Berghain Trainer: The Simulator That Trains You For The Techno Promised Land

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Having managed to get into Berghain once, after failing earlier that very same weekend, I am often asked for “tricks” and “tips” on how to get into the fabled techno institution. As everyone knows, there is no clear-cut answer, and it appears that getting past Sven and his team may be as much about luck as any real system of criteria they may be following in making their decision.

While there are definite ways to increase one’s chances, there is no sure way of how to act and what to say once you make your way through the long line and are facing the short duel with the man making the decision on how you will spend the next 10, 15 or 20 hours of your life. Or is there?

A new simulator, called Berghain Trainer, seeks to replicate the very same dynamic of the final encounter at the Berghain door. It places you in front of a simulated replacement for Sven, allowing you to interact with a fictitious bouncer as he asks you three questions before deciding whether to let you into the club or not. It uses facial recognition software to catch your emotional reactions, using those and your answers to the three questions to make a final decision. According to the website, 8 out of 10 times you will be rejected and sent back towards Ostbahnhof to spend your time elsewhere.

Try it out and share your results with friends. Good luck and practice well for that Berlin trip you have planned in a few months!

Your Complete Party Guide to Sonar/OFF Week 2016

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Barcelona is the place to be in June. As one of the clubbing mecca’s of Europe, the city plays host to Sonar, and with years of the festival’s success it was only natural that it would grow into something larger. As a result, “OFF Week” was born. Throughout OFF Week there are hundreds of events that take place across a plethora of venues, each providing something unique for locals and music tourists.

OFF Week 2016 takes to the clubs, terraces, and pools for a week of endless options to satisfy even the most seasoned dance purist. We’ve compiled a brief list of events that we would add to our OFF Week agenda, and if you’re on the fence about any parties take a look at our guide to help get you started.

*Events are listed in order by day of the week starting Wednesday June 15th through Sunday 19th.  Read more

Desert Hearts Reveals 13-Show US Summer Tour

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The Desert Heart crew is set to return to the road this summer.

The Endless Summer Tour will see the collective embark on a thirteen-show US tour in twelve different cities. The tour-de-force will begin with a double-header in Brooklyn on June 17-18 and end the weekend of September 22-25 in Oakdale for Symbiosis. In between stops at Flash in Washington D.C., Public Works in San Francisco, the Belasco in Downtown Los Angeles, a show with the Paradigm Underground group in Chicago and more. See below for full dates and schedule.

This of course follows a successful Winter Tour in 2015 and the continuation of their ever-popular festival in the California desert.

The roster for this City Hearts road trip is a selection of familiar Desert Heart artists, including Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Marbs and Porkchop. Desert Heart parties are well known for their effervescent and colorful take on house and techno, and their ability to unite people thanks to a mantra of good spirit and exuberance.

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Amnesia Ibiza Issues Statement About Changes to Their 2016 Opening Event

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The 2016 Ibiza season is officially underway. DC-10 recently opened with the famed Circoloco event, and many more of the island’s super clubs are preparing for their openings over the next few days. However, there is a level of anticipation and curiosity surrounding this season; certainly much more than years past.

For starters:  Richie Hawtin isn’t returning with his ENTER residency, Space has been taken over by Ushuaia, and Ibiza is implementing a new tax for tourists visiting the island, among other headlines. But what got everyone stirring late last year was the news that all clubs would be forced to close no later than 6:30AM. While this may be more than reasonable at clubbing destinations all over the world (generally speaking), it does not align with the ethos of Ibiza’s long standing culture in electronic music.

To drive the point home further, Amnesia Ibiza has issued a statement to notify everyone of changes to their opening programming. In years past the club has been allowed to go well past the normal closing time, but there are more rigid regulations in place this year that will cause the venue to be flexible in their scheduling for the 2016 opening. Amnesia Ibiza will now be opening at 4:00PM to abide by the new regulations while still conducting their famed 14 hour opening.

