• Warp announce Aphex Twin album listening events
• James Murphy is turning the US Open into 400+ hours of music
• Documentary series, Diggin’ In The Carts, explores history of Japanese video game music, feat. Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze and more
Warp announce Aphex Twin album listening events
The events will take place between September 5th and 10th. The 5th sees events in London and Paris; the 6th is New York and LA; the 7th is Chicago and Torono’s turn; Brussels is the location on the 8th; and the series wraps up on the 10th in Utrecht. Fans will be able to enter a lottery for tickets—if successful they’ll be able to RSVP to the event, which will see Syro played in full. You can find out about the lottery process here.
The album, Aphex Twin’s first new LP in 13 years, will beofficially released on September 22nd.
James Murphy is turning the US Open into 400+ hours of music
Now that James Murphy has called time on LCD Soundsystem you’d be forgiven for thinking that he’s sitting round twiddling his thumbs with his adorable dog. Turns out he’s still twiddling knobs. Murphy’s partnered with IBM for an ambitious musical project – creating over 400 hours of music using US Open tennis match data.
Murphy isn’t soundtracking 400 hours worth of tennis matches, but relying on an algorithm to generate the sounds – Murphy is the conduit in the project, the person generating probabilities. The algorithm has three parts to it – the data that’s coming in from the tennis matches (fault, second serve, ace etc), the sound output and then the complicated part – the part of the algorithm that has to translate between the tennis data and the sonic data.
For any of you thinking that this music will be a mess not worth bothering with, we just listened to the music generated by Andy Murray’s victory over Matthias Bachinger in the second round of the US Open; a match just that took place last night. It was a beautiful listen, a peaceful sonic landscape featuring glorious vintage synth sounds and unpredictable rhythms. Certainly far better than listening to the thud of a ball and OTT grunts anyway.
It’s not the first time that Murphy has experimented with the world’s endless sonic possibilities. Six months ago it was revealed that Murphy is working on a system of harmonious notes unique to each of the city’s 486 subway stops, creating a beautiful, organic orchestra on the city’s underground each time someone taps in.
Documentary series explores history of Japanese video game music, feat. Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze and more
Diggin’ In The Carts premieres September 4.
Leave it to the Red Bull Music Academy to take everyone to school. RBMA has announced a six-episode documentary series called Diggin’ In The Carts that tells the stories of the men and women behind Japan’s greatest musical export: video game music, from the 8-bit era to today.
“We want to show that these Japanese men and women had an incredible influence on the global culture and on some of the biggest names in modern music,” says series creator Nick Dwyer. The series comes in advance of this year’s RBMA takeover of Tokyo.
The series features Japanese composers Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid), Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) alongside some of the underground heroes influenced by them: Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze,Joker, Fatima Al Qadiri, Kode9, Havoc, J-Rocc and Ikonika.
Watch a trailer below; the first episode will debut on September 4.