Noemi Black Recalls Last DJ Set Before COVID-19 Lockdown

Noemi Black

Next up in our Last DJ Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of DJs about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is Noemi Black.

We spoke with the Germany-based techno DJ/producer/Technical Vibe founder about her last set before lockdown, latest release and what she’s been up to since the clubs shut down due to the pandemic. Continue Reading

Iconic Italian Film Composer Ennio Morricone Dead at 91

 composer ennio morricone deathOscar-winning Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. According to his attorney, Giorgio Assumma, he died this morning in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg.

During his lengthy and prolific career, Morricone scored more than 500 films, sold more than 70 million albums won countless awards for his work.

Morricone rose to worldwide prominence for scoring the Spaghetti Westerns directed by his friend Sergio Leone — low-budget films that emerged in the mid-1960s such as Per Un Pugno di Dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Utilizing a minimal, sparse ethos, his symphonic soundtracks — which later spanned other genres of film —  transformed the Western genre.

In more recent years, Morricone was hired by Quentin Tarantino to score his western The Hateful Eight. He won his first Oscar outside of his lifetime achievement award for his work on the film.

Among the many directors, actors and musicians paying tribute to the master are British electronic duo Orbital.

On Twitter the duo posted, “So sad to hear that Ennio Morricone has died. He was a great influence. One of the best film composers of all time.”

“I met Ennio a couple of times. The first time he was suitably unimpressed when I gave him a couple of Orbital albums until he noticed my partner was pregnant at which point his face lit up and he touched the bump saying something like ‘ah lovely baby!’ In Italian.”

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YouTuber Bill McClintock Unveils Danzig-Donna Summer “Bad Mother” Mash-Up

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YouTuber Bill McClintock has a knack for pairing songs from different genres and eras. He’s produced a slew of clever mash-ups, including Chic’s ​“Good Times” and Iron Maiden’s ​“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” to Ratt’s ​“Round and Round” and Marvin Gaye’s ​“I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

In keeping with his modus operandi of “making old music new again,” McClintock has unveiled “Bad Mother,” a mash-up of Danzig’s 1988 heavy metal classic “Mother” with Donna Summer’s 1979 pop-disco gem “Bad Girls” produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Yeah, it’s weird, but it kinda works.

Enjoy the video before the notoriously controlling Glenn Danzig presents Mr. McClintock with a cease-and-desist letter.

BT Owns Fairlight Keyboard Used On Original ‘Tron’ Movie

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Producer/remixer/composer/DJ Brian “BT” Transeau revealed in an interview with music instrument Sweetwater that he owns the Fairlight keyboard used on the original Tron movie. The film’s soundtrack composed by Wendy Carlos was released in 1982.

The Fairlight CMI, a digital synthesizer, sampler and digital audio workstation, was introduced in 1979 and was one of the earliest music workstations. The Fairlight was played on ’80s albums by Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran.

Speaking from his well-adorned home studio with Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher, BT, who was promoting the release of iZotope’s Stutter Edit during the brand’s GearFest 2020, explained, “I got the system and it arrived in the mail completely and totally trashed, actually. It came from Australia. The keyboard was the actual keyboard used on the original film Tron. When I got it, it had stickers on it that said ‘light cycle burn,’ ‘laser disc’ and all these kinds of things.”

BT went on to detail how he completely refurbished the unit “literally to the metal,” a process that took a couple of years.

“There’s not another Fairlight in the world like that thing … It’s one of the most glorious instruments I have ever played in my entire life.”

In related news, BT recently dropped a pair of singles, “The War” featuring Iraina Mancini and 1AM in Paris featuring Matt Fax.

BT told Sweetwater he’s currently working on a new film project and is planning to release more music shortly.

In this Facebook video from 2018, BT gives an overview of the Fairlight. Warning: the audio and video quality is poor.

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