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SPACE STA­TION There have been con­vo­lu­tion re­verbs based on all kinds of spa­ces, but few as cool as the lis­ten­ing sta­tion on top of the Teufels­berg hill in Ber­lin by the NSA dur­ing the cold war. What’s more, it can be down­loaded for free at bit.ly/2n6wc4X

LINK TO HARD­WARE? Able­ton Link has be­come a well sup­ported soft­ware stan­dard, but now it might be mak­ing its way into hard­ware ter­ri­tory, too. A de­vel­oper called Vin­cenzo Pa­cella has cre­ated the pink-0, a gad­get that adds Link sup­port to Euro­rack gear. Time will tell if it’s the start of some­thing...

HORN STAR A pic­ture tells a thou­sand words, and if you draw one in your MIDI ed­i­tor, it also makes mu­sic and, in some cases, goes vi­ral. An­drew Huang’s MIDI uni­corn was the talk of mu­sic tech­nol­ogy for a few days; if you missed out on the fun, find out more at bit.ly/MIDIu­ni­corn.

RIP CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD As James Brown’s drum­mer in the 60s and 70s, Clyde Stubblefield played some of the funki­est breaks ev­ery recorded, many of which were given a new lease of life by those who sam­pled them. Fit­tingly, he’s per­haps best known for the iconic Funky Drum­mer break.

RIP LEON WARE We also said good­bye to Leon Ware re­cently, a soul artist and pro­ducer who be­came a go-to song­writer. He co-wrote ev­ery track on Marvin Gaye’s I Want You al­bum, and al­soo worked with The Is­ley Broth­ers, Michael Jack­son and Quincy Jones. That’s quite the CV.

HELLO AGAIN We’re still not sure how we feel about Adele restart­ing her Ge­orge Michael trib­ute at the Grammy Awards. You could ar­gue that she dis­played per­fec­tion­ism in want­ing to get it right, but part of us feels that she should have got through the prob­lems and car­ried on.

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