It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote up an album from Kill Paris which relied heavily on the MIDI Sprout, a device that converted electrical signals from plants into MIDI notes. But that’s not the only way to turn objects that aren’t supposed to make music into musical devices.
If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about making music from random things, it’s Shawn Wasabi. One of the foremost experts using the MIDI Fighter in the world, Wasabi gets a kick out of making weird music. For his latest experiment, he attached cables to boba balls and plugged them into his MIDI Fighter to make a sick beat.
HERE’S THE MF TEA
(really important you need to hear this) pic.twitter.com/uYOHe27Tkf
— shawn wasabi (@shawnwasabi) April 18, 2019
The next week, he did the same thing with popsicles, though it didn’t go nearly as viral.
sup fools rate my new studio setup 1-10
(honest answers please) pic.twitter.com/zOh5uyCYhg
— shawn wasabi (@shawnwasabi) April 23, 2019
The original video has already been noticed by the likes of Jimmy Fallon and Teen Vogue and has 3.2 million views on Twitter. Wasabi isn’t a stranger to going viral, but this could unlock some new avenue in his career. Either way, it’s cool to watch!
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Shawn Wasabi Uses Boba & Popsicles To Make Beats And It’s Super Good
More often than not, people take the easy way out when it comes to passwords. There are so many services that require a password that it’s easier to choose an easy one than a complicated one; but in exchange for ease, you lose security.
A new survey conducted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Department for Digital, Media, and Sport (DCMS) in the UK has found that a staggering number of people actually use musicians and pop culture for their passwords, many of them across different services.
Among the top musicians are Blink-182 (285,706), 50 Cent (191,153), Eminem (167,983), Metallica (140,841), and Slipknot (140,833), while Superman (333,139), Naruto (242,749), Tigger (237,290), Pokemon (226,947), and Batman (203,116) lead the fictional front.
As Consequence of Sound points out in their coverage of the survey, yes, this is a UK specific study. Regardless, if any of those passwords look familiar, you should change yours immediately.
“Nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favorite band,” Dr Ian Levy, NCSC Technical Director explained. “Using hard-to-guess passwords is a strong first step and we recommend combining three random but memorable words. Be creative and use words memorable to you, so people can’t guess your password.”
If EDM fans were surveyed, it’s not unlikely that artists like Skrillex, Excision, or Illenium (or variations thereof) would be similarly popular.
Consult the full list of passwords here and act accordingly.
via Consequence of Sound | Photo by Canadian Press / Rex Features
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Use Musicians For Their Password & It’s Not Safe
Following the release of his new album and before his first performance at Coachella a week ago, fans were skeptical of Gesaffelstein. Would it be the same sort of poppy mish mash on HYPERION, or would it be a return to his original style, or somewhere in between?
Thankfully, the answer was about 80/20 in favor of his old style, and his Coachella set was wildly entertaining and impeccably produced. With a very unique vibe in mind and a powerful, techno-laden set that had everyone’s blood pumping, no one really went home unsatisfied.
Now Gesaffelstein is taking his set on the road with 9 new dates announced in November. Having already been announced for Governors Ball in May, he adds stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Boston, and more.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale on Friday, April 26 at 10am local time. Please check HERE for additional information and see full list of tour dates below.
Photo courtesy of Coachella
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Gesaffelstein Announces Full Tour Following Epic Coachella Performance
Music festivals in America are feeling growing pains. Mainstays such as Sasquatch have fallen, and newer events like Okeechobee and Wayhome disappeared as quickly as they appeared. Even the 50th anniversary of Woodstock might not even happen. It’s tough to diagnose the cause of this epidemic, and even the most established festivals have been forced to adapt to survive.
No festival better epitomizes this evolution to thrive than Coachella. This year the festival reached its 25th year, noticeably with less anniversary fanfare than its contemporaries. One can see the difference when comparing its 1999, 2009 and 2019 lineups. Beck, Rage Against the Machine and Tool headlined in 1999. 2009 was led by Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure. 2019? Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande were barely a blip on the music radar 10 years ago. 2019’s lineup truly showcases the music of 2018 into this year, but also looks toward the future.
Beyond the music, Coachella’s logistics, organization and production are second to none. It’s a well-oiled machine at this point, an incredible feat for a festival held in a smaller region with thousands of attendees across two weekends. That’s not to say Coachella doesn’t have problems; sound issues plagued weekend one this year. But Coachella truly succeeds at providing a top-notch event, justifying its price tag and gradual evolution.
So, the music. The headliner trio represent three pillars of current popular music: a poppy mix of R&B and hip-hop, catchy, synth-laden pop rock and anthemic pop with a soulful, sassy twist. Notice the trend? Pop, pop, pop. Pop has come back in a big way this past year, both critically and commercially, and this trio captured the trend to a T.
