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Diego Stocco – Music from a tree/Music from sand

Diego Stocco – Music From A Tree from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

Diego Stocco – Music From Sand from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

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Schallwellenmagie presents Ristoker

It is giving us great pleasure to introduce an uprising artist from Moscow, Russia. We are talking about Ristoker.
He produced definately some great tunes worth to check out.

Ristoker@Last.fm             Ristoker@MySpace             Ristoker on Facebook

Futhermore should be mentioned that Ristoker will be heard with his Dj sets at UZIC webradio from time to time. 

Ristoker

For your ears we have picked his track Digitolk, enjoy….

Ristoker – Digitolk (Original Mix)

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And as always, here comes the interview…

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer?
Ristoker: My first thoughts about producing music came to me in 1998. At that time it was just the curiosity of a beginner DJ. Professionally I started to produce in 2007 after gaining some experience.

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Ristoker: A lot of things influenced my music and ideas and it’s difficult to mark out something but I will try. Of course my friends always support me and gave me energy when it was really needed. Stroke, Vastar, iPak — Thank you so much.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music?
Ristoker: There were a lot of musicians who influenced my music. Among them are popular ones: Yello, Jakob Hilden, Red Robin. The energetic and dynamic of Jakob Red Robin’s tracks gave me new creative spark. I really like how skillfully they realize their music ideas. From young musicians I can point out Max Bett, UNIQ – I’m sure they will have awesome musical future!

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Ristoker: The main idea for the track can be realized in a few hours but finalization of the track can take a few weeks. Everything depends on my mood and spirit and other aspects.

Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track?
Ristoker: The most difficult thing is to convey all the emotions which I experience in the beginning of a production.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Ristoker: Sometimes it’s difficult, in this case my friends and the dance floor help me.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Ristoker: Hardware: NI Audio 8 DJ, Drum Machine: Roland, Behringer bcr-2000, couple of midi controllers M-Audio (oxygen 8, keystation 49), synth: microKorg and others. Software: Logic Studio Pro with lots of external plugins.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Ristoker: The best performances are the ones that you make yourself, for me it’s a small VIP party organized by my friends. Everything looks like home and the contact with the dance floor is the most pleasant and emotional.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one clubs / Live Festivals?
Ristoker: The geography of clubs where I performed is quite big, few hundreds clubs. One of the best club is RM Club – small but comfortable with amazing atmosphere – only there it will be possible to make unforgettable journeys in the world of minimal, tech, experimental music. Unfortunately the club was closed and now we’re opening new place in Moscow with that unforgettable atmosphere. This year few festivals will take place where I present my new tracks – see details in my blog on myspace soon.

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing – do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are you performing live?
Ristoker: More like CD + Ableton + Controller. I think that it gives the possibility to dig into the process without disturbance.
 
Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Ristoker: Hopefully my first LP will see the light this fall. The remixes to my last release “Woodwalk” will be released very soon. Of cause I’m working at new tracks. They will significantly differ from my older ones. Smoothness, dynamic and live instruments – are the main accents for this year!

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Schallwellenmagie presents Radio Guidance

We have the opportunity now to introduce an artist from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil:
Ivan Ramos aka Radio Guidance.

Radio Guidance

We picked „Alphabet Center“ from his E.P. Lexico which is definately worth to check out.

Radio Guidance – Alphabet Center

Update: Alphabet Center E.P. out now including some remixes.

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As always, here is the interview:

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer ?
Radio Guidance: DJ since 2003,  producer since 2006

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Radio Guidance: Actually I came from a family where music was always very present, so it is part of my day-to day since ever. I think making music is a challenge that never runs out and it always leaves me wanting to work more in search of new harmonies, rhythms and musical structures. Dedication and persistence are the key to achieve a result artistically relevant.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music ?
Radio Guidance: It´s not a simple question, but certainly that´s some important influences: Model 500, John Coltrane, Kraftwerk, Daniel Bell, Basic Channel, Carl Craig, Lee Perry.

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?
Radio Guidance: It depends, but considering that I was already happy with the global idea, I believe that on average two weeks. Equalization, compression, limiting, noise reduction and other processes consume a lot of time, but I like to do. I like to sculpt the sounds and turn my musical message clear.

Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track ?
Radio Guidance: The biggest challenge is to create an interesting dynamic that hold the attention, have feel and make dance.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Radio Guidance: Well, In my case this happens when I feel that there is a reason for every movement, every element in this music… it´s not something easy to explain. When I´m changing too much is because the initial idea was not good and then the project goes to the refrigerator.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.
Radio Guidance: Softwares: Ableton Live and some VSTs like Reaktor and Absynth. Hardware: Motu soundcard, Vírus TI , Roland SH 101, mixer Yamaha MG124cx, Yamaha monitors.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Radio Guidance: DJ Ricardo Villalobos

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one clubs / Live Festivals?
Radio Guidance: MOO parties in Rio.

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are you performing live?
Radio Guidance: For now I’m presenting as a DJ . I played vinyls until 2006, when I went to use Ableton Live for djing.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Radio Guidance: Certainly more releases. This track „Alphabet Center“ is part of an EP called „Lexico“ that will be released (for free) on brazillian netlabel Motronic very soon.
I´m looking for other interesting labels to release my music too.

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Schallwellenmagie presents DYE

This track was running around my brain from the first time it appeared in my Last.fm player a few weeks ago. I am talking about Clamour from DYE which is Jon Dye from Denton, Texas – USA. With Jon we have the first artist on Schallwellenmagie who is using field recordings in his productions. By the way, this is the pet subject for Don and myself at the moment….enjoy.

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Dye – Clamour (Re Edit)

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And here is the Interview with Jon:

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer?
Dye: I’ve been working as a producer of music in one form or another for about
10 years now. I started out recording a band I was in back in high school,
and went from there. Eventually I found my way to electronic music and I
haven’t looked back.

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?
Dye: It’s hard to say for me really. I’ve always loved music of all sorts,
especially anything experimental.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music?
Dye: The list goes on: Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Juan Atkins, Timo Maas, Richie
Hawtin, Aphex Twin and many others. The world around me has great influence
over my music. I’ve also found a lot of great minimal techno on
last.fm which I would have otherwise not heard.

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect
of producing you spent most of your time?
Dye: Once I get started I’ll work on a track for at least a week laying the
groundwork. From there I can spend a month or more fine tuning the sound and
arrangement. Most of my time is spent in the mastering phase, which is the
hardest part for me personally.

Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track?
Dye: For me the biggest challenge is mixing a track in such a way that it
doesnt sound cheap, boring, unbalanced, or generic. Not that I’m always
successful but it is something that I always strive for.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand
a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Dye: Not difficult; impossible.  I like the idea of keeping my music flexible.
I always come back to my old material later and make improvements to it, and
sometimes it even results in a completely different song.

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us something about the hard/software you are using to create
electronic music.
Dye: I’ve used FL Studio as my primary sequencer/host program for years, along
with an extensive collection of samples and virtual synthesizers.  I also
use an M-Audio Axiom 49 USB MIDI controller (especially for live
performances).

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?
Dye: Daft Punk was a lot of fun to see live, but I’ve always loved Richie
Hawtin’s DE9 mixes too. It’s a pretty hard question to answer definitively.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one clubs / Live Festivals?
Dye: A small club in Dallas called Afterlife. There are a lot of different
kinds of music being played there, and most of the people are way nice.

Schallwellenmagie: If you are DJing: do you prefer Vinyl or CD? Do you use DJ software? Are
you performing live?
Dye: When I do DJ it’s usually just for fun, but always on vinyl. I have
nothing against software DJs, but personally I prefer to have my hands on
some vinyl.  Dye is strictly studio work for now, however I do occasionally
perform other kinds of music under other names. If I could afford the
equipment to put on a real live show with Dye, I would not hesitate.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Dye: I’m currently working on an EP of remixes and reworked tracks from my
Vitrified release. It should be finished sometime this summer.  Also I’m
brainstorming for a new concept mix based around ambient sounds recorded
from my neighborhood.  That is still on the back burner for now, but I’m
slowly collecting samples.

DYE @ Last.fm             Follow DYE on Twitter

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Schallwellenmagie presents FAKIEDJ – Long live the community!

We met FAKIEDJ for the first time on Last.fm, right from the start we knew him as a very active artist and a guy who is always trying to support the electronic music community.
The man behind FAKIEDJ is Felipe Pozuelo Botija and he is living in Alcazar de San Juan/Ciudad Real in Spain.

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We are very pleased to give FAKIEDJ a platform here at our SCHALLWELLENMAGIE Blog to answer some of our questions and to introduce his track „Fuego Cruzado.

