Fact is pleased to announce its return to print as a new large format bi-annual magazine, beginning with the launch of the 280-page A/W 2020 issue this November. Featuring art direction by Zak Group, the issue spans four covers: Kelsey Lu, Ryoji Ikeda, Pan Daijing and Kahlil Joseph.
Included in the issue is an extensive, career-spanning interview with Ryoji Ikeda by Ralph Rugoff; Kelsey Lu interviewed by Kimberly Drew and photographed by Campbell Addy with cover illustration by Lu’s father Jerry McJunkins; Pan Daijing interviewed by Thea Ballard and photographed by Matt Lambert; and an exclusive ‘artistic intervention’ from Kahlil Joseph inspired by his BLKNWS project.
Fact’s print edition will celebrate the new wave of artists, performers and producers spearheading a global cultural movement, commissioning a diverse community of writers, image makers and artists to create striking, long-form content. Operating at the convergence of electronic music and audio-visual art, Fact will champion these creatives shaping our future.
The first issue’s three cover stars – Ryoji Ikeda, Kelsey Lu and Pan Daijing – are emblematic of this paradigm shift: multidisciplinary auteurs, resolutely independent, pioneers in both sound and vision. As are other groundbreaking artists featured in this issue – be they the visionary image maker Kahlil Joseph, who contributes a fourth cover and exclusive ‘artistic intervention’ inspired by his BLKNWS project, or uncompromising innovators re-imagining dance such as Jamila Johnson-Small and Cecilia Bengolea, or creative mercenaries hacking the worlds of music and high fashion such as Freeka Tet.
These futurists aren’t limited to the traditional enclaves either. Within the pages of Fact’s first issue you’ll find inspiring stories of collectives from Kampala, Shanghai and St Petersburg breaking with the past and constructing new beginnings.
The first issue launches in advance of Fact presenting two new exhibitions at its London HQ, 180 The Strand: an immersive multi-work A/V show by Ryoji Ikeda and the UK premiere of Kahlil Joseph’s necessary BLKNWS, both opening early next year. In 2021, Fact will also launch Fact Space at 180 The Strand, bringing together celebrated artists and emerging talent with the ambition of building upon the success of previous exhibitions at the venue, including The Infinite Mix, Other Spaces by UVA and Love Is the Message by Arthur Jafa.
The ultimate coffee-table book for synth gear enthusiasts, PUSH TURN MOVE doubles as a text book for music tech industrial designers, with in-depth discussion with artists, designers and developers and their electronic musical instruments.
Sound: How is sound visualized in music soft- and hardware?
Control: How can you shape sound through tangible and digital controls? Learn about different controls (knobs, faders, touch strips, buttons, screens etc.) and their variations and possibilities.
Layout: How do you organize an interface for sound-creation? Get an overview of design principles and techniques for designing interfaces of electronic music instruments and controllers.
Concept: How has different instrument-makers solved the challenges of visualizing and controlling sound? See examples of hardware, software, apps etc. of Digital Audio Workstations, Grid-based sequencing, Modular Synthesizers, Collaborative tools, Radial, Gestural interfaces etc.
User: How do you design the best possible experience for musicians? Learn about user-centered interface design, usability, workflows, experience design etc.
Time: How did we get to where we are? Read about the evolution and revolutions of electronic music interfaces - from the Theremin and EMS VCS3 to Buchla, the Minimoog, TB303, Yamaha Tenori-On, Monome, Ableton Live and various other hard- and software that have shaped electronic music making through the times.
PUSH TURN MOVE is written by Danish designer, author, lecturer and electronic musician Kim Bjørn and edited by Mike Metlay, editor at Recording Magazine and Paul Nagle, reviewer at Sound on Sound Magazine.
For those with any level of interest in modular synthesis, PATCH & TWEAK is the ultimate companion on your eurorack journey. An in-depth encyclopaedia of modular synths, their designers, and performers, it features patching secrets, performance tips, history, modules, and all manner of tweaking techniques.
