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Detroit and its Techno legacy

Take a look at this nice video on RA’s Real Scene section about Detroit, MI.

 

Detroit nowadays has a lot of unemployment problems and looks like an abandoned city: economy collapsed and buildings are falling apart, in 2013 Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.

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There was a time when Detroit was a florid huge automobile production centre (GM, Chrysler, and Ford)  and lots of people migrated to the city and the suburbs to work, black people especially. But what I want to talk about Detroit  is something more important: it’s called TECHNO.

Detroit is the city where techno was born from the mind and the fingers of some eclectic youngsters and their enthusiastic friends, it was the place where in the early 80s the Electrifying Mojo would use the airwaves to spread the new language, it was a place where you could go and dance your ass off in abandoned buildings or improvised clubs with a new dark and synthethic sound. This was not Chicago with its House funky beats, not even New York and its Disco shit. Detroit was cold, decaying, racially instable, poor, post industrial and dark.

Detroit music scene was always one step ahead of anywhere else. Not only because of Techno, it was also the place where a lot of Northern Soul music was produced, home for the Motown and for Thelma Records, Groove City Records, Ge Ge Records, D-Town, Carla Records and many many more.

The conjunction for the birth of techno may relies here: a strong northern soul/funk legacy fused with popular Chicago House mixed up with sci-fi and Futuristic imaginery, Acid House  and post industrial rage.

This is what I think made Detroit techno producers so unique: the ability to groove and to catch your soul.

 

 

there is a splendid documentary called High-Tech Soul to watch if you want to learn about the details of how everything came up togheter from the famous Belleville three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson) and how they needed to move to Europe (England) to legitimete themselves.

 

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The list of Techno producers active in Detroit is long and includes names like Octave One, AUX88, Carl Cox, Drexciya, Eddie Fowlkes, Mike “Mad” Banks, Moodyman, Theo Parrish, Robert Hood, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Kenny Larkin, Kevin Saunderson, Orlando Voorn.… do you get it? all the gotha of Techno is somehow related to Detroit.

 

I leave you with this masterpiece by Robert Hood, to me one of the best Detroiter technohead still around.

 

 

 

 

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Giulio Maresca’s Harsh Enviroment: out now on Resiliens. Q&A.

You guys all know Giulio Maresca and if you don’t you should.
he’s a hell of a dj, a skilled producer, a former label owner at Ipologica Recordings, a radio producer and a sweet and nice guy.

I know him since forever and he was kind enough to partecipate on my Upon Alpacas ep with a great remix.

As I say he used to run Ipologica Recordings with his buddy Fabio Sestili and I had the honour and the pleasure of releasing my very first ep on their imprint.

Few days ago Giulio released this nice ep called Harsh Enviroment on roman electronic label Resiliens.

The ep consists of three originals. They all move around dub techno/deep tech vibes but definetely there is Giulio’s touch as I listen to the tracks: to me his fingerprint consists in an absolute control over the musical elements in the mix plus an outstanding use of delays, but I will ask directly to him what his music is about.

So… welcome to the new session of my blog called Q&A!

Q&A with mr. Giulio Maresca:

Q: How much you like delays, how do you use’em and why?
A: I love delays, I usually use Ableton’s Ping Pong for its flexibility and ease of use. I like Softube’s Tube Delay for the sound and pitch modulation by varying the feedback, and I like the soft distortion it adds. I use also Timeless Fab Filter because it gives a lot of of creative possibilities given by the filters and lfo. Usually I use delays on send channels: Ableton’s Auto Filter on band pass mode with active lfo and random wave form goes before Ping Pong Delay, so the elements that I send to the delay often variate creating interesting patterns.

Q: Did you produce the track in your studio? and if so what’s your studio setup?
A: I mainly use Ableton Live with some external hardware like a Korg ESX, Korg Volca Bass and Volca Beats, an electric guitar and a multi-effects pedal which I use also with the drum machines (Giulio started out as a punk guitarist as myself. yeppa!). When I have the chance to play different synths or drum machines I sometimes sample them for later use. The three tracks were produced in different places, starting on my laptop so to save first ideas than the mixes were finalized in studio.

Q: Which a record that is never missing in your suitcase.
A: Probably PONTAPE’ by Renato Cohen on Intec, one of my favorite records!

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special thanks to Giulio for his time and tips and make sure to check out his music and share it.

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We are Further Pushers and this is our debut.

