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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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In her fascinating lecture at the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy Cosey Fanni Tutti delved into the emotion, messages and meanings in art. Starting her career in the late 1960s, Cosey Fanni Tutti went on to become a seismic force in experimental music. Whether delivering confrontational performance art as part of COUM Transmissions, pioneering industrial music with Throbbing Gristle, or constructing a prototype for acid house in Carter Tutti, her work has invariably been years ahead of its time. As...
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Adegbenga “Benga” Adejumo, alongside his partner in crime Oliver “Skream” Jones, burst forth from the south London borough of Croydon in the early 2000s with a string of minimalist productions that would forever alter a sound that soon crystalized as dubstep. Hanging around the Big Apple record shop and making beats on Playstation, Benga’s infectious energetic take on the new London sound made him a household name while still in his teens. Following dubstep’s global takeover in the...
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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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As part of the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour 2011, five hip-hop legends – each representing one of the five boroughs of New York, the birthplace of hip-hop – took the couch over five days, and each lecture was followed by a show in their own neighborhood. In an interview with longstanding RBMA team member, Jeff “Chairman” Mao, Crooklyn’s finest, Black Moon, discussed the group’s history, their seminal album Enta Da Stage, and more. TOPICS: 3:41 - New York 9:47 - How the group...
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Matmos is widely respected for their sonic adventures at the vanguard of electronic music. The Baltimore duo of Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt have made a career out of sampling strange and corporeal sounds, including the sound of vacuum-cleaned body fat. In their 2010 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Daniel and Schmidt discuss everything from working with Björk and sampling to their 2008 album Supreme Balloon. TOPICS: 00:34 - Medical technology 06:34 - Drew & Martin 17:20 - Sampling 29:31...
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Maseo of De La Soul sat down on the Red Bull Music Academy couch for Boombox's 5th annual celebration of the life and music of J Dilla in Los Angeles. In his discussion with Cognito from Frolab, Maseo discussed the art of the posse cut, sampling, meeting J Dilla, and more. TOPICS: 12:53 – Breakthrough tracks 14:35 – What happened to the art of the posse cut? 22:30 – On sampling 28:10 – Group identity 37:33 – Meeting J Dilla 52:30 – Gang culture MUSIC: 1:21 – De La Soul – “Me...
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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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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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In this public conversation as part of Sónar Reykjavík, Sigurðsson discussed his career, from founding Greenhouse Studios to recording his latest album, Dissonance, and detailed his particular approach to composition. Valgeir Sigurðsson is an Icelandic musician who blends the familiar and esoteric, exposing the new within the known. Over the last two decades, Sigurðsson has cultivated projects by diverse international artists via the Bedroom Community label, which he co-founded with Ben...
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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 go-to guy for anyone seeking