John Peel’s Record Collection
Gadgets & Stuff

John Peel’s Record Collection

As a diehard music lover and DJ / Radio host for quite some years I’ve always been secretly ashamed that I don’t know as much about John Peel as I should. Granted, he was a mainstay on BBC Radio from the 70’s to the late 90’s, long before my time or …

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“All Hail The Beat” TR-808
Gadgets & StuffVideo Digs

“All Hail The Beat” TR-808

The sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine inspire musicians around the world, even though the device hasn’t been made since 1984 and most of its avid users have never actually seen one. Join the conversation and tweet #THEBEAT to have your tweet featured on the Focus Forward website. Go …

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Hip-Hop Skate Decks
Gadgets & Stuff

Hip-Hop Skate Decks

via the good folks at ShookMag.fm: “Mike Corbett aka Maccy is a proper hip-hop don, with whom I had the pleasure of living with many years back in a (chaotic) share-house in Australia. And whilst his epic t-shirt, tape and toy collections are gold dust in themselves, it’s all about …

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808 Posters
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House / Techno

808 Posters

A series of informative posters detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Each sequence has been analyzed and represented as to allow users to re-programme each sequence, key for key. If you would like an A3 print contact the artist …

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Pioneer RMX-1000 Remixbox
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Pioneer RMX-1000 Remixbox

via CreateDigitalMusic.com: Pioneer, that best-known brand of DJ hardware, wants you to use hardware alongside software. And they’re uttering the word “remix” rather than “DJ.” And they have something that really doesn’t look like a CDJ, so much as a remote control for a spaceship carrying CDJs. It seems to …

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Wax Poetics Issue #50
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Wax Poetics Issue #50

via WaxPoetics.com: In December of 2001, Wax Poetics debuted its first issue to a small following of record collectors and “beat diggers.” Ten years later, Wax Poetics has carved out a niche for itself in the world of music journalism and expanded its audience to a worldwide congregation of music …

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NAMM 2012 Conference : The Highlights
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NAMM 2012 Conference : The Highlights

via CreateDigitalMusic.com Can I have this fun, wacky, sound-shaping Arturia monosynth and the new Moog Minitaur, please? Actually, at their prices, you really could – and still spend less than the cost of a lot of standalone synths. There’s lots of new stuff for musicians. Sometimes, the best thing to do is …

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Gil Scott-Heron “The Last Holiday. A Memoir”
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Soul

Gil Scott-Heron “The Last Holiday. A Memoir”

via Shook.FM (awesome website): “Gil Scott-Heron’s final opus, one that he was working on intermittently for the last two decades of his life, is not an album of music but a memoir. Autobiography isn’t quite the right word, because this book pulls down the shutters and closes shop in 1981, the …

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Introducing MPC Renaissance
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MPC Renaissance – MPC Fly – MC Studio

If you haven’t heard the news already, welcome back from Mars. AKAI is starting 2012 with a bang by taking over NAMM with one-two-three all-new MPCs: MPC Fly merges unmatched Akai Professional technology with the power of your iPad 2, embodying legendary capabilities that have made the MPC an industry …

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