Imagine a music show in outer space? Yeah, it would be rad. But you and I will most likely never live to see the day of dancing on the moon. That said, another pretty rad concept has been delivered upon and is set to take part in 2018. For the first time in history, a
Imagine a music festival in outer space? Yeah, it would be rad. But you and I will most likely never live to see the day of dancing on the moon. That said, another pretty rad concept has been delivered upon and is set to take part in 2018. For the first time in history, a
Amazon‘s AI personal assistant Alexa incited German authorities to action after reportedly throwing “her own party” in a Hamburg resident’s flat. The Alexa-enabled soirée began to play music at maximum volume at 1:50 AM. The noise exacerbated neighbors who called the police to register the disturbance. Police broke into the sixth-floor Hamburg flat, quieting Alexa at approximately 3:00 AM.
Alexa’s owner, Oliver Haberstroh, has since shared news of the incident with Amazon, posting a complaint on Amazon’s German Facebook page. Haberstroh writes “Alexa managed on her own, without command and without me using my mobile to turn on at full volume and have her own party at my apartment. She decided to have it at a very inconvenient time, between 1.50am and 3.00am. My neighbours called the police”
Enjoying an evening out during Alexa’s outburst, Haberstroh returned home to find a new lock on his door. Once Haberstroh visited a local police station, he received not only a new set of keys corresponding to the lock, but an invoice for the new lock as well.
Amazon has worked with Haberstroh to determine that Alexa’s Echo feature was “remotely activated,” causing the volume to increase through Haberstroh’s “third party mobile music-streaming app.” Amazon maintains that Alexa’s cloud service “worked flawlessly,” with no malfunction, but has offered to pay Haberstroh’s invoice.
Parookaville, Germany’s famed dance and electronic music festival, has released its official aftermovie. Boasting ten stages, more than 200 artists and 80,000 attendees across three days, the third edition of the annual gathering proved to be its largest and most exciting yet.
The 13-minute film ties together the best of Parookaville’s first-class offerings: a well-rounded roster, mouth-watering meals, thrilling carnival rides and games and friendships set to last a lifetime. Check out our photo album from Parookaville 2017 here.
Click here to pre-register for Parookaville’s 2018 edition.
Something special just happened outside Düsseldorf: Germany’s largest electronic music festival, Parookaville. The festival just had its third annual anniversary, and it was, in a word, insane.
Founded in 2014, Parookaville has had great success in delivering the world’s biggest DJs straight to Germany’s largest dance music scene. This year, the ground served home to more than 80,000 attendees, complete with 10 stages and more than 200 artists on the lineup.
As one of Europe’s largest electronic music festivals, it was interesting to compare the experience here to that of American festivals. In comparing a festival like Parookaville to something like Electric Zoo or even TomorrowWorld, some obvious differences were apparent.
One big difference seems to be drug use. I don’t know if it’s Germany’s love of beer as an alternative, but I was shocked at how few drugs were being consumed at Parookaville. Speaking solely for American festivals, almost every attendee can share some kind of story by weekend’s end where they witnessed someone at the festival deep in a “K-Hole” or heard of a friend buying “fake molly.” In Germany, however, I did not witness a single person noticeably intoxicated on drugs. After making a note of this at the end of the day one, I chalked it up to “Germans love beer” and maybe I just didn’t see enough of the festival yet. Stiff security, maybe? Wrong. Parookaville had some of the most lax — yet most professional — workers I’ve ever seen at a festival. Aside from a group of friends who posed as “stage crew,” only to be almost immediately busted during the artist’s set, the weekend went without any major hiccups. Note to “stage crew”: if you’re going to make it in, don’t give yourself up by jumping on stage and trying to dance with NGHTMRE. Parookaville provided a fun and safe atmosphere for all, and it was so memorable. Music lovers came out to truly listen and enjoy.
