Bitwig Studio now has some gorgeous themes, thanks to user mods

Bitwig Studio, by default, has one love-it-or-leave-it color scheme. There are contrast controls, but that’s it. Without an official, supported solution, users have banded together to create their own customization – and some of the themes they’re producing look fantastic.

Tesla Berlin factory opens a “rave cave” as Musk embraces far-right

Talk about “business techno”: corporate techno appropriation continues, as Elon Musk has evidently opened an employee-only club space at the Gigafactory Berlin. And it’s emblematic of some political storm clouds gathering over the German capital.

Listen to Palestinian voices Julmud, Baraari, Abul3ees, Shua on NTS

From Bethlehem, tune into a live recording of some of the best MC and production talent Palestine has to offer—and a deep-felt cooling session, like a gentle stream.

Learn to make animated Max and Max for Live UIs: jsui, Figma

If you’ve been dazzled by some of the motion and interaction design for Max for Live tools I’ve shared lately but don’t know where to start in your own patches, it’s all about jsui. And to get you started, we turn to Estevan Carlos Benson.

This site will help you sort out what’s up with minijack MIDI (PSA – reminder)

Here’s your regular, friendly reminder for those not in the know: if you’ve been puzzled by minijack and TRS connections for MIDI, and why none of them seem to work together, one website has (nearly) all the answers.

Free ShowMIDI is the easiest, prettiest way to monitor MIDI; now V1.0

Geert Bevin’s awesome, attractive, totally free, and open-source ShowMIDI has reached the 1.0 milestone, with new features and an updated video tutorial to match. If you’re looking to monitor MIDI on Mac, Windows, Linux, or iOS, your ship came in.

Dump After Effects and use this in your browser, free: motion graphics, video

Nothing to download, no AI (and it’s not training on your stuff), and nothing to pay: Pikimov is a free Web-based motion graphics tool and video editor. It runs in your browser, but your files stay on your machine. In other words, it’s exactly what you wanted.

Internet Archive has saved MTV News, VICE – and it’s a total time machine

If you want your MTV, you’ve got it back. The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine has restored the archives of MTV News (and VICE, while we’re on the subject) shortly after their corporate overlords nuked everything. It’s a move crucial to research – and pleasantly wasting time online.

Power, broken complexity in new Liliane Chlela album, “Anatomy of a Jerk”

There’s always storytelling and throughline in Liliane Chlela’s work, even in the most brutal driving grooves. Anatomy of a Jerk delivers that same narrative clarity and floor-rumbling authority, out on Mexico City’s Infinite Machine imprint.

Free, ultra-deep spectral synth from Steinberg: X-Stream

Here’s still more experimental sound and cinematic soundscape creation for free. X-Stream is a new free monophonic spectral instrument from Steinberg, complete with support for manipulating your own samples.