GDD™ Morning Update: TIDAL, Tale of Us, Jimmy Edgar/Machinedrum, Native Instruments


• Jay Z launches streaming music service TIDAL
Tale of Us Share “Distante” as Part of Nils Frahm’s Piano Day
Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum return as JETS
Native Instruments has developed a new audio format


Jay Z launches streaming music service TIDAL

A new high-fidelity streaming music service helmed by Jay Z launches Monday. TIDALwas acquired by the rapper last month as part of a $56 million dollar deal with the Scandinavian platform Aspiro.

Full details of the service will be announced on Monday. However, according toTIDAL’s website, it’s “the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.”

There are two paid subscription options: $19.99 a month for high-fidelity audio, and $9.99 for standard quality audio. TIDAL can be streamed on the web, and downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

Several artists have already thrown their support behind TIDAL, changing their Twitter icons to light blue and tweeting the hashtag #TIDALForAll. Among them, Kanye West, Jack White’s Third Man Records, and Arcade Fire.

TIDAL joins the ranks of an already crowded streaming music market, which includes Spotify, Rdio, Amazon, Pandora, and Neil Young’s high-fidelity PONO digital store. Additionally, Apple is said to be developing its own service with the assistance of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.

(via CoS)


Tale of Us Share “Distante” as Part of Nils Frahm’s Piano Day


Nils Frahm released his ‘Piano Day’ album yesterday, creating his own ‘holiday’, and Tale Of Us (pictured) have shared a track to run in line with it.

The Berlin-based Frahm says the record came about after having an “immediate urge to release a solo piano album”, giving the digital version away for free, and Tale Of Us show their appreciation of the piano with ‘Distante’.

A stark contrast to their usual piercing cuts on labels like Minus, Life and Death and Visionquest, this one’s a real calming production, crackling and humming as piano chords are deftly delivered.

Head here to grab a copy of ‘Piano Day’ and download ‘Distante’ below.

(via Mixmag)


Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum return as JETS


JETS will make a comeback on May 11th. 

The collaborative project between Jimmy Edgar andMachinedrum (Areal name Travis Stewart) surfaced back in 2012 with a self-titled EP on Leisure System and a handful of live performances. Once the duo announced their Ultramajic label, however, JETS seemed to be pushed to the side in favour of new solo EPs from Edgar and Stewart (the latter under the name Aden). With The Chants, the duo are staging a return, this time on Ultramajic with “an approach to production that deals in the paradoxes and ambiguities of both studio songwriting and raw live performance,” according to the label. 

“Our first record was more of us finding out space and creating a new environment of sound to work with,” the duo say. “This release was much more about exploring the building of our creation. We spent a lot of time on the sounds, which were mostly from digital hardware sources. We also focused on the recording process more than ever, as we mixed the record on mastering equipment and experimented with bouncing parts onto tape.” 

You can stream the title track below. 

A1 The Chants
A2 U-N-I
B1 Pyrite Blue
B2 Pink Beat

Ultramajic will release The Chants on May 11th, 2015.

(via RA)


Native Instruments has developed a new audio format

A new audio format called Stems will be rolled out over the coming months. 

It was developed by Native Instruments and introduced by the company last week at WMC in Miami (where they also teased anew DJ controller). The idea behind it, as the format’s name suggests, is to make more parts of the music available to DJs and producers to manipulate. Four “stems”—bass, drums, melody and vocals, for example—will live within the file and can be accessed individually and modified independently. A DJ, then, could mix from one track to the next by blending between stems instead of the entire track using volume and EQ. Stem files will first be usable beginning this summer on NI’s Traktor digital DJing platform, but the format isn’t proprietary—”anyone will be able to create, perform with, and distribute Stems in any way possible,” the press release states, an a free app called the Stem Creator Tool will help with creating the files. NI promises more information on Stems at the beginning of this summer.

(via RA)