Africa Hitech is Mark Pritchard, aka Harmonic 313, and Steve Spacek, the voice of Spacek. Pitchfork has a feature on the duo where they discuss the production of their recent debut album, and they reveal that many of the tracks were made with iPhone apps. Spacek states that some of the apps he’s been using include iSim, Memo Studio, and BeatMaker 2.
I think it is somewhat of a milestone to see “serious electronic musicians” – especially ones that made their names by worshipping at the altar of vintage analog gear – proudly repping for apps like BeatMaker 2. I’m sure it made the developer’s day, and probably got them a lot more downloads!
Below you can check out Africa Hitech’s “Out In The Streets”, from 93 Million Miles.
Marklion is the solo music project of Vincent Thierion, formerly of the excellent Dat Politics. Recently Marklion passed through LA after a showcasing set at the SXSW music festival in Austin. His performance at downtown Los Angeles venue The Smell was a party-starting mix of nu-disco, French filter house, electro, and acid techno, careening through many hi-NRG styles all while keeping the BPMs up before concluding with a melodic crescendo of noise. A photo of the electro-moshpit at this excellent show is above.
Karl Bartos – formerly of Kraftwerk – has teamed with Japanese media artist Masayuki Akamatsu to release a 16 step sequencer/synthesizer app that is designed to be simple and fun.
The app is completely free, but they’re asking that donations be made to help support relief efforts in Japan. Palm Sounds has all the details.
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