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Ocaso Festival, Costa Rica, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

OCASO 2020

“Be prepared to be teleported into a quantum realm of whimsicality.”360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery × Sam Berman

At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet. 

What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat. 

Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.

Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.

A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.

Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all. 

The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list. 

Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into. 

For additional information visit Ocaso Festival.

Local Guide

Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.

If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:

Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.

Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.

Khalid, Kevin Mazur, JBL FEST, 360 MAGAZINE

Khalid × JBL Fest

The 3rd annual JBL Fest wrapped up last night in Vegas, featuring three nights of epic performances from five-time GRAMMY nominee Khalid,popstar Bebe Rexha and hip-hop icons Run DMC. Celebrity appearances throughout JBL Fest included Priyanka & Nick Jonas, Shaq and the “Vanderpump Rules” cast.

*Photo by Kevin Mazur

JBL FEST, RUN DMC, 360 MAGAZINE, LAS VEGAS

3rd Annual JBL Fest


The 3rd annual JBL Fest kicked off last night in Vegas with JBL REMIX, hosted by legendary NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal (AKA DJ Diesel) and featuring an iconic throwback performance from Run DMC on the rooftop of Caesars Palace.

 
Just before Run DMC took the stage, DJ Diesel was seen catching up with fellow “Inside the NBA” co-host Kenny Smith in the VIP lounge.

 
Artist Cey Adams, who designed some of RUN DMC’s most iconic album covers, created an immersive experience with authentic graffiti tags, streetlamps and JBL-branded subway signs to transport guests back into New York City’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s.

 
*Note: The party continues tonight for CLUB JBL!, hosted by JBL ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas and featuring even more electrifying performances from Bebe Rexha, as well as fellow JBL ambassadors Armin van Buuren and DJ Tigerlily. Plus, the cast of “Vanderpump Rules” will walk the star-studded red carpet with a surprise guest you can’t miss.   
 
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*photo credit: Kevin Mazur

360 MAGAZINE, audacity portable

Consider the Sound, Audacity for Newbies and Pro

Audacity portable is an absolute game changer when it comes to sound editing. It is simply the best tool to touch up interviews, music, voiceovers, and any other sound files you have. This brilliant tool is not only able to digitize cassettes as well as LPs but it can also record audio from various sources.

And the best part? Audacity portable stands out because it doesn’t require you to install before running it. Even better, Audacity portable is free. 

If you are a newbie or pro, audacity portable is ideal for all your sound needs. It simply turns your podcasts into professional sounds that can be appealing to your target audience. 

What it can do 

You will be amazed what audacity portable can do when it comes to editing your sounds. If you think it can only record and edit MP3 sounds, then think again! This is because audacity portable can do much more. Here are the major functions of this portable free tool. 

  1. Record live audio 

It can be utterly frustrating when you want to manually record live audio. However, recording live audio become a breeze when you are using audacity portable. It offers a better and a simpler way of recording live sounds to produce high quality sound. 

  1. Converts tapes and subsequently records into CDs or digital recordings 

The versatility of audacity portable makes it possible to convert tapes into either digital recordings or CDs. Being able to convert tapes into digital recordings is critical because it allows the music to be played in various devices that would not have been possible in the tape form. 

  1. Edit MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV sound files 

There is nothing more annoying than listening to audio sound that has background interferences. Background sounds significantly lowers the quality of any audio sounds. Background interferences can make the listener to miss out on some important information. The good news is that you can remove the background noise and end up with a high quality audio file thanks to audacity portable. 

  1. Normalize or amplify an audio tape 

Have you ever come across an audio file that is either too loud or too soft? Such a tape can either be intolerable to listen to if it is too loud or simply inaudible when it is too soft. Audacity portable makes it possible to amplify any audio file when it is either too loud or soft. When an audio file has either too loud or too soft parts then you need to normalize the file. 

  1. Change the pitch or speed of a recording 

It is possible to either speed up or even change the pitch of a sound file using this portable tool. This is usually done so as to meet some unique preference of the target audience. 

  1. Copy, cut, splice and mix various sounds together 

Splicing or mixing various sounds together is simply incredible especially when you do it using a powerful tool such as audacity portable. The tool allows you to create unique sound files by piecing together different sounds. 

Some other functions of this audio editing tool is that you can use it to truncate silence, generate various sound effects, and ripping audio directly from video files. 

Who uses audacity portable? 

If you are a beginner or a pro then this tool is designed for you. The tool is a user friendly tool that allows even a beginner to edit audio file like a professional. Better yet, the interface of this tool is customizable. This is important as it allows you to manage your workflow effectively. Simply put, it is equipped with tools that allows even a newbie to edit and end up with a professional audio file. 

Professionals find this tool even more fascinating because it make it possible to record multiple audio sources at the same time on separate tracks. The tool is therefore ideal for post-production effect processing and sound editing. 

How audacity portable is helpful for regular users

If you interact with sound editing on regular basis then this tool will offer you an incredible platform. It allows you to make your changes at a click of a button. You will be able to truncate long intros, change tempo and pitch, and even extra audio clips. 

The most captivating feature is that it is entirely portable allowing it to run effectively without having to install the free software. The fact that it is portable makes it an excellent tool for regular users because it can be carried using iPod, USB, smartphone, or any other storage device that is portable. 

Conclusion 

Audacity portable allows you to perform audacious editing anytime you what to touch up any audio file. Recording live audio, mixing sounds, changing speed, and converting tapes into digital files becomes a no-brainer task with audacity portable.