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Werner Herzog’s groundbreaking approach to film has always included a similar outlook when it comes to music. Despite music not becoming a part of his life till later on, Herzog has a fine ear – from his extensive collaborations with Krautrock icons Popul Vuh and cellist Ernst Reijseger to the use of classical and folk music. In this conversation at the Red Bull Music Academy New York Festival 2017, presented as part of our Director Series and hosted at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in...
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Afro-Peruvian Beats is a musical voyage that brings together international musicians Branko, Matias Aguayo and Dengue Dengue Dengue at the “Carnaval Negro” (Black Carnival) in Chincha, the largest black cultural event in Peru. The musicians are guided by the Ballumbrosio family, renowned local musicians and hosts, who serve as a creative bridge between Afro-Peruvian tradition and the visiting artists, immersing listeners in the rhythms, melodies, dance and instruments of Peru’s African...
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Unlike most other drum & bass producers, DJ Zinc is a man of many hats producing tunes at various tempos. His first non-drum & bass track, the now infamous "138 Trek," was played by UK garage kids, as well as breaks and broken beat DJs, breaking into the top 30 and eventually leading to opening his own label, Bingo Beats. In this talk at the 2005 RBMA in Seattle, Zinc explains his early beginnings and involvement in the seminal production outfit Ganja Kru, the importance of...
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Legendary Jamaican dancehall/reggae duo, Steely & Clevie recall playing together professionally as kids, appearing on classic tracks backing singers like Hugh Mundell and Gregory Isaacs. As an umbilical link between the roots and dancehall eras, they devote much of their time keeping the old flame alive. In this talk at the 2005 RBMA in Seattle, they explain why, expanding on the magic of the old songs and how they have to remind the youth of their islands musical history. They also relive...
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The virtues of dance music are either setting the pace or, in most cases, at least keeping up with the ever-changing flavours of the season. Lars Bartkuhn has a different ambition. He's aiming for longevity, combining influences like classic deep house, soul, funk or Brazilian music with modern jazz elements. Together with his brother Marek and Yannick Elverfeld he set up Needs Music in 1999, a production threesome and label based in Frankfurt that rose to international fame among music lovers...
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With his signature warm baritone voice and tension-building keyboard riffs, Leroy Burgess contributed to the success of many different projects over more than three decades – with Black Ivory, Aleem, Fonda Rae, Intrigue and Inner Life, and as Conversion and Logg amongst other pseudonyms. Whether disco-boogie or Salsoul, the underlying ingredient is always pure soul, and the minute it touches your ears, you're transported to another place. In his lecture at the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy,...
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Jamhoureya follows four daring Egyptian musicians as they reconnect with their country’s distinct rural soundscapes. Traditions are scrambled and space and time merge as cutting-edge musical minds collaborate with those carrying the ancient heartbeat of Egyptian music. Follow Egyptian electronic artists Fulltone, Hassan Abou Alam, Hussein El Sherbini and Maii Waleed as they visit Luxor, Aswan, Marsa Alam and Siwa. In each episode, the artists travel to the location of their choice within...
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Though born and initially raised in Brazil, Claudio Simonetti is synonymous with Italian music. In the ‘80s he was a pioneer of Italo disco and before that he composed soundtracks for Italian horror films such as Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead together with his progressive rock band, Goblin. The son of Enrico Simonetti, he was born into a musical family and once spent 15 weeks at No. 1 in the Italian charts – only to be knocked off by his dad. At the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy, Simonetti...
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Since the Academy likes to spread the musical landscape as far and wide as we possibly can, it felt right to have one of the most fascinating outfits in Italian musical history sit down with us as part of the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy in Rome. Founded in 1908, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra (or The Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, to be precise) was the first orchestra in the whole of Italy to devote itself to symphonic repertoire; giving the first performances of some of...
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Alex Rosner began his love affair with sound in the golden age of hi-fi – and by the early ‘70s had pioneered the first stereo soundsystem in clubs. You’re likely to hear his name mentioned in connection with the success of legendary New York clubs such as David Mancuso’s The Loft, but you might not know he radically changed the world of DJing when he came up with the prototype for another new gadget – a friendly little mixer with a cueing system called Rosie. Alex Rosner has plenty...
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Since '97, Strobocop's label Karaoke Kalk has been pumping out bleeps and jazzy riffs to cutely destroy the prevalent cliches. Besides Karaoke Kalk, artists Takagi Masakatsu, Julee Cruise and Antonelli, label boss Thorsten Lutz likes to sit on the fence, creating his own niche next to the competing camps of post-glitch a la Mouse on Mars and minimal techno that have traditionally dominated the music scene in his hometown of Cologne. Pop sensibility finds an avant-garde outpost alongside...
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The Arabian Prince has been making robots shake their shit since the early ’80s, producing his own tracks and playing live shows with The Egyptian Lover, World Class Wreckin’ Cru and the LA Dream Team. It was his early electro rap experiments which got him some serious attention and respect from his LA contemporaries, and soon his innovation in the studio and dedication to the party led to him working with N.W.A. alongside Dr Dre. In this session at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, Brother...
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Chris Reed's career began thanks to a cheap pair of used turntables and an interest in the sounds coming out of his native London, including UK garage. By the early 2000s, Reed had graduated to Rinse FM, then a leading pirate station, and to making his own beats with an ear for a sound that was becoming known as grime. His early productions attracted the attention of Aphex Twin's Rephlex label, who featured him on the first Grime compilation, and he went on to release with Soul Jazz, Boy Better...
