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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 30, 2012

QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Offers Multiple Types Of Control

After the success of Keith McMillen’s first crowdsourced controller, the QuNeo, it’s likely that his newest prototype will be met with the same success.  Without careful investigation, DJs and producers may be too quick to write off Keith McMillen’s projects as simply “another midi controller” – but the real insight into his work has to do with technology, not just design.  The first crowsourced creation was not only funded by contributors, it was also designed for them (as it wouldn’t have been a success if it wasn’t).

His new project, the QuNexus takes a similar approach to device creation by putting technology in the forefront.  The controller itself doesn’t look like anything we haven’t seen, and shares a similar dimension to the Akai LPD8 and the Korg NanoPad, but unlike the two just mentioned the QuNexus offers a superior level of control.  It takes controllerism beyond the on/off approach …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 30, 2012

ReBirth For iPad Reborn

Propellerhead has sort of been behind the scenes in terms of production lately.  Many of the big DAW and software producers out there have been expanding horizontally; adding actually hardware and gear to their repertoire.  Even businesses that have nothing to do with DJ gear have taken the same approach, slowly bridging the gap between hardware and software.  Native Instruments has pushed past Rane in this respect, offering a plethora of Traktor certified gear that couples nicely with their controller offerings.  Propellehead has been working on projects large and small.

One of their more recent “fun” projects was Propellerhead’s “Figure” for iOS, which turned out to be a fun little music making app with the potential to become something real.  ReBirth has always been a popular plug-in for DAW users (mainly FL Studio guys) but until now it was only available for PC – and Reason still holds ground as …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 30, 2012

New Album From Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos

When I was a young brat in high school I was part of the marching band.  I had moved up from playing the lowly 2nd clarinet, to center snare in the drum line.  From that moment on, I was hooked on drums and anything that involved drumming.  Naturally I moved on to a cheap acoustic drum set which annoyed the hell out of my parents.  Looking back on it, if I had the money to go for an electronic drum set, I would have – and I would have spared my folks and my neighbors quite a few headaches.

It wasn’t until I got a little older that I decided to learn the history of electronic instruments like synthesizers and drum pads; all of which led me to Kraftwerk.  It was Kraftwerk who started the trend, which was revolutionarly in the early 80’s when it first arrived on …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 30, 2012

Is Music Worse Than It Used To Be?

“Is music worse than it used to be?”

This is an argument that comes and goes every decade or so, with the rise of new genres of music and trends that saturate the market.  There is a small bit of truth to the statement; however, saying that music is worse than it was before is overstating the reality.  I would say that creativity hasn’t been lost in the music producer; rather, the need for creativity has been lost on audiences.  DJs who play in clubs every weekend know the feeling.  There is very little they can do to alter their playlists without upsetting the crowd (and subsequently the club owners).  A smart DJ will innocuously inject some new tunes or some new style into his usual set while still retaining the core party rock songs that are expected of him or her.

Prominent DJs that have been interviewed have given …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 30, 2012

Rage Against the Machine’s Deluxe Anniversary Reissue of Their Debut Album

If you trace the origins of early rap music and the first rap videos that made airwaves, you’ll notice something funny.  Other than the hip-hop videos you could easily classify as “funk” music, some rappers had to emulate rock in order to make appearances on MTV.  Run DMC’s collaboration with Aerosmith in “Walk This Way” probably rings a few bells and exemplifies this style of music.

Fast forward years later and you would find the exact opposite effect.  Rock, punk, and alternative bands were using elements of hip-hop in their music with varying degrees of success.  It was not uncommon to hear rock songs with bits of turntablism and vocals derived from rap music.  Some of the more original groups, like Rage Against the Machine were actually taking hip-hop to new levels.  Tom Morello stunned audiences when he used his guitar to simulate the sounds of a scratch DJ manipulating …