Everybody needs multiples. You can never have enough multiples. The modular industry understands this; it designs and produces new multiples every year. To stay on top of this, we counted the number of available multiples on Modulargrid back in april 2015. This year we did the same thing. The result: the Dubbhism Multiple Index 2016.
Next Xen is a new compilation out on Split-Notes, our favorite xenharmonic label. The album features ~ among many others ~ Jacky Ligon (killer track) and Sevish (another scorcher), who have also collaborated with us on several Dubbhism releases. Also fine tracks by Brendan Byrnes, Steve Mueske, Carlo Serafini and Elaine Walker.
The 20th century had it's fair share of great philosopher scientists. Names like Durkheim, Weber, Freud, Jung, Whitehead, Einstein, Bohr, Pauli, Buckminster Fuller, Bohm and Penrose come to mind. So who are the Big Names for the 21st century? It's hard to predict the future of science, but we're putting our money on emergence.
While it's virtually impossible to assemble a 'fair trade' PC, the mobile phone business is now ready for an honesty-and-solidarity-upgrade. FairPhone 2 is "ethical, open and built to last". The design philosophy is aimed squarely against planned obsolescence, illegal mining and exploitation of factory workers to the point of suicide.Crucial!
In the cases of Google and Facebook, their intimate relation with the military-industrial complex isn't obvious for average users, but the Big Brother-features of Windows 10 are so in-your-face they even scare your mamma. Altho it's hard to predict where this will end, one thing is clear: Linux, the open alternative, is ready to take over.
Rupert 'fields all the way down' Sheldrake clearly enjoys this: in 2016, materialism is no longer a sacred scientific doctrine. Some of the most hard-nosed materialists, like Thomas Nagel and Christof Koch are jumping ship. Sheldrake on materialism is fun, like hearing Alan Watts ridiculing protestantism. Full version of his talk over here.
The Music House in Utrecht is the place to be for Dutch A-100 users. You don't just go there to buy stuff. You get coffee, lots of bla bla, photoshoots with random female shoppers posing with vintage gear, more coffee and more bla. When this is done, you get your new gear. Martijn doesn't mind selling the odd ukelele, but Doepfer is still #1.
Retro synth ads are a goldmine for students of the history of gearlust. Carefully worded vintage ads praise the quality, playability, versatility, desirability and sexuality of music gear. Some ads even sell dreams of total control, like this Casio CZ-3000 brochure, which also has a weird take on the famous infinite possibilities cliché.
Ultramarine is a deep blue color, made by grinding Lapis Lazuli into a powder. During the 14th and 15th centuries, it was worth more than gold and yet it and symbolized humility and holiness. The Limbourgh Brothers, three famous painters from Nijmegen, really loved the stuff. International Klein Blue also relies heavily on ultramarine.
You don't have to be Nostradamus to see that this will be a hit. The Arturia BeatStep Pro has the connections, the brains and the looks. It's playable, fairly easy to use, not too expensive and it has some nice extra's that show Arturia's experience. Here's what Allert and Ben of Sonar Traffic had to say while checking out the BeatStep Pro.