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The best free music production software
May 23, 2015 10:51am | Fact Magazine

The past few years have seen a proliferation of affordable hardware arrive on the market, plus a number of tablet synths and smartphone apps that let you make music on the move.

It might seem almost quaint now, but for years the most affordable way to get into production was to use a computer and make use of whatever free software you could get your hands on – legal or otherwise.

Though most modern digital audio workstations (DAWs) offer an entire studio for a comparatively small amount of money, there’s plenty of free legal software out there, making it possible to make professional-sounding music for no money at all, with a host of virtual instruments and high quality effects. Of course, some free software has aged terribly, but some of it is still worth trawling the internet for, even if it does mean navigating your way through what feels at time like an archive of web design best left consigned to the past.

With so many options, sifting through a seemingly never-ending list of programs and plug-ins can be pretty daunting, not to mention frustrating. Much of these have been unsupported for years, or PC only, while many of the Mac options don’t support modern 64-bit architecture – a problem if you’re running a brand new Mac with Live 9.

The following round-up isn’t the most exhaustive list of free VSTs on the web, but it does offer some usef...



Rap Quotes hits up Atlanta, strip clubs and all
May 23, 2015 9:59am | Fact Magazine

The South got somethin’ to say.

For the past two years, Jay Shells has been rolling out Rap Quotes, an entertaining and educational rap-related art project. Rap Quotes sees the artist take to the streets of various cities – including NYC, Los Angeles and Philadelphia – to hang up quotes from rap songs in site specific locations that people can then discover. And now he’s hit up Atlanta.

As always, the artist was accompanied by Animal who filmed a short documentary of their Atlanta escapade including screwing quotes beneath the signs of various strip clubs and pulling up outside private residences in the city’s suburbs.

A fun and instructive look into the physical spaces immortalised by rap music.

The post Rap Quotes hits up Atlanta, strip clubs and all appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..



Rap Quotes hits up Atlanta, strip clubs and all
May 23, 2015 9:59am | Fact Magazine

The South got somethin’ to say.

For the past two years, Jay Shells has been rolling out Rap Quotes, an entertaining and educational rap-related art project. Rap Quotes sees the artist take to the streets of various cities – including NYC, Los Angeles and Philadelphia – to hang up quotes from rap songs in site specific locations that people can then discover. And now he’s hit up Atlanta.

As always, the artist was accompanied by Animal who filmed a short documentary of their Atlanta escapade including screwing quotes beneath the signs of various strip clubs and pulling up outside private residences in the city’s suburbs.

A fun and instructive look into the physical spaces immortalised by rap music.

The post Rap Quotes hits up Atlanta, strip clubs and all appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..





Coldplay
May 23, 2015 9:57am | StereoGum
Coldplay wrote an original song dedicated to BBC Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton, who is leaving after over a decade on the channel. It was played yesterday during her last show. It has the stupidly clever title of "Gone But Not F. Cotton," and is a goofy piano ballad featuring Chris Martin wistfully reminiscing … More »



Jack White Shares Poem Not About Tidal
May 23, 2015 9:26am | StereoGum
Last night, Jack White published a poem called "Music Is Sacred" on his Third Man Records blog. Logically, it would appear to be in response to the reaction to his stilted and off-putting Tidal Q&A from earlier this week. It reads like a plea to maintain the "sanctity of music" by not letting … More »



Jack White Shares Poem
May 23, 2015 9:26am | StereoGum
Last night, Jack White published a poem called "Music Is Sacred" on his Third Man Records blog. Logically, it would appear to be in response to the reaction to his stilted and off-putting Tidal Q&A from earlier this week. It reads like a plea to maintain the "sanctity of music" by not letting … More »



Listen to a collection of DJ Premier
May 23, 2015 9:26am | Fact Magazine

Rewind back to some classic Premo radio action.

From 1992 to 1994, Gangstarr’s DJ Premier hosted the Thunder Storm Radio Show on local NYC station WBLS (World’s Best Looking Sound), where he would play for two hours from 8 to 10PM. The selections included tracks from across the board, demos from unsigned artists and plenty of Premier’s trademark turntable trickery.

Over the years, archive recordings of the shows have been available including a Japanese CD release that RandomRapRadio has now made available via Soundcloud.

A unique peek into a moment in time that laid a foundation for years to come. [Via Egotrip]

The post Listen to a collection of DJ Premier’s WBLS Thunder Storm Radio Show recordings appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Listen to a collection of DJ Premier
May 23, 2015 9:26am | Fact Magazine

Rewind back to some classic Premo radio action.

From 1992 to 1994, Gangstarr’s DJ Premier hosted the Thunder Storm Radio Show on local NYC station WBLS (World’s Best Looking Sound), where he would play for two hours from 8 to 10PM. The selections included tracks from across the board, demos from unsigned artists and plenty of Premier’s trademark turntable trickery.

Over the years, archive recordings of the shows have been available including a Japanese CD release that RandomRapRadio has now made available via Soundcloud.

