Hip Hop Fashion 50th Anniversary Streetwear Webinar for Making A Brand
It’s the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop in New York, we are gathering together the creators of hip-hop fashion and streetwear to discuss its history and future.
EDM Songwriting using TR-808 and TR-303 Emulators | Detroit Techno 101 Lesson Plan
Electronic Dance Music (EDM), also known as Dance Music, Club Music, House Music, Techno, and a variety of other genres that are a part of the broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals. It is created by Producers and by DJs who create seamless mixes that are selections of tracks, by transitioning from one recording to another and matching the beat patterns. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert or festival setting in that is sometimes called a live DJ Mix, DJ Set or a PA. We have created this lesson plan as a part of our Detroit Techno 101 Curriculum and it is called an Introduction to EDM Songwriting using TR-808 and TR-303 Emulators. It’s designed to help teachers to explore the EDM genres and the structure of song. Our goals is to enable more teachers to integrate music education on subjects of interest to modern teens at the Middle School or High School (9th-12th) levels but anyone can explore the process used to create an EDM song if you have ever wanted to create your own track. Here are the lesson’s objectives and the free materials you can […]
Detroit Techno 101 Teaches Students STEM Skills through Making Beats
Students learn about film, music genres, world cultures, drum machines, and how to program beats using Roland Drum Machines.
The Roland Beat Garden and God Said Give Em Drum Machines Teach Kids About Programming and Detroit Techno 101
The Roland Beat Garden was an event that allowed young people in the LA to interact with drum machines and learn to make beats while learning about the history of Blacks in electronic music.
Preserving Puerto Rican Art and Supporting Cultural Resilience after Hurricanes
The Museo de Arte de Ponce is leading in strategies for protecting art during disasters
The Tribeca Festival showcases Music Films in 2022
The Tribeca Festival has returned in 2022 offering a indie and feature film slate filled with a diverse group of music film offerings.
NMIXX new girl group is teased by JYP
The new JYP group called NMIXX debuts
What is Dancehall Music?
Learn about the origins of Danchall music a form of Reggae that was created in Jamacia.
Teen party clubs like Charivari started the Techno Movement in Detroit
Learn about Charivari and the scene of teen party clubs that gave birth to Techno in Detroit
MEMCO’s IMPULSE ROOTS 02 Symposium
An informational/educational stream featuring MEMCO’s Techno & Resistance Symposium, Filmmaker panel, ‘Detroit Techno 101’ lesson, and Detroit DJs.
Rosé, The “Pride of BLACKPINK”, stuns on Fallon with record-breaking solo debut. [WATCH]
Launched in the summer of 2016, YG Entertainment’s flagship girl band BLACKPINK is nothing short of an utter (and international) phenomenon. After releasing their first album (called “The Album”), their first full-length documentary (Netflix’s “Light Up The Sky”), and their first virtual concert “The Show”, which was virtually attended by over 250,000 of their most diehard fans exclusively on Youtube last January, the BLACKPINK name and franchise has become a juggernaut in their native South Korea and Hollywood, too. But fortunately for us, their “firsts” aren’t stopping there anytime soon. Following fellow member Jennie Kim’s triumphant 2018 excursion, the quartet’s lead vocalist and bombshell Roseanne “Rosé” Park digitally unveiled her inaugural solo project the aptly-titled “R” on Friday, March 12th, 2021. Two years in the making, “R” features double singles “On The Ground”, a gutsy but sugary sweet Pop anthem based around the 24-year-old’s tumultuous journey towards womanhood, and “Gone”, a stirring, guitar-driven look at Park’s sizable experience with romantic heartbreak. Coming in with upwards of 400,000+ physical pre-orders, both breaking and setting a record for Korean female artists, “R’’ was an immediate and astounding commercial and critical success. Succeeding a well-received set of premieres on SBS music show Inkigayo over […]
2021 GRAMMYS: Nominations, artist reactions & where to go from here. [Opinion]
For the past 60 years or so, musicians from all over the world have gathered on the picturesque streets of Downtown Los Angeles every winter or spring for a shot at a chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to win a golden GRAMMY Award. Longlisted as the dream of all dreams for professionals and hobbyists alike, fandom and the field have come to position a win or series of wins as the end-all-be-all for an entertainer’s commercial life but what happens to the health of the field when said dream begins to show itself as a logistical, cultural and creative nightmare? Seeing broadcast for the first time in the year 1959, The Recording Academy (formed two years prior in 1957) essentially created The GRAMMYs to honor a score of assorted vocalists, instrumentalists, producers, engineers, songwriters, and composers who at the time, due to differing circumstances, wouldn’t or couldn’t be formally recognized by the already established and inexplicably powerful Hollywood Walk of Fame Project. Finding its footing in the proceeding decades, The GRAMMYS would eventually come to take on a life of its own thanks to the formation of The Grammy Foundation in 1989, the formation of The Latin Recording Academy, […]
AESPA Brings Pop Into A Whole New (Virtual) World [WATCH]
Rookie Kpop girl group AESPA returns with hot new single “Next Level” and officially ups the Top 40 ante for a second time.
