserve humanities greatest landmarks, they guide our minds and hands towards the common realization that compassion and focus has justified rewards. I'm very proud and honored to take part in the presentation of The Blue Potential.
" Jeff Mills
Conductor: Mr. Alain Altinoglu
Re-writter: Mr. Thomas Roussel

links:
www.lepontdugard.com
www.uncivilizedworld.com
www.axisrecords.com

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SummerDance Chicago
.:: Follow the beat::.
For the second straight year the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring its DJs Series in the park as part of its SummerDance program. The DJ Series focuses on electronic dance music. Naturally, as the birth place of house music the focus is mainly on local house DJs, although other forms of music are also represented. The 2004 session ended with the coincidence of Frankie Knuckles day in Chicago with a spectacular set by the Godfather himself in downpours of rain and lightening over the skies of downtown. Some of the highlights of 2005 include Ron Trent, Andre Hatchett, Jeff Mills, Oscar McMillan, Superpitcher and Lego. Admission if FREE.Wednesday, June 15 - Sunday, August 28Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park601 S. Michigan Ave., between Harrison and Balbo, across from Columbia College FREE The ninth annual Chicago SummerDance series of public dancing to a variety of live music outdoors in Grant Park kicks off on Wednesday, June 15, and continues through Sunday, August 28. For its ninth season, Chicago SummerDance is proud to continue the 11-week, Wednesday evening "DJ Series" which focuses on the ever-growing genre of electronic dance music. The Wednesday evening series runs June 15 through August 24. Unlike the other nights of the series, there will be no dance lessons offered on Wednesday evenings, but DJs will begin at 6pm and go until 9pm.
FULL LINEUP:
June 15 – Paul Johnson / Maurice Joshua
June 22 - Jeff Mills / Mike Dearborn June 29 - Lego / Jesse De La Pena
July 6 - Glenn Underground / Craig Alexander
July 13 - Ron Carroll / JM3
July 20 - Mark Grant/ Oscar McMillan
July 27 - Superpitcher / Mazi
Aug. 3 - Andre Hatchett / Joe Smooth
Aug. 10 - Marshall Jefferson / Jesse Saunders
Aug. 17 - Ron Trent / Rich Medina Aug. 24 - Farley "Jack Master" Funk/ Terry Hunter
If U are around Chicago, let's go there...

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Kraftwerk last album
kraftwerk
The originator of actual electronic music have released on june 2005 their last (but first officially sanctioned live) album : Minimum-Maximum is a collection of performances recorded in the last couple years, sequenced to closely reflect the set Kraftwerk are currently touring. It comes as double CD, double DVD, multichannel SACD and 4LP !
Picture taken at Grand rex (Paris).

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Synth of the week : Korg X-911 "guitar synth"
korg_x911
This one come from my private collection and is a very unique piece.
At first sight it looks like an ARP or like an little TR-808; in fact this is half an effects box and half preset synth. On the left there is the cheezy preset "from electric bass" to "trumpet" and on the right you have the synth part with pulse,square, saw waves, Attack Decay Attack envelope and for the filter just Attack & Decay. You can trigger by and processes external signals with cool distortion and funky synthe Wah. It has external FM input, VCF freq. mod input, Cv/Hz in's/outs, Trig in/outs.
In sum the sound is very punchy (same filter than a MS-20!!), funky or cheezy.
I bought it 230€ and never regret that.

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