The Knife’s ‘Tomorrow, in a Year’ Set For Vinyl Release

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Vinyl collectors, rejoice! Karin and Olof Dreijer, of the now-defunct Swedish electronic outfit The Knife, have announced the 180-gram double-vinyl edition release of Tomorrow, in a Year set to arrive on August 20.

In 2009, the brother-sister duo was commissioned by the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to write an electro-opera based on Charles Darwin’s 150-year-old-book, The Origin of Species. To accomplish the task, they enlisted the help of Planningtorock and Mt. Sims. The studio recorded versions of the compositions were released digitally as Tomorrow, in a Year in 2010 via the siblings’ Rabid Records.

Currently commemorating the 20th anniversary of their formation, The Knife is planning to unveil more special releases in the immediate future. Continue Reading

MF DOOM Signed, Limited Edition Augmented Reality NFTs Set For Auction

MF DOOM Signed, Limited Augmented Reality NFTs Set For Auction

An auction of signed, limited edition MF Doom augmented reality non-fungible token (NFTs) began today at 4:00 PM PST and will conclude on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 10:00 PM PST.

The auction is being conducted on Illust Space – an augmented reality NFT marketplace – in cooperation with Rhymesayers, MF DOOM’s wife Jasmine and the late MC’s estate.

The masks are estimated to be worth between 10 to 50 eth ($15,000-$75,000).

Ten percent of total sales will go to MF DOOM’s estate in the form of royalties along with an individualized donation from the current holders of the masks. Proceeds will support the family as well as future creative projects.

In addition to his game-changing output of work, DOOM (real name: Daniel Dumile) was known for his signature metal mask and supervillain stage persona.

According to a statement, Doom’s art will be available for fans to purchase:

MF DOOM died on October 31, 2020, one day following the close of the original Illust Space beta auction making this one of MF DOOM’s final collaborations. Due to blockchain’s immutable and decentralized ledger technology, all of MF DOOM’s AR NFT collection will be available for future generations of fans and collectors, creating a new model for royalties and posthumous creative control legacies.

More information on the auction is available here.

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Lou Ottens, Inventor of the Cassette Tape, Has Died

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Lou Ottens, the inventor of the cassette tape, has died at age 94.

While working as an engineer for the Dutch-based Phillips in the 1960s, Ottens came up with the idea for the format to counter large reel-to-reel tapes that were not consumer-friendly. While lacking the same fidelity as reel-to-reels and vinyl, the format proved to be a big hit thanks to its economical price, portability and ability for users to record their own material.

He later helped bring to market consumer compact discs (CDs), a format that significantly improved audio fidelity and impacted the popularity of cassette tapes.

Ottens was the subject of a 2016 documentary, Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, directed by Zack Taylor. Looking back on his invention, he quipped, “We expected [cassette tapes] to be a success, but not a revolution.”

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Sync 24 Recalls Last DJ Gig Before COVID-19 Lockdown

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Throughout our Last DJ Set series, we’ve asked a range of artists — AlinkaDavid MoralesAlan OldhamSpencer Parker and Julia Bondar — to recall their last gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March, forcing clubs and festivals to close.

As we inch closer toward the re-opening of clubs and festivals, we asked electro explorer Phil Bolland (a.k.a. Sync 24) of Cultivated Electronics to recall his last gig before lockdown. Continue Reading