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Native Instruments Tropical Frequencies Series Explores Global Bass
Rounik Sethi on Tue, July 5th 0 comments
Native Instruments do more than make musical controllers, and software. The new Tropical Frequencies series maps electronic music born from global bass and traditional music with films, offers & more.

Berlin, July 5, 2016 – Native Instruments today launched TROPICAL FREQUENCIES – an NI original series dedicated to mapping new breeds of electronic dance music born from the fusion of bass music and traditional music from across the globe. From digital cumbia to trap, kuduro, and more, TROPICAL FREQUENCIES sheds light on the diverse communities that are pushing musical boundaries with immersive video stories, Native Sessions events, a special offer, a remix contest, and additional curated content. And on July 5, the Native Sessions event in Berlin featuring DJ Marfox, DJ Firmeza, Dengue Dengue Dengue! and more will be streamed live. The new series launches with Poder Verde – an NI original video feature that explores cumbia from Peru.

Watch the Poder Verde video:

Directed by Sabroso!’s Luis Antonio Delgado, Poder Verde follows digital cumbia pioneers Dengue Dengue Dengue! to Iquitos – a city in the Peruvian Amazon – to meet and record with the legendary psychedelic cumbia band Los Wembler’s de Iquitos. Along with DJ and promoter Alfredo Villar and the Wemblers themselves, the Dengues share valuable insight into the history and evolution of Peruvian chicha and psychedelic cumbia music throughout the journey. Complementing Poder Verde, a second video feature showcases the story behind the beloved Lima collective Terror Negro. Told by the protagonists themselves, the video tells how the collective quickly grew to become a driving force of the Lima sound.

In addition to the videos, TROPICAL FREQENCIES will actively reach out to the community with Native Sessions events in London, Berlin, and LA. Each event will dissect the cultural and social ecosystems that are inspiring diverse subgenres directly with the DJs, producers, and personalities who are shaping their community’s sound. As a special bonus, a small number of attendees will receive a limited 12-inch Poder Verde vinyl that features the finished results of the Dengue Dengue Dengue! and Wemblers’ collaboration featured in the Poder Verde film.

Native Sessions events in London, Berlin, and LA are coming soon.

New Native Sessions events in London, Berlin, and LA are coming soon.

Also part of the TROPICAL FREQUENCIES launch, Native Instruments is offering special pricing on selected KOMPLETE Instruments seen in the videos or used frequently in bass music production. Until July 31, POLYPLEX and DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA are 25% off regular price at the NI Online Shop, while prices on MASSIVE, ABSYNTH, and FM8 are now permanently reduced.

Terror Negro, featured in the short film

Terror Negro, featured in the short film "Poder Verde: An Amazonian Exchange"

As incentive for DJs to actively discover global bass, a curated selection of standout bass music releases from Hyenah, Daniel Haaksman, Symbiz, and Rhythm Staircase is available in Stems format. Producers can go a step further by entering their own remix of Haaksman’s Black Coffee in a contest held by Man Recordings. The winning remix will appear on the forthcoming African Fabrics remix album by Daniel Haaksman.

TROPICAL FREQUENCIES also encompasses previously released features on the Mexican collective NAAFI, and Sabroso! – a 25 minute documentary on Colombian Pico sound system culture. Additional extras from the films and events will follow.

  • For a limited time, POLYPLEX is available for $51.75 / 51.75 € / ¥ 6,585 / £ 44.25 / 74.25 AU$ and DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA for $74.25 / 74.25 € / ¥ 9,600 / £ 66.75 / 37.13 AU$ at the NI Online Shop.
  • As of May 26, 2016, prices for MASSIVE, ABSYNTH, and FM8 at the NI Online Shop are permanently reduced.
  • Special offer on POLYPLEX and DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA is valid from June 30, 2016 until July 31, 2016, at the NI Online Shop.
  • MASSIVE, ABSYNTH, and FM8 are now permanently available for $149 / 149 € / ¥ 18,800 / £ 129 / 189 AU$ at the NI Online Shop.

Additional information about TROPICAL FREQUENCIES is available at:

Black Coffee remix parts and all further contest details are available at:

On July 5, the Native Sessions event featuring DJ Marfox, DJ Firmeza, Dengue Dengue Dengue! and more streams live from Berlin at:

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