Parookaville provided a great environment for a festival, combining both immaculate and historic grounds, with a stacked and diverse lineup. While the lineup was techno-heavy, it catered to many other genres electronic music as well, including what possibly might be one of the most epic bass-heavy stage days we’ve seen yet, thanks to BOOTSHAUS. Check out the lineup (at right) just for Saturday alone.
If you’re looking for that festival “second-wind” in an industry that is always searching for new and fresh material, Parookaville is the answer. In their third installment, they truly have built something special in the hills of Germany.
One major thing to note about Parookaville was the stellar production quality of their live stream and set replays. Quite honestly, this may be the best-looking live stream I’ve ever seen. From the camera work to the quality of the stream, I haven’t seen many that can compare with the job their production team did this year. Bravo! MagentaMusik 360 provided full coverage for Parookaville 2017 and a select number of set replays can be found here.
To get your tickets for Parookaville 2018, click here.
Not too long ago, even the late night superstar Conan was denied from entering Berlin’s exclusive Berghain nightclub. Now, despite the venue’s strict no photo policy, Ricardo Villalobos has managed to bring cameras into the the space to document a day in his life, giving fans a vicarious glimpse into what it’s like inside.
The clips show Villalobos playing the club’s Panorama Bar, interspersed with shots of the crowd and the venue’s minimal gimmicks. Sure, the quality isn’t too great, but for those who aspire to experience the ultimate night in Berlin, this is some prime study material.
Hamburg, Germany’s Elbphilharmonie is Earth’s most “acoustically perfect” manmade structure.In fact, the only imperfections of the auditorium will be the reason for its existence: people. The exquisitely designed, $843 million building was planned by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & De Meuron, along with One to One Studio and the help of various engineers.
Not only has the geometry of the space been carefully considered, but the materials in its construction have also been scrutinized to provide the perfect atmosphere. There are three concert halls in the Elbphilharmonie, but the central auditorium is by far its most grand.
Audiences will be limited to the auditorium’s 2,150 seats, gorgeously adorned with the light of 1,000 hand-blown glass light bulbs, but most impressively, the room’s 10,000 panels are each uniquely formed from gypsum fiber according to parametric design using algorithms which denote the ideal form of an object. It’s these very algorithms which give the auditorium such a fluid, spacefaring appearance like something you’d see in The Fifth Element.
Photo: Michael Zapf
Photo: Bertold Fabricius
“The 10,000 panels feature one million ‘cells’—little divots that look like someone used a seashell to carve out a chunk of material. These cells, which range anywhere from four to 16 centimetres across, are designed to shape sound within the auditorium. When sound waves hit a panel, the uneven surface either absorbs or scatters them. No two panels absorb or scatter sound waves alike, but together they create a balanced reverberation across the entire auditorium.” – Wired
Hamburg’s newest concert hall, Elbphilharmonie, is almost as aesthetically pleasing as it is acoustically perfect. The ambitious venue has reached fruition after more than thirteen years in the making, with over $843 million spent on its development. The Swiss architectural firm Herzog & De Meuron worked with One to One Studio and various engineers in completing the project, which used parametric design to break ground in acoustic technology.
Parametric design rests on using algorithms to create an object’s form. After pairing together certain architectural requirements such as maintaining a beautiful appearance and “respecting the audience” with famed acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota’s calculations of an ideal sound map for the main auditorium, One to One was able to combine all that they needed into a series of algorithms that called for 10,000 unique sound panels to outfit the room that each possessed a specific shape and pattern.
Within the panels are one million “cells,” or shell-shaped grooves of varying lengths and textures. These cells allow sound to be absorbed or echoed off the walls, thereby creating an unparalleled and balanced sonic experience. Moreover, given the architectural design requirements, these panels are also striking in form, combining for a unique combination of audiovisual stimulation. The finesse exhibited in the development of Elbphilharmonie outlines just how far technology has come in design work, and how much potential could truly be reached in the near future.