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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.