Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival
5:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Commission Votes To Keep Ultra In Miami

The 2014 Ultra Music Festival. Bayfront Park will continue to host the festival.
Credit youredm.com

 

Ultra's not going anywhere. On Thursday the Miami City Commission voted to retain the music festival.

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, who no longer wants Ultra to take place in downtown Miami. 

 

He cited weaknesses in security that have allowed those without tickets to jump the fence and acts of violence as a result of drug use at the festival. 

 

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The Florida Roundup
11:53 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Deadline To Sign Up For Obamacare Passes: Now What?

Marie Rachelle Dominique, 47, asks counselor Bernard Guiteau at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami about signing up for health insurance.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

 

 

The sign-up is over: now the coverage.

The deadline to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passes with hundreds of thousands of Floridians signing up. Who’s covered? Who isn’t? And at what price?

Those are some of the questions we're asking this week on The Florida Roundup. Also on our radar: 

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Music
6:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Amid Ultra's Electronic Beats, A String Quartet Plays

Credit Bernard Hacker

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.

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.

The concept started in 2011, when Benji was asked to DJ at the London Eye, the big wheel overlooking the Thames River in London.

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Diversity in EDM
5:49 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Why Do Ravers Wear Their Countries' Flags To Ultra?

Diego Saldana-Rojas

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.

Some wore them as capes over their backs, others as skirts and a few as bandanas over their heads and faces. Click through the slideshow above and see how many flags you can identify.

Did you go to Ultra? Why do you think people like to wear their flags?

Overseas Ravers
4:27 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Why Europeans Come All The Way To Ultra Despite EDM Fests At Home

Ultra-goers waiting to be let into the festival.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

Starting today, thousands of electronic dance music aficionados will take over Bayfront Park in downtown Miami for the Ultra Music Festival. If you happen to find yourself in the middle of that scene, you'd hear a lot of German, French, British English, a panoply of European voices.

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Electronic Dance Music
9:58 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Waiting For The Drop: The Anatomy Of An EDM Song

This week people from around the world have come to Miami for Ultra and Winter Music Conference—all in the name of electronic dance music, or EDM.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Tony Nungaray

Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference bring to Miami the beats and bass of electronic dance music, or EDM. But if you don't get what all the noise is about, here we bring you an explainer, and below that, a short tutorial on making the beats so many are crazed for.

HOW TO MAKE ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC:

1. You start off with a simple four-beat bass drum. This is the basic head-nodding element.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend

Credit Morikami Museum

Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. It does get pretty loud during Ultra, after all. But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.

During Miami Music Week, some earnest, intellect-stimulating events sneak their way through EDM's unruly buzz. Maybe it'll just be you and another bespectacled, mustachioed friend. Maybe you'll run into one of us.

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Ultra Music Festival
7:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Map: How Far Does The Sound From Ultra Music Festival Travel?

Shaded area indicates the reach of Ultra's sounds. This is not a scientific map, but rather one based on observations. We drew the lines from the point where ambient sounds from the urban environment become louder than the music itself.
Credit Daniel Rivero / WLRN

 

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.

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Ultra Music Festival
6:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Ultra Might Be Damaging Your Ears As It Rattles Your Windows

A sound level meter reading safe sounds blocks away. Any workplace with a constant level of 90 or louder must provide protection for employees. Ultra employees were provided protection.
Daniel Rivero WLRN

 Standing outside the gates of Ultra Music Festival, an audiologist and her colleague are staring at their sound level meters.  The devices track the decibel level of the atmosphere, giving us some unsettling clues as to how safe the environment is for your ears.

After an extended buildup, the beat finally drops.  As the fans go crazy, the bass starts to pump.  Even a few hundred feet from the stage, casual conversation is strained.

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Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Six Local Acts To Watch At Ultra Music Festival

Afrobeta performs both weekends of Ultra Music Festival.
Credit Daniel Sannwald

We've gone over the main beginners' tips to navigating Ultra Music Festival, 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 top live acts to see there, too, since not all of the festival is just one repetitive beat.

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Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Ultra Music Festival: Seven Live Acts You Need To See

Brooklyn act Yeasayer plays both weekends of the Ultra Music Festival.
Credit Anna Palma

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, the festival, which starts this weekend and then repeats all over again next weekend, brings plenty of bass. With the top names in electronic dance music converging on the massive event, the weekend offers plenty of straight-ahead, four-four beat oblivion.

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Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Ultra Music Festival For Beginners: A Five-Step Guide

Organizers are already testing the lights for Ultra Music Festival downtown.
Credit Sammy Mack

This Friday marks the beginning of a nearly two-week sprawl of events surrounding Winter Music Conference, 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.

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