808 Day: NYC’s 808, for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, and Whodini

Yes, yes, Detroit techno and all that. This 808 Day, Roland is giving NYC and hip hop some props – by shining the spotlight on pioneer Larry Smith.

Here’s the biggest guitar in the southern hemisphere, in a free sample library

The remote town of Narrandera, New South Wales has its hemisphere’s biggest guitar – like “the guitar that ate Australia” big. And it’s already inspired plenty of free music, plus a free sample library you can download for yourself.

Give yourself an onscreen acid trip with Air Liquide

Some things are labeled in misleading ways. Some people will lie to you about who or what they are. Air Liquide’s “This Is A Mind Trip” is … a mind trip. That is all.

42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller might be just the vision we need right now

Electronic creativity has always embraced futurism – not uncritical futurism, but visionary imagination that leads out of apocalypse and dystopia. So there’s no time like the present for someone like Buckminster Fuller.

Deckard’s Dream could be your reality, with Deckard’s Voice

Deckard’s Dream is a lavish, 16-VCO beauty, inspired by the Yamaha CS-80 and Blade Runner. But now for the first time, it could also be a module – and one within reach.

Is Captain Picard set to go to an ultra-futuristic NAMM show?

Location scouts must have been having a slow day as they imagined the late 24th Century. A teaser trailer for the new Star Trek: Picard clearly shows the exterior of – the Anaheim Convention Center. Yes, the building you see in the teaser is the unmodified exterior of the southern California exposition center, which hosts […]

With AI and GPUs, Vadim Epstein creates an engrossing, fragmented mirror

AI and GPU tricks, with their rigid rigorous demands, can often come out as carbon copy clones. Not so in the work of Vadim Epstein, an artist and theoretical physicist based in Moscow. In his hands, machine learning becomes painterly.

Need to chill? This 24/7 Eurorack modular radio has you covered

2019 – it’s a year when many of us are, let’s say, having some trouble chilling, relaxing, or … uh sleeping, to say nothing of meditating or studying. Fortunately, if you want a Eurorack modular solution, your ship has come in. “Life can feel too fast sometimes,” say the creators. Yeah, no s***, especially with […]

Loopmasters partners with Beatport, as production enters the age of makers

The population growth of producers may make musicians nervous. But here’s one potential upside – there’s now a growing market for your sounds, not just your tracks. The latest deal between Loopmasters and Beatport points in this direction. Follow along here, because this partnership is a little tricky to explain. (CDM was given an exclusive […]

Romance and underground, the world of SOMA Laboratory’s machines

“Underground romantic engineering” is the motto of up-and-coming gearmaker SOMA Laboratory. Here’s a look at the Russian-Polish foundry creating wild new electronic instruments – and their latest creation. Music store All For DJ has become a badly-needed new hub for Moscow’s electronic producers. Despite the name, they’re host to all kind of electronic instruments. I […]