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John Dent’s mastering credits include seminal albums by Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Motörhead, the Stranglers and a whole lot more. Key to his approach is a life-long dedication to sound, sonics and music. His mastering studio is an extension of his ears, creating an environment that allows him to recognize the equipment used on a recording, from the workstation to the length of the cables. In his lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy, Dent gave his own answer to the question of why...
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When you meet him in daylight, dBridge is a calm and laidback fellow but at night he turns out to be the producer behind some of the grittiest and grimiest tunes in drum & bass. Based in London, dBridge helped give birth to the scene in the ‘90s with a couple of seminal jungle classics, while as a DJ at the legendary Metalheadz sessions and as part of production crew Bad Company he learned to appreciate the best of both worlds. A pioneer who has stayed true to the culture while others...
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Since 1993, San Francisco-based Ubiquity and its sister labels Luv'n Haight and CuBop have been responsible for quality releases through a wide range of genres from old school jazz and funk to modern electronic music of almost virtually any style. One of the people responsible for his, as head of A&R for Ubiquity's cutting repertoire, is London-native Andrew Jervis, who at a whim moved to the Bay Area 15 years ago and got involved in the Ubiquity empire since the day he got there. Sit down...
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Maurice Fulton’s productions have been key to the growth of house music worldwide, both as a solo artist and tireless collaborator. In his lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy, Fulton went in-depth on his life and work giving a special insight into how house has captured a global imagination. TOPICS: 02:49 - Learning to DJ 07:55 - New York dance culture 24:49 - Sampling 28:42 - DJing vs. producing 33:17 - Tony Humphries MUSIC: 10:08 - Mutsumi - "No More Fake Tits"...
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As an engineer, mixer and record producer, Sylvia Massy has left her mark on three decades of music. Moving to Los Angeles in the late ’80s, Massy began her career at Larrabee Sound, where she recorded the debut EP and LP of metal icons Tool. While there she also befriended Rick Rubin, with whom she collaborated on a string of albums after moving to Sound City’s Studio B. It was at Sound City that Massy became known for creating a signature sound, with special equipment and a vintage Neve...
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If there’s a Seattle sound, then it's the sound that was powered by Sub Pop. Known to the world as grunge, it turned the sleepy north-western city into the epicenter of guitar music for years, and gave the rock world one of its most enduring icons in Kurt Cobain. In conversation at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, Sub Pop's Carly Starr, Mark Arm and Megan Jasper tell us about the label’s growth and the city’s transition, of the storm that was whipping up around them and how they survived...
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With the kind of reputation that strikes fear in the heart of anyone entering a “name the rare breaks” battle, Gerald ‘Jazzman’ Short has been running his online store and reissue label, Jazzman Records, for over a decade. Specializing in obscure U.S. music from the ‘60s onwards, he has researched and tracked down many slept-on tracks and the musicians that made them. The cratedigging addict speaks with Benji B at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy about the process of uncovering...
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If there’s a sound you associate with the 1980s Berlin underground, then there’s a good chance Gareth Jones and Alexander Hacke had a hand in it. Hacke joined the toweringly influential Einstürzende Neubauten shortly after the band’s formation in 1980. He was only 15 years old and already a member of cult favorites such as Sentimentale Jugend and Mona Mur & die Mieter. Jones for his part worked as producer and mixing engineer at the iconic Hansa Tonstudio, adding an industrial edge...
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Electro Zajal is a new RBMA documentary series exploring the marriage of zajal, a traditional form of performance poetry, with contemporary musical styles in Beirut, bringing together a master practitioner of zajal and six Lebanese electronic producers. Zajal is a form of semi-improvised, semi-sung poetry that dates to the 12th century. Despite its ancient, far-flung origins, however, zajal remains a vital tradition in modern Lebanon, with the poets, also known as zajalists, attaining high...
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DJ Radar is probably best known for his awe-inspiring cuts and boundary breaking turntablist records. On collaborations such as Private Parts with DJ Z-Trip (from the era-defining Return Of The DJ compilations) through to his work on the Deep Concentration series, Radar has consistently pushed the limits of turntable music, incorporating sounds, samples and influences that aren't necessarily thought of as staple hip-hop sources. From there he began collaborating with kindred spirits such as...
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Tim Westwood is something of a British radio legend. As the voice of hip-hop on the BBC throughout the ’90s and early ’00s, Westwood became something like English Funkmaster Flex – ubiquitous, whether you loved him or not. At the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, Westwood explained his philosophy for breaking records, coming up and how the son of an Anglican bishop came to represent a culture born on the other side of the Atlantic. TOPICS: 00:10 Early DJ sets 05:31 Pirate radio 15:16 Move to...
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It's not often you get to hear tips and advice from an original untutored electro rebel. While Kraftwerk were deep into the Western classical ting, Alexander Robotnick mixed jazz and influences from punk and new wave groups to deliver his very own take on late '70s dancefloor culture. Robotnick began his musical career with a Roland 303 and an 808 with which he laid down some demential electro, before the independent label Materiali Sonori suggested he try recording disco to make a quick buck....