A unique peek into a moment in time that laid a foundation for years to come. [Via Egotrip]

The post Listen to a collection of DJ Premier’s WBLS Thunder Storm Radio Show recordings appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..





Blawan returns to TERNESC with four-track EP Hanging Out With The Birds
May 23, 2015 8:42am | Fact Magazine

More modular techno workouts from the British producer.

Having broken his silence with the launch of brand new imprint TERNESC this past April, Blawan has announced that he will helm the second release, a four-track EP called Hanging Out With The Birds.

The EP picks up from the first release with another selection of deep techno built using modular synthesizers. You can preview the tracks on the TERNESC Soundcloud page and buy the 12″ from June 16. [Via Resident Advisor]

Tracklist
01. Hanging Out The Birds
02. Mine Oh Mine
03. Weakening Force
04. Diatonic Valves

The post Blawan returns to TERNESC with four-track EP Hanging Out With The Birds appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Blawan returns to TERNESC with four-track EP Hanging Out With The Birds
May 23, 2015 8:42am | Fact Magazine

More modular techno workouts from the British producer.

Having broken his silence with the launch of brand new imprint TERNESC this past April, Blawan has announced that he will helm the second release, a four-track EP called Hanging Out With The Birds.

The EP picks up from the first release with another selection of deep techno built using modular synthesizers. You can preview the tracks on the TERNESC Soundcloud page and buy the 12″ from June 16. [Via Resident Advisor]

Tracklist
01. Hanging Out The Birds
02. Mine Oh Mine
03. Weakening Force
04. Diatonic Valves

The post Blawan returns to TERNESC with four-track EP Hanging Out With The Birds appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..





Blawan returns to TERNESC with four-track EP Hanging Out The Birds
May 23, 2015 8:42am | Fact Magazine

More modular techno workouts from the British producer.

Having broken his silence with the launch of brand new imprint TERNESC this past April, Blawan has announced that he will helm the second release, a four-track EP called Hanging Out The Birds.

The EP picks up from the first release with another selection of deep techno built using modular synthesizers. You can preview the tracks on the TERNESC Soundcloud page and buy the 12″ from June 16. [Via Resident Advisor]

Tracklist
01. Hanging Out The Birds
02. Mine Oh Mine
03. Weakening Force
04. Diatonic Valves

The post Blawan returns to TERNESC with four-track EP Hanging Out The Birds appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Mew Backstage with Best Fit
May 23, 2015 8:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Denmark's finest make a welcome return to the UK in light of their new album and Sara Amroussi-Gilissen went behind the scenes for a pictorial feature.>

Thom Yorke unveils Subterranea, a soundtrack for Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood
May 23, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

Take your time.

A retrospective exhibition of Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood opened this Thursday in Sydney, Australia, complete with an exclusive ambient soundtrack by Thom Yorke.

The Panic Office looks back at Donwood’s work over the past 25 years. The exhibition includes thousands of original pieces soundtracked by an ever-evolving piece from Yorke in which “no minute is the same over the 18 days.”

According to Australian radio station Triple J, Yorke’s soundtrack, titled Subterranea, is made up of ambient textures, experimental sounds and field recordings playing over three levels of speakers so that “subs will boom from the floor, mids will echo through the walls, while the highs rain down from the ceiling.”

The Panic Office runs from May 21 to June 6, 2015 at Carriageworks and many of the pieces on display will also be available for sale.

Donwood himself shared a video of the exhibition’s launch night via Dropbox, in which you can see the space and hear Yorke’s soundtrack.

The post Thom Yorke unveils Subterranea, a soundtrack for Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood’s exhibition appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Thom Yorke unveils Subterranea, a soundtrack for Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood
May 23, 2015 8:05am | Fact Magazine

Take your time.

A retrospective exhibition of Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood opened this Thursday in Sydney, Australia, complete with an exclusive ambient soundtrack by Thom Yorke.

The Panic Office looks back at Donwood’s work over the past 25 years. The exhibition includes thousands of original pieces soundtracked by an ever-evolving piece from Yorke in which “no minute is the same over the 18 days.”

According to Australian radio station Triple J, Yorke’s soundtrack, titled Subterranea, is made up of ambient textures, experimental sounds and field recordings playing over three levels of speakers so that “subs will boom from the floor, mids will echo through the walls, while the highs rain down from the ceiling.”

The Panic Office runs from May 21 to June 6, 2015 at Carriageworks and many of the pieces on display will also be available for sale.

Donwood himself shared a video of the exhibition’s launch night via Dropbox, in which you can see the space and hear Yorke’s soundtrack.

The post Thom Yorke unveils Subterranea, a soundtrack for Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood’s exhibition appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..





Liverpool Sound City: Day 1
May 23, 2015 7:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The first day of the Liverpool bank holiday weekender, with George the Poet, Swans, Everything Everything, Taffy, Delta Ray and Yak. Mike Hughes shoots.>
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