Native Instruments has presented a brand-new video of Mostly Robot, the all-star band made up of five exceptional artists: Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, Jeremy Ellis, Mr Jimmy and DJ Shiftee.
Conceived by Native Instruments and utilizing an advanced array of NI hardware and software, Mostly Robot played their debut performance at this year’s Sónar Festival in Barcelona to great acclaim.
This new video covers both the actual performance and preparation of the show, blending interviews with exclusive backstage and performance material, and giving viewers the opportunity to witness the birth of this modern supergroup firsthand.
Mostly Robot: Behind the Scenes of Sónar 2012.
Native Instruments also announced further festival appearances of Mostly Robot.
Coinciding with the launch of this video, Native Instruments is also happy to announce new concert dates for Mostly Robot in Europe at the end of the summer, where the band will share stages with the crème-de-la-crème of electronic music. As with their debut show, the live performance will be accompanied by an inventive visual performance by renowned visual collective Pfadfinderei.
September 8th, 2012: Berlin Festival at Night with other acts such as Modeselektor, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinousaurs, Simian Mobile Disco
September 13th, 2012: Electronic Beats Festival Budapest with other acts such as Junior Boys, Nicolas Jaar, Modeselektor
Native Instruments has announced it is offering a chance to win a trip for two people to witness the debut performance of Mostly Robot on June 14th at Sónar Barcelona.
Mostly Robot is a band conceived by Native Instruments, featuring five exceptional musicians who each represent a different area of the company’s musical expertise. The artists – Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, Jeremy Ellis, Mr Jimmy and DJ Shiftee – will perform in a truly ‘live’ format, with each musician playing independently of the other, synced only by the human element. The music will be accompanied by an inventive visual concept from Berlin’s design collective Pfadfinderei.
The lottery is open to everyone, and the winners will enjoy a four day break in Barcelona – featuring flights, accommodation, two full festival passes and a tapas meal with the band.
Native Instruments has unveiled the details behind the upcoming debut performance by Mostly Robot.
Conceived by the music technology company itself, the band is made up of five highly-renowned musicians, each celebrated in their own field: Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, Jeremy Ellis, Mr Jimmy and DJ Shiftee.
Channal Robot: (left to right) Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, Mr Jimmy, DJ Shiftee & Jeremy Ellis
Each of these well-known musicians represents a different area of Native Instruments’ expertise – utilizing a vast range of hardware and software in a live band format. On stage, the artists will pioneer a creative interplay between technology and each other’s musical virtuosity, placing themselves in the tradition of inspiring jazz concerts by improvising with each other. Mostly Robot play truly ‘live’– instruments are synced only by the human element, with no MIDI clock or prepared grid obstructing their creativity. What’s more, the Sónar showcase is a rare moment to catch a glimpse of yet unreleased song material from individual band members.
Additionally, the music will be accompanied by an inventive visual concept from Berlin’s design collective Pfadfinderei. Using the note events, controller data and audio material created during the live show, visual elements are developed in real time on screen so the audience can follow the musical wizardry of Mostly Robot.
9 Soundware has released Full Metal Racket R, a set of patches for the NN-XT sampler within Propellerhead Reason.
The theme of the sound set is distortions. Its origins are in five previously released 9 Soundware titles. The instruments are based on select samples from the Thrash, 666, Discord, and Error EXS24 sound sets, and the Mixer Feedback WAV collection.
Full Metal Racket R features
Thrash — Instruments of face melting aggression. The theme behind Thrash is HEADROOM DECIMATING AUDIO. Extreme waveforms were created with one goal and one goal only: To see how gut-wrenchingly jarring and intense sound could be. These eardrum-bashing anomalies are not metalhead-friendly sounds. They are not even sound system-friendly sounds. The 30 instruments in this category are based on 75 samples. The source sounds for the samples include performed noise, synthesis, mixer feedback, screaming, and a drum machine.
666 — Aural disturbance. The theme behind 666 is The Number of the Beast. From drones and disturbing cry-like textures to squeals and intense noise rhythms, these sounds were designed to paint fear-inducing backdrops, as well as evoke fright. The 20 instruments in this category are based on 25 samples. The source sounds for the samples include animal shrieks and growls, distorted vocals, a bass guitar being beaten, and drum loops.
Discord — Instruments of discordant ambience and events. The theme behind Discord is ethereal cacophony. Made to create ambient tension, these sounds lead to the more extreme content of 666. The 30 instruments in this category are based on 75 samples. The source sounds for the samples include performed noise using found objects and electronics, an untuned cello, headphone feedback, guitar noise, voices, and outdoor ambiences.
Error — Undo empty trash. The theme behind Error is glitching. These sounds are the result of misusing hardware and software to introduce distortions not usually associated with conventional signal processing. The 30 instruments in this category are based on 75 samples. The source sounds for the samples include audio files which were deleted and erroneously retrieved using data recovery software, a DAT machine on vari-speed mode, sounds which were processed and reprocessed with the opposite settings, a digital delay pedal, and a skipping audio CD.
Mixer Feedback — DJ Mixer. Mixer feedback is a performance technique used by DJ Shiftee, in which a feedback loop created on a DJ mixer is manipulated with its onboard controls to produce a wide array of timbres. The instruments in this category are based on samples (typically a few wave cycles) edited from audio files of the Mixer Feedback release. They fuse the imperfect “analog” character of the mixer with the modulation capabilities of the NN-XT. The 40 instruments in this group are based on 50 samples. They are classified as “Lead”, “Bass”, “Pad”, “Bass Drum”, or “Theremin”.
While these NN-XT patches use identical names and are based on the same samples as the original EXS24 sound sets, the instruments of Full Metal Racket R are brand new. They use different sample combinations, playback settings, modulation programming, and are designed specifically for the NN-XT synthesis architecture. 504 MB download includes 150 .sxt files and 300 WAV files (24-bit/44.1kHz).
Full Metal Racket R is available to purchase for $74.99 USD.
9 Soundware has released Mixer Feedback, the third and final release in a series of sample packs featuring DJ Shiftee, the winner of the 2007 DMC World Championships.
These loops showcase DJ Shiftee’s innovative techniques, in which he uses nothing but a mixer to create an astonishing variety of textures. By manipulating a feedback loop with the mixer’s onboard controls, he performs phrases ranging from simple feedback rhythms to blistering walls of noises and bassline-like phrases. The ingenuity behind the unique performance is simply extraordinary and gives new meaning to the phrase ”mixer as a musical instrument”. Created in the spirit of experimental music traditions with the artistry of a world class DJ, these unusual samples would surely make for interesting additions to loop libraries in need of something different.