Chance The Rapper, Cardi B, T.I. to judge Netflix’s new hip-hop competition, ‘Rhythm & Flow’

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Chance The Rapper, Cardi B, T.I. to judge Netflix’s new hip-hop competition, ‘Rhythm & Flow’Cardi B DJ Snake

Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. will oversee Netflix‘s search for the next big act in hip-hop on Rhythm & Flow, a new competition reality series that will make its debut in fall 2019. Chance, Cardi, and T.I. will handle Rhythm & Flow’s judging duties, while Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and John Legend will executive produce the show. Rhythm & Flow has yet to formally announce a host.

Hip-hop hopefuls can expect auditions for Rhythm & Flow to begin not only soon, but nationwide. The judges’ home cities of Chicago, New York, and Atlanta will naturally serve as audition sites. Established rappers from each city to host Rhythm & Flow auditions will sit in on the try-outs as guest judges. Those interested in auditioning for the Netflix series can learn more about Rhythm & Flow, here.

H/T: High Snobiety

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Flying Lotus to score LeSean Thomas’ and Lakeith Stanfield’s new anime series ‘Yasuke’

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Flying Lotus to score LeSean Thomas’ and Lakeith Stanfield’s new anime series ‘Yasuke’Flying Lotus 3d Live

Flying Lotus has been recruited by Netflix to produce the score of Yasuke, and upcoming anime Netflix original series starring Lakeith Stanfield. Yasuke will be directed by LeSean Thomas, a man with an eclectic background in animated series having given the world The Boondocks and Black Dynamite. Thomas’ productions have had a consistent raw, humorous, and above all honest, focus on black life in America, successfully delivered through superb animation, mindful scrips, and exhilarating hype-inducing scores.

Yasuke will follow a former samurai who picks his sword up once again to protect a child from mysterious forces that want to see the innocent murdered. The ronin who will be voiced acted by Stanfield, of Atlanta and Sorry To Bother You fame, is based on an African samurai who formerly performed duties under the feudal lord Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period or the Warring States period in Japan which occurred between the 15th to 17th centuries.

Flying Lotus is sure to put his all into this series as the Brainfeeder head-honcho is also acting as an executive producer. FlyLo is also due to release a major multi-instrumental collaborative 10-year anniversary box set Brainfeeder X on Nov. 16.

Avicii documentary may receive reinstatement to Netflix repertoire

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Avicii documentary may receive reinstatement to Netflix repertoireAvicii True Stories 1

Levan Tsikurishvili, director of Avicii: True Storieshas recently inspired reason to believe the once wildly popular documentary on the since-deceased Tim Bergling (Avicii) and his epochal contributions to dance music could soon regain its seat on the Netflix roster.

Tsikurishvili, who also directed Avicii’s 2013 tour documentary and a considerable slice of Avicii’s other multimedia releases, recently took to Instagram with a blurred version of the True Stories cover photo, including the caption, “Watch Out.!!! #somethingiscomingsoon #ATS.” The decision to wipe the documentary from Netflix this past April following Avicii’s untimely death sent fans reeling. However, it’s likely the world will soon be reacquainted the True Stories, which gracefully traces Avicii’s harrowing sonic journey as he faces the weighty and often tumultuous task of navigating super-stardom. The documentary contains a great deal of behind-the-scenes footage Tsikurishvili, a close friend of the DJ/producer, included with the intention of illuminating the infamous artist’s identity in his entirety:

“Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character,” Tsikurishvili said to DJ Mag about the film. “Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.”

 

 

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Netflix to launch music history documentary series, ‘ReMastered’

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Netflix to launch music history documentary series, ‘ReMastered’Gettyimages 866643100

Netflix’s newest original series will take a trip down musical memory lane. Entitled “ReMastered,” the music history documentary will profile a different musician during each successive installment. Slated for an October 12 debut, “ReMastered” will devote episodes to several artists, including Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Jam Master Jay, and more.

Although the concept of a music history documentary is not exactly novel, “ReMastered” directors have promised that the series will publicize “discoveries and insight beyond what’s been previously reported” about the musicians featured on the show. “ReMastered” boasts a diversely talented directorial staff comprised of Kief Davidson, Barbara Kopple, Sara Dosa, Brian Oakes, Stuart Sender, B.J. Perlmutt, Kelly Duana de la Vega, and Sam Cullman.

H/T: Pitchfork

TOKiMONSTA reveals full extent of her recovery from brain surgeries and relearning music on final episode of Vox’s Netflix series, explained

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TOKiMONSTA reveals full extent of her recovery from brain surgeries and relearning music on final episode of Vox’s Netflix series, explainedTokimonsta Music Eplained

On the Netflix original “explained” created by Vox, the show aims to explain why humans are able to uniquely master musicality relative to other animals. Researchers discuss how music can help people relearn how to speak and with patients with movement disorders, like Parkinson’s disease, move more fluidly.

Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, was featured in episode due to her brain injury which lead to two brain surgeries. She had been deeply ingrained in the music industry, but due to her prognosis, she was all of a sudden not able to hear. This made her a valuable subject, as the documentary continues to explain music’s sonic qualities and why musicians who are able to create musical perception have an extraordinarily unique ability.

Cut to TOKiMONSTA, who explained she was diagnosed with Moyamoya in 2015, a disease where blood flow to the brain is constricted. After her first surgery, she couldn’t talk or understand anyone else talking. She watched Portlandia to recover and soon realized she didn’t understand the music in the intro song. A second surgery was needed. Her brain eventually healed, and could understand music, but she still couldn’t produce music. She retaught herself in a three month period, ending the episode by saying, “I wanted to live every moment like it was the last day I’d be able to make music again.”

