The Rise Of Wakaliwood: Uganda’s Thriving Action Cinema Scene

shockwebpic_riseofwakaliwoodA town in Uganda is becoming an emerging place for independent action and kung fu inspired movies done DIY style. Ramon Film Productions is one of the crews heading up this new wave of Ugandan action cinema, check out this profile from Vice that reminds us you don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment to get creative, just your imagination and some hustle.

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Robot Drum & Bass

shockleewebpic_robotdnbThis is a must watch creative oddity that may be giving us a glimpse of what’s to come as more people experiment with creating more music and robotic type interfaces.

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MIDI Sprout: Now You Can Create Music From Plants

shockleewebpic_midisproutThe Sonification of Plants is here. MIDI Sprout is a biorhythm to MIDI converter that will allow you to create music from your houseplants via the power of biofeedback. So basically, this unit will allow you to collect data from your plants or even your own body and convert these readings into MIDI which means that now you can get some inspiration from your green friends.

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Enter To Win A Free Copy Of The Music Producer’s Survival Guide

shockleewebpic_brianbookcontestWe are giving away 3 copies of the The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music a new book by Brian Jackson, which offers tips for today’s music producers. The book covers a variety of topics and features some wisdom from our own Hank Shocklee on creating the right environment for developing your projects.

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The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: A New Book On Chaos, Creativity & Career

shockleewebpic_brianjacksonbookThe Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music is a new book by our Ableton Advanced Users Meetup collaborator Brian Jackson, which offers tips for working creatively and successfully in today’s computer-centric music production environment. As a bonus, the book also features a lengthy interview with our own Hank Shocklee with additional thoughts and advice on creating the right environment for developing your projects. The book is available now and would be a great addition to your book collection. Check it out!

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Ava DuVernay Says Knock It Off & Make Something

shockleewebpic_avaduvernaykeynoteIndependent filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Sundance Award-winning director of the film ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ and of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. feature drama ‘Selma‘ gave a keynote speech last weekend at the 2013 Film Independent Forum event held in Los Angeles that offers some of the realest advice we’ve heard in a while. All people who aspire to be or are in the creative and startup industries should hear this.

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[DC] October 28th-29th: Future of Music Summit 2013

shockleewebpic_FMCsummit2013The Future of Music Summit 2013 takes place in Washington, DC on October 28-29, 2013. Organized by the Future of Music Coalition, this year’s conference will discuss how to improve the music ecosystem and marks the 12th annual event, which will again be held at Georgetown University.

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Dan Friel’s Thumper – DIY Noise Pop Sounds

Check out Dan Friel’s Thumper, from his forthcoming album Total Folklore which he put together with recordings from his phone and his ‘computer purchased in 2001 running OS9′.

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Music Fuels Innovation: Download The New 2013 Digital Music Report

The IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry] has released a new report the finds that in 2012, the global music industry experienced it’s first rise in revenues since 1999. Although it’s not much of an increase, just 0.3 percent, the news of increased profits has been long overdue – 13 years in the making.

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Imogen Heap Explains & Demonstrates Her Musical Controller Gloves

Imogen Heap explains the controller gloves that she’s developed to use as a human interface for her live performances in this newly released video from her presentation at a 2012 Wired Magazine event. The hybrid controller/instrument gloves are controlled via gestural user interface, hacked Xbox Kinect and Ableton. Via a series of learned gestures, she can loop, sample, control instruments, reverb, pitch and the like.

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