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First with Joy Division and then with New Order, veteran bassist Peter Hook has played a key part in putting Manchester on the musical map. What’s more, The Haçienda – a club he and his bandmates financed – helped to kick-start the acid house scene in Europe. In this lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne, he talks about all these ventures, synth meltdowns, dodgy deals and how he fell into life as a globetrotting DJ. TOPICS: 07:46 - Manchester 10:53 - Joy Division 20:34...
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As a young man, Patrick Pulsinger moved to New York in an effort to escape Austria’s compulsory military service. Perhaps more importantly, though, it was in New York City that his love affair with acid techno began. On returning home, Pulsinger set up the record label Cheap Entertainment and began releasing music under an array of pseudonyms on imprints such as Disko B, Compost and Mo’ Wax. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy, Pulsinger gave a detailed introduction to the...
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Originally from the town of Offenburg, South-West Germany, Michael Mayer moved to Cologne with his longtime friend Tobias Thomas in the early '90s. They started DJing in various venues under the loaded name Friends Experiment. Back then, their love was house music, admiring DJ Pierre's work in particular, so when Wolfgang Voigt (aka Mike Ink) opened a Cologne branch of Frankfurt's Delirium record store, he hired Mayer to take care of the house section. By 2004, when Mayer joined us for a...
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For Beni G it all began with acid house. Before the turntablist bug bit him bad, that is. Coming up, he kept his ears open to new music. And if there’s one thing about London, it’s that there’s always the flux and flutter of new sounds. Reggae, rock, broken beat and 2-step all curried favour, finding their way into the mix. On hip-hop radio show The Boombox, Beni met his match in DJ Go. The rest, as they say, is history. From DMC and ITF titles, to spots in drum & bass clubs, the...
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Dominic Stanton is the real name behind many mysterious pseudonyms: Bakura, Rima, Sonar Circle, Umod, Yotoko. While Sonar Circle was the first nickname Dominic gave himself when experimenting with drum & bass on the legendary Reinforced label around ‘96, he has made Domu his main guise with releases on labels such as 2000 Black, Archive, Ninja Tune, Sonar Kollektiv, Compost, and Rush Hour. Domu's music is full of bold rhythms and detailed arrangements, right down to the homemade egg...
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Chris Palmer of Layered Studio in Johannesburg is often name-checked as the best mastering engineer for dance music in South Africa. He’s also cut a bold swathe across hip hop and classical jazz recording, not to mention SA’s home-grown genre of kwaito, which depends on kicking percussion and a boompty-boomp bass. In his session at the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy in Cape Town, he shared insights into the mysteries of mastering. It’s not always about what your ears can audibly perceive:...
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Forget classical training, Arto Lindsay has been involved in a wide and wonderful world of music for the last thirty years. Speaking at the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy, he takes us through formative years growing up in Brazil, his involvement in the New York no wave scene of the late '70s and how girls went crazy for a bunch of guys in suits called The Lounge Lizards. TOPICS: 04:37 - DNA 09:34 - The Lounge Lizards 16:18 - The Golden Palominos 20:58 - Brazilian roots 26:19 - Caetano Veloso 35:35...
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Jamhoureya follows four daring Egyptian musicians as they reconnect with their country’s distinct rural soundscapes. Traditions are scrambled and space and time merge as cutting-edge musical minds collaborate with those carrying the ancient heartbeat of Egyptian music. Follow Egyptian electronic artists Fulltone, Hassan Abou Alam, Hussein El Sherbini and Maii Waleed as they visit Luxor, Aswan, Marsa Alam and Siwa. In each episode, the artists travel to the location of their choice within...
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Rewind back to ’60s London. Two respectable, hard-working Indian immigrants have given birth to a dimpled baby Ritu. As we find out during this lecture from the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, her parents have a lot to be proud of. Just as the bhangra music of Punjab broke through barriers of language, caste and creed to become loved all over Pakistan and India, thanks to DJ Ritu and her colleagues, Asian music has been fusing with other forms of modern dance and hip hop to make waves around the...
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Om'mas Keith, Taz Arnold and Shafiq Husayn are a super-producing unit unlike any other. Each member learnt the ropes in various corners of the industry – carrying records for Jazzy Jay and Bambaataa, making hits for Ice T and Dr. Dre – before coming together in 2000. It was then that Taz and Shafiq called Om'mas and convinced him to join them in Los Angeles so they could make something happen for themselves. The result was Sa-Ra Creative Partners and it soon became the hip-hop industry's...
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Ice-T introduced himself immediately as one of the West Coast’s most electrifying rappers. He began to rap at the seminal electro and early hip-hop party Uncle Jamm’s Army, an event that grew from local dances to selling out the Los Angeles Sports Arena in only a few years. He went on to record a string of classic hip-hop albums in the late ’80s, eventually broadening his palette with the infamous Body Count project and extending beyond music to acting, writing and directing. Today, Ice...
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Known for crafting a brand of subtle musical techno, John Tejada has proven to the world over the years that regardless of tempo or style he always retains the quality he has become renowned for. Be it his productions on his own Palette label, his drum & bass excursions with London-based producer Klute, collaborations with Arian Leviste or Titonton Duvante, or even his post-rock electronica experiments as I’m Not A Gun, Tejada is an example of extreme creative talent which shows no genre...
