Beat Box: Inside Joe Mansfield’s Drum Machine Collection

shockwebpic_dubspotdrummachineCheck out this video feature by our friends at Dubspot of Boston-based beatmaker and collector Joe Mansfield and his fantastic drum machine collection.

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Sampulator Brings Beat Making To Your Browser

shockwebpic_sampulatorCheck out Sampulator, a simple yet fun HTML5 based in-browser sampler. You can trigger and play samples with your computer keyboard [laptop or desktop] and even record and save your track ideas.

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Official Trailer For 808: The Heart Of The Beat That Changed Music

shockwepic_808docutrailer1The first official trailer for 808: The heart of the beat that changed music was just released. The 808 documentary features appearances and commentary from our own Hank Shocklee, Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook [Fatboy Slim], Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie and more.

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► Planets In Orbit – HPrizm Mix

shockleewebpic_hprizmplanetsmixOne of our favorite noisemakers and longstanding member of the acclaimed experimental hip hop vanguard Antipop Consortium, HPrizm AKA High Priest has blessed us with a cosmic head nod mix to close out the summer and usher in the 2014 home stretch.

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Juicy Fruit: James Mtume & One Of The Most Sampled Songs Ever

shockleewebpic_beatrepeatmtumejuicyfruit“Music is not to be posessed. It’s to be shared.” James Mtume shares his thoughts on the impact that his R&B classic, ‘Juicy Fruit’ has had on music in this mini doc from Red Bull Music Academy’s beat:repeat NYC, a drum machine exhibition taking place in New York through May 31st.

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Jack White’s Upcoming Ultra LP Is Tricked Out Vinyl

shockleewebpic_jackwhitelazarettolpJack White just set a record for the world’s fastest released record; recorded and released in 3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds this past Record Store Day. Now Jack has announced an ‘Ultra LP’ for his upcoming release Lazaretto, a 12″ vinyl packed with a bunch of innovative bells and whistles that collectors will be sure to love.

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► Ultimate Break Beats: The Canon – Exclusive Mix By Concréte Sound System

shockleewebpic_ultimatebreakbeatsthecanonCheck out this new throwback future mix exclusive from Primus Luta’s Concréte Sound System featuring a crazy collection of sounds of an earlier New York City and hip hop organics. Filled with a rugged vibe of experimentalism and a certain funk, jazz and punk edge, you can’t deny these beats are to be forever sealed in the global, collective music consciousness for all time. Time jump…

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Roland Announces The Next Evolution Of The Classic TR-808 Drum Machine: Aira

shockleewebpic_rolandaira808evolutionIn case you didn’t already know, 808′s Changed The World and manufacturer Roland, is teasing a new device that it is calling the next evolution of the TR-808, called the Aira TR-08, which is rumored to be officially unveiled at next week’s NAMM show.

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Parsec: New Spectral Synthesizer By Propellerhead

shockleewebpic_parsecpropellerhead Take a look and listen at Propellerhead’s latest release the Parsec Spectral synth, a nice addition to the Reason rack especially for those interested in sound sculpting and designing.

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Beatboxing Man + Machine: Watch Humanelectro’s Sigma Project

shockleewebpic_humanelectroUsing MIDI gloves paired up with a Leap Motion Controller and armed with a curious tech crew Japanese beatboxer Ryo Fujimoto is using his body to master the new digital arts by becoming a human interface.

Electrical signals radiate from the body of Ryo Fujimoto via the various sensors that are connected to his face, arms, and hands. These sensors track heart rate, muscle movement, and finger positions in real-time. The data is then converted directly into audio and visuals, thereby allowing the expressive unification of man and machine, and the birth of “Σ [SIGMA]“.

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