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20 ways to beat writer's block and start a new track.

The next time you are sat at your keys wondering where to start, why not try these interesting suggestions from the team at Computer Music Magazine.

They have 20 ideas to help you get started If you are short on ideas or looking for a new creative direction. From creating a soundtrack to a non existent film to drawing inspiration from politics and the world around you. We think their guide is an interesting way of generating fresh inspiration.

Found it useful? Let us know Tweet us at @WeAreNovation.

Crowd-sourced coastal sounds.

The National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and the British Library have teamed up to create a sound map of the UK’s 10,800 mile coastline, from beaches and ports to cliffs and seaside towns.

If you are in the UK you can get involved by recording sounds at the coast and uploading them to their audioBoom page. Sounds can be up to five minutes in length and accompanied by words and images. These will later be hosted on the British Library website and added to its Sound Archive for future generations to enjoy.

These sounds could also be used creatively within a piece of music. English 'new wave' pioneer Martyn Ware of The Human League and Heaven 17 (above) has confirmed that he will be making a piece of music using sounds sourced from this project.

Want to get involved? You can find out more on the National Trust Website.

Watch: Dark Sky (Feat. Cornelia) Live Performance.

Londoners Matt Benyayer, Thomas Edwards and Carlo Anderson formed Dark Sky in 2009.

Musicallly, their work displays a wide spectrum of influences including UK Dubstep, Garage and Trip Hop. As a result they have developed an interesting live setup that is a fusion of live drums, vocals and electronic elements.

Watch their live performance courtesy of Boiler Room below. Tell us what you think. Tweet us at @WeAreNovation.

Listen: Awesome tapes from Africa.

Are you stuck in a creative rut? Need fresh new inspiration? Awesome Tapes From Africa is an inspirational collection of tape saturated, musical obscurities sourced from various regions of Africa.

These tracks will surely give you some new creative direction.

Delve in download and be inspired, just make sure that you share any new musical creations with us

Check it out here:

Watch: Relative EQing using Max for Live

Having difficulty mixing that new song? The team over at Point Blank electronic music school in London have developed an interesting way of creating a 'relative EQ' tool using Ableton's Max for Live, this is sure to help you get multiple elements working harmoniously in your track with ease.

Learn how it works here:

Listen: The Second Summer Of Love Mixes

On April 30th, 2015 we teamed up with dublab to host an event for the Britweek celebrations. The Second Summer of Love event took place at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles and was dedicated to the rise of Acid House in the UK during 1988 and ’89.

dublab DJs Jimi Hey, Daddy Differently, Lovefingers and Heidi Lawden played classic songs from this period and paid tribute to some of the influential clubs from this era: Shoom, Trip and The Haçienda.

You can listen to their sets here:

Jimi Hey

Daddy Differently

Lovefingers and Heidi Lawden

Watch: Launchpad Pro at MusikMesse 2015

Our Brand Ambassador Thavius Beck recently took a trip to Frankfurt to give MusikMesse 2015 a sneak peek at Launchpad Pro.

Free: Isotonik Studios LaunchSync

Users of the Launch Control XL and the Launchpad range should check out this useful Max for Live application created by Isotonik Studios. LaunchSync allows you to explore new functionality within Ableton Live and create some solid live performance configurations. Get it here.

Watch: Graham Dunning's Mechanical Techno

Artist and Musician Graham Dunning has a unique and inspiring live performance setup.

In his 'Mechanical Techno' rig, Dunning uses several customised records spinning precariously on the same turntable. Each record is used to provide a different sonic element in his performance.

What do you think of his setup? Tweet us at @WeAreNovation.