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Legowelt’s tracks are all just little adventures. The Hague’s man of many guises realized early on that he could make his own version of techno without living in America, and he set about turning his “little adventures” into music with his collection of vintage synths. In this talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy in Seattle, Legowelt guides us through his favorite Hague records, how he works with his multiple aliases and the strange relationship with his most famous track, “Disco...
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Patrice went to boarding school in South Germany. Come holiday time, he would hit the highway and drive to Hamburg, hooking up with heads there, and connecting with the city’s nascent hip hop scene. That’s how he found an agent and had his debut EP Lions released in 1999 when he was just 17. As we found out at the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, Patrice was already well-versed in testifying his emotions thanks to his father, who was a political activist and poet born in Sierra Leone. For sure,...
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One of the most winsome figures in the world of international techno superstars, Tiga has been turbo-charging basslines in Canada for quite some time. He came to international renown with a tongue-in-cheek cover version of Corey Hart’s "Sunglasses At Night" (co-produced with Jori Hulkonnen), and also does a fantastic line in baroque poetry. In this lecture at the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy, the producer and label head speaks on how to get more bounce to your (digital) ounce, making...
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A man of many monikers, UK producer and DJ Matt Edwards has gone by Matthew E, Rekid and Radio Slave as a solo artist, and as Quiet Village and Sea Devils in collaboration, but he's best known for his extensive remix work and running of the Rekids label. From remixing Kylie Minogue to bringing Nina Kraviz to the world, Edwards is as much a talent as a talent-spotter in the world of dance music. How does he do it? Find out in this talk at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy. TOPICS: 04:50 - Rekid...
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Enrico Civellaro started the Archive label in 1998 after finding inspiration from the records of Carl Craig and Kirk Degiorgio (and the table tennis tables of the Reinforced Records office). Hanging out with dance music mavericks like Dego and Domu, Enrico began putting out collector-friendly records by Nubian Mindz, Nu Era, Theo Parrish, Opaque and others. A hook-up with a reggae soundsystem in Milan meant Enrico could also throw parties, and invite friends like Ian O' Brien and Titonton...
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For this special session during the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, Bugz In The Attic's Seiji and the one like Steinski team up for a little chatter about Pro Tools, Cubase, and equipment vs soul. Press play for some serious double trouble, for real. TOPICS: 00:19 Studio setup 01:45 Upgrade issues 03:50 "The New Thing" 10:14 Learn what you got 13:18 Before software 16:09 Limitations The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We...
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Wheedle’s Groove takes you straight into Seattle’s blossoming funk and soul scene of the late ’60s and early ’70s. At the time, there were over 20 live music clubs specializing in funk and soul and even more bands with big afros and crazy spacesuits, releasing 45 after 45. Most of these releases are still sought after by cratediggers today. Before teaming up on Wheedle's Groove, Robert Nesbitt spent his early days as a disc jockey at KYAC while Tony Gable played in the funk band Cold,...
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Theo Parrish is a true sonic architect – an artist whose work fuses the disco-based pulse of Chicago house with the mechanised soul of Detroit techno and the improvisational drive of jazz. In his words, “Jazz spawned house music, jazz spawned hip-hop, jazz spawned funk and they all reflect back into that.” This talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy in Seattle, sees him exploring the deepest roots of contemporary dance music and revealing his own creative motivations. TOPICS: 00:39 -...
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Electro Zajal is a new RBMA documentary series exploring the marriage of zajal, a traditional form of performance poetry, with contemporary musical styles in Beirut, bringing together a master practitioner of zajal and six Lebanese electronic producers. Zajal is a form of semi-improvised, semi-sung poetry that dates to the 12th century. Despite its ancient, far-flung origins, however, zajal remains a vital tradition in modern Lebanon, with the poets, also known as zajalists, attaining high...
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From humble beginnings in the Canadian backwaters, Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, shook off a teenage love of prog rock to get deep and spiritual with the likes of Albert Ayler and John Coltrane. A chance meeting with British producer Four Tet was all it took for the world to be exposed to his beautiful music. Speaking at the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy, he explains how you don't need a fancy set-up to make fantastic electronic music – just a crappy Radio Shack microphone, some Yamaha kids...
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Jamaica's Jeremy Harding, leading exponent of dancefloor riddims, unloads a wealth of knowledge and experience in this riveting talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy. From playing house music on Canadian radio, Harding went on to discover Sean Paul and work in the studio with Sly & Robbie. His cool, calm and collected approach combined with his infinite passion for music of all styles will teleport you out of the studio and off to an island sunset for two hours. TOPICS: 01:24 - Musical...
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Jamhoureya follows four daring Egyptian musicians as they reconnect with their country’s distinct rural soundscapes. Traditions are scrambled and space and time merge as cutting-edge musical minds collaborate with those carrying the ancient heartbeat of Egyptian music. Follow Egyptian electronic artists Fulltone, Hassan Abou Alam, Hussein El Sherbini and Maii Waleed as they visit Luxor, Aswan, Marsa Alam and Siwa. In each episode, the artists travel to the location of their choice within...
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Larry Heard truly put the “deep” into house music. Responsible for dancefloor classics such as Mr. Fingers’ seminal “Can You Feel It” and Robert Owens’ “Bring Down The Walls,” his work sits at the very foundations of the genre. In this lecture at Red Bull Music Academy Seattle 2005, Heard talks about swapping drums for drum machines, the Chicago club scene of the 1980s and his little-known forays into hip-hop production. TOPICS: 2:18 - Larry's first record 10:18 - Mystery Of...
