We’ve been waiting all year for this. The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (aka DEMF aka Movement 2010) is this weekend, May 29th to 31st, and we’re quivering in anticipation. We’ll be several places at once over the course of the festival. Here’s the rundown:
We’ll be hanging out at the Ghostly booth in the main thoroughfare from 11am each morning. Meet the team, check out new products, and peruse picks from the vaults. Techno Rebels author Dan Sicko will be signing copies of his (excellent, recently reprinted) book at the Ghostly booth from 3-5pm on Sunday, May 30th. [Buy Techno Rebels at The Ghostly Store.]
The Spectral X: 10 Years of Spectral DEMF kick-off party will be held on Friday, May 28th at St. Andrews Hall in the Shelter. Matthew Dear, Seth Troxler, Ryan Elliott, and more. [RSVP on Facebook] [Buy advance tickets]
...and make sure to catch our boy Shigeto at the Beatport stage on Monday.
We’ll be doing giveaways at the Ghostly booth, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for more information.
See you in Detroit…
More than most, Jason Amm’s work as Solvent embodies the original ethos of “synth-pop”: that is, hook-laden music built lovingly out of the buzz and hum of analogue synthesizers. Solvent’s newest full-length on Ghostly International—his first in nearly six years—is called Subject to Shift [click here for more info], and its title reflects the changing tone of Amm’s music. On Subject to Shift, the “cute, happy robots” of 2004’s Apples & Synthesizers are few and far between, and in their place is a mix of dystopian, acid-tinged futurism and bittersweet romantic ache.
We’re teaming up with NYC’s Eyebeam Art + Technology Center to offer the “Visual Music Collaborative” master class, which runs from July 19th to July 23rd. Eyebeam provides the experienced teachers and space; we’re providing the musical source material.
Up to 11 participants will be invited to explore the relationship between music, sound, and dynamically generated imagery and motion. Topics include sound-analysis techniques, advanced OpenGL programming, and interfacing with mobile control devices. Guest speakers and musicians provide additional insight. The master class culminates in an event where participants perform using work created during the week.
Applications are due by Friday, May 21st. [More info.]
Tadd Mullinix was one of the first artists to give Ghostly its wings in the early days, and we’re proud to present another release under his James T. Cotton alias: this month’s new On Time 12”. Tadd’s our resident shapeshifter: the Detroit native slips seamlessly between glitchy headphone tracks under his own name, exquisite abstract hip-hop as Dabrye, and acid-laced techno as James T. Cotton. On Time is some of the man’s tightest, jacking-est work in years.
Naming your first release after your band is an auspicious way to introduce oneself, to say the least, but Birds & Souls have done just that—and the results more than live up to their sensational packaging. ‘Birds & Souls’ is an exuberant track built more for rock shows than dancefloors, charting a journey from giddy, congas-and-claves house to synth-drenched space disco to ecstatic arpeggiated bliss and back again.
When Ghostly International spawned the Spectral Sound imprint nearly a decade ago, Sam Valenti and Matthew Dear conceived the label as the dark, dancefloor-oriented alter-ego of Ghostly’s eclectic, album-based sound. Now run by Spectral producer/DJ Ryan Elliott alongside co-founder Dear, the label has solidified its image as Ghostly’s leaner, meaner brother. Which brings us to the Elliott-curated Document compilation: “It’s a calling card,” Elliott explains, “a battle flag carried into a new decade.” Document, in other words, is the ultimate Spectral Sound manifesto.