PATCH & TWEAK provides an opportunity for new and experienced users to become true masters of their modular systems by exploring, explaining, and demystifying a range of topics relevant to anyone interested in modular synths or just synthesis itself.
A cornerstone of PATCH & TWEAK is a bouquet of inspirational interviews with significant creators and major artists. Learn about their systems, philosophies, patching secrets, performance tips, and passion for modular synthesis.
Besides a comprehensive introduction to synthesis and its history, the book covers systematic sections on concepts, purpose and creative possibilities of specific modules. Enjoy colorful diagrams, presentations of both popular and rare modules, semi-modular and software, as well as techniques for patching and how to get started.
Explore and listen to the book's essential patches from artists, makers, and authors while reading. Flip the pages and load any of fifty patches from patchandtweak.com straight into the free software VCV Rack.
PATCH & TWEAK has a foreword by Suzanne Ciani, is written by Kim Bjørn and Chris Meyer, and edited by Paul Nagle.
The Book for Fans of Moog and Modular Synths.
PATCH & TWEAK with Moog is the ultimate resource for Moog synthesizer enthusiasts and musicians of all skill levels interested in an immersive modular synthesis experience.
Opening with a foreword from acclaimed film score composer Hans Zimmer, this hardcover book by Kim Bjørn features 200 pages full of synthesizer techniques, creative patch ideas, sound design tips, professional artist interviews, in-depth discussions with Moog engineers, and a glimpse into the company's remarkable history. The book's primary focus is Moog's well-loved line of semi-modular analog synthesizers: Mother-32, DFAM, Subharmonicon, Grandmother, and Matriarch.
PATCH & TWEAK with Moog brings readers inside the creative minds of composers, producers, and performing artists like Suzanne Ciani, Trent Reznor, Lisa Bella Donna, Paris Strother, Hannes Bieger, Stranger Things composers Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, and Moog synthesizer co-inventor Herb Deutsch in detailed interviews featuring patching tips and tricks for musicians of all skill levels.
PEDAL CRUSH explores pedals as a tool for everyone: showing how all musicians – producers, DJs, instrumentalists, and vocalists – can artistically benefit from using stompboxes in new ways.
The book contains everything from starting out with a pedal board or software to concepts, purpose, history and creative possibilities of specific effects and pedal types. Presentations of both popular and rare pedals, contemporary, boutique, and vintage, as well as lots of illustrated tips and tricks. PEDAL CRUSH takes the reader on a unique journey of discovery, resulting in clarity and expanded knowledge of effects pedals and their creative, musical possibilities.
PEDAL CRUSH is a trip into the expansive, eclectic, and mesmerizing world of effects pedals. These addictive little boxes have long since transcended their modest beginnings, maturing into truly creative tools in their own right.
This book examines the stompbox phenomenon as a means of creative expression and personal sound shaping. Bursting with color photos and illustrations, it systematically covers over 800 pedals – from vintage to cutting edge, from the essential to the exotic, from popular classics to boutique wizardry. PEDAL CRUSH also dives deep into techniques, tips and tricks, pedalboards, software, and more. If you have a crush on pedals, this book will document your love affair like none other.
Available: 20th November 2020
The collaborative project from super producer Danger Mouse and the masked hip-hop supervillain MF Doom, inspired by Adult Swim.
a1. Danger Doom - El Chupa Nibre
a2. Danger Doom - Sofa King
a3. Danger Doom - The Mask (feat Ghostface)
a4. Danger Doom - Perfect Hair
b1. Danger Doom - Benzie Box (feat Cee-Lo)
b2. Danger Doom - Old School (feat Talib Kweli)
b3. Danger Doom - ATFH
c1. Danger Doom - Basket Case
c2. Danger Doom - No Names
c3. Danger Doom - Crosshairs
c4. Danger Doom - Mince Meat
d1. Danger Doom - Vats Of Urine
d2. Danger Doom - Space Ho's
d3. Danger Doom - Bada Bing
e1. Danger Doom - Skit 1 (bonus track)
e2. Danger Doom - El Chupa Nibre (remix -bonus track)
e3. Danger Doom - Perfect Hair II (bonus track)
e4. Danger Doom - Korn Dogz (bonus track)
e5. Danger Doom - Skit 2 (bonus track)
f1. Danger Doom - Sofa King (remix - bonus track)
f2. Danger Doom - Space Ho's (Madlib remix - bonus track)
f3. Danger Doom - Mad Nice (feat Vinny Price & Black Thought - bonus track)
f4. Danger Doom - Spokesman (bonus track)
Available: 20th November 2020
Current Worldwide events show how some of us are full of hate.Cruelty, Anger, Violence and Greed control the minds of those seeking fulfilment from external sources. Hoping to feed their longings with possessions and power... and to me, this is THE IDEA OF THE DEVIL!
