My Own Beat Records says: No more amputated songs.

The songs are getting shorter and the fault lies with Spotify.The length of songs written and produced to become massive hits has shrunk considerably in recent years.Artists shorten their songs because Spotify gives more interest and editorial support to short songs. This is assuming a lack of respect for the work of many artists. Because…

This Puzzle Game Is A Fun, Affordable Way To Learn Electronic Music.

The Signal State’s new sandbox mode lets you play around with virtual synth modules for way less money than the real thing By Claire Jackson Gif: Reckoner Industries / Kotaku Released in September of last year, The Signal State was a surprising and fun way to translate the process of making modular synth patches into cool logic puzzles—which…

The Warehouse: The place house music got its name

In honor of its 35th anniversary, RA’s Jacob Arnold looks back at the origins and the heyday of the legendary Chicago nightspot. In the mid-’70s, Chicago was still America’s second largest city. Yet after the financial collapse of a number of independent soul labels a few years earlier, its recording industry was virtually non-existent, and…

Best Sets at Hideout Festival

Hideout Festival was one of the first festivals to arrive in Croatia approximately a decade ago and now, to this day, it is still a leading festival on the international scene in dance music. This year’s delayed 10th anniversary was a special one with high energy throughout the five-day event. Across Zcre Beach’s famous open air…

Detroit techno doc “God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines” debuted at Tribeca

An auspicious premiere for this story of “mismanaged success, damaged friendships, ascendant beats & raw inspiration” in 1980s Detroit… Twelve years in the making, a Detroit techno documentary has touched heights of anticipation that few films about dance music ever reach. God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines is a feature-length documentary from Washington Hill Pictures and…

Sziget Festival returns: here are the artists you shouldn’t miss

After two years away, one of Hungary’s biggest cultural events, Sziget festival, is back in Budapest. Hundreds of concerts and performances on more than a dozen stages are waiting for festival goers on the Island of Freedom, a small isle on the Danube River where Sziget has been taking place since 1993. In order to…

LIFTING THE CURSE: HOUGHTON FESTIVAL IS FINALLY BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

Following a string of cancellations, Houghton’s continuing existence hung in the balance, with the 2022 edition looking like make or break Craig Richards, you could say, has had a hard time of it lately. The DJ’s Norfolk festival has endured so many back-to-back cancellations it basically became a meme (2019: stormy weather; 2020: COVID; 2021: COVID, again, combined with staff shortages and ineligibility for…

LEGENDARY DJ ​TONY DE VIT AWARDED BLUE PLAQUE IN BIRMINGHAM

The ceremony will mark the first time a DJ has been honoured with a blue plaque Legendary DJ Tony de Vit is being awarded a blue plaque in Birmingham’s Digbeth, marking the first time a DJ has ever received the honour. The blue plaque marking Kidderminster’s de Vit will be put up on September 24 at a…

ULTRA Korea Announces Phase 1 Lineup

ULTRA Korea will make its highly-anticipated return for the festival’s ninth edition from Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25, 2022. Marking the festival’s ninth edition, and first since 2019, ULTRA Korea has revealed its Phase 1 lineup featuring a stacked roster of globetrotting artists. A bevy of headliners will be making their ULTRA Korea…