You can read the official statement below, and it begs the question – Which Ibiza club will be the first to go past new regulations?

The official statement from Amnesia Ibiza reads as follows:

“OFFICIAL RELEASE: AMNESIA OPENING
We need your support!
You will never dance alone friends and promoters; We are Ibiza!

10 years ago, we had to fight alone against the schedule restrictions on the clubs and the “afterhours” prohibition in Ibiza, that supossed to us the sanction to close for 1 month in 2007.

At this year 2016 and trough the constant pressures by the institutions of the island, restricting the schedule´s clubs to promote other interests and having accepted and paid all the fines that have been imposed us and deny one more time the exceptionality of a morning schedule for the Opening.

Although don´t share the decision of the official institutions and before this drastic negative, Amnesia has decided to accept it and change their Opening time from 16: 00h to 06: 00h, producing 14 hours of music followed with new additions on the final Line up as Ricardo Villalobos, Pan – Pot and many more surprises to celebrate the biggest party that Ibiza has seen in a long time and will never forget; because, despite the continuous obstacles and disadvantages that put us on the road, we will fight that the magic continues in Ibiza and avoid that the music stops.

Finally, we apologize for the constant changes of schedule, due to external causes that have wanted to avoid the most important event of the summer that has held and affected many of you personally.

‪#‎Youwillneverdancealone‬

* You can use this hashtag to manifest your impressions and opinions about that, whoever you are.

See you on the 28th of May, family!

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Are Carl Cox & Native Instruments Feeling Your Mix?

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With the 2015 release of Stems, a new audio file format by Native Instruments, the digital DJ game has started to change drastically. To celebrate the first anniversary of this revolutionary new format, Native Instruments will be hosting a special giveaway event – a mix competition, co-hosted by Mixcloud. To enter, you must record a 30-minute mix (using TRAKTOR, of course), upload it to Mixcloud, and add the tag #PLAYSTEMS. Three lucky winners, hand-picked by house and techno legend Carl Cox, will be selected to win – the first, second and third place prizes are: (1) e-voucher worth $2000 toward gear via NI’s online shop,  (2) a TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 DJ system, and (3) a TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ system.

 

Submissions are due by June 12, so make sure to get started quickly. Time to cook up some fire

For more information, please visit Native Instruments: www.native-instruments.com/1-year-of-stems

Stream Movement Detroit 2016 Live Throughout the Weekend

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Not going to Detroit for Movement?

Don’t fret, while we cannot bring you to Hart Plaza with us, we can conveniently tell you how you can bring Hart Plaza to the comfort of your home or office!

First up, you will be able to stream BE-AT.TV live throughout the entire weekend. Below is the list of stages and sets that will be streamed, as well as a direct link to each broadcast and an embedded player for each! Read more

Freddy Be To Release “Holding Back” EP on Perspectives Digital

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The latest and 41st release on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital comes courtesy of one of LA’s longstanding DJs and promoters, Freddy Be. If you’ve partied on the West Coast during the last two decades or are in any way involved with the house music industry in the United States, it is likely you’ve heard of Freddy’s infamous Monday Social parties, which celebrate their 20th year as North America’s longest running weekly house music event later in 2016.

Freddy has been an integral part of the house music scene since the early 90s, in no small part thanks to his superb skills as a track selector and his ability to play to a wide array of crowds and rooms. His residencies have included such esteemed venues as Exchange LA, Audio SF, and Sound Nightclub, his proficiency behind the decks also landing him playing time across the nation and at major festivals the likes of Coachella, Desert Hearts, BPM, and Minus Zero.

As a producer, Freddy Be has seen previous tracks receive play by Carl Cox, Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela, Danny Howells, Sander Kleinenberg, Quivver, and John Digweed on his massively popular ‘Transitions’ radio show. It is on Digweed’s show that Freddy’s latest track, “Holding Back” was first introduced to the world. The track is finally receiving a much deserved official release with remixes by Betoko, Soul Trader, and Deep Tribe featuring Violin Girl.