Few months ago I met Simone, a local dj known as Cutter, a nice and distinguished guy with a cutting sense of humour I talked to many times at the glorious Glucose techno night in Rome.
We decided to get togheter producing some tracks and we quickly discovered we were a perfect match, we could produce music easily and we were really excited about what we produced.
Further Pushers were born!
We compiled a demo and contacted three labels we thought could be interested in. We got no reply and we decided to print the vinyls ourselves. FUCK YEAH!

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We first mixed the three tracks we choose to release at Subsound Studio in Rome with the help of Luciano Lamanna a really talented and enthusiastic guy who was really impressed by our work. We mastered the tracks at Andrea Merlini’s studio (one of the best mastering technician in Rome and also part of the famous Minimal Rome crew) cause we decided to keep it local.
Everything went so fast and we were ready to send the files to the printing factory. We decided to print only 150 copies cause we didn’t know how actually the game worked so we kept it kinda low profile.
Then Luciano Lamanna got us into his label/collective called Love Blast and we were happy to be part of a local community with friends and skilled producers.

Now the vinyl is out and we are so fracking excited.
(the digital will be also released on the 14th on every major digital music stores)

Some technical info about the records.
We recorded the tracks jamming on our cheap synths and drum machines: we used a MC303 , a MC505, a MFB522, a Yamaha TG33, an drrum machine called Eko Ritmo20 and some pedals fx like the Ibanez Tube Screamer and the Memory Boy. Plus we used some field recordings.

The photo of the cover is from Fernanda Veron and the artwork is by Matteo Bruno

we set up a Facebook page were you can keep up with us and everything related to Further Pushers.

you can also join us on Souncloud.

thanks for reading and for joining us on this new adventure and please take your time to listen to the tracks.

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Delroy Edwards please help us! we need to start the weekend.

When Edwards moved from LA to New York City he met with Ron Morelli, founder of Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.), and togheter they worked at A1 Records. they must have shared same taste and ideas about techno and house music and the same vision of lofi machine driven bangers.

He is native from Los Angeles and produces jacky house, with elements of ’80s electro, acid, ghetto house, and the first iterations of Detroit techno – this is straight from the XLR8R page where you can download his podcast as well 😉

this is the single from “for club use only” 15th releases for L.I.E.S. and released on 2012

this other ep features Edwards teaming up with british FunkinEven. great “ohmyohmy..” track with lots of distorted claps and a solid bouncing bass line.
the ep was released in 2013 for Apron Records

so… now we can start the weekend.

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Gabe DM – Italiansgroove radioshow #23

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I am happy to share with you the podcast I did for Italiansgroove radioshow.

Since I got robbed recently of my dj equipments I had to record it on Ableton Live, it was a real pain in the ass, maybe cause it was the first time I approach a dj session this way. I felt I was totally loosing the live djing feel in favour of a structured recording session. I did mapped the filters and eqs on my controller but still couldn’t get the fun I use to have while djing in real time.

I think I will have to find a different approach to live mixes in the future. if you have any advice go ahead and tell me 🙂

In the tracklist you will find tracks from producer I admire, friends and new discoveries, plus many of my recent tracks (of course eheheh).

Have a spin and share it if you like, don’t forget to thank the ppl who produce such beautiful tracks that are out there for us to enjoy.

tracklist:
1. Zadig – Dark Nebula (Kenny Larkin Remix)
2. Robert Hood – Drive (The Age Of Automation) (Ø [Phase] Nocturnal Mix)
3. Psyk – Transito
4. Gabe DM – Stolidity
5. CS 01 – B1 (Vinyl only)
6. Korova – Martello (Giulio Maresca remix)
7. Gabe DM – Bankruptcy Showbiz
8. Ken Ishii – EXTRA
9. Wax – 50005
10. Raffaele Attanasio – Black Bloc (Manzel Version)
11. Unbalance – Untitled 1
12. Jamie Guerkin – Monophobie (Gabe DM remix)
13. Steve Rachmad – Fruit Of The Room
14. Savas Pascalidis – Sonic Groove (Skudge Rework)
15. O/V/R – Post-Traumatic Son (DVS1 Pessimist Mix)
16. Miriam Macrì – Bye Bye Mademoiselle (Gabe DM remix)
17. Shifted – Sektor A
18. Orquesm – NootZaak (unreleased)
19. Terrence Dixon – Minimalism (DVS1 Remix)
20. Stefano Infusino – T600
21. Gabe DM – Untitled06

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Subsekt Mixtape #1 is out. Grab your free copy now!

The wait is over!

Subsekt mixtape #1 is out and free to download at Subsekt Soundcloud page.

