Here at Beatport, we consider ourselves audiophiles: We simply love sound. From a fresh set of headphones to booming dancefloors, we are constantly surrounded by high-end audio setups that make our ears swoon. So with this passion for top-quality sound in mind, we hunted high and low across this great land to assemble a list of the 10 best club soundsystems in the US. Read on to see if we hit your favorite eyeball-rattling spot.
Genres are gnarly, twisting things. They hardly start with a name, but once a brilliant musical idea gets out there, there’s no holding it back: It develops, morphs, gets called names, morphs again, triumphs, dips, peaks again, and—oftentimes—returns 20 years later with renewed energy and curiosity.
So we decided to take a look at a few of today’s big genres—and, more to the point, their origins—and construct a series of charts around where they came from and how they’ve mutated over the years. Have a peek below to see the development of house, techno, trance, and dubstep music, and download all the charts speckled throughout the guide.
Hailed as one of the forefathers of the rave movement, John OO Fleming is extremely well-respected on the trance scene. A pioneer of Goa trance in the 1980s, he then moved on to hard trance and psy-trance, producing under the pseudonym OO.db. After a successful career spanning 24 years, it may come as a surprise to learn that he’s only just about to release his debut artist album Nine Lives on August 15. We spoke to him to find out why it took so long in coming and what he thinks of the trance music today. Read on for his interesting insights…
Last month’s Paul van Dyk remix contest saw over 500 aspiring producers remix PvD and Giuseppe Ottaviani’s single ‘Far Away’, with the top 15 remixes as voted for by the public having been sent to Paul.
A further 20 remixes were chosen by Beatport, and Paul van Dyk made the final decision as to which remix would make it onto his label Vandit Digital.
A winner and two runners-up have been chosen, and all three will be released on Vandit Digital shortly.
At one point Ibiza was the epitome of cool, but nowadays, there are rumours that this dance music hotspot has had its day.
What is the truth?
Whilst Auto-Tune [the legendary plug-in developed by Antares that enabled "individuals" like Paris Hilton to sing] hasn’t got its claws into the majority of Beatsource material yet, you can hear it across the board on hip-hop records in the charts.
We’ve found quite a nice article on Auto-Tune that you can read here, which brings newbies up to date and bears trinkets of info for old heads.
Guitar Rig has always trounced the trash out of competitors with its colourful interface, trove of features and deadly sound.
Its developer – Native Instruments – is now upping the bar by offering wannabe rock stars something billed as Guitar Rig Session, which you can see in our video after the jump.