Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed With Cancer For Second Time

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Renowned Oscar-winning Japanese composer/musician Ryuichi Sakamoto known for his groundbreaking body of work in Yellow Magic Orchestra and as a solo artist has been diagnosed with rectal cancer.

According to a statement posted on his website, Sakamoto, 69, received the diagnosis in 2020. He says he underwent surgery earlier this month and is currently recovering.

“I will continue to work as much as I can while in treatment,” Sakamoto said in the message.

“Due to these circumstances, travelling long distances for work will be difficult. Still, I will continue to work as much as I can during treatment … From now on, I will be living alongside cancer. But, I am hoping to make music for a little while longer.”

Sakamoto was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. He took a one-year hiatus to focus on treatment.

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Droolworthy Richie Hawtin Co-Designed DJ Mixer Will Set You Back $2,300

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PLAYdifferently MODEL 1.4, a DJ mixer engineered by Andy Rigby-Jones and co-designed by techno stalwart Richie Hawtin, will begin shipping this month. MODEL 1.4 arrives four years after the launch of the well-received MODEL 1 DJ mixer. It retails at $2,299/€2,199.

Manufactured in the U.K., the unit’s key features include four stereo channels, two stereo send and return channels, two mix outputs and two high-performance phono preamps. (A full list of features can be found below.)

Hawtin, who scored an original track titled “Sin Thetik” for Prada’s Spring-Summer 2021 virtual runway show streamed in September, said of the DJ mixer, “With MODEL 1 we set out to build a new breed of DJ mixer, more akin to an instrument, with levels of control and quality that inspired creativity. We always felt a compact version would be welcomed in home studios and perfect for streaming. At a more affordable price, but with no compromise to the purity of design and components, this is a smaller format MODEL 1 with four channels, perfect for the home, as a compact club mixer, or as a nimble tour instrument.”

He adds, “MODEL 1.4 remains true to our original concept of ‘DJ mixer as instrument’ and delivers it in a compact, more affordable package. I can’t wait to see and hear how it’s going to inspire the current generation of DJs.”

PLAYdifferently MODEL 1.4 key features:

    • 100% Analogue
    • 2 High-Performance Phono Preamps
    • Studio-grade TKD 60mm Faders
    • Precision Sculpting EQ
    • Master high & low pass resonant filters
    • Three-band Master EQ
    • Two-band Booth EQ
    • Contouring low & high pass filters
    • Analogue overdrive
    • Two Independent Cue systems
    • Mixer Link allows linking multiple mixers
    • Balanced Mix Bus with >110dB of dynamic range
    • D-Sub In/Out
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Private Equity Firm Completes Purchase of Native Instruments

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Tech-focused private equity firm Francisco Partners announced today it had completed the acquisition of Berlin-based Native Instruments, a global manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing.

Financial details surrounding the transaction were not disclosed.

As part of the terms of the acquisition, investors EMH Partners and the founding shareholders will remain onboard as minority shareholders.

Founded in 1996, NI currently employees 400 staffers in seven offices worldwide.

Obligatory press release gush from Constantin Koehncke, CEO of Native Instruments: “There’s never been a more exciting time in music, with more creators producing more high-quality music all around the world. We’re thrilled to team up with Francisco Partners to enter the next phase of our journey, combining their global resources and expertise with our passionate team, deep relationships within music and proven track record of technical innovation. Together we can realize our mission to empower and inspire the global community of music creators and help them to unlock their creative potential.”

Obligatory press release gush from Matt Spetzler, co-head Europe and partner at Francisco Partners: “As an innovator in digital music creation, with a supreme brand recognition and outstanding software technology, Native Instruments is a perfect platform and partner for Francisco Partners. We look forward to working together with the management team and the existing shareholder group, utilizing our broad operational and strategic experience and M&A capabilities to help the company accelerate its growth trajectory.”

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Joseph Capriati Hospitalized After Father Stabs Him in Chest

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Revered Italian techno DJ/producer/remixer Joseph Capriati has been hospitalized in Caserta, Italy, after being stabbed by his father.

According to reports, Capriati, who lives in Spain, and other members of his family got into an argument on Friday night. The situation escalated, and Capriati was violently stabbed in the chest by his father, 61, with a kitchen knife.

His father reportedly does not have a criminal record.

Capriati, 33, is currently hospitalized in serious condition at Azienda Ospedaliera Sant’Anna e San Sebastiano di Caserta.

More on this breaking story as it develops.

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