What’s in Novation’s new Circuit Tracks: polysynths, drums, sequencing, samples, $399

Okay, everybody’s been seeing their computer too much lately. So Novation’s Circuit Tracks does stuff with no screen, no menus, even no power plug – and squeezes tons of musical power for the money, at US$399 (about 399 EUR with VAT).

Inside a note: explore minimalism with Björk home studio visits

“It’s very brave to look complex things in the eye and say, calm down.” Some Björk TV clips from the 90s explore minimalism, immediacy, tiny handheld instruments, and the work of the late Mika Vainio.

Fresh picks to dowload from Bandcamp – essentials of experimentalism and groove

Forget what platform it’s on for a moment – a Friday is a perfect time to support independent DIY music production, by directly supporting the artist and downloading something that you can come back to again and again.

Don’t miss the gorgeous, shuffling loops of glia [bandcamp picks]

In self-released sounds emanating from the state of Virginia, glia’s studies in rhythm and phrase are absolutely essential.

Erica’s modular Dada Noise System II dives into joys of joysticks, history of Dada

With a panner that can be flown with a joystick – even for surround sound – and loads of other inventions, Erica Synths and Liquid Sky’s Ingmar Koch are boldly going deeper in Dada.

Tour the Berlin-style Hölle techno club in Hitman 3

Crowds of people, bright lights piercing the darkness, techno bouncing against cavernous industrial concrete – oddly the game Hitman 3 is a refuge for people who miss clubbing. Heh, even the early morning open-air birdsong is familiar. Daniel D has made a loving tour of the place. It’s uncanny valley clubbing therapy for anyone experiencing […]

Fonts for a cause: SoliType gives you designer letters to support meals in the Balkans

Your next design project or album cover can pick up trendy letters from independent designers – all while helping get meals to those in need.

Polymode is Cherry’s new soft synth inspired by the Polymoog, for $29

This idiosyncratic beast from 1975 gets a modern remake for playability.

Wowa Cwejman, synthesizer designer, has died at 72

The small community of people who design electronic musical instruments has lost a unique imagination. Word arrived yesterday that Wlodzimierz “Wowa” Cwejman of Cwejman Music had died.

Music makers mourn loss of Sophie, innovative producer and friend

“Life is so fragile” is the phrase that has echoed among friends, as last week claimed producer SOPHIE. My heart goes out especially to those who knew her, especially in this time of loss.