Boiler Room Syria in heavy, “overtly disobedient” sounds of diaspora

Shot back in 2022, Boiler Room Syria and Sadaa Sound Syndicate captured a moment in the diasporic Syrian music scene. It’s an image of techno’s new, political, “disobedient” significance to people in exile and perhaps a glimpse of where techno may go in 2024.

Ubuntu Studio in new LTS beta; still the easiest creative Linux distro

Ubuntu Studio remains the quickest one-shot way to get at Linux and free software for music, sound, video, media, and 3D. And they deserve some extra love now, especially since Apple Silicon has slightly deflated desktop Linux attention. Here’s a look at the long-term support version that just hit beta, due later this month.

Virus TI, beloved techno weapon, now has a Max for Live editor

Access’ Virus TI and TI2 may have been quietly discontinued this year, but the love for them continues. And now Nick Kaniak has unveiled a powerful-looking editor for the two instruments, built in Max for Live. That’s great news for macOS users who lack an editor – and even Push support is coming.

Two CDJ decks with DJM mixer in between.

How to avoid USB and rekordbox DJing failures: a complete guide

Every few months, some DJ horror story or failure takes over social media. Here’s a complete guide, with official advice from Pioneer DJ and pro DJs, on how to prepare your media and files for digital DJ gigs.

Sudan, with millions at risk: music and listening after one year of war

After an unimaginable year of violence and chaos, with tens of thousands killed and millions displaced and in danger of starvation, now is the time to keep talking about Sudan. Here’s some music and listening in the hopes of demanding action.

Super Synthesis is taking their excellent Eurorack modules open-source

DIYers, coders, hackers – Super Synthesis is fully open-sourcing their modules under the ultra-permissive CC0┬álicense (public domain). It could be the start of a new model for module making – and if you’ve ever wanted to watch someone live-stream the design process, you get that, too.

Penguin parade: Sinevibes now does Linux

Love Linux? Time to show it: CDM fave Sinevibes has brought their Integer effect plug-in to Linux-native VST3. So it’d be great to hear from Linux-using CDMers about this one.

Unsettling experimental sounds as Ukrainian artists go full hacklab

Young, restless, unruly hearts from deep in Ukraine arrive with two recent releases. The results are unsettling in the best possible way as we trip into space – and learn that baby kangaroos are seriously punk.

In the 90s, this astrophysicist made trippy pop from star sounds

“Who is Dr. Fiorella Terenzi? I’ll take 90s LaserDiscs for $600, Alex. Wait – back up, here’s more of Dr. Terenzi, how she worked with space sound, and how she collaborated with Thomas Dolby, with some classic vintage clips. Get ready for a big transition in this interview: Dr. Terenzi was (and is) a Milan-born, […]

Arturia’s AstroLab: standalone V Collection and Pigments stage keys

Arturia has taken their V Collection, Pigments, and Analog Instruments and packed them into a gorgeous stage piano – no computer required. That probably brings some questions to mind – here are some answers and nitty-gritty technical details.