FAKIEDJ – Fuego Cruzado (Original Mix)

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Schallwellenmagie:  Who or what has you most strongly affected to make music ?

FAKIEDJ: I am part of a musical collective of DJ´s here in Spain. I have always had dates for concerts , but this year i barel had only two dates….Why?

Because when organizing the schedule of the concert , in charge of opening the festival provided me , and this implies having to click on the first with little public, this is very hard for me.

After several parties with the same problem I decided to go on my own and started producing my own music to satisfy my creative needs.

Schallwellenmagie: Who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music?

FAKIEDJ: Specially Gui Boratto but also Oxia, Agoria, Extrawelt, Alex di Stefano, MotorcitySoul, I:Cube, Solee, Anthony Collins, Format B, Phonique, Jimpster, Marek Hemmann. Mathias Kaden….and earlier in my years as a drummer : Incubus Deftones Dredg Pennywise Nofx Bad Religion….and many more.

Schallwellenmagie: .How long does it take you to produce a track usually and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time?

 FAKIEDJ: Normally I play for hours on a single battery until I play the piano with a rhythm that I feel that is consistent with what at that time looking for.  After that is giving way to go and listen again from the beginning.

Schallwellenmagie: What is the biggest challenge for you when creating a new track?

FAKIEDJ: Surely mastering and compression of the virtual instruments and samplers, beyond my control, we have much to learn even.

Schallwellenmagie:  How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?

 FAKIEDJ: To find this point is not difficult. I still do not consider myself a professional but rather a beginner in this cause. I think I have good imagination but I do not have training as a producer, everything is learned on my own. So when a song is close to the original idea I had and that correct term (and no longer go back to change it).

Schallwellenmagie: Tell us about the hard/software you are using to create electronic music.

FAKIEDJ: I am using several programs for the creation of my songs, Ableton Live, Logic, GarageBand, and others.  As a team: a MacBook, Firewire audio interface and two MIDI controllers.

Schallwellenmagie: Your currently number one DJ/Live acts?

FAKIEDJ: My favorite DJ is Richie Hawtin …. certainly two years ago I attended a meeting in Valencia, 6 hours long … amazing.

Schallwellenmagie:  What can we expect from you in the near future?

FAKIEDJ: In the near future I will have my own studio soundproofed, with a good sound, computer, and my analog Pearl drums and Zildjian cymbals my dishes with microphones, so combining the two worlds.

Do not rule out a future that makes a fairly rare type of direct, combining a Roland electronic drums and laptop.

FAKIEDJ @ Last.fm                        FAKIEDJ @ MySpace

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Schallwellenmagie presents KLAKAST

Today SCHALLWELLENMAGIE is starting a new column called „Artists we like“.
As you might guess this is the place where other artists than Don Genaro/Audiohobel and White Zone will be featured and you are absolutely right.

We are starting with Klakast, her real name is Claudia Castagnola and she is living in Naples, Italy.
By now Klakast released three albums, they all can be found at last.fm:

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We selected her track „Buble“ from the „E.P. maGma“ as one of our favourites:

Klakast – Buble

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To find out more about Klakast we send her a couple of questions and here are the answers:

Schallwellenmagie: Since when are you active as a producer?
Klakast: I’m active as a producer for three years now.

Schallwellenmagie: Who or what has most strongly affected you to make music and who are the artists with the biggest influence on your music?
Klakast:  I worked for a long time in various organizations which organized parties and i have a passion for electronic music. One day my dear friend Rino Cerrone gave me a PC and he explained me the basics for using Ableton Live and I started playing. The person who encouraged me and inspired me is Rino naturally.

Schallwellenmagie: How long does it take you to produce a track and at what aspect of producing you spent most of your time usually?
Klakast:  To make a new track is not a challenge but a way to pass my music mentality. Sometimes the tracks are born in a very short time, sometimes I undertake several days. I dedicate all the time I can to play with my PC: I love creating rhytms and soundeffects.

Schallwellenmagie: How difficult is it for you to find one point on which you can let stand a track how it is, without making changes again and again?
Klakast: I decide that a track is finished when all the whole joint is smooth and pleasant for my ears.

Schallwellenmagie: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Klakast:  The music is my drug I can not live without and I hope to give you nice surprises in the future!!

Klakast @ Last.fm               Klakast @ MySpace