Ultra Music Festival

Culture
7:38 am
Wed May 13, 2015

A Scoop Of 'Black Ice Cream' With Tinsel On Top

South Florida-born artist Helado Negro brings a fusion of music, dance and sculpture to PAMM this week.
Credit Helado Negro

He’s been called a “sound artist,” and a “sonic stylist.”  His music has been described as “genre-defying.”  It seems that fans and music critics alike are always struggling to describe exactly what Roberto Carlos Lange does for a living.

“I struggle with it,” says Lange with a smile.

The Brooklyn-based, South Florida-born artist says he’s not into labels.  “When people label something, I oppose it,” he says. “And, so then, I sabotage that label.”

But a metaphor?  That’s a different story.  Take his stage name: Helado Negro, Spanish for black ice cream.

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Newscast
7:02 am
Mon March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015: Crowds Filled Downtown Miami This Weekend For Ultra Music Festival

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
12:12 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Ultra Fans Faced New Barriers To Bringing Molly Into The Festival

Pressed pills and capsules of "molly," the common name for MDMA, a drug popular among festivalgoers.
Credit Source / Courtesy

During his sophomore year of high school, Topher started listening to electronic music in the vein of dubstep and drum and bass. Soon he got hooked onto the rest of the electronic musical tree.

Now he's a 21-year-old psychology student at Florida International University. He asked that we not use his full name, because during this year's Winter Music Conference, he plans on rolling. 

"Rolling" commonly refers to consuming molly, a hallucinogenic amphetamine-like drug marketed as MDMA. At least that’s what it’s supposed to be.

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The Florida Roundup
10:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Florida Roundup: Could 2015 Be Florida's Year For Medicaid Expansion?

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In gearing up for a potential presidential bid, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush talked education at a summit in Tallahassee.

With the intention of releasing his emails from his time as Florida's governor, Bush also released some Floridians' personal information like Social Security numbers. 

Miami-Dade legislators say Florida may finally be expanding Medicaid this year.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:32 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Injured Security Guard Sues Ultra Music Festival for $10 Million

Ultra Music Festival
Credit Miami Herald

A private security guard who was trampled by gatecrashers at Ultra Music Festival earlier this year is suing the event’s organizers for $10 million.

Hours before the March 16 stampede, Miami police said they warned concert organizers that the fencing near Southeast First Street and Biscayne Boulevard was inadequate.

Erica Mack was patrolling that area when ticketless Ultra fans pushed their way through the chain link fence, toppling it over her. The crowd then ran over Mack’s body as they disappeared into the party crowd inside Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

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Safety
3:52 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Minors Banned From Miami's Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami

Organizers of Ultra Music Festival, held at Miami's Bayfront Park, announced a big change for future events: no minors allowed.

Event officials say this decision is not solely based on incidents from the last festival. Back in March, security guard Erika Mack was trampled when a crowd knocked down a chain link fence. Also, patron Pena Escoto died from an accidental overdose.

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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.
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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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