From the news ticker this morning:
Contemporary classical composer Steve Reich chose a rather un-septuagenarian way to celebrate his 74th birthday this past October: He approved Nonesuch Records and Indaba Music to launch a search for to remixers to interpret the third movement of his piece 2×5, regarded by Gramophone as “Reich’s smartest, most sonically nourishing record for years,” and which Nonesuch had issued on his Pulitzer Prize–winning piece, Double Sextet.
Remixers flooded the Nonesuch inbox with more than 200 interpretations—from dubstep to metal to avant-skronk. Reich chose a Grand Prize Winner and two Runners-Up. Fans voted too, and the top 10 vote-getters earned Honorable Mentions.
“All very different re-mixes,” Reich says of the remixes. “Good to hear the variety!”
Check them here.
In other news
* With news (or rumors, which is almost as good) that Apple will be issuing the second version of its iPad come April–just in time for a geeky valentines–Djay for iPad was launched last week by Algoriddim. The app offers a double-turntable-style user interface with scratching effects and direct access to iTunes. (The features can be seen in this video.) Users can record their own mixes, perform live, or set the app to Automix Mode so that it blends the iTunes library into a continuous mix with automatic transitions. In Automix Mode, the app can be run in the iPad’s background while you perform other tasks.
The app allows the user to see visual waveforms to help sync songs, beat detection that allows a user to match the playback speed of back-to-back songs, and cueing capabilities. The app also offers users the ability to stream their mix wirelessly to Apple TV, an Airport Express, or any AirPlay-supported speaker, AV receiver, or stereo system.
Djay for iPad costs $20, and is compatible with iPads running iOS 4.2.
In other news
All The Young Punks
*The anti-DJ scene in Denton, Texas, lifted itself from the dark murk of youthful nativism when a punk rocker got behind the decks and started spinning singles at a local bar. He now uses a photo booth, and we’re sure karaoke can’t be far behind. Hear what he has to say here.