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April and May Donation

We’ve had some seriously busy months at Beatwarfare with events and performances happening quite frequently. We decided we would just combine April and May together to make the donation seem larger 😀

During Modul8 we were able to raise a total of $300 by raffling off 3 donated modules, as well as some contributions from performing artists! A big thanks to everyone that showed up and a bigger thanks to everyone that threw down for our donations. You can check out the event details to see what you missed!

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March Donation – The Plastic Pollution Coalition

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March was another great month for us at Beatwarfare. We made some new connections, got some really cool modules in stock and Tim and Emily were able to perform as Signals for Starships at Modular on the Spot!

For the month of March we decided to donate to The Plastic Pollution Coalition. We watched a very well narrated video featuring Jeff Bridges, we stopped and thought about single use plastic for awhile and it didn’t result in anything nice. Double bags from the grocery store pile up on a cabinet drawer so that we can reuse them later to pick up dog crap? Or how about at the hardware store when you buy a single pack of screws…do you really need those put into a plastic bag? It’s not just plastic bags either, it’s all plastics. So we’ve chosen to try our best to avoid using single use plastic products, I’ve even brought a silver fork into work with me and I’ll use that at taco bell later 😀

Sometimes changing the way we do things is hard, especially things that you don’t think immediately affect you, but really check out the site and read some of the information, we have been killing the planet and it’s inhabitants, which may not immediately affect you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to help make change that is needed.

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February Donation – No Kid Hungry

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Beatwarfare decided to support No Kid Hungry for February 2016.

Witnessing a child going hungry in any country is a very impacting experience. In Bolivia it was always very depressing to watch a child devour bread because they haven’t eaten for most of the day. I’ve also noticed children going hungry in our own country America, and it was even more upsetting. How can a country so rich and modern…be ok with children who only get one meal a day.

Lack of food is not the only problem we are facing, but also lack of nutritional value. It’s disturbing to watch a child express amazement that our home always has fresh fruits ready for anyone to eat. More disturbing are the facts presented by the No Kid Hungry organization https://www.nokidhungry.org/problem/hunger-facts 1 in 5 children does not get the food resources needed to stay healthy?

If you are feeling charitable this month, why not help end hunger in your own country, quite possibly something many of us take for granted.

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Modular on the Spot 02-25-2016

Another completely dope Modular on the Spot LA. Big ups to Eric and Bana for organizing the event!

Great turn out, seemed like the attendance is gaining. We do apologize for the periscope session ending early, the phone battery died, mostly because of the late start. The camera angles are also different, so the camera audio may not be like the previous sessions, it’s all a work in progress for us, so just trying to figure out what works best.

Joe Caputo – https://www.voltagecontrollab.com/

James Bernard – jamesbernardmusic.com

Delivery – www.soundcloud.com/deliveryla

Bana Haffar – https://soundcloud.com/banahaffarmusic

Mike Dobler @arrowbang – https://mikedobler.bandcamp.com/

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Modul8 announced. A free Modular Music event

Beatwarfare is very excited to announce our first Modular Music event, “Modul8.” This event will be located in the “Back to the Grind” basement, located in the heart of Downtown Riverside. Huge props to The Grind for hooking us up with a space to bring Modular Music to Riverside CA.

This is a free event but we will be accepting donations to support the Beatwarfare charity of the month. The show is all ages, and all we ask is that you bring an open mind, and positive vibes. We have artists coming from LA where the Modular Music scene is popping, so we invite everyone to come check it out and enjoy the show.

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January 2016 Charity – WAM!

For the month of January 2016, Beatwarfare donated to WAM the Women’s Audio Mission in San Francisco.

Throughout my life I have been concerned with women’s rights. I grew up with two sisters, a monther and an adopted grandfather. My grandfather was from the 1920s so he instilled in my what can only be thought of as chivalry, which at the core was just the protection and respect of of the fairer sex. Social influence is rough on boys who are not exposed to ideals in a nurturing way so I might have thought that the values I had were enough…

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Modular on the Spot 01-27-2016

First Modular on the Spot for the year 2016 went off with some sick performances and a special guest appearance by Tony Rolando from Make Noise!

Great turnout, and the Periscope broadcast brought in about 31 viewers including one that called himself Tom Erbe :). I was only able to get the audio for Bana’s set directly from the mixer, after that some technical difficulties occurred, but the videos are decent.

Can’t wait for the next one

Bana Haffar

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Modular on the Spot 11-24-2015

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I’ll have to say this was a very sick episode of Modular on the Spot. The music was completely next level and the vibe was perfect. I’m extremely glad I was able to make it and capture what memories I could. Every set was uniquely sick in its own way, and each set was equally entrancing. The sound provided by Rodent was again great for the spot, the backdrop of the riverbed was very chill under the moon light.

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Charity: The Cat’s Meow

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For the month of October Beatwarfare donated $132.51 to The Cat’s Meow animal rescue. I’m not sure what the Eurorack communities obsession with cats is about, but I do share the world’s obsession with cats. No matter how much I resist, I always end up watching each and every cat video that comes across my feed, with a sense of amazement. Internet cat lovers…we feel you.

The Cat’s Meow is a volunteer run animal rescue that saves the kittehs from high kill shelters and the streets of LA. As a pet owner (although I own dogs), I liked what I saw from The Cat’s Meow and felt inclined to give what we could to help. Pet’s are a huge responsibility, and from someone that knows, they are often a responsibility that many cannot handle. Sadly, too many times people get the super cute kittens, and as they get older they become neglected. This is a very sad and common occurrence in our world. The Cat’s Meow rehomes over 200 felines annually, after the cats have received in home rehabilitation.

Big ups to The Cat’s Meow for putting in the work.

Cheers