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Qua is Cornel Wilczek, a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist. In addition to releasing two full length artist albums of his own under the Qua moniker, Cornel has engineered and produced a multitude of acts. And, as he discusses in his lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne, he's also been involved with art installations and become gently engulfed with his day job, designing sound for ads and films and producing wonderful closed-eyes movie soundtracks of burbling acoustic...
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Sebastian Niessen was the synthesizer engineer for Kraftwerk, playing an integral part in crafting the sounds that became an influence on the hip-hop and dance music you hear today. After Kraftwerk, Sebastian continued to work as a sound engineer, moving to NYC in 1984 where he worked on soundtracks for Raising Arizona and Barton Fink. As he explains during this lecture at the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, he continues to design instruments and modify synthesizers and has helped many of...
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His real name is Michael Jackson, but he’s no relation to the moonwalking King of Pop. Still, Oh No has carved out an enviable beat-making career and does have a sibling who’s big in the industry: his brother, Stones Throw mainstay Madlib. Oh No’s own trademark, raw and stuttering flips have formed the backdrop to many an underground anthem for artists such as Declaime, Cornbread and his good friend from Oxnard, California, Roc C. In this lecture at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy in...
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Jamhoureya follows four daring Egyptian musicians as they reconnect with their country’s distinct rural soundscapes. Traditions are scrambled and space and time merge as cutting-edge musical minds collaborate with those carrying the ancient heartbeat of Egyptian music. Follow Egyptian electronic artists Fulltone, Hassan Abou Alam, Hussein El Sherbini and Maii Waleed as they visit Luxor, Aswan, Marsa Alam and Siwa. In each episode, the artists travel to the location of their choice within...
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DJ Harvey’s influence in the dance world is all out of proportion to his own fame. Known to some as the bloke who played early hours at Ministry Of Sound and to others as the driving force behind the Black Cock re-edit label and Map of Africa, he's a cult icon to the crowd who look back on the disco era as the birth of dance. He was also an early exponent of the balearic sound, which has taken him from Ibiza to Venice Beach and beyond. In conversation at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy,...
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Jimmy Douglass actually commenced his studio career while still attending high school, securing a job as a tape duplicator/editor at the Atlantic Records facility in New York. There he was able to observe legendary figures such as Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin apply their skills to some now-historic recordings. Not a bad education for a novice. During the studio's downtime he also taught himself how to work the custom-made 16-channel console. What's more, when Douglass asked Wexler if...
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Bobbito Garcia is a radio host, filmmaker and basketball enthusiast whose voice and passion guided an entire generation. As one half of The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show, broadcasted out of Columbia University’s WKCR weekly between 1990 and 1998, Bobbito helped to launch the careers of hip-hop legends like Nas, the Notorious BIG, Jay Z and Big Pun. But while the man also known as Kool Bob Love is often remembered for his contributions to hip-hop culture, his reputation goes beyond: He...
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Perhaps the slickest funk/soul group of the mid-’80s and one of the UK’s finest musical exports, Loose Ends and Carl McIntosh weren’t just the bomb in ‘85 - they’ve gone on to influence countless of today’s dance producers and DJs around the world. As well as penning the timeless “Hangin’ On A String,” Carl has crafted keyboard and guitar chops for soul supremos like D’Angelo, Beverly Knight, Caron Wheeler and Leon Ware as well as Pete Rock. A master of songwriting and...
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Brian Cross first encountered hip-hop in the early '80s, a meeting that sealed a lifelong love affair between the music, the culture and the young Irish photographer. Cross eventually moved to Los Angeles for post-graduate studies. One of his professors was the influential author of City Of Quartz, Mike Davies. Davies encouraged Brian to combine his love of hip-hop culture, photography and politics. This led to It's Not About A Salary - Rap And Resistance In L.A., one of the earliest published...
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Glasgow's Alex Smoke is someone you always thought would do something good, then suddenly he seemed to write two classic techno albums overnight. The Detroit-based, Euro-sounding 4/4 stuff he makes is assured and impressive. With the backing of Soma Records, Smoke has been making a name for himself among techno's most established producers with strong efforts like his 2005 debut, Incommunicado and a slew of remixes for the likes of Pete Tong, Depeche Mode, Junior Boys, and Steve Reich. In this...
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Bob Moog changed the face of popular music by producing the first ever commercially available synthesizers. The first Moog Modular was knocked up for fun as a project for his musician friend Herbert Deutsch. But pretty soon, after the first strains of synthesizer success by Walter/Wendy Carlos, the Moog stole its way into the heart of rock and jazz fusion, and helped instigate all types of electronic music. Though he may have left us for a higher plane, as we found out at the 2003 Red Bull...
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Jamhoureya follows four daring Egyptian musicians as they reconnect with their country’s distinct rural soundscapes. Traditions are scrambled and space and time merge as cutting-edge musical minds collaborate with those carrying the ancient heartbeat of Egyptian music. Follow Egyptian electronic artists Fulltone, Hassan Abou Alam, Hussein El Sherbini and Maii Waleed as they visit Luxor, Aswan, Marsa Alam and Siwa. In each episode, the artists travel to the location of their choice within...
