• Stream Aphex Twin’s new EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
• Burial Releases New Single via Keysound
• Novation Announces Launchpad Pro
Stream Aphex Twin’s new EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 is an EP of 13 tracks, some as brief as nine seconds in length, exploring the concept laid out in title. The record drops today on Warp as 12″, CD and download, and you can now stream it in full in the Spotify player here.
In celebration of the release, Aphex Twin also uploaded “Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]” to his SoundCloud for free download.
Last year Richard D. James also gave away an album’s worth of modular synth music and we saw the release of his long-lost Caustic Window full-length, the auctioned copy of which was eventually bought by the creator of Minecraft.
(via FACT Mag)
Burial Releases New Single via Keysound
Entitled “Temple Sleeper,” the track is available as a single-sided 12″ and a digital download via Keysound’s online store, and can be previewed below. The single marks the first official new music from Burial since the arrival of his excellent Rival Dealer EP in late 2013, though a previously unreleased track from the UK producer did also appear on one of the Hyperdublabel’s 10th anniversary compilations last year.
Novation Announces Launchpad Pro
With the NAMM conference underway in Southern California this week, the gear news just keeps coming. Following major announcements regarding a new unit in Roland’s AIRA lineand an impressive new rotary mixer from Rane, Novation is now getting in on the fun with the announcement that the company will release a new version of its flagship MIDI controller, the Launchpad, in the coming months.
The Launchpad Pro has many similarities to its predecessors, mainly featuring the eight-by-eight grid of pads that have made the controller a staple of many Ableton Live users’ arsenals since first hitting the market in 2009. However, the company refers to the Pro version of the controller as a “complete overhaul,” as it adds greatly enhanced RGB LED feedback (now the colors of users’ Ableton clips can correspond directly to those on the pads) to the unit, as well as velocity and pressure-sensitivity to its 64 pads. In addition, the Launchpad Pro will include a variety of extra buttons around its grid aimed at giving users quicker access to Ableton’s mixer and additional playback controls. The unit also features MIDI out capabilities, meaning one can communicate directly from the Launchpad to outboard synthesizers using the unit’s new “Note Mode.”
Set to arrive sometime this spring with a street price of around $299, more information on the Launchpad Pro can be found here, while a demo video for the new unit can be watched below.