Baths Obsidian, Get Your Kicks, Beardytron

I am a big fan of Baths, who has recently released a new album Obsidian, which dropped a couple days before my birthday. So thanks for the present, Will!

A very pleasant techno/house/dance/edm Finnish producer named Markus Hakala has made his arsenal of kick samples available for free. There are 500, each of which are labeled by pitch. Worth a grab!

Finally, my ongoing musical crush on Beardyman only intensifies as he continues to release more information and demos regarding the Beardytron5000, his newly engineered digital performance environment. Here is his recent interview with the Guardian podcast, highlighting his desire to balance out his covers and improvisations with composed material. The podcast includes a performance at the end!

Beardyman covers Massive Attack

A video recorded in March of Beardyman’s all-vocal cover of Massive Attack’s Tear Drop. He’s in rare form here and seems to have really streamlined his setup here compared to preview performances I’ve seen.

Remembering Korg

Tsutomu Katoh, founder of a little company called Korg, finally succumbed after a long bout with cancer on March 15.

Click on the image for a tribute article.

Korg old:

Korg new:

Tsutomu Katoh, you helped countless to realize their musical dreams. You’ll be remembered with great appreciation.