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In this talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy in Seattle, the late legend Leon Ware waxes nostalgic about his extensive musical career and songwriting for Motown Records. Leon Ware was a critically acclaimed Motown songwriter and arranger who recorded some of the greatest albums ever made. Born in Detroit in 1940 as the seventh son of a Ford worker and a beautician, Leon Ware's first song came together at age nine. When the '60s began he joined the producer staff of Motown where he worked...
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On this very special couch session at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy, we sit down with Arthur Verocai, a true pioneer of Brazilian music. Arthur takes us along the streets of Rio back in the '60s, when Brazil had just won the world cup, the first cars were being made, and, in spite of an oppressive dictatorship, bossa nova was born. Arthur displays some of his dextrous light-fingered moves on the neck of his guitar, while also telling us how he got hold of the first synthesizer to arrive in...
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Daniel Wang makes and plays gleaming, disco-influenced music that draws inspiration from early house and techno. Born in California, he spent seven years of his childhood in Taiwan before heading to New York to work in instrument and record shops. Sick of the changes to the city's artistic scenes post 9/11 he quit the States for Berlin in '03 and hasn't looked back. Wang takes his music seriously. He used to be obsessed with making a good bassline and is now concerned with structure and...
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Born in Rio, Eumir Deodato got his first break at age 17 when he arranged and conducted a 28-piece orchestra. He ultimately became one of the city’s most active arrangers and pianists, recording for Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim. In 1968, Deodato moved to NYC, working with Luiz Bonfa and scoring the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. His reputation was further strengthened by pop arrangements for Frank Sinatra, Roberta Flack, and Kool & The Gang. In a rare talk at the...
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In a composing career that has stretched over five decades, hundreds of films and thousands of songs, Bappi Lahiri has established himself as an unparalleled force in the world of Bollywood and beyond. The Bengali-born singer is regarded as the first artist to introduce disco to Indian cinema, a stylistic shift that had a seismic impact on the genre’s vibrant musical personality for years to come. A former playback singer before transitioning into composing “filmi music,” Lahiri maintains...
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Uwe Schmidt, aka Atom Heart, modern laptop legend and king of the pseudonym, has been lost in the Chilean wilderness for the last eight years, despite keeping up a busy release schedule on Raster-Noton, Rather Interesting, and many other labels. We coaxed the prolific German producer over to the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy to talk about living and breathing Latin American music, finally getting to a place where you can re-interpret Kraftwerk, the deep science of the cover version, his Japanese...
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Kerri Chandler is known and respected as one of the original creators of New Jersey's deep house sound. His basslines have rocked the set of every discerning house DJ over the course of the last 15 year. Chandler grew up during the days of the infamous Zanzibar club and its resident DJ, Tony Humpries. In this session at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, Kerri talks about his first steps in production, working for major companies and the funny situations father and son encounter throwing parties...
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From being the first European DJ to play at the Sound Factory in NYC to influencing people like Patrick Pulsinger, Claudio Coccoluto has been around the block more than a few times. At the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy the man behind the Belo Horizonti duo recounted stories of aural sensations, the duties of a DJ as a guardian of music and mixing from memory and fantasy. TOPICS: 00:12 - House 07:32 - Goa club 16:06 - '80s Italy 20:13 - Italian influences 24:46 - Mixing 26:48 - Basement Jaxx...
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The name Mizell may not set bells ringing in every household, but to those of us who devour the small print on the backs of record sleeves, they’re legends, a family that has made its mark on music as firmly as any alive. Larry, Fonce and Rod penned the famous early hits for the Jackson 5, ushered jazz and funk breathlessly into each other’s arms (complete with synthesizers), and are even responsible for the odd disco hit. They also found time to help put a man on the moon, but that’s...
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David Matthews could never have imagined the surreal path his career as a musician and arranger would take him. From a quiet, sleepy existence in rural Kentucky, to filling in charts for the minister of the heavy funk, James Brown, David Matthews was working at the right hand side of the man who was to redefine modern music forever. Like many of the great musicians who surrounded James, history has seen his work eclipsed and sidelined by the myth of the godfather of soul himself. Fortunately,...
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It sounds somewhat like a modern fairy tale. A seven-piece band called Fat Freddy’s Drop, out of Wellington, New Zealand, starts off playing local gigs and builds a solid fan base. They record an album in their own studio, distribute it privately and go double platinum in their native country. Racking up several awards for their debut effort, including 2005 Album Of The Year at the Worldwide Music Awards, FFD embarks on a worldwide tour. This the stuff of any musician’s dreams, all the...
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In this lecture from the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy, former Jurassic 5 DJ Cut Chemist talks about his friendship with rapper Hymnal and their memories of the early Los Angeles rap scene. From breakdancing in the streets to hanging at seminal open-mic night the Good Life, both men offer an insider’s perspective on how it went down on the Left Coast. Cut Chemist also talks in detail about sampling laws and the best way to negotiate a path through this musical minefield. TOPICS: 6:20 - Early DJ...
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Rick Essig, co-owner of the Master Cutting Room, has been one of New York’s top mastering engineers for the past 20 years. As he told us at the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, Rick virtually lived at Record Plant, a studio that hosted people such as John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, and his dedication paid off when he moved up to Master Cutting Room, and learned the art of mastering and lacquer cutting. Since then, he’s been behind hits like Yoko Ono’s “Walking On Thin Ice,” Loleatta...
