Detroit techno veteran Carl Craig paired up with drum machine innovator Roger Linn (of the infamous ’80s Linn Drum) to discuss the history of the drum machine at Decibel Festival in Seattle. For those who couldn’t make it to the talk, sponsor Dubspot make a nice abbreviated video of the presentation. Linn starts by showing off the history of electronic percussion dating back to the 1930s before Craig starts inquiring about the evolution of Linn’s own decade-defining beat machine.
Decibel Festival wrapped up in Seattle last week, marking it’s biggest year to date. Part of that success came in no small part to Erykah Badu, who performed for two nights at the Paramount Theater with her new live electronic band, The Cannabinoids. In this exclusive clip, the band performs “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” on their innovative set-up of 8 laptops, 3 turntables, 6 keyboards, 4 drum machines, a Theremin, live onstage production.
Seattle’s sonic journey returns once again this coming September; as the first 60 acts of Decibel Festival 2012 are officially announced. This year’s focus is not just on the underground producers of today’s electronic world, but a slight focus bestowed upon pop and alternative acts, such as Canadian pop sensation Dragonette, the hauntingly epic Ariel Pink, or Kimbra, whose feature on a certain #1 tune has been rotating radio, YouTube and every coffee shop around the States. Along with that are notable acts such as: Actress (Honest Jon’s), Andy Stott (Modern Love), Carl Craig (Planet E), Kuedo (Planet Mu), Nina Kraviz (Rekids), Terrence Parker and many more. Check out the rest of the sixty acts lined up for Decibel as well as where the festival will take place after the jump.
Electronic superstars Moby and Amon Tobin have been announced as the headliners for this year’s Decibel Festival, the annual Seattle gathering that has made the Pacific Northwest an unlikely stop on the techno tourist circuit. Tobin will be making the American debut of his ISAM-Live performance, which has been wowing audiences worldwide with it’s stunning visuals. Other Decibel performers will include Ladytron, Green Velvet, Bonobo and DJ Krush. Check a video of Tobin’s ISAM performance and a list of more Decibel performers after the jump. …MORE