 

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deadmau5 is working on his film score debut

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deadmau5 is working on his film score debutDeadmau5 Mau5ville Level 2

The mau5 is “out of the bag” and in the studio working on the inaugural film score of his career. deadmau5 originally declared his interest in film score writing following the release of where’s the drop?, the mau5trap producer’s full-length orchestral album. “I’ve always wanted to go into film scoring,” deadmau5 said at the time of where’s the drop?‘s arrival. “I think that this is a better entry point because now I’m like fucking walking the walk, as opposed to fucking talking the talk. Which is all you can do before anyone would think that you are capable of scoring a film, you know what I mean?”

deadmau5 similarly expressed his hope that where’s the drop? would resonate with figures in the film industry. “Hopefully this kind of puts me on the radar with professionals in that area or even the public to want something like that,” deadmau5 stated, “It would be cool to custom-write music for some kind of story. That’d be cool.” Judging by deadmau5’s recent tweet, where’s the drop? certainly registered on the “radars” of film producers, as the mau5ville head has now landed his first film score. deadmau5 will compose the score for Constantin Film and Netflix’s joint production, Polar.

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Director of Netflix’s ‘Ibiza’ has never been to Ibiza

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Director of Netflix’s ‘Ibiza’ has never been to IbizaAle Richanbach Ibiza

In an awkward interview with Mixmag, director of the new Netflix original film, Ibiza, Alex Richanbach, reveals he’s never been to the island of Ibiza. Granted, the movie is a light rom-com about three girlfriends traveling to Spain for “work.” Let’s just say the European party scene took over, and not much professionalism ensued. The protagonist, played by Gillian Jacobs, ends up falling in love with an EDM DJ, played by Richard Madden, and supposed hilarity ensues.

When Mixmag interviewer Jeremy Abbott asked Richanbach if he’s ever been to Ibiza, the director revealed he’s never even been.

“You know I hadn’t been able to go,” he told Abbott. “So I did all my research through our writer who spent a lot of time there and also Richard Madden who spent a lot of time there and I sort of watched as much as I could from a documentary stand-point and I read books and did as much as I could. But the speed of which we prepped the film I wasn’t able to get there.”

Abbott continues pushing the subject by mentioning the Spanish government’s disapproval and potential lawsuit. The movie was filmed in Croatia, which Abbott points out adds to the misrepresentation of the Ibiza brand and vibe. There were also accusations of stereotyping the island’s culture and drug use. The director’s response was to highlight a writer and actor of the film who spent time in Ibiza.

Read the full interview here.

H/T: Mixmag

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Martin Garrix and Carl Cox’s documentary to be released in March

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A tidbit sure to elicit an “oh yes oh yes!” from fans, Martin Garrix and Carl Cox’s dance-focused documentary, What We Started, will soon become available on the big screen. Originally premiered in Los Angeles on June 15, 2017 to a crowd of music icons including Moby and Erick Morillo, the documentary will be shown in select theaters come March 23. What We Started will additionally make its Netflix debut not long thereafter, with the production slated to appear among the video streaming service’s viewing options in June. Prominent Martin Garrix news source, @TheMartinGarrixHub was the first to break the news of the documentary’s impending release, doing so in a recent Instagram post.

 

 

 

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Sigur Rós co-writes two tracks for ‘Black Mirror’

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Sigur Rós‘ legacy within experimental rock is unparalleled. The Swedish group is known for their uniquely ethereal sonic landscape, which often incorporates dark melodic elements and haunting atmospheres.

Black Mirror‘s fourth season was recently released to Netflix, and one of the season’s episodes — “Hang the DJ” — features an original 18-track soundtrack composed by producer Alex Somers. Two of the tracks featured on the soundtrack, “Match” and “End”, were reportedly co-written by Sigur Rós. Pitchfork reports that Alex Somers and Sigur Rós have been involved in each other’s projects for many years.

 

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“Nosedive,” an episode of dystopian Netflix series, Black Mirror, depicted a world where a social ranking system determined everything from the quality of people’s homes to how long it would take to hail a cab. Citizens would incessantly rate one another on a star system after each and every cursory interaction, effectually determining the person’s overall ranking: the perceived worth of the individual.

Now, thanks to a social classification feature of Alipay, the central mobile payment app in China, called Zhima Credit, Chinese citizens are living in an uncannily similar, and altogether Orwellian, social order. According to Mara Hvistendahl in her story for Wired Magazine, Zhima users are rated on a scale of 350 (bad) to 950 (good), with higher scores yielding hordes of benefits, including faster transportation, access to luxury hotels and apartments, and even opportune bank loans.

However, those with unfavorable scores suffer in silence. Hvistendahl reports on her own experience as a first-time user, with a primordial score of 550, causing her to fork over a 30 dollar deposit on a bike rental for a trip across town. The negative repercussions of the app are often insidious; while scores are not public, Hvistendahl says users often speculate as to which individuals are “better left unfriended,” as friends’ scores are a significant determinant in the system’s calculations.

In addition to nearly all the individual’s spending history, Alipay can access data from a user’s third-party apps, like Uber and Airbnb, which is all then configured into Zhima’s algorithm. So, the app then knows, for instance, if the user is keen on paying bills late, over-indulges in video games, or has spread a nasty rumor online, all of which negatively impact Zhima Credit, according to Hvistendahl. Egregiously low scores comprise a 6 million person blacklist the Chinese government uses to publicly weed out “dishonest” people, who for example, defaulted on court payments.

While the US currently lacks an app with this much collective profiling and authoritarian influence (hats off to democracy), we willingly and tirelessly surrender data to tech-giants and corporations like Apple and Facebook, while rating systems like that of Uber’s can delay or even deny a user access from services.

 

 

H/T: Wired Magazine

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