Rob Booth is winning at the game of culture. His long-running radio show, Electronic Explorations, has consistently foreshadowed the rise of dozens of underground artists, labels, and subgenres since its inception in ’07. Cited as an inspiration by Mary Anne Hobbs, Sonic Router, and gobs of other bass institutions, EE is more than just a
Big changes are coming to WompBlog, and I want you to all be in the know. Here’s the tl;dr – I don’t have the time to make this a good music blog and a good events listing. And since there are a million music blogs, this is going to become an events blog. For bass music events in New York City. There will also be a mailing list with weekly blasts of what’s coming up.
I work as a UX designer, and we’re always talking about minimum viable product. What is the experience at the core of your product? What provides the value? What makes it different and valuable when a potential user is looking at all the competition? I realized that, as music blogs go, this is a pretty half-assed one – sometimes I go weeks without posting. There are already a million blogs out there who do it better, and more spring up every day. I imagine most are run by college students, or people with mindless dayjobs, or trustafarians with DJ aspirations. Folks with gobs of free time. I can’t compete with them, nor do I want to. My dayjob keeps me challenged and busy, and after work I’d rather spend time with my girlfriend than with my computer. And, oh yeah, go out and see music.
But WompBlog IS a fairly decent events listing (just check the sidebar). And as far as I’ve seen, nobody else is consistently curating bass music events in New York City. Sure, each promoter has a website with listings of their events and stuff they are co-promoting, but that’s hype. There’s resident advisor and songkick, but those are only good if you already know what you’re looking for. What this scene needs is curation – not only in selecting what’s worth going to, but also in telling you why it’s worth going to. My modus operandi here is aggregating the best stuff from both the underground scene and the more established clubs. The only prerequisites are good DJs/producers, a good soundsystem, and a good crowd.
As the prophet Ron Swanson once said, “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing”. The time has come to whole-ass the events section. The basic site structure will remain the same (for now) but the editorial focus is going to shift towards upcoming events. Expect more quick posts to tell you what has been added to the listings, and longer ones focused on upcoming shows. Once a week, all those will get rolled up into an email that will keep you in the know, and probably have some exclusives as well. Signups will be open shortly. There will still be mixes, and gems from bandcamp and soundcloud, but music will be more closely related to who is playing in NYC in the near future.
So if you’re a concertgoer, get ready for a whole lot more awesome events. If you’re a promoter, get ready for a lot more fans. And whoever you are, get ready for a whole lot more WOMP!
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I’m kinda blown away by this live performance by iamyank (via amb). He’s using the forthcoming ipad app, Beatsurfing, which is unique in that it’s designed to let you draw your own midi instruments. iamyank posted the audio from this a few weeks back on soundcloud, and it sounded great, but seeing it happen in front of yr eyes is a whole ‘nother thing.
Lest you think it’s all tricknology (the ipad app he’s using can trigger 8 sounds from one hit), keep in mind that the whole idea behind beatsurfing is that you lay out your own interface, so that you can naturally trigger sounds with a series of smooth motions (aka ‘surfing’). Anyway, to appease the purists, here’s a vid of him rockin out on a traditional mpc.
Dimensions Festival have teamed up with SoundCloud and Point Blank to offer aspiring producersthe opportunity to get their tune pressed, digitally released and win an all-expenses paid trip to this year’s inaugural Dimensions Festival in Croatia. After two rounds of public opinion based judging a selection of entrants will be shortlisted to become finalists –
For the last 1.5 years, Saturate Records have been releasing dozens of free albums and LPs of unprecedented quality, mining the fertile intersections of post-dubstep, glitch hop, juke and future bass. This week they blessed us with web previews of a very special split 7″ vinyl (only their third vinyl release ever) from rising stars
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