Watch YouTuber Andrew Huang Make Minimal Techno with Fidget Spinners


Toronto-based YouTuber Andrew Huang is a music producer with over 40 albums to his credit. He clearly likes to challenge himself. In fact, past exploits include filming himself making music with water bottles.

Well aware of the fidget spinners phenomenon that’s sweeping the world, Huang tasked himself with the goal of making a minimal techno track solely out of spinning the relaxation devices. The result of his experimentation is the subject of his recently released three-minute video.

At the start of the clip Huang reveals that fidget spinner music is one of his most-requested videos “of all time.” He goes on to craft a track using a fidget spinner, fidget cube and a mic and laptop setup.

Fidget spinners don’t make much noise aside from a whirr and a click, so Huang got creative and made a bassline by positioning the spinner in a sweet spot above the mic, separately adding beats of his own.

While we’re not sure his track is ready for one of Richie Hawtin’s set, Huang does a commendable job. Watch the video — which has naturally gone viral — below and check out his collection of music here.

SF Denies Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Concert Permit for Second Time

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Golden Gate Park

As San Francisco gets ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, a concert scheduled for August 27, 2017 in Sharon Meadows at Golden Gate Park, has been denied an application for a permit for a second time.

The City of San Francisco determined that the event’s promoters advertised the concert without permission. Other grounds for denial include the use of volunteers and refusing to use a production manager selected by the city’s permits department.

In a press release, the promoters claim wrongdoing on the part of the city, saying there’s a concerted effort by the city government to “intentionally trying to stop this event and all cultural non-profit events in our public park.”

The statement went on to say, “We the Council of Light demand the city of San Francisco, restrain and discipline Dana Ketcham and Diane Rae who are the permits officers involved. We have met all standards of compliance and have a long history of peaceful and well run organized events. These permit officers have directly and intentionally denied our permit on onerous and unfounded grounds.”

Organizers are calling on residents to contact the San Francisco Permits department 415-831-6868, 415-831-5504, and Mayor Ed Lee 415-554-6141 and “make your words heard, don’t take no for an answer.”

Cardboard Box Turntables Are Now A Thing


Last year fast-food giant Pizza Hut made international headlines when it unveiled the world’s first playable DJ pizza box that when folded turned into a complete turntable setup, including two decks, volume sliders, pitch controls and a crossfader.

Chinese startup Spinbox is taking the concept to the next level with their own line of DIY turntables made out of cardboard.

Billed as a simple, affordable way to experience vinyl, the decks are easy to assemble and come with a built-in amplifier and a pair of speakers. Spinbox’s exterior is made from recycled paper pulp — a water-resistant, and versatile material that is also used in packaging for Apple products.

Additionally, Spinbox can easily switch from 33 to 45 to 78 RPM and plays 7-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch singles. It can be driven via micro USB and fits most phone charger adapters and portable chargers.

The lightweight, easy-to-carry decks are easily assembled in five easy steps that the brand say takes 18 minutes to put together.

If you’re eager to get your hands on one of these decks, well, you’re going to have to wait a while. Spinbox is about to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Find out more here.

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Marc Romboy Reconstructs Debussy


On July 7 Systematic label boss Marc Romboy will present Reconstructing Debussy (Hyperharmonic), a live, one-take recording of a performance with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra on December 12, 2016, featuring keyboardist Ali Khalaj and conductor Ingo-Martin Stadtmüller.

Romboy, a longtime devote of Debussy who has released top-notch collaborations with KiNK, Blake Baxter and Robert Owens, edited, remixed and reconstructed several works of his favorite French composer, ranging from “La mer” to “Prélude à l´après-midi d´un faune.”

His ambitious effort falls in line with electronic-music producers such as Jeff Mills and Goldie also collaborating with orchestras in recent years.

Obligatory press release gush from Romboy about the project:

“One sentence of Claude Debussy has impressed me a lot. And this is when he said that he was always curious and keen to explore new and unheard compositions and sounds. When Debussy visited the World Expo in Paris in 1889 he was fascinated by the pentatonic scaled Gamelan music from Java which was presented at the pavilion of Indonesia. Inspired by this he included a lot of influences into his own music notations.

“And this reflects exactly my philosophy when it comes to making my own music. As soon as I have begun to focus on Debussy’s music I instantly realized how different he was compared to other famous composers of the history. Also the usage of parallel chord figures and bitonality were remarkable attributes of Debussy’s music and this, let’s call it freedom of musical expression was the aspect which brought me to the conclusion that I have found a soul mate. And when I jammed with sound samples, notations and fragments of “La mer” I could step by step anticipate his urge to push the boundaries of musical rules. At some point I was aware of the fact that I could be able to create a bow between his original work and my contemporary style.”

Marcus Intalex (a.k.a. Trevino) Passes Away

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The global dance music scene is reeling from the news that DJ/producer Marcus Kaye, who crafted drum ‘n’ bass tracks as Marcus Intalex and house/techno under his Trevino moniker, passed away yesterday in Manchester, England.

The cause of death is not yet known at this time.

In addition to producing a mountain of classic tracks and remixes, he was founder of the Soul:R, Revolve:R, and Birdie recording labels.

Kaye’s illustrious career began in 1991. Originally a house DJ, he entered the world of drum ‘n’ bass during its infancy in the early ’90s. He went on to help pioneer intelligent drum ‘n’ bass, a style that blended atmospheric sounds, and was one of the first artists signed to Hospital Records. Years later, he adopted his Trevino alias to serve as the moniker for his incredible techno and house sets and productions. In 2016, he released a full-length Trevino album, Front, on Hotflush.

Before he retweet MC DRS’ thoughts on the recent terrorist attack in Manchester. It matched Kaye’s character to a tee: “Be safe this weekend people. Share moments with loved ones and total strangers. It’s the things we do in times of great loss that define us.”

More as this story develops.

6-Year-Old From Japan Becomes the World’s Youngest Club DJ

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Itsuki Morita, a 6-year-old boy from Japan, became the world’s youngest club DJ after playing an hour-long set at L restaurant and bar in Osaka.

Itsuki was elated after achieving the record. “I was really happy that I could DJ. Everyone says it’s great.”

“He didn’t give up thinking he could become a world record holder,” his mother said. “His has a big smile when she is told that his mixing is good.”

Itsuki likes to play a mixture of disco and rock music (anything he can hum to, says his mother), but Avicii is his favorite DJ.

As Itsuki basks in making Guinness World Records history, it makes us wonder if a shrewd promoter will book a b2b set featuring the youngster Sumiko Iwamuro, the 82-year-old Japanese who plays techno in Tokyo nightclubs.