To lead you through our extensive program and make you ADE ready we'll share a number of daily highlights.
Listen, learn and get inspired by the pro's Friday saw the ending of most of the conference tracks, but ADE Sound Lab is still with us on Saturday, welcoming Grammy award winner Roger Linn. He's perhaps most famous for revolutionizing electronic rhythm making - not once, but twice: first by designing the earliest sampling drum machine, the LM-1 and its follow-up the LinnDrum, and second by creating the Akai MPC range of samplers.
Even though Saturday will be the last day for ADE Sound Lab, you are still able to tap in to the demo pitch sessions. Claim your spot between 10-12 AM at the registration desk of Compagnietheater on the first floor. Bring your music and a device (laptop or tablet), and you will have ten minutes to get professional advice on your track. The music professionals include Dutch and international artists, managers, agents, A&R managers, and sound engineers. The Flightcase of..., continues with French underground artist rRoxymore, where she'll be deconstructing her live setup, explaining how she accumulated the pieces of kit she uses, and demonstrating a little of the power of each part of the setup.
If you haven't already, remember to visit the ADE Sound Lab Gear Test Lab to get hands-on and explore the magic of the hard- and software presented. Anyone who is really serious about making music has to face the big question: Are my tracks any good? And what better way to find out than by dropping your latest work into the Demolition Box. Demolition is a panel of DJs, producers, and music industry figures headed by legendary DJ Dave Clarke, who are ready to give you an honest appraisal of your work, and maybe even some tips as to how to improve what you're doing. Curious who will come out as the winner of Demolition in the end? So are we!
Your daily dose of culture ADE's weekend cultural program is still filled with a lot of art, music, and film as day four features the newest performance by Boris Acket, Nick Verstand and Maarten Vos, who will transform the Noorderkerk into a new sacred place with Aether. Expect to experience an evening ritual with redefined and emphasized elements of the architecture in a surround installation with 20 speaker points. Travel in a colorful thick mist with sounds and gradients around through space creating live painted 'airfresco's'. Kunstfort Bij Vijfhuizen presents: Defence Club, with Bogomir Doringer. The exhibition space of the concrete bunker of Kunstfort, will change into an intimate setting with an evening-filling music program.
ADE's Zen Space continues with art installations, performances, audiovisual meditative sessions and all things zen. Including the Body In Water dance performance, a 20-minute collaboration between British artist Oscar Morgan under his Portrait alias & choreographer Magnus Westwell. The piece looks at the fertile relationship between left-field electronic music & contemporary dance, touching on ideas to do with physical form, space & dynamism in both disciplines. Since music video channels have transformed into reality soap stations, the music video consumer is dependent on the worldwide web. The amount of videos on offer is endless, but also overwhelming and unclear. Therefore De Balie joined forces with music journalist Job de Wit for the monthly night Fullscreen, with the best music videos on a big screen. In this special ADE edition at De Melkweg, they explore the work of the famous American producer Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus, with a special link to Japanese artists and anime.
The day program also features different Pop-up stores throughout the city including ones from Hardwell's Revealed Recordings and Spinnin' Records. For the gramophone beginners and experienced diggers, Good Music Vinyl Market is the place to be and a true ode to one of the best things in life: vinyl records. Expect labels and vinyl shops to bring their best yet affordable records, from disco to soul, reggae, house/techno, Italo, hip-hop and more. MoMI: Museum of Modern Instruments continues to showcase analog, modular and digital gear that shaped the sound of electronic music and far beyond. Illustrating the evolution of the drum machine, samplers, effects, a Stockhausen-style setup, the introduction of the computer into the way we make music and more. All this presented with the kind of in-depth background information real gear enthusiasts will appreciate.
Discovering ADE By Night The first night of the ADE weekend kickstarts with a plethora of events. Hedkandi is back for their 20th anniversary at the venue where it all started: Hotel Arena Amsterdam. After the praised DGTL show last year, Bonobo is back with his Outlier concept together with guests like Bradley Zero, David August, The Black Madonna and more. AMF is once again uniting people from all over the world. Expect an electrifying show with 3 No.1 DJs joining the lineup, a new Two Is One performance, and the crowning of the world’s No.1 DJ. HAUSPLANT takes over the auditorium of the formal Zoology University to turn it into their own little interactive garden for you to hang out with a drink, wind down from Friday's hangover while re-energizing for a long Saturday night. In the meantime, the HAUSPLANT DJs & Friends lay down house and techno sets with an afro, tropical and jungle twist. As a plus they'll be video streaming all sets live. Encore ADE Beats Special invites P Montana, known for his collabs with J Hus, Yxng Bane, Lotto Boyz and his energetic sets at Afro Nation. On top of this Martin Garrix will present his signature all ages show at the RAI.
With many more things to hear, see and experience, you can explore the full ADE program here.
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