Techies and programming junkies who follow deadmau5 on Twitch follow the legend as he plays video games and dives into various creation workstations are often given an in-depth peak into his thought process. Sometimes, the mau5trap head honcho reveals production releases, which is exactly the case with his most recent stream. A secret track he made with streamer dronehands, “The Horn Of Jericho,” was revealed, of which deadmau5 reported to have contributed to around half the project — namely, the melody and synth design.
The orchestral low-end bass creates a bed for the high end plucks to go wild, while the percussion offers a more consistent energy. It’s certainly a different side to Joel Zimmerman more percussive arrangements, experimenting with melody structure and patchwork elements.
In other deadmau5 news, he recently released the music video for “10.8” with Mr. Bill off his mau5ville: Level 2 project. It’s an animated, computerized video of organized chaos, contrasting sublimely alongside the complex percussion audio. A busy start to 2019 for sure in Zimmerman’s world, whose debut score is also set to hit Netflix on January 25 in the film, Polar.
While continuing design on the amazing cube 3.0 visuals, Deadmau5 mentioned that his “secret track” is out now. The collaboration with up-and-coming Twitch streamer and music producer dronehands, titled “The Horn Of Jericho”, is part of dronehands’ new album. VCV Rack, an open-source virtual modular synthesizer software, was used to create “The Horn Of Jericho”.
deadmau5 has released a two-track EP teasing his upcoming original score for the Netflix movie Polar. The film’s eye-catching trailer appeared the same day as the EP’s release on YouTube, captivating viewers through Mads Mikkelsen pouncing from the darkness, guns blazing, and very notably, deadmau5′ own track “drama free” — hot off mau5ville: Level 2.
Polar is a live-action adaption of Dark Horse Comics’ graphic novel of the same name written by Víctor Santos. The novel follows international hitman Kaiser Black through an icy landscape after he is forced out of retirement when an assassination attempt is made on his life. The comic is full of gore, mostly action, and is known for its being rendered entirely in sharply delineated black, white, and orange.
Swedish director of the film, Jonas Åkerlund is known for directing music videos and is a drummer himself, so one can infer the amount of attention he put into the score for this film and the amount of confidence he has in deadmau5. Many graphic-novel-turned-films have been hailed for their mellifluous score working seamlessly with violent choreography. Given Polar‘s beginnings as a comic, the trailer/EP release, and general plot — the sonic tone is sure to hold weight over this momentum and success of this film.
The main and title track of the EP “midas heel” comes off as a six-minute requiem, dark, brooding, and cold. The steady tech beat accompanied by sharp violin, and synths plucking have the listener looking over their shoulders, scanning their peripherals, and grasping for the warmth of a recently fired gun. It is stalking filled with lulls for doubt to seep in and remains distant yet within arms reach for the duration of the track as if it could touch you the entire time.
The full soundtrack, entirely produced by deadmau5, will drop Jan 25 the same day as Polar becomes available for streaming on Netflix.
deadmau5‘s innovative genius knows no bounds, as the mau5trap label head’s current technological challenge, the Cube 3.0, illustrates. As deadmau5 prepares to present his new cube-ular setup during his headlining slot at Ultra Music Festival 2019, he’s shared some sneak peeks of the new and improved Cube through his Twitch channel, the live streaming platform that, in the past, has been deadmau5’s medium of choice for teasing unreleased music, like his Rob Swire collaboration, “Monophobia.”
deadmau5 recently returned to his virtual Twitch stomping ground to share a Cube 3.0 progress update with his fans. The mau5ville compilation curator has streamed more than 24 hours of his work on the Cube thus far, which show the producer tinkering with a variety of different software programs like Cinema 4D and Houdini FX, to usher the Cube 3.0 from idea to reality. His latest latest Cube 3.0 video report is the most comprehensive to date, in its depiction of the cube’s intended shape, the surrounding stage design, and the cube’s LED styling. deadmau5 enthusiasts can follow live developments of the Cube 3.0 by subscribing to his Twitch channel, here. Channel subscribers will receive a notification when deadmau5 next goes live, so followers can be sure not to miss a minute of the creative action.
News that Deadmau5 was scoring his first film broke several months ago. Since Deadmau5’s brief hiatus and the holiday festivities, not much had been heard from Mau5 on the topic. This past weekend, we finally get to see a peek at the film which Deadmau5 has been scoring. It is called Polar and appears to
deadmau5 is making his film score debut with a new Netflix original, Polar, arriving January 25. The action-packed trailer features the mau5trap head honcho’s “Drama Free” from his mau5ville: Level 2 project, along with crisp audio cuts of guns blazing and tension-filled battle scenes.
Polar is based on the noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos. Another musical component is found in the film’s Swedish director, Jonas Åkerlund, who is best known for his music video works. Åkerlund won three Grammy Awards for his projects — two with Madonna and one with Paul McCartney.
Joel Zimmerman has brought forward some of the industry’s most forward-thinking arrangements, cinematic in nature. Now he’s ready to show his stature on the film side of things, continuing to build his robust audio repertoire.
deadmau5‘s mau5trap imprint has delivered its eighth rendition of the We Are Friends compilation series, comprised of 35 tracks from the label’s repeated repertoire, along with a variety of up-and-comers. The three-and-a-half-hour run time showcases familiar faces such as i_o, with a remix of deadmau5’s “Imaginary Friends” from the label boss’ orchestral Where’s the Drop?compilation album. Other notable producers on the project who demonstrated stellar growth in 2018 include No Mana, ATTLAS, and EDDIE.
A grip of newcomers dominate the audio engineer-themed soundscapes that span the collection of songs. Unique in arrangement and cinematic in nature, deadmau5 continues to push the limits of modern electronic music through sound design and collaboration. To mark the start of festival season, Joel Zimmerman is set to unleash a live performance with his cube 3.0 worldwide debut at Ultra Music Festival.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With a refreshing amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today on the first NMF of 2019, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Perhaps one of the biggest releases of today is a mega collaboration from Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve called “Island,” which is packed with cascading melodies and powerfully emotive beats. Lost Kings have also arrived in full force, releasing their Paper Crowns EP, which is headed up by “Don’t Kill My High” with Wiz Khalifa and Social House. mau5trap has released their We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation, which features 35 tracks from some of the label’s best rising acts, including i_o, ATTLAS, No Mana, and more. Hardwell kicks off his 2019 releases with “Being Alive” with JGUAR, and Sofi Tukker delivers four remixes for “Benadryl,” including a breezy take from TOKiMONSTA. Ghastly and G-Rex have joined forces on the formidable “Heretic,” and Tom Staar puts a grooving twist on Oliver Heldens‘ “Fire In My Soul.” 3LAU taps the talents of vocalist Carly Paige on his newest, “Would You Understand,” and Galantis‘ “Emoji” gets a rework from BEAUZ in their new remix pack.
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.