Paul “Nomad” Spectrum mixes one hour of fresh electronic and techno tracks from members of the Subsekt Forum.
My track “Teamwork Occlusion” from the ep Perturbation Stolidity is in the mix as well as many other banging tracks.

Listen to the mix and discover the artists here.

Tracklisting:

1 Jake Conlon – Solt and Kobre
2 Arc – Organize
3 ARiFF – Crankshaft
4 Peter Gual – Quan tot acabi
5 GABE DM – Teamwork Occlusion
6 Harem Tone – Love.0 (Aphorrent’s Fuck Your Love Remix)
7 The Binary Mind – Bankrunner
8 Ronny Pries – Here lies minimalism
9 Ross Alexander – Chamber of Victory
10 Inhuman Impulse – Stream
11 Jake Conlon – Dro-Hp 03
12 Filiber – Deviant
13 Twilitez – Lastminutes Better_4
14 Jordan Louis – Dia de Los Muertos
15 Timothy Alexander – Omnipotence I
16 Mslwte – HD 209458 b (BMS Master)
17 Serial – Parallelo

 

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I am really proud and happy to be part of this wonderfull group of friends and colleagues. I have been hanging on the forum for one year now and I must say all the ppl involved are really cool and I learned a lot of technical tips and discovered great new music. So if you’re looking for a techno music forum and nice ppl, get down to the Subsekt!

as you know my ep called Perturbation Stolidity has been released two weeks ago and I didn’t get the feeds and the attention I was hoping for, but it’s ok, no prob at all cause I know I am not a big act or anything similar. I just hoped to get some exposure but little by little hopefully will get somewhere. So it’s a real honour to be be included in this awesome mixtape sharing the playlist with Ariff, Arc, Mslwte, Timothy Alexander, Jordan Louis, Ross Alexander, Serial, Twilitez, Filiber, Aphorren, The Binary Mind, Peter Gual, Jake Conlon, Inhuman Impulse and the great Ronny Pries.

For this I thank John, Paul and every other Subsekters.

Have a nice time listening to the tape and see you around.

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my new ep “Perturbation Stolidity” is out!

Perturbation Stolidity is the title of my new ep released by Toffler Music Entertainment is out on Beatport Exclusive (unfortunally will be available only there for the first month).

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  1. GUARDS BY DISTANCE
  2. BANKRUPTCY SHOWBIZ
  3. STOLIDITY
  4. TEAMWORK OCCLUSION
  5. FAULTY MOVE

The release contains five tracks of deep and contemporary techno. Low ends and driving bassdrums set the mood for speculating over contemporaneity.  

Perturbation Stolidity is a snapshot of global phenomena such as climate change, economic inequalities, social conduct but also an intimate and disillusioned personal flash of light and a critique of our personal behavior.

Everywhere we assist a call for stronger control. We are threatened by financial crisis, morale breakdowns, extreme pollution, political new-populism all of them we believe are consequences of a deregulated system.

Closure/Occlusion: The act of closing or the state of being closed. The strategy of closing down your domain is used to keep dangers out. Physiological barriers like membranes or tissues are mechanisms that block the passage of certain substances, in the same way physical barriers are meant to protect countries, pieces of land from migration, interbreeding, or free movement of individuals or populations.

Contemporaneity is dark and uncertain. People lost value on behalf of greedy agglomerates of power and wealth.

Cities are drawing in poverty and darkness, no breathable air, not a wink of wild nature and life.

The collapse of modern civilization seems always more imminent while society keeps waiting for it with stolidity.

To work, to produce, to obey, to delegate. This are all actions humanity has learned to fulfill everyday while living in separation looking to personal glorification and self indulgence. Our specie lost contact with the biological part of its being. Hours spent in segregation makes us proud of our own achievements and jealous as only we can enjoy them. The reach for safety erects barriers responding to the insiders/outsiders distinction that we postulated for us to feel part of a definite system. The lack of sharing, despite echoes of social computing attracting us like zombies on a fresh meal, stops the awareness of cooperation between people.

We’ve lost the route and the imagination, feeling we’re terribly clueless: no values, no certainty, hopes or visions.

We share thoughts in our private nightmare.”

Track “Bankruptcy Showbiz” contains a sample from “(Move it) to the big bang” by Steve Rachmad; thanks a lot to Mr. Steve Rachmad and Music Man Records for making possible to use the sample.

Gabe DM and TME thank you for reading and listening to his music. Also Gabe will be proud of you if you stop being selfish and lazy and start to ACT: be vegan, be fair and be a rebel.