a1. Bukez Finest - The Idea Of The Devil
b1. Bukez Finest - Rekt
b2. Bukez Finest - Interrogation
Available: 20th November 2020
Foxy Jangle returns with one of modern Jungle's freshest up and coming artists – Lynch Kingsley.
With previous releases on Rua Sound, Med School and Flexout Audio under his belt, Lynch hinted at his own darker new sound with 'Void', on Inperspective Records.
LK's Foxy Jangle debut explores this dark, complex space further, delivering a double uppercut of cerebral, visceral jungle futurism. With a clear nod to past masters, Lynch's craftmanship takes classic signatures forward into the unknown, with hyperdetailed sound design and razor-sharp precision drum programming across both sides.
Coming in at a combined length of 15 minutes, both tracks have a dense, epic feel, making for an intensive headphone workout. This is challenging music at its rewarding best.
a1. Lynch Kingsley - Astral Pulse
b1. Lynch Kingsley - Capricorn
Release Date: 27th November 2020
Wisdom Teeth label-head Facta rounds off the year with a two part ode to the dancefloor, pitting house and 2 step beats against warping FM synths à la Errorsmith and Mark Fell. ‘Doves’ picks up where 2019’s ‘Rose Red’ left off: all melting, pitch-bending synths that fizz and ping unpredictably around a solid 4x4 beat. On the flip, ‘MPH’ tugs on the heart strings with a plasticine MIDI melody, percussive vocal chops and a tearjerking set of high-gloss pads.
Release Date: 20th November 2020
"I have wanted to put this release out since I first heard v1 of WITT. Hunter Reed from the moment he joined the EA fold has gone from new artist to essential part of the EA cohort. Praise be Hunter Reed."
a1. Hunter Reed - WITT
b1. Hunter Reed - Rolling Hills At 70mph
Available: 20th November 2020
a1. Pessimist - Intro
a2. Pessimist - Bloom
a3. Pessimist - Grit
b1. Pessimist - Spirals
b2. Pessimist - Glued feat. Loop Faction
c1. Pessimist - War Cry
c2. Pessimist - Peter Hitchens
d1. Pessimist - No Matter What feat. Overlook
d2. Pessimist - Through The Fog
d3. Pessimist - Outro
Available: 20th November 2020
a1. Raekwon - Striving For Perfection
a2. Raekwon - Knuckleheadz feat. Golden Arms
a3. Raekwon - Knowledge God
a4. Raekwon - Criminology
a5. Raekwon - Incarcerated Scarfaces
b1. Raekwon - Rainy Dayz
b2. Raekwon - Guillotine (Swordz) feat. Genius & Inspectah Deck
b3. Raekwon - Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)
c1. Raekwon - Shark Niggas (Biters)
c2. Raekwon - Ice Water feat. Cappachino
c3. Raekwon - Glaciers Of Ice feat. Masta Killa
c4. Raekwon - Verbal Intercourse feat. Nas
c5. Raekwon - Wisdom Body feat. Ghost Face Killah
d1. Raekwon - Spot Rusherz
d2. Raekwon - Ice Cream feat. Cappachino & Method Man
d3. Raekwon - Wu-Gambinos feat. Master Killa, Method Man & RZA
d4. Raekwon - Heaven & Hell feat. Ghost Face Killah
d5. Raekwon - North Star (Jewels)
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