Laptoprockers announces Remix Contest: Kraftwerk Meets Human League

Laptoprockers: Empire State Human

Laptoprockers — a webzine about music and related technology, featuring daily news and interviews – with a strong focus towards remixing — has announced a unique remix contest with vocals and beats supplied by one of Kraftwerk’s original members.

In collaboration with Irish electro-pop band Empire State Human and their label Ninthwave Records, the Laptoprockers website is offering the track ‘Melancholic Afro’ for remixing. The track features Wolfgang Flür, who was a member of the original ’70s Kraftwerk line-up.

Lead singer of the band, Aidan Casserly, explains, “Wolfgang Flür created the backbeats and some catchy vocal lines for the track. Other than that it has a Prodigy feel as well as a T-Rex feel.”

Empire State Human is the first band from Ireland who worked with a former Kraftwerk member. “We still can’t believe our luck, and are curious what remixers will come up with. We’re looking for exciting and unique entries which will expand the original track into another music direction and level,” continues Casserly.

The prize pool for this contest is filled with some top notch plug-ins supplied by Izotope, makers of the highly acclaimed ‘Ozone’ mastering plug-in.

Entries are welcome till the end of February.

Visit the Laptoprockers website for more information.


Sounds For The Space-Set! by RIAA (Robotic Intergalactic Astro-Artists)

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Sounds For The Space-Set!! by RIAA

RIAA (Robotic Intergalactic Astro-Artists) presents Sounds For The Space-Set!!

This 22-song album is described as a “mashup tribute to the pioneers of electronic music“.

Mashups titles include Antenna Rock/StroboNews (Kraftwerk “Antenna”, Queen “We Will Rock You”, Dick Hyman “Strobo”) and Mechanical Robot Man (Bent Bolt & The Mechanics “Mechanical Man”, Daft Punk “Robot Rock”).

You can download a zip file with all the songs here.

Visit Sounds For The Space-Set!! for more information, a complete tracklist, mashup sources and downloads of individual mp3s and the whole album.

Link via Boing Boing


Human beatbox favorites

Beatboxing seems to have grown in popularity due to things like YouTube, people like Alex Tew (not just mr. Million Dollar Homepage, but also founder of, and sites like where cool video are “dug” into popularity every day.

Here are some of my personal favorites I’ve seen so far:

Kenny Muhammad
Beardy Man
Kid Beyond

Kenny Muhammad, the “Human Ochestra” is one of beatboxing’s greatest. He even worked with the New York Symphony Orchestra. This video is pretty awesome. Wind, his version of Kraftwerk‘s Nummern (Numbers), has become a favourite beatbox routine for other people to show their skills.

Roxorloops, (Belgian and Vice World Champion) also knows how to do Nummern. I love the way he does echos and time stretching!

Rahzel is another one of the most famous beatboxers in the world. I particularly like this little MTV clip.

Then there’s Beardy Man. He is absolutely amazing (and nutty?) and can do a lot more than straightforward beatboxing. I love the way he scratches and his reverse technique is simply mindblowing. Check the Tim Shaw audio on his website.
He also has great cooking skills!

Kid Beyond records his beats and sounds on his Ableton Live setup. Check him on YouTube.

Reggie does the same kind of thing on some sampling gear and creates a song layering one part over the other. Reggie Watts: Out Of Control is just brilliant.

Alright, some of my favorites. You have any to share?


GForce Future Retro Pack announced

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GMEDIA GForce Future Retro Pack

GMEDIA Music has announced the limited availability of the GForce Future Retro Pack collection of GForce virtual instruments. This is a limited-edition collection that is only available approximately through the holidays, and distributed by M-Audio.

The GForce Future Retro Pack combines all of GMEDIA’s emulations of vintage keyboards in one affordable package.
These software instruments – Minimonsta:Melohman, The Oddity, impOSCar and M-Tron – bring back the sounds that defined an era–the Minimoog, ARP Odyssey, Oxford OSCAR and Mellotron, respectively.

The M-Tron is a recreation of the classic Mellotron popularized by artists such as The Beatles, Yes, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and The Moody Blues. It comes with over 2.5GB of real Mellotron samples including strings, choir, flutes, brass, and more.

The Minimonsta:Melohman is an emulation of the classic Minimoog that was at the forefront of the analog synth revolution and popularized by artists like Jan Hammer, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Gary Numan and Kraftwerk. Enhancements include polyphony, programmability, morphing, additional LFO and ADSR, and delay.

The impOSCar is a reproduction of the classic OSCar synthesizer used by artists including Stevie Wonder, Billie Currie, BT, Keith Emerson and Geoff Downes. This legendary vintage synth has been reproduced to the last detail–along with some new innovations. Use it in stand-alone or host mode.

The Oddity
The Oddity is an emulation of the classic ARP Odyssey popularized by artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Styx, Ultravox and Portishead. Modern improvements include programmability, preset morphing, host-syncable LFO and automation. Use it in stand-alone mode (Mac/PC) or as a plug-in for most popular host applications.

The GForce Future Retro Pack is available only now through the holidays at the bundle price of $449.95 US (a $520 value).

More information: GMEDIA website