Introducing Meet Me @ The Altar: Fueled by Ramen’s latest (and perhaps) greatest sensation
Get to know Meet Me @ The Altar, a group gearing up to grab the alternative music and rock spotlight
J Dilla’s “Welcome 2 Detroit” 20th Anniversary Edition Has Dropped
BBE Music just dropped a special 20th Anniversary edition of one of the most important records in the label’s history: J Dilla’s Welcome 2 Detroit
Movement Detroit is back for 2022
Movement Detroit is bringing Techno, House and Hip Hop back to Hart Plaza May 28-3, 2022. Hear the acts and visit Detroits historic locations.
Gorillaz Song Machine Live | Concert
Learn more about Gorillaz performance of Song Machine Live – December 12 & 13th.
Introducing Stephanie Poetri: Jakarta’s Next Big Thing | Artist Profile
Learn about the upcoming artist and social media influencer Stephanie Poetri
Introducing aespa: SM Entertainment creates a part avatar K-pop group and the future of music
Since opening their doors for the first time in the year 1995, South Korea’s SM Entertainment has always had rather grandiose musical ambitions. Home to dozens of acts of varying sizes, concepts, generations and sub-types, the label’s roster has essentially taken on a life of its own and a quarter-century later, SME is pushing said life to all new digital limits. Comprised of members Karina, Winter, Giselle and Ningning, aespa (whose name is a combination of English words avatar, experience and aspect), weren’t just intended to be a top-tier global idol group but a window into the fledgling frontiers of both virtual and augmented reality. Equipped with computer-generated or more specifically artificially-intelligent and interactive versions of themselves collectively called avatars or ‘’æ’’, Karina, Winter, Giselle and Ningning are anticipated to be the hi-tech muse and creators of content and story-telling the likes of which the entertainment industry and perhaps larger world has never before seen, encountered or heard and SME’s confidence in the quartet already seems to be paying off big time. Their first single “Black Mamba” (which tells of a vague snake-like evil serving as an in-realm threat to the human and AI members of aespa) was released […]
Jhené Aiko’s Year At The Top Of The Charts | Artist Profile
Jhené Aiko Spends Year At The Top Of The Charts And Solidifying Her Hold On R&B and Hip-Hop Standing at a mere 5’2 and supremely soft-spoken, Los Angeles-native Jhené Aiko, 32, wouldn’t necessarily strike a normal passerby as a force of near-epic nature but quite often our culture’s greatest heroes and heroines come in the form of its tiniest and most humble packages. Since the start of her career in the early 2000s, much of which she spent recording and appearing alongside popular R&B boyband B2K and Swedish girl group PLAY, Aiko has devoted herself to keeping her head above life and the industry’s ever-changing waters and teaching others, including her own peers, how to do the exact same. The Album Chilombo After taking a few years’ long hiatus upon the release of 2017’s psychedelic “Trip”, Aiko announced the arrival of her new album “Chilombo” in mid-2019. The sonic culmination of several months spent songwriting on the Big Island of Hawaii, “Chilombo” (which hit stores on March 6th, 2020) takes her loyal listeners on a journey through the heart, soul and mind of a woman finally found content. Though not wholly dissimilar from her past projects, where her previous work […]
American Music Awards 2020: Winner Roundup!
