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.

Normcore, hard techno: The Last DJ is the influencer we need right now

Imagine your Dad/Granddad. Imagine the corner home office. Now imagine he’s got an Elektron Syntakt and he’s making the most brutal EBM and techno. You’re getting the picture: meet Nick Hayes, aka The Last DJ.

Peter Kirn - April 3, 2024

Go watch Polygonia’s videos on Ableton Operator hi-hats and more

Polygonia, aka Lindsey Wang, is expanding techno into imaginative blossoms of percussion and pattern. But she’s also doing some terrific tutorials. Where to start? A terrific breakdown of constructing high hats from scratch in Ableton’s Operator might inspire you.

Peter Kirn - March 18, 2024

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