The undercard reflected the diversity of popular music as well. Latin music with J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Rosalía, hip-hop with Playboi Carti, YG and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and EDM with RÜFÜS DU SOL, Diplo and Gesaffelstein. There was no shortage of talent this year, and every artist delivered with satisfying performances. Our highlights include:
Some performances fell a bit short. Nina Kraviz attempted to deliver a new live set, ultimately veering far too deeply into performance art. We’re cool with new experiences, but when a set amounts to a seemingly prerecorded mix and odd stage theatrics, we’re left disappointed. Gesaffelstein drew a lot of praise, but we found his new show cold despite his awesome costume and improved production.
The magic of Coachella greatly stems from its near-flawless experience. Getting to and from the festival is a breeze, whether in car, shuttle or camping on-site. Entry lines never get too long, shuttles run efficiently to and from the festival and hotels and friendly staff help operations run smoothly.
Coachella also provides amenities and services in spades. What other festival can you buy $2 bottles of water? Or go from techno in the Yuma, to a beer garden in front of the Sahara and then to a secret speakeasy behind the Indio Central Market? For food, you can munch on everything from spicy pie to paella. Beer gardens keep alcoholic consumption in designated spots, helping the festival stay clean and relatively orderly.
Crowd control also turns out wonderfully. Despite all the attendees, Coachella never feels that crowded. The seven primary stages coexist peacefully, giving attendees plenty of room to navigate and explore. Smart curating and scheduling also deters camping for the most part, giving fans a chance to get close for most sets.
Corporate sponsorship is inevitable in festivals today, but Coachella handles it gracefully. Instead of letting sponsors name stages like Lollapalooza, Coachella gives sponsors designated tents or activation areas. American Express, Absolut and Calvin Klein had such tents with free water, charging stations and complimentary merchandise. Postmates handled the festival’s food reservation system, which worked out surprisingly well. Amazon even had Amazon Lockers on-site for festival deliveries. Normally this level of corporate sponsorship would make us puke, but these were designed with attendees in mind.
Coachella’s visual and audio production stand tall among the multigenre music festivals in America. The flagship Coachella Stage continues to utilize massive LED screens, plus giving room for artists to bring their own production. The Sahara tent is a perfect fit for EDM acts, equipped with sprawling screens and overhead lights. The Yuma recreates a club in the festival, supplemented with lasers, countless lights and disco balls…even a shark-shaped disco ball. The Do LaB even expanded to a more open format, still offering guests plenty of shade with performances from rising star and special guests alike.
Coachella’s sound is normally near flawless as well. However, this year faced many challenges in the sound department. Sound bleed between the Coachella Stage and the Outdoor Theatre was a regular occurrence. Same could be said between the Gobi and Mojave tents. It’s great these stages are so close together, but almost all quiet or reflective moments in sets were ruined by sound bleed. Mic issues and feedback problems also affected artists, notably Billie Eilish. Artists like Childish Gambino and Anderson .Paak were also criminally quiet.
Despite the increased sound problems, Coachella’s sound worked wonderfully when the stars aligned. There’s nothing that will match the Yuma’s encapsulating bass, nor the Sonora’s rock-oriented sound system. Coachella tends to focus on fixing issues year to year, so we expect organizers and production staff to focus on refining the sound for next year and beyond.
Finally, Coachella’s art still dazzles. The art presence is the only area where it felt like Coachella was honoring its past for its 25-year anniversary. Previous favorites Poetic Kinetics and Debo Vabo returned with sequels to two beloved art pieces of the past. Poetic Kinetics brought its traveling astronaut back, this time looking dirty and weathered as if returning from a long space voyage. Debo Vabo created the best art piece of the festival: H.i.P.O. Imagine performance art underneath a comical rocket, beneath it glassed rooms with men in hippo costumes. As the night progressed, these hippos experimented, bickered and even danced. Their commitment was excellent, and it was always a treat to see the hippos do their thing.
Coachella remains the top multigenre music festival in the US. There might be some kinks to work out, but overall the festival marks the near-perfect vision of the ideal music festival. Coachella sets the tone for music festival season every year, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Maintaining momentum may be harder than reaching it in the first place; Coachella maintains exceptionalism every year, and we’re excited to see what comes next.
Cover photo courtesy of Coachella
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Music Festival Paragon: A Coachella 2019 Weekend OneReview
It’s always hard to keep up with new music on a major festival weekend. Whether you’re at the festival, watching a live stream, or just taking advantage of LA being empty for once, you’ve got other things on your plate. Thankfully, going back now through my submissions, I found this one from NuKid and it’s curing my post-festival woes.
