Amazon has introduced its latest innovation, the AWS DeepComposer. “A musical keyboard powered by AI,” the DeepComposer will be the world’s first machine learning-enabled keyboard and will assist developers of all skill levels in creating music. As of late, the tech giant has moved heavily into its expansion of music industry-related endeavors—launching Intersect Festival and preparing to enter the high-definition streaming game.
DeepComposer’s system has the ability to generate complete tracks based on a single melody. The 32-key keyboard uses two networks, the generator and discriminator model, to interchangeably train one another. The system can generate songs ranging across genres including rock, pop, jazz, and classical through adding instruments and structures accordingly. Developers can choose to build their own custom genres as well.
Additional features include exploring pre-trained sample models in the console, building custom generative models with Amazon SageMaker, creating with DAWs, and uploading DeepComposer creations directly to SoundCloud.
DeepComposer will be available soon for $99. Access preview sign-up here.
London’s All Points East festival is laying its claim to the circuit rather early this time around by announcing its lineup almost six months before the event which set to take place on May 29, 2020. Moreover, this announcement is already putting pressure on fellow summer UK festivals with an impressive roster, topped by none other than a 3D set from Kraftwerk.
Beyond the krautrock pioneers, 2020’s All Points East lineup features a wide variety of sounds provided some of those sound’s most prevalent purveyors. Representing the rock family tree are Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordan among others. Turntable maestro Grandmaster Flash is leading the hip-hop charge while alternative acts like Chromatics and The Orb satisfy the less conventional listener.
View the full lineup for All Points East 2020 below:
With 2020 just around the corner, a whole new slate of possible upcoming LPs to speculate over has been revealed, thanks to HasItLeaked.com. Among the artists currently pinned to be in the studio presumably working on new material are Daft Punk, Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Childish Gambino, and The Avalanches among others. The site has a credible track record for calling leaks correctly, and while the site does not post leaked music, it does have a relatively airtight rap sheet when predicting upcoming records. In the past, the site has successfully predicted projects from Eminem, Gorillaz, and Taylor Swift.
The prediction features the “I Feel It Coming” duo as well as Purity Ring and Squarepusher, who’s first album in five years is already confirmed to be slated for 2020. However, considering 2020 will mark seven years since Daft Punk’s comeback LP Random Access Memories, which itself broke a seven-year gap, lends credence to the idea that perhaps the Androids are due for one? Furthermore, signing to Columbia Records for a single album deal seems unlikely, meaning another Daft Punk LP could actually be a materializing reality. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
At just 17 years old, Billie Eilish has released Spotify’s most listened to album of the year, becoming the first female artist to ever claim the title. The California-based singer/songwriter amassed a walloping 6 billion streams for the year, and if her recent audio exposé “Everything I Wanted” is any indication, it seems like Eilish’s artistic discovery may be just beginning.
Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artist of 2019, however, goes to the universally adorned Post Malone, who leapfrogged his way to the head of the pack in the 12 weeks since the release of Hollywood’s Bleeding, the genre-bending vocalist’s third consecutive LP to seem destined for the upper echelon of critical acclaim. Streaming royalty Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran take the third and fourth spots of most-streamed artists for the year (with Eilish nabbing second).
Drake has had a light year in terms of releases, but it’s still strange not to see the crowned King of The Stream making any of the yearly lists. Fear not though, as the Canadian rapper wears his crown comfortably atop the Decade’s Most Streamed Artists, below.
How does Medasin intend to usher in the new year? New music.
The crafty producer took to Twitter on Dec. 3 to divulge that his next long-form production, RIPPLS, would descend in 2020. Medasin shared the accompanying artwork for the album, but did not disclose other salient details, such as a formal release date or a track list. The exact landing date for the 12-track endeavor will presumably follow.
RIPPLS is the successor to Medasin’s debut album, Irene, released in 2018. A cohesive collection of lush cuts, Irene earned Medasin the title of Dancing Astronaut’s2018 Breakout Artist of the Year.
Illenium quickly rose to fame as a result of his emotional spin on future bass and melodic dubstep originals. 2019 was his biggest year yet, featuring the release of his Ascend LP, which peaked at No. 14 on the BillboardTop 200, and the accumulation of over one billion streams across all platforms. Additionally, Illenium joined a small and prestigious group of musicians this year, becoming one of few electronic music acts to sell out Madison Square Garden during his headlining Ascend tour. Congratulations to Illenium on a wildly successful year—see the full Forbes list here.
Germany’s largest electronic music festival Parookaville will be returning to Weeze for its sixth edition, and now the festival is releasing its first wave of 2020 headliners to get fans excited for the forthcoming event.
The festival attracted over 210,000 attendees in 2019, and in 2020 attendees can look forward to a completely new main stage design to enhance the festival’s experience. These headliners are the first of over 300 featured artists that will be announced for the event. Parookaville is set to take place from 17 July to 19 July 2020, and tickets can be purchased here.
As a new decade is ushered in, Electric Forest will celebrate the completion of its first 10 years with another incredible lineup of artists. In June of 2020, music lovers will gather once again in the forests of Michigan to witness over 100 acts practice their artform.
Headliners for the four-day extravaganza include neo-psychedelic group The String Cheese Incident, dub king Bassnectar, prolific electronic tastemaker Flume, both Major Lazer and a solo headline from frontman Diplo, Big Gigantic, Louis the Child, and The Disco Biscuits. Electric Forest strives to bring variety to its attendees, and 2020’s vast billing is sprinkled with artists that represent genres that range from house to rock and roll, from bluegrass to reggae, indie to instrumental, and so many more in between.
Alabama’s Hangout Fest is gearing up for a massive 2020 edition, backed by one of the festival’s strongest lineups to date. The roster for Hangout’s 2020 run is topped by Post Malone, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Billie Eilish, with a slew of electronic, indie, and hip-hop offerings rounding out the rest of the billing. Illenium, RL Grime, Madeon, T-Pain, Tove Lo, Oliver Tree and more are also expected to perform across May 15 – 17 on the beaches of Gulf Shores.
Hangout has also secured performances by Juice WRLD, Big Wild, Megan Thee Stallion, Getter, Jai Wolf, Snakehips, and WHIPPED CREAM, among many others, offering an exceptionally well-rounded programming slate for the event’s upcoming iteration. Tickets officially go on sale on December 9 at 10:00 a.m. CT. See the full lineup below.
DEG Presents and Anjunabeats have partnered to proffer New York listeners an emotive route to ringing in the new year. In collaboration with Above & Beyond, the metropolitan nightlife impresario and the imprint will present an evening of impeccable electronic artistry complete with sets from the celebrated dance trio, Andrew Bayer, Genix, and Nox Vahn.
The 2019 New Year’s Eve affair is slated to unfold on December 31 at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. Tickets to the one-of-a-kind event are currently available here, and include optional open bar VIP upgrades.