The first re-work of the track comes from Betoko, who has taken the spacial original and added the touch that has seen his music released on Get Physical, Diynamic, Suara, Kittball, and Supernature. The result is a high-octane and dance-floor-ready remix perfect for peak-time play.

Next up, it’s Soul Trader‘s turn to offer his take on “Holding Back.” You wouldn’t be mistaken in not knowing much about the producer, for little has been said about him other than the limited info his mentor and cohort Funkagenda has given us. He has had a spectacular debut EP on Incorrect Music and has remixed for Quivver and Deep Tribe. His last touch sees him add deep, throbbing techno influenced sounds to Freddy Be’s original to great effect.

The last edit comes way of LA duo Deep Tribe featuring Violin Girl. Dimitry Rozental and Andrew Knopf add strong waves of brooding emotion to the tracl, transforming it into a beautiful, sensual and slow piece of music interspersed by powerful violin chord progressions.

The EP is set for release on Beatport this coming Friday May 27th, 2016. You can preview it below via SoundCloud:

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Tresor Berlin Announces Festival Lineup for July 21-24

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In commemoration of the club’s 25th Anniversary, Tresor is hosting its own festival celebration at the end of July.

Taking place over three-days at the Berlin Club, as well as in the lower floor of Kraftwerk, the roster of talent plays homage to the institution’s long and influential history, as well as the current thriving Berlin techno scene. The Detroit-Berlin techno axis is represented by artists the caliber of Robert Hood, Daniel Bell, John Tejada, Blake Baxter, Gerald Donald (performing as Arpanet), as well as Moritz von Oswald and Juan Atkins performing together as Borderland.

Other illustrious acts include Donato DozzyDasha RushObjeckSteracSurgeon and Regis among many, many other techno talents. Tresor has specified that while the initial lineup has been released, more names will be added in the near future.

Tresor is also hosting a Movement after-party in Detroit this coming weekend, again honoring the Detroit-Berlin connection and its influence on the world’s techno sound.

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Full information for the festival, including daily lineups, can be found on Tresor’s website.

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The Mayor of Detroit Declares Techno Week 2016 in Honor of Movement

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Detroit will forever be known as the city that gave techno to the world. The genre was born during the mid-to-late 1980s, and remains as popular as ever in no small part thanks to the work of Movement Electronic Music Festival in the 10 years of its existence (and the prior years under different names).

This coming weekend, tens of thousands will descend upon Hart Plaza for yet another three-day music bonanza featuring top-tier talent in techno, house, experimental and a series of other eclectic genres spanning from hip-hop to drum ‘n bass.

In honor of Movement and Detroit’s special role in the worldwide techno Movement, Mayor Mike Duggan has declared this year’s week beginning today May 23rd and ending May 30th as Official Techno Week for the City of Detroit, encouraging residents and visitors to, “come out and celebrate the festivities, as it creates local and international awareness of Detroit’s rising creative culture.”

Going to Movement? Ensure you check out our City Travel Guide and Movement Party Guide to ready for the weekend!

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TRNTBL: The World’s First Wireless Vinyl Record Player Is Here

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The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records and turntables has been translating into the opportunity of advancing and creating new technology to enhance the use of this music medium.

VNYL is the perfect example of a company that has been tapping the booming record market with innovative ideas and products. The first of these was a record subscription service which sees users receive a personalized basket of records every month.

Next up, the company is moving onto hardware, by creating the world’s first wireless vinyl record player. TRNTBL will be able to stream music to speakers using Bluetooth or Airplay technology, on top of offering the streaming of uncompressed audio to Sonos’ entire line of premium audio products. Technology incorporated with TRNTABL will allow it to identify the music playing in real time with a live tune-in feature synched with Spotify.

 

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You can pre-order TRNTBL now for $351 before price increases $420. The wireless record player comes in either cream/gold or black/gold. For more information and to place a pre-order, visit their website directly.