Stems is a new multi-channel audio file format launched by Native Instruments that will introduce a completely new way to DJ. A Stem file contains a track-split into four, individually accessible musical elements: bass, drums, vocals, and melody for example. With each element available separately, DJs can mix and apply effects in ways that were never possible before.
Stems was developed as an open format designed to benefit the entire music industry as anyone will be able to create, perform with, and distribute Stems.
Native Instruments will host a round table to discuss how this new audio format can redefine DJ practice and live music performance, as well as benefit producers and labels at large.
The conversation will be joined by Carl Craig, Luciano Kerri Chandler and Alexandre Cazac. This talk will be moderated by Tony Nwachukwu from CDR.
Carl Craig is part of the world elite of DJs and producers. Since he released his first record in 1989, he has produced music under numerous aliases and covering a big range of musical genres. From techno to future jazz, orquestral compositions or ambient, Craig takes inspiration from the rich musical heritage of his city, Detroit. In 1991 he founded his own record label, Planet e, from this platform he releases his own work and other artist’s, waving always the flag of creative freedom.
Kerri Chandler is internationally recognized for his contribution to house music. In his productions he mixes innovation and tradition in equal parts. Born in a family of musicians, Chandler is considered one of the originators of Deep House, and his music is as relevant today than more than 20 years ago, when he started his career. His music continuously inspires generations of young producers. In his technical set-up he mixes cutting edge technology, voices and musical instruments and hardware designed by himself, bringing DJ sets to a new dimension where DJing meets live performance.
Luciano. Born in Switzerland and raised in Chile, Luciano is the paradigm of the globe trotting DJ. His fusion of electronica and latin grooves and rhythms has put him among the most solicited DJs in the world. As a producer he has released music on labels like Perlon, Peacefrog, Pokerflat, M_nus and Cocoon. He also runs his own record label, Cadenza Records, easily recognizable for his iconic sound and image.
Alexandre Cazac is the co-founder of InFiné records. InFiné intends to promote meetings between styles and generations and disciplines. It uses electronic music as a vehicle for promoting musical territories where heritage meets avant-garde. On the the one hand InFiné have on their roster a generation of young talents such as Danton, Eeprom, Rone and Clara Moto, among others; and on the other hand musicians from other musical environments such as jazz, classical and contemporary music, like Francesco Tristano, Bachar Mar- Khalifé, Pedro Soler Aufgang or Bruce Brubaker.
The label collaborates regularly with IRCAM, an institution for sound design research, and has recently produced the world’s first musical session in virtual reality.