A recap of ABC’s American Music Awards which was held in downtown Los Angeles in November 2020
TechnoMecca Short Film Series and God Said Give Em Drum Machines
View the trailor and learn about the TechnoMecca project, and the film God Said Give Em Drum Machines.
Latin GRAMMYs Roundup: The show celebrates 20 years of representation
The annual Latin Grammy Awards are watched by millions across the globe each year, the ceremony is a celebration of all things, Música Latina. Find out who else is nominated for the 21st Latin GRAMMYs Awards coming Nov. 19 2020
Troye Sivan the Australian, Singer, Actor, and YouTube Icon | Artist Profile
Learn about the career of the Austrailan singer, actor, and YouTube personality Troye Sivan.
Shop Cyber Monday and Support Detroit Businesses
Support Independent Detroit DJ’s, musicians and artists during the holiday season.
Maisie Peters and the Birth of Emo-Girl-Pop
Learn more about the musical genre Emo-Girl-Pop, and Maisie Peters who has been called the “First Lady of Emo-Girl-Pop”.
The Electric Unity – DJ’s Streaming In Support of Black Lives Matters
The Music Origins God Said give Em’ Drum Machines team in cooperation with the Michigan Electronic Music Collective is streaming an Electronic Music charity event in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Mike Huckaby Left A Deep House Legacy in Detroit
Mike Huckaby was a DJ, producer, sound designer and educator who defined the tastes of the Detroit dance music community.
Kygo and the Rise of Tropical House
Learn about the DJ Kygo and his contribution to the genre Tropical House.
30 years of Funk Carioca
Learn about the origins of Funk Carioca its long history and how it moved from Favaleas of Brazil to the mainstream.
The Story of Britpop
Learn about the origin of Britpop, its characteristics and key representatives, including Coldplay, Oasis, Radiohead and others.
The Origins of Lo-Fi
Lo-fi was a term to describe low quality DIY music, but today it is a whole culture and aesthetic.
Lyle Mays Co-Founder of The Pat Methany Group Passes
Jazz pianist and composer Lyle David Mays was an American artist best known as co-founder of the Pat Metheny Group. Together Metheny and Mays composed and arranged nearly all of the group’s music, earning the jazz fusion group eleven Grammy Awards.
The Rise and Fall of Hip Hop: The Ultimate Parabola
Trace rise and fall of Hip hop from the golden era into current times.
The Evolution Of Trap Music
Music has come a long way from where it started in the late 1800s, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph round August 12, 1877. It was stated that during his research he gave birth to the sound processing devices called gramophones. From then to fast forwarding to now things change from equipment, genres of music, and how music is distributed. Which leads me to researching on how the emerging genre of Trap Music started. What Is Trap Music? Trap Music is a genre of music that started in the South in the early 1990s, and continues to grow in various areas some places more than others but its stamped. As mentioned on the Music Origins Project Site Trap Music is defined as, aggressive lyrical content and sound, where the instrumentals are propelled by 808 kick drums or heavy extended sub-bass lines, double-time, triple-time and other faster time division hi-hats, layered synthesizers, and “cinematic” strings. I agree it definitely has its own sound, and the artists have their own style which brings you into their world. By being in the trap music world, it brings you to more of a visual on what’s being scene in neighborhoods across America. To bring Trap […]
Afrobeat | The African Sound Evolves
Aftobeat has now found it way to our every day playlistsfrom Africa. Loaded with bass percussion, the most melodic vocals, there is no way your body doesn’t dance as soon as an AfroBeat song plays.
Tupac Shakur | Still He Rises: How The Harlem Renaissance Gave Birth To Hip-Hop’s Most Indestructible Idol
Learn about Tupac’s influences that date back to the Harlem Renaissance and his influence on modern Hip-Hop music.
