How Music Label Vlek Makes Ephemeral Sound Physical, While Giving Away Their Catalog [Gallery, Interview]

When music moved from live venues to radios and recordings, artists had to find a way to respond. Now, labels struggle to be heard in the era of Spotify and streaming, always-on, always-overabundant media. We could talk grander themes, but the possibilities of this conflict are most vivid in a microcosm. Call it post-digital or what you will, but being digital now means something different. For Belgian label, Vlek, that reality takes a number of forms, suggestive of the direction for independent electronic music. And so, in Ssaliva’s release for Vlek, executed by Dimitri Runkkari (part of Brussels’ design studio …

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Strange-But-Wonderful Beatsurfing App, $1 Today, in a Jam – and Explained in Video

BEATSURFING #5: JAM at VLEK from Vlek Data on Vimeo. Vlek’s Beatsurfing app is one of the most strange and wonderful things on the iPad, producing quirky, drawn controllers that open up new musical avenues. It’s so strange and wonderful, in fact, that it’s befuddled some of you who tried to use it. So, good news: 1. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, US$1 (or 0,79 €) buys you the app so long as you get it today, the 5th of October. (It’s a really short sale; sorry.) 2. For those of you getting started, there’s a great video that …

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Visualize Music: A Video in Imaginary Worlds, an iPad App, from Herrmutt Lobby

Richard Colvaen – ‘Polimetria’ from Vlek Data on Vimeo. We enter worlds imaginary and realist, visual work in music videos and documentary and iPad user interfaces, today with our Belgian friends from Vlek. At top, a surrealist music video to Richard Volvean’s track “Polimetria.” I try to stay away from Belgian women, myself; they’re always pulling me into alternate dimensions and turning me into geometric pendants and s***. (Maybe I don’t want to be a necklace today, okay?) From late last year: Track taken off Vlek05 – AMAI#3/4 split 7″ feat. DZA, Herrmutt Lobby & Richard Colvaen. Stream the 7″ …

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A Warmer Aspect: Follow Vlek From Brussels to Lithuania – And Off The Beat Grid

From Bruxelles to Vilnius. from Vlek Data on Vimeo. If you’re living in a place that makes you feel hot outside, this video – filmed in Belgium and bitter, wintry Vilnius Lithuania – will cool you down. And if you feel cold inside, this music just might warm you up. It’s the fitting companion to the release by label/collective Vlek of their app Beatsurfing. That app eschews rigid grids for sloppy, overlaid geometries, perfectly-aligned squares for rough-hewn rhythms that stutter and drag. The geometry on the screen, in other words, is connected to the music. Describing his musical imagination, his …

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Beatsurfing: At Last, a Controller for iPad That Lets You Draw Layouts Onscreen, “Surf” Controls

Beatsurfing – The Organic MIDI Controller Builder – Official Teaser from Vlek Data on Vimeo. There are already some exceptional touch controllers on iOS. But that means it’s doubly time for something new. Even among the best touch apps for iPad, there are some common themes. Layouts, if they’re editable at all, generally require a computer app for making and adjusting sets of controls. And (while Lemur is a notable exception), many restrict you to virtual simulations of conventional buttons and faders, rather than using a range of novel controls. That seems to ignore some of the potential of the …

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