Toffler Music Entertainment:  www.tofflermusic.com

info@tofflermusic.com

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“Bye Bye Mademoiselle” by Miriam Macri, including Gabe DM and Mechanique remix

Hey there,

here’s my latest released track. It’s a remix I did for Italian  producer Miriam Macri out on Benthic Recordings. The track is called Bye Bye Mademoiselle and gives title to the Ep wich includes another original track called Hello Mademoiselle and one more remix by Mechanique (also label boss).


For this remix I received the parts from the label but I used little of them, like the pad sound wich I chopped and used a loop of it and the dubby melody that comes in at 5:00 circa.

I used some cricket’s noise I recorded this summer in the wood that you can hear almost through the whole song and some big fly buzz which I also record this summer while working on a live show I did in Viareggio (Tuscany).

I tried to improve my mixing skill and tried to blend smoothly bass and kick drum following all the hints my friends and colleagues gave me on Subsekt.

One word about Miriam and Jaime/Mecanique: they are really nice people and very skilled producer so please take your time to surf the web looking for their stuff, it’s totally worth trust me 🙂

I hope you like the remix I did but also check the whole ep out because all the tracks are very good. Support the label and the artist buying the tracks on web stores, but if you are a dj and want to support the release by playing the tracks in your set go ahead and message me and I will send you the promo pack 🙂

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“Old School But Good School” dj set by Franck De Villeneuve

You’re going to like the Podcast #9 on OSBGS blog mixed by French dj/producer Franck De Villeneuve.

At Old School But Good School, as the name of the blog suggests, they like old school tunes from acid to detroit from techno to the whole analogue world.

This time monsieur De Villeneuve digged deep in his vinyl collection and mixed up this great set with lots of undiscussed  gems and new discoveries (to me at least). Dave Clarke, Derrick May, Emmanuel Top, Plastikman, Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, System 7 they’re all featured on this mix 🙂

Here’ the track list and make sure to show Franck some love!

Kraftwerk – Intermission – Capitol (1975)
Teste – Spatialk (5am synaptic) – Probe records (1992)
Plastikman – DRP / Plasticity – Plus 8 (1993)
G-Man – Continue – i220 (1999)
John Creamer & Stephane K – Forget the world – White X (2004)
Paul Rogers – Krafty (GPal pandesia dub mix) – Sumsonic (2002)
Derrick May – To be or not to be (J.Q. public mix) – Sony music (1997)
Dave Clarke – No one’s driving (Chemical brother’s mix) – Bush (1996)
M. Mayer – Pride is weaker than love – Kompakt extra (2002)
Emmanuel Top – Static – Triangle (1995)
Emmanuel Top – Ecsta deal – Attack (1994)
Scanx – Earthquake (dry mix) – FCom (1996)
Dave Clarke – The Storm (vocal) – Re-load (1995)
Fumiya Tanaka – Away go up – Torema records (1998)
777 – Alpha wave (Plastikman acid house mix) – Astralwerks (1995)
Jeff Mills – The purpose maker – Axis (1995)
DJ ESP – One with the Universe (Vocal meditation mix) – Communique records (2005)
Adam Beyer – Compressed (B1) – Drumcode (1996)
System 7 – Rings of fire (Volcaniq mix) – Butterfly records (1998)
Kraftwerk – Radio Stars – Capitol (1975)
Kraftwerk – Uranium – Capitol (1975)


while listening to the set you can take a tour over the pages of this blog… I went directly on their Techno Session with plenty of great 90’s techno tracks.

Franck De Villeneuve official website : www.franckdevilleneuve.com

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SUBSEKT Techno Community: an inspiring place.

 

Subsekt is a great forum and a passionate community of techno lovers. In there you will share thoughts and techniques with great and established producers like Mattias Fridell or Voidloss, Aka-Carl plus lots of young and talented ones as Mslwte or Autologic and many others for you to discover (there is a great section about new producers suggestions).

I really enjoy this community as everyone is ready to help and sharing their skills which is the best thing it can happen to a curious techno producer like me and you 🙂

In Subsekt you can scroll through geeky posts about hardware and compression techniques or take a break watching photos (I got to say how much I was shocked one day looking through the nice pics section  finding a weird pic of someone’s legs coming out from a thrashcan and realize that pic was taken on the street where I live in Rome…jeeeez) but also you can read about parties all around europe.

 

but most of all you can listen to great contemporary, underground, unique techno in its countless facets.

 

now you are ready to join SUBSEKT.

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