“Lose Yourself” starts out as pretty much your typical house tune, with a kick and snare, four on the floor beat. But once the synths and bass come in, it proves itself a much more formidable endeavor. Blending some influence from bass house and acid house, “Lose Yourself” pulses and vibrates to an addictive melody.
This one is out now via Thrive Music, check it out below!
After several early units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold were given poor grades from a variety of reviewers, Samsung has made the decision to delay the phone’s release until it can address these concerns. In a statement today, the Korean company confirmed: “We plan to announce the [new] release date in the coming weeks.”
Samsung addressed issues concerning both the hardware of the phone itself, as well as the protective layer on the screen, which resembles the removable film that comes on many electronic devices.
“We will take measures to strengthen the display protection,” the statement read. ‘We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.”
As Verge points out, changes to the phone’s actual hardware could significantly delay the phone’s release; it might not even come before the Galaxy Note 10, rumored to be released around August.
For now, at least, the Galaxy Fold is going back to the drawing board.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Samsung Delays Galaxy Fold Release Following Negative Reviewer Reports
On Saturday, Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Fall Out Boy all shared the phrase “I got this feeling on a Summer day” on social media, along with a picture. Between the sameness of the caption and the timing of the posts (all within 10 minutes), it was clear that these three were in cahoots and were teasing something.
What we didn’t realize at the time was that STMPD RCRDS had already teased the collaboration a couple days prior on YouTube, called “Summer Days.”
The YouTube teaser is only 15 seconds long and doesn’t give away very much, even going so far as to have the last five seconds of the video be silent. However, some fans are guessing that the new blank spaces at the beginning of the title are a placeholder for “On April the 26th.” However, it’s really the 25th as Garrix confirmed on Instagram.View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Martin Garrix (@martingarrix) on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:00am PDT
Stay tuned for this release, it’s out bright and early!
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Martin Garrix’s New Song “Summer Days” With Macklemore & Fall Out Boy Out Thursday
Tickets for Woodstock 50 were intended to go on sale today, but have been indefinitely put on hold. News about the postponement broke this weekend, as booking agents were informed of the delay and brought the news to Billboard.
Now, according to Pitchfork, the reason for the postponement is due to the lack of a “mass gathering permit” from the village of Watkins Glen, where the festival is supposed to take place. Without a permit, tickets can’t go on sale.
Writes Pitchfork, “Tim O’Hearn, administrator of Schuyler County (which includes the village of Watkins Glen), Watkins Glen International filed a mass gathering permit application to DOH on Monday, April 15. ‘The health department is reviewing to determine if a conditional permit may be issued that would allow for ticket sales to commence. At this point there is no on-sale date set.'”
Festival organizers maintain that the event, which will be headlined by The Killers, Jay-Z, Dead & Company, Miley Cyrus, and more, will not be cancelled.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Woodstock 50 Ticket Sale Delayed Due To Lack Of Proper Permit
How do you top bringing out NSYNC as your special guest at Coachella? In the ’90s, you couldn’t — but nowadays, Justin Bieber will do the trick. Ariana Grande closed the annual festival out for the second weekend last night with a guest appearance from Bieber, which “by all accounts” says Consequence of Sound, wasn’t planned.
Bieber performed his hit “Sorry,” which was co-produced by Skrillex, but it was really more of an appearance than a performance as he sort of ambled about and lip-sang into the microphone. The abruptness of the whole situation likely contributed to his unpreparedness.
“I haven’t been on stage in two years — I came out here, I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight,” Bieber explained to the audience. “[…] I had to get my groove back, I had to get my swag back.”
After all, it was only about a month ago that Bieber announced he was taking a break from music for a bit to repair “some of the deep rooted issues that I have.” His performance last night isn’t to say that all those issues have been resolved, but it seems he’s certainly on his way.
He also took the opportunity to announce to the crowd that his new album was “coming soon.”
See clips from the surprise appearance below.
| Ariana performed Sorry with Justin Bieber tonight on Arichella!
— AG6 info (@AG6info) April 22, 2019
Ariana Grande brought out Justin Bieber and then he announced a new album on the way pic.twitter.com/xn8KyUO2Jv
— Nicholas Shutes (@nshutes31) April 22, 2019
AFTER 2 YEARS JUSTIN IS PERFORMING WITH ARIANA AND HE JUST ANNOUNCED A NEW ALBUM IS COMING SOON THE TEARS ARE REAL YALL I'M FCKN SHAKING RIGHT NOW https://t.co/KadA02LaLS
— andrea (@bieberhslut) April 22, 2019
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Justin Bieber Surprises Coachella with Lip-Sync Performance of Hit Skrillex Collab