Ultra Music Festival http://blog.wlrn.org en Commission Votes To Keep Ultra In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/commission-votes-keep-ultra-miami <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p>Ultra's not going anywhere. On Thursday the Miami City Commission voted to retain the music festival.</p><p>After two hours of discussion, the commission ultimately showed their support for Ultra in a four-to-one vote. Opposition of the festival came from Commissioner Marc Sarnoff<span style="line-height: 1.15;">, who no longer wants Ultra to take place in downtown Miami.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:48:20 +0000 Lisann Ramos 31332 at http://blog.wlrn.org Commission Votes To Keep Ultra In Miami Deadline To Sign Up For Obamacare Passes: Now What? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/deadline-sign-obamacare-passes-now-what <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">The sign-up is over: now the coverage.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:53:43 +0000 Elaine Chen 30293 at http://blog.wlrn.org Deadline To Sign Up For Obamacare Passes: Now What? Amid Ultra's Electronic Beats, A String Quartet Plays http://blog.wlrn.org/post/amid-ultras-electronic-beats-string-quartet-plays <p>While the EDM and light shows were going off Sunday at Ultra, a string quartet at the Gale Hotel in South Beach played alongside a DJ and composer.<br /><br />Backed by DJ Benji B and composer Grant Windsor, The Deviation String Quartet from London re-interpreted songs by artists like Drake, Sampha and Pepe Braddock.<br /><br />The concept started in 2011, when Benji was asked to DJ at the London Eye, the big wheel overlooking the Thames River in London.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:40:38 +0000 Bernard Hacker 30209 at http://blog.wlrn.org Amid Ultra's Electronic Beats, A String Quartet Plays Why Do Ravers Wear Their Countries' Flags To Ultra? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-do-ravers-wear-their-countries-flags-ultra <p>At a festival dedicated to a genre of music that does not rely on lyrics, it's interesting that many attendees chose to represent their nationalities: Ultra Music Festival goers came in flying the flags of their home regions, from Northern Ireland and Catalonia to France and Australia.</p><p>Some wore them as capes over their backs, others as skirts and a few as bandanas over their heads and faces. <em><strong>Click through the slideshow above </strong></em>and see how many flags you can identify.</p><p>Did you go to Ultra? Why do you think people like to wear their flags?</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:49:15 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 30071 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Do Ravers Wear Their Countries' Flags To Ultra? Why Europeans Come All The Way To Ultra Despite EDM Fests At Home http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-europeans-come-all-way-ultra-despite-edm-fests-home <p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:27:21 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 29936 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Europeans Come All The Way To Ultra Despite EDM Fests At Home Waiting For The Drop: The Anatomy Of An EDM Song http://blog.wlrn.org/post/waiting-drop-anatomy-edm-song <p>Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference bring to Miami the beats and bass of electronic dance music, or EDM.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But if you don't get what all the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">noise is about, here we bring you an explainer, and below that, a short tutorial on&nbsp;<em>making</em> the beats so many are crazed for.</span></p><p><strong>HOW TO MAKE ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>1.</strong> You start off with a simple four-beat bass drum. This is the basic head-nodding element.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:58:31 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29857 at http://blog.wlrn.org Waiting For The Drop: The Anatomy Of An EDM Song The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend http://blog.wlrn.org/post/public-radio-listeners-alternative-cultural-guide-ultra-weekend <p>Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/map-how-far-does-sound-ultra-music-festival-travel">It does get pretty loud during Ultra</a>, after all.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:43:37 +0000 Maria Murriel 29785 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend Map: How Far Does The Sound From Ultra Music Festival Travel? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/map-how-far-does-sound-ultra-music-festival-travel <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">For more than a hundred thousand electronic dance music fans from across the world, Ultra Music Festival is heaven on earth. But tell that to the people who live and work close by.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 11246 at http://blog.wlrn.org Map: How Far Does The Sound From Ultra Music Festival Travel? Ultra Might Be Damaging Your Ears As It Rattles Your Windows http://blog.wlrn.org/post/ultra-might-be-damaging-your-ears-it-rattles-your-windows <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Standing outside the gates of Ultra Music Festival, an audiologist and her colleague are staring at their sound level meters. &nbsp;The devices track the decibel level of the atmosphere<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, giving us some unsettling clues as to how safe the environment is for your ears.</span></p><p>After an extended buildup, the beat finally drops. &nbsp;As the fans go crazy, the bass starts to pump. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even a few hundred feet from the stage, casual conversation is strained.</span></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 11191 at http://blog.wlrn.org Ultra Might Be Damaging Your Ears As It Rattles Your Windows Six Local Acts To Watch At Ultra Music Festival http://blog.wlrn.org/post/six-local-acts-watch-ultra-music-festival <p><a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/ultra-music-festival-beginners-five-step-guide" target="_blank">We've gone over the main beginners' tips to navigating Ultra Music Festival</a>, the sprawling dance music festival that takes place this weekend, March 16 through 18, and next weekend, March 22 through 24. We've also gone over the <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/ultra-music-festival-seven-live-acts-you-need-see">top live acts to see there, too, since not all of the festival is just one repetitive beat</a>.<br> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 10825 at http://blog.wlrn.org Six Local Acts To Watch At Ultra Music Festival Ultra Music Festival: Seven Live Acts You Need To See http://blog.wlrn.org/post/ultra-music-festival-seven-live-acts-you-need-see <p>If you've passed through or live in downtown Miami, you've probably already heard Ultra Music Festival testing its massive low-end speakers. Yes, <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/ultra-music-festival-beginners-five-step-guide" target="_blank">the festival, which starts this weekend and then repeats all over again next weekend, brings plenty of bass</a>. With the top names in electronic dance music converging on the massive event, the weekend offers plenty of straight-ahead, four-four beat oblivion.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 10824 at http://blog.wlrn.org Ultra Music Festival: Seven Live Acts You Need To See Ultra Music Festival For Beginners: A Five-Step Guide http://blog.wlrn.org/post/ultra-music-festival-beginners-five-step-guide <p>This Friday marks the beginning of a nearly two-week sprawl of events surrounding <a href="http://www.wintermusicconference.com">Winter Music Conference</a>, and what's come to be known unofficially as "Miami Music Week." It's a time when the entire world of electronic music descends on Miami in a frenzy of industry palm-greasing and parties.<br> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 10766 at http://blog.wlrn.org Ultra Music Festival For Beginners: A Five-Step Guide