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At its peak in the mid-70s, Italy’s Baia Degli Angeli was the most glamorous and musically adventurous nightclub in Europe, a rival to New York's Studio 54. Spread over four floors, the focus of the club's over-the-top interior was the moving DJ booth – located inside a glass elevator – where Claudio Rispoli, AKA Moz-Art, hypnotized clubbers with an eclectic selection of disco hits, soul, reggae, Afrobeat and even library music. The off-kilter DJing style he perfected alongside fellow...
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Seattle journalist Paul de Barros has interviewed every jazz legend you can think of and covers festivals around the world. He writes a weekly column for the Seattle Times and is a contributor to Downbeat magazine. His 1993 book Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots Of Jazz In Seattle is a tribute to the rich musical history of his adopted hometown and digs deep into its social and political context. In this talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy in Seattle, he takes a journey through time and...
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Even if you're not familiar with his name, you know Bob Power's work if you bought a good hip hop record some time between 1990 and the mid-2000s. From true-school classics like A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders or The Low End Theory, through to defining the seminal sound of The Roots on four of their groundbreaking albums, or even helping out on dancefloor party jams like Dee-Lite's ”Groove Is In The Heart“, Bob Power's contribution to the history of urban beats is vast. But you...
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UK-born, Berlin-based Ewan Pearson has been turbo-boosting dancefloors since 1996. In that time he wrote a book and released a gaggle of challenging tracks. Pearson’s productions surprise even the most jaded ears - like the man, they’re offbeat, but on point, with a charmingly unpretentious disposition. He’s also put his addictive techno-pop touch to remixes for Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp, Erlend Øye, and Depeche Mode (among many others), and even produced albums for Tracey Thorn and The...
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To many, Sir Mix-A-Lot is best known for his booty anthem “Baby Got Back.” But as this talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy in his home town of Seattle reveals, he is a real-deal hip-hop pioneer. Here, he looks back on his early partnership with Sea Town legend Nes Rodriguez, his breakout moment and how a well-known music-industry figure in ripped jeans and a beat-up Dodge helped him hone his image, a persona that would later lead him into the trap of making music for money rather than...
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They don't come much more Motor City than Black Milk. Just growing up in Detroit is a lesson in beat-making and this man took to producing like kids take to a cookie jar, forging instantly recognizable instrumentals for the likes of Slum Village and 313 favorite Dwele while still a teenager. In this lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne, we take a trip inside the mind of a real hip-hop virtuoso. TOPICS: 01:13 - Hip-hop 08:30 - Slum Village 13:10 - Detroit 20:36 - Underground...
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Michaela Melián grew up the classical way, playing in orchestras from a young age. During art college she was asked to found Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle with fellow art fanzine contributors, and she immediately swapped her cello for the bass guitar. F.S.K. have always been the punk band's punk band, in spirit if not in style, with an against-the-grain ethos that means they're likely to change shape just when you think you have a grip on them. Never one to respect convention, let alone...
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The sound of Los Angeles’s current spiritual jazz and beat scene is shaped by many hearts and minds, as well as the ears and creativity of Benjamin Tierney. Beginning as an in-house engineer at Bomb Shelter Studios in downtown Los Angeles, the Minnesota native immersed himself in LA’s beat and jazz underground in 2007 following a chance encounter with Carlos Niño. In 2009, Tierney was brought on to record, mix and co-produce the seminal project *Suite for Ma Dukes*, an orchestral EP by...
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As one of the first DJs to make it onto the radio, Kool DJ Red Alert was there when hip-hop history began. In this talk at the 2005 RBMA in Seattle, Red takes us through the days when it was a local phenomenon, confined to a few blocks in the South Bronx. He talks about Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and the other legends who laid down the template. We hear about the records that rocked the block parties, the equipment that was used to blow up the sound, the local stars who...
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Tony Colman is today best known for his work as London Elektricity and the label he runs, Hospital Records. He has been working hard since day one, back in 1988 when his Tottenham-based jazz-funk band IZIT spent their last 200 pounds to press up a batch of vinyl. As we found out at the 2003 academy, Tony has been hooked on running independently ever since. Another Tottenham crew, known as Shut Up And Dance, turned him on to faster flavours - and in '95 he and Chris Goss debuted their own brand...
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Having stepped out on labels like Itiswhatitis, Perlon, and his own Wagon Repair, New Zealand born Canadian prodigy Mathew Jonson has stomped loudly yet elegantly through the world of techno. A piano and percussion maestro from a young age, he combines musicality with proper, hands-on, analog outboard action. Gilles Peterson and Laurent Garnier are just two of those who've said "yes" to Mathew Jonson's mutability. In this talk at the 2005 RBMA in Seattle, Mathew explains his studio...
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Don't be surprised to learn that George Michael and Madness played a role in kicking off Sway's career in grime. A club kid from the UK, Sway built a well respected mixtape empire within the Empire before releasing his humbly entitled debut album This Is My Demo, picking up countless awards along the way. According to him, his success is comes from an extensive knowledge of self, and more importantly, from ignoring all musical boundaries. In this talk at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy in...
