Pioneer Announces Its CDJ Killer – The USB Only XDJ-1000

shockwebpic_pioneerxdj1000The first Pioneer DJ player without a CD drive, the XDJ-1000 is a USB-only player being released later this month at a price of $999. Watch in in action in this video demo by Pedestrian with official word from Pioneer below.

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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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Looking for the Perfect Beat: A Profile Of The Los Angeles Beat Scene Featuring The Low End Theory Crew

shockleewebpic_LAlookingfortheperfectbeatThis new music documentary from Low End Theory founder Daddy Kev and director Matthew F. Smith brings you into the LA beat scene and right into the home studios and creative sanctuaries of some of best known beatmakers in the area.

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MIDI Jacket Allows Music Through Movement

shockleewebpic_midijacketThe field of wearable tech is getting more innovative with each passing day. The Machina collective out of Mexico have put together a line of fashionable wears that serve as performance tech devices.

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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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A Micro History Of Techno

shockleewebpic_minihistoryoftechnoIn this week’s issue of The New Yorker Magazine, writer Nick Paumgarten writes a story about the Berlin techno scene. In addition to the article, Paumgarten also recorded a aural micro 5 minute history of the music which obviously leaves out lots of key names but works as an intro crash course about styles and musicality.

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Europe In 8 Bits Documentary Explores The World Of Chip Music

shockleewebpic_8biteuropeYet another adventure into 8-bit land comes thanks to this new documentary directed by Javier Polo, now available on Vimeo On-Demand which explores the chiptunes movement in Europe.

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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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