Reggaeton | How The Latin Genre That Is Topping The Charts Got Its Name
Des-pa-cito… Is the song that got the world obsessed with Reggaeton The hit from 2017, took the world by storm and represented a pinnacle attained by a relatively new genre. The song that topped all the charts around the world. And, to everyone’s surprise, it wasn’t an English composition, but a Latin one! The first and the only one Spanish-language track in the history of Latin music which had become such a huge success all over the world. Basically, this very song started the total popularisation of reggaeton. Although, it became popular in the United States and Europe already in 2004. Today everyone knows J Balvin, the first Latin artist who could conquer American audience. This year he has become the first Latin headliner at all key music festivals in the United States. Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Don Omar, Becky G, CNCO, Maluma…. The list is pretty huge. But not everyone knows how this genre was created. So, below you can get familiar with some history of this amazing music movement which is becoming more and more popular in the whole world. Many believe DJ Nelson, Puerto Rican DJ and record producer created the term “reggaeton” In 1995, […]
Post Rock | A Cathartic Journey
Explore the origins of the term ‘post-rock’ and the style’s key groups. The genre borrows from many different styles including techno, jazz, krautrock, dub reggae, electronica and musique concrete.
25th Anniversary Stolen Moments Film Screening
A screening on the 25th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking film and album Stolen Moments.
Goldlink Channels His DC Roots | Artist Profile
Goldlink pushes the boundaries of hip-hip while channeling his DC roots with the Diaspora album.
Joao Gilberto One of Godfathers of Bossa Nova Passes
Joao Gilberto was the musical innovator who defined the music style of Bossa Nova for the world.
“Into The light” an Immersive Classical Music Experience by Yo Yo Ma Debuts
The Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade, and the Tribeca Cinema360, were an extraordinary experience. The Tribeca Immersive banner were very strong this year and the offerings did not disappoint. This year the event was presented by AT&T and viewers who came to the Virtual Arcade encountered some of the most intriguing VR, AR and MR experiences and exhibits yet. from new and established artists, while the Tribeca Cinema360 features 12 curated screenings in a custom VR theater. The musicianship of Yo-Yo Ma is featured in “Into the Light,” a AR experience in which he plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor.” The interactive musical piece was developed specifically to unfold on site at the Virtual Arcade at the Tribeca Hub. It unfolds over multiple floors, it begins when you are placed into a group of 6 or so participants at the starting point. Each group member is provided with a mobile phone and a set of Bose AR enabled headphones. You then point your devices camera at a marker at station one and a audio track is triggered along with a AR visualization of the music that is being played. You are then taken from […]
Bad Bunny’s blend of Latin Trap and Reggaeton Comes Puerto Rican Roots
Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, known professionally as Bad Bunny, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While studying at the University of Puerto Rico, he worked as bagger in a supermarket. He was also gaining popularity as a Latin trap and reggaeton singer on the music platform Sound Cloud, and was signed to a record label. That was three (3) years ago. Last Saturday, April 27, 2019, he performed before a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York City. In his music review in the April 30, 2019 edition of The New York Times (“A Pop Recalibrator Is Still Changing It Up,” Bad Bunny’s revue spanned his career. All three years), Jon Caramanica describes the experience thusly: “EVERY SONG BAD BUNNY performed at Madison Square Garden Saturday night came paired with its own specific, vivid, elaborate graphics. The visuals took over screens that hovered above the arena floor and the cross-shaped stage, which was a huge screen itself, giving the effect that the rapper was swimming in a pool of his own creation, a video-game protagonist sprouting out of pixels and into real life.” During “Tenemos Que Hablar” [“We Have To Talk”], the jumpy pop-punk song from his debut studio […]
Techno Music’s Origin is in Detroit and it was created by Juan Atkins
Juan Atkins is known in the Detroit underground scene as the “Originator” of Techno and is even responsible for coining the term. Very few people in the US, or even Detroit, actually know the term “Techno” was coined by Juan Atkins a DJ/producer who used it to describe this form of music as a youth growing up in Detroit.