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One of the pioneers of the acid jazz sound, and member of the seminal production outfit United Future Organisation, Toshio Matsuura has been a driving force on the Japanese music scene for two decades. These days, he works on a solo tip: most notably on a James Brown remix that turned more than just a few heads. In this lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy, Matsuura joins Gerd Janson to dive into his fascinating work. TOPICS: 07:45 - Dingwalls 13:17 - United Future Organisation 18:45 -...
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Everyone who lives in Montreal is super nice, even the local politicians, but Deadbeat is just that bit nicer. If you make it out to the annual Mutek festival you'll see what we mean. Anyway, Scott Monteith, aka Deadbeat, makes his own type of dub-laden, minimal-leaning electronics on several labels but has also been known to dress up like a farm hand and charge around a stage in the mighty two-man electronic barndance ensemble known as Crackhaus with good friend Steve Beaupre. Monteith talks...
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Born and raised across the River Mersey from Liverpool, Greg Wilson is one of the original DJs who introduced British club audiences to the revolutionary dance music sounds coming out of New York City: disco, electro-funk and hip hop. A resident at Manchester’s legendary Haçienda, he retired at an early age in 1984, but has returned to the decks since and received the hero's welcome befitting his role in the history of dance music. Along the way, he introduced a whole new generation of...
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This video is part of Red Bull 20 Before 17, a look back at Red Bull’s year in music through its 20 biggest moments. Check out the other exclusive videos, tracks and interactive experiences at www.redbull.com/20before17 Korean Red Bull Music Academy alumna Miso Kim finally took to the international stage this year. Red Bull produly presents her brand-new song and music video. A collaboration with the London and Tel Aviv based animation director / visual artist Sivan Kidron, this video is a...
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On Sunday October 15, 2017, Red Bull Music Academy and Ryoji Ikeda presented the world’s largest synth orchestra. The project brought together 100 car owners from the Los Angeles area, who performed the piece by playing their car soundsystems via a sine wave synthesizer that Ikeda developed in collaboration with RBMA’s Tatsuya Takahashi and Berlin-based firm E-RM Erfindungsbüro. The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We...
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The cornerstone and pioneer of UK techno, Kirk DeGiorgio has been tirelessly delivering the original message of Detroit techno, born out of a city renowned for its soul music and its factories. In this lecture at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, Kirk takes us on his journey of discovery: Listening to his aunt's soul records, reading Echoes, working in record shops, taking a trip to Chicago and finally arriving at the Metroplex hub in Detroit, learning how Derrick May, Shake Shakir and Juan...
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Clare Fischer may not be a household name, but to the cognoscenti it rings loud and true. He began his career in L.A. in the late '50s as a keyboardist, composer, bandleader and arranger and has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Prince and Celine Dion. In this freewheeling session at the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, he and his son Brent explain all about arranging and reveal why you should never listen to producers or record labels. TOPICS: 15:01 - Latin music 18:42 - Electronic...
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Electro Zajal is a new RBMA documentary series exploring the marriage of zajal, a traditional form of performance poetry, with contemporary musical styles in Beirut, bringing together a master practitioner of zajal and six Lebanese electronic producers. Zajal is a form of semi-improvised, semi-sung poetry that dates to the 12th century. Despite its ancient, far-flung origins, however, zajal remains a vital tradition in modern Lebanon, with the poets, also known as zajalists, attaining high...
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Tim van Berkestijn was born in 1977, the year that the Brother Johnson's version of "Strawberry Letter 23" went to number 1 and Chet Baker released "Autumn Leaves" and "Far Away" (with Astrud Gilberto). Tim's parents were hip to all of it, not forgetting the Carpenters. Little did they know that 27 years later, their son would come full circle and re-invent himself as Benny Sings to debut his own version of incandescent pop in major keys. Lush, swinging...
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Uncompromising, ever-changing and always intriguing – that’s Mike Paradinas in a nutshell. Producing innovative and idiosyncratic music since the early 1990s, he has recorded under aliases, including μ-Ziq, Tusken Raiders, Kid Spatula and Jake Slazenger. His work – which takes in everything from hazy pop to breakcore – has been released by Virgin, Clear and Rephlex, and now he heads up his own eclectic and highly respected imprint, Planet Mu. In this lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music...
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Darshan Jesrani grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York, population 43,000. In this sleepy town, he started out breakdancing and (legend has it) hacking with an underground network of computer nerds. Next came music. As he told us at the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, Darshan explored techno frontiers before starting to dig up records that Shep Pettibone had dropped on Kiss FM back in the day. Via the net he crossed paths with Morgan Geist, and they established a unique sound that put the name Metro...
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Ready D was born in District Six, Cape Town. At the age of ten, during the height of the Apartheid Era, his family, together with thousands of other so-called “coloured” families, were forcibly removed from District Six to the Cape Flats – a desolate township on the other side of Table Mountain. As he tells us direct from the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, he was constantly surrounded by gangs and poverty, before hip hop and breakdancing culture began to infiltrate the nation. Eventually he...
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Mira Calix grew up in the siege economy of apartheid-era South Africa. Scarce imports drove her to leave the country, seeking musical immediacy. Once in London, her love for bands like My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins propelled her towards what labels like Warp Records were doing, and pretty soon she was at the heart of this new electronic movement. As she tells us during the 2003 Red Bull Music Academy, Mira has been a heavy pusher of fresh sounds ever since, whether behind the...
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