DJ TechTools' latest music concept turns the tables on traditional DJ paradigms, removing the dj booth and putting the crowd in control of the music. Built for Richie Hawtin's Enter party this summer in Ibiza, 12 independent touch wheels on a large circular table allow people to play one instrument in an evolving "dj mix" running through Ableton Live. This is by far our most ambitious controller ever - and the first that requires multiple people to play together. In today's article, we finally reveal the background of Orbit, and take you behind the scenes of this remarkable project.
Marc Houle is not a DJ—in fact, he'd be the first to tell you that he's never really learned how to mix beyond fading one track out and another in—but that doesn't mean he can't rock a club. His live show, which he brought to MUTEK's stage a few weeks back in Montreal, consists of little more than Ableton Live, a vocoder, and TK, but his piece de resistance is a special prototype controller made by Livid for a Minus Records tour a few years back. He gave us a look at how it works, and told us about his new album, in today's video interview.
This past weekend, the DJ TechTools crew headed to Montreal for the 15th edition of the city's MUTEK Festival. As part of the event, we got to sit down with Richie Hawtin in the Ableton Lounge to chat with him about his creative process. Check out the video interview after the jump, and take a rare peek inside Hawtin's studio and live setups.
Mixing music for a room is a dialogue - but what if you want to go beyond track choice and start interacting with the crowd on another level? Ask them questions, solicit requests, tell them more about the playing track, and more with the tools and techniques that we share in today's article.
For interesting and compelling performing DJs, the DJ Mag top 100 list is best avoided. The Resident Advisor top 100 list always seems to ring a bit more true, with a passionate global community voting on a top list of “the best” of 2013. It’s a hard poll to rig, with only registered users on […]
Ean played Richie Hawtin‘s ENTER. party at Ibiza’s Space club last week – and it seems like they had a bit of time on their hands to develop a concept for a brand new controller (although it might not make it past Milton Bradley’s legal department). Check out their design in this video from Hawtin’s […]
We’ve all been there — standing at your DJ setup ready to record a mix, but for some reason the inspiration just won’t come. For times like these, it can be beneficial to take a break and have a listen to how other people have done it before you. And while you’re certainly welcome to […]
Have you ever heard ringing in your ears after a gig? If the answer is yes, then you suffered from temporary hearing loss. Chances are that your ears will recover, but over time this abuse adds up and eventually leads to serious problems – the worst of which could include severe hearing loss and the end of […]