Projection Mapping Onto Turntables

Talk about the most pratical use for projection mapping to date. I’m not crazy about the psychedelic nonsense covering the platters, and would prefer the wave forms to be right next to each other, but this is more than a step in the right direction.

Projection Mapping Onto Turntables from E.N.S. on Vimeo.

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Smash TV – After All These Years

Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner hit us with a Deep House track that feels like something in the otherwise emotional void of consumer oriented electronic music. The lyrics and textured chord progression unmistakably inspire nostalgia, but do not misinterpret that statement. The track’s sound itself remains very relevant in regards to the ever solidifying singularity between Tech House and Deep House. (If anyone ever tries to coin the term ‘Deep Tech House’ as a genre I hope you go deaf and then die of over specificity listening to a Happy Hardcore remix of a Trancey Progressive Dubstep track). Some complain that After All These Years is a bit down tempo for a dance floor, but not everything was made to bang out a crowd of 18 year olds.

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Andy Gilmore

Just a quick midnight stubmleupon, I would love to see this stuff turned into a generative, reactive projection map:

ANDY GILMORE

Andy Gilmore

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Projection Map of the Day: Amon Tobin

An off the wall dj/visuals performance that really highlights the capabilities and importance of a pitch black room (read: no dmx running stupid pre programed routines) when running a projection map worth looking at. When ever I see anything to this extent in a live context, I am always curious as to how dynamic the display of the visuals actually is regarding its interaction with the audio/midi ins and outs of the performer on stage…

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Projection Map of the Day: Aalto and Nosaj Thing

Here’s an interesting build and map setup that is liable to leave any of us aspiring visualists wondering how on earth we’re ever supposed to create a performance of such magnitude…

Nosaj Thing vs. Aalto @ LUNCHMEAT 2010 from …::LUNCHMEAT::… on Vimeo.

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Terranova – Boogie For The Dollar Feat. Khan

Another from the Kompakt label, another from Terranova. A tad redundant, but this track knocked my inner jaded raver onto its ass so hard that it took me a moment to realize that there in fact was no balloon to begin with, and thus my fears of having let all of the nitrous escape from said baloon were completely un-substantiated. (The cake is a lie because there is no spoon). I went so far as to make a special beatport order, just to purchase it and the accompanying track ‘So Strong’. I concluded that something this raw and this original deserve a VIP safe pass beyond my normal once a month wallet saving triage of tracks in the shopping cart.

It hovers on the minimal end of tech house. Flare aside, a single four bar tribal-ish drum loop is different and dynamic enough to serve as a backbone for the entirety of the track. Sparse vocals invite you to ponder their meaning, as anything this abstract should. Then just as all that is starting to sound like another boring rehash of the 2006 minimal craze*, this siren of a melody, reminiscent of the outro of Berlin’s The Metro, kicks in and lingers just long enough for you to to compare the two before morphing into all kinds of detuned harmonic microcosms that will have your fingers clamping down on non existent balloons all the same.

This sounds like what I would like a rave to sound like.

*If you have not yet recovered from the 2006MNMLCRZ, we now refer to it as the 2006 minimal craze. More is more, and vowels are in full effect.

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Damian Lazarus – Different Now (Art Department Remix)

And now, a dark, driving cascade of synth leads that could only surmount to Damian Lazarus of Crosstown Rebels.

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Caravan Palace – Clash (Original Mix)

And now for something from center left field… The internet is calling it electro swing. I’m generally not a fan of electro-anything these days, but silly genre titles aside this track is quite a bumper. I found myself scrambling through the back button in stumble upon to dig this one back out…

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Larse – So Long

I find myself strangely attracted to this piece. It feels poppy, almost to the point where I wouldn’t enjoy it. However the mood–that strange uplifting melancholy that reminds us of the peaks and troughs of our everyday conditon– is well enough defined that I found the time to write something about it. From the get go, the vocals don’t quite do it for me on their own, but as a whole the track comes together and I find myself anticipating their return come the second or third chorus. The reprise oscillates between a simple, subtle almost acid lead contrasted with the harmonic texture of a pad in it’s background, and a bass line that would be unrealistically uplifting if it weren’t for that faint guitarish riff behind it to tie the entirety of the instrumentals together. After a hit of this, the vocals seem to fall in place. In the end we arrive with a track that is comfortably human for something that can be found in beatport’s top 10 of the moment…

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Jake & Amber – Teenpop

Following the exodus of Magda and Troy Pierce from Minus a few months ago, Hawtin (or Itchy Rawtin, depending on the day) and the label seem to have replaced what had devolved into a monotonous mediocrity of minimal bullshit with some fresh faces that would appear to give a flying fuck what their releases sound like. What that surmounts to is a bouncer of a track consisting of a healthy cross between house, techno, and the better side of minimal.

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