Blend Launches Support For Propellerhead’s Reason With Artists Paul Wilson, Justen Williams, & Chris Freeman

Blend is thrilled to announce support for Propellerhead’s Reason music production software. Reason users now have access to the premiere platform for music collaboration, allowing sharing of in-progress music projects, tutorials, and sample packs. Veteran music creators Paul Wilson (Lauryn Hill, Erin Barra), Justen Williams (Kourtney Hart), and Chris Freeman (Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books) join us to celebrate this announcement with exclusive new material for you to pull and reimagine today.

Paul Wilson presents us with the first single from his upcoming project BAE_BRO, a dark slice of instrumental hip-hop.

Justen Williams shares a funky r’n’b track from his collaborative work with singer Kourtney Heart

Chris Freeman shares the Reason file he uses when performing live with Bad Books — pull this project for a unique look into the mind of a touring musician. 

Also check out this exclusive look into Justen Williams’ approach to making hits with Reason:

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Share Your Best Original Track And Be Heard By The Dancefair Community!

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Dancefair Ibiza is a two day event for everyone who wants to grow as a performing professional in the electronic music industry. Fueled with more than 60 seminars and workshops across 5 venues and a huge expo floor, the event serves as a hub for audio technology companies, record labels, producers and DJs. Dancefair Ibiza takes place at Benimussa Park in Sant Antoni, formerly the Old Zoo of Ibiza, on September 24th and 25th.

This year, Dancefair is offering producers a special opportunity to be heard by the entire Dancefair community — all you need to do is publish a new original dance track on Blend with the tag Dancefair by September 19th. The best tracks will be promoted on the DanceFair website and social channels. Show us what you’ve got!

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The B.S. Of D. Releases 2nd Full-Length Album – Wants You To Remix “Work of Fire”

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Hailing from Portland, Oregon (USA) The B.S. Of D. has released his second full-length album entitled Ignitiated on his label E.G.D.F Labs in partnership with SonicRay Distribution out of Hamburg, Germany.


Despite having great success after the release of his first album, The B.S. Of D. decided to take a different approach for this album away from the dark and at times haunting instrumentals that filled his first album. With vocals from himself as well as two up-and-coming talents – Sinerise from Vancouver, B.C. Canada, and PrimeTime from Portland, Oregon – The B.S. Of D. tactfully describes theme of his new 12 track album as: 

"A dramatic yet fearless journey of spiritual experiences, full of fire and passion; an effort to rise above the drama and other negative things that hold us back from living in a truly happy existence. Darkness may surround you, and the mud may be thick, but you can always rise above it, stick your roots in and bloom like a lotus in the sun."

The first track off the album “Work of Fire” is available exclusively on Blend. You can listen to and pull the Ableton project below.

Be sure to check out The B.S. Of D. other music online:

Blend: https://blend.io/thebsofd

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/thebsofd

Spotify: Listen here

Soundeo: Listen here

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Basic Shapes Wants You To Dance & Remix Their New Track, Stand Still

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Our very own front-end developer extraordinaire, Patrick Estabrook, is also the talented musician & synth enthusiast behind Basic Shapes, your new favorite 3-piece band from Brooklyn. They just premiered their debut music video for “Stand Still” over at Noisey, and one listen will have you agreeing: this song is definitely not about standing still. 

"Brooklyn trio Basic Shapes understand the power of dancing like an idiot with your friends (hey, by yourself is OK too). Additionally this song manages to sound both minimal and lush, downtempo and uptempo.” - Kim Taylor Bennett, Noisey

Check out the video below (warning: slightly NSFW):

Basic Shapes is Patrick Estabrook, Brooke Morrison and Myles Hefferman. After years of putting bedroom-studio tracks and sketches on SoundCloud, Patrick recruited Brooke and Myles to help finish four new songs and assemble a live show.  Engineered at Dr Wu’s Studio (Parquet Courts, Le1f), the resulting songs have the playful synth work of the bedroom tracks with the addition of Brooke’s airy, alluring vocals. The instrumentation for “Stand Still” features the sounds of the Moog Sub Phatty & Slim Phatty, the Prophet 08, a classic MPC1000 through a Moogerfooger MF-101, and for guitar, a Fender Strat through a Moog Minifooger MF Boost. 

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Create A New Track In 30 Minutes Or Less With D16’s LuSH-101 & You Could Win It!

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Update: we’ve extended this opportunity 1 more week! Get in your tracks before the deadline on Sept. 15th!

D16 Audio Software invites producers and DJs to create an original track using LuSH-101’s 30 minute demo. LuSH-101 is a multitimbral polyphonic synthesizer created from modules that can be found in many modern virtual synthesizers, all combined into a single compact and logically intuitive design. This basic simplicity combined with its multilayer architecture turns it into an easy-to-use but extremely powerful instrument that can be programmed and tweaked quickly and almost effortlessly, leveraging its maximum potential. Do you think you have what it takes to make the LuSH-101 sing?

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Download and install the trial of LuSH-101 - It’s fully functional for 30 minutes
  2. Create an original track using LuSH-101 & freeze the tracks using LuSH-101 before saving it
  3. Publish it on Blend with the tag “LUSH101” no later than midnight on Monday, September 15th

You can use any DAW you like, just make sure to put all the files and a full preview.wav in the project folder. D16 & Blend will review the submissions and select 2 winners to receive a full version of LuSH-101

What are you waiting for? Download the LuSH-101 demo and get started! 

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Our Favorite Wu Tang Remixes, So Far…

Wu Tang Clan has always pushed the envelope when it came to creativity. From open-sourcing the creative process to sampling and re-imaging breakbeats and classic funk they’ve done it all. Now, they are building up the next generation of Wu MCs with the Wu Tang Parental Advisory, featuring rappers Turnpike Ike, Kash and Chunky. Last month they gave the world access to one of the tracks from Wu Tang Parental Advisory’s debut album titled “So Many Detailz” as well as a track from Capadonna titled “Vegan” which features a section from Turnpike Ike.

With so many great remixes of both tracks we wanted to showcase five of our favorite remixes so far. Check out each one and if you feel inspired to re-work it, click the “pull” button and get to work!

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X-Vertigo “Bombs” Remix Contest Winner Announced

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Last month, the Blend community had an opportunity to remix the chart-topping track “Bombs” by X-Vertigo feat. Billboard Top 100 artist Gia. With remixes from heavy-weight guys like Sandro Silva, D.O.D. & Andy Callister, X-Vertigo wanted to find one more person to join the ranks. Once again, the Blend community came through with flying colors showing off the true talent of many of the artists who entered the contest.

After listening to each and every submission, X-Vertigo selected the winning project by Pasadena native, Mark Chang who goes by the stage name Korovva. His remix has been professionally mastered and is being given out as a free download through X-Vertigo’s social channels. You can explore Korovva’s Blend project and listen to the final version on Soundcloud.

Listen to the final mastered version on SoundCloud

Special thanks to X-Vertigo for putting on the contest! Be sure to check out more of X-Vertigo music on his social profiles.

X-VERTIGO:

Facebook.com/xvertigomusic

Twitter.com/djxvertigo

SoundCloud.com/x-vertigo

Instagram: @djxvertigo

GIA:

Facebook.com/giaofficial

Twitter.com/giaofficial

Instagram: @giaofficial

KOROVVA:

Facebook.com/korovvaofficial

SoundCloud.com/markchangmusic

 

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Drums On Acid Interview: Workflow With Ableton, Live Drumming, And Industry Outlook

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Last week in Hollywood, CA we had an opportunity to catch up with the former drummer of Infected Mushroom, Cary White, at his first headlining show under his new solo project alias Drums On Acid. Coming up in the EDM scene is no easy feat, but White has already begun to make a name for himself garnering support from many big-hitters in the scene including Krewella, Emma Hewitt, Feenixpawl, Clinton VanSciver, Swedish Egil, Pyramyth, and Infected Mushroom, among others. His unique blend of live drumming and high-voltage electro-house is a crowd-pleasing combination that is only just getting started.

What software do you use to produce music?

Ableton Live, exclusively – and I’m just really getting started. I’ve been producing for about 3 years now, but only started DJing 9 days before finding out I won the EDC discovery project.

Where do you see the music industry going? Any thoughts in particular?

I really see the live element taking over. That’s what got me going in this direction in the first place. I’m not saying that people are getting bored, but I just think its way cooler and you can vibe out way more when you see somebody rocking out and giving it that human feel.

How was your experience collaborating with Infected Mushroom?

I actually hadn’t collaborated with them as far as production goes. Those guys – you can ask anybody – their productions are outer-worldly. They create things that nobody has ever heard. I’m working up to the point where I would feel comfortable working with them, but I feel – to some degree – like I have a bit of an inferiority complex because they are just eons above not just me, but pretty much everyone with how much they know.

Being a drummer, do you think that limits the way / amount you can collaborate with other artists?

I don’t think so at all. A lot of people ask me for drum samples and little loops because with my productions a lot of times that’s what I start out with. Plus, I use a MIDI drum kit so that I can switch up the kits I’m using on stage on the fly.

What would be the #1 tip you could give to aspiring artists?

Two things. First, have a vision. Have a target that you’re aiming for. See your path a little bit and envision it, and then manifest it. Second, hard work. You have to work hard. Take every free second you have you have – which may not be that much time at all – but every free second you have you have to just bust a move and do what you can.

Who are some up and coming acts you would like to watch out for?

I really like The Maniac Agenda. They have a huge online presence and they make really good music. I think they are going to have their break here pretty soon. Another one I’d say would probably be this band called Gunslinger – a band I used to play with – they’ve been at it a long time and used to have a cool live show similar to Infected with the full band and everything, but have since toned it down and are now focusing on more of a DJ set styled show.

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Eclectic Method Premieres The Mark Ronson TED Talk Meta Remix

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In March 2014, Grammy Award winning producer, musician and DJ Mark Ronson delivered a landmark TED Talk about the history and importance of sampling in music. With over 1.2 million views and counting, Ronson’s talk proves the world loves a good remix. 

Enter digital pop culture surgeon Eclectic Method. His latest work is a remix of the remix, in a video remix… of the video remix. Crazy enough for you? It gets better. The entire project file is available right now on Blend, for you to re-imagine (or re-re-re-imagine) the remix as you see fit… because the only thing better than a remix of a remix is a remix of a remix of a… well, you get the idea. 

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NINREMIXES.com Opens Up “The Hand That Feeds” And “Only” For Collaboration

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"For quite some time I've been interested in the idea of allowing you the ability to tinker around with my tracks — to create remixes, experiment, embellish or destroy what's there.  After spending some quality time sitting in hotel rooms on a press tour, it dawned on me that the technology now exists and is already in the hands of some of you.”
- Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

In 2005, producer & creator The B.S. of D. and a group of volunteers built the largest collection of Nine Inch Nails remixes on the Internet. After the initial success of open-sourcing “The Hand That Feeds” and “Only,” NIN went on to open source a great deal more of their music. NINRemixes.com has since blossomed into a community of thousands of remixers. With the release of the 8th version of the site, NINRemixes.com has now teamed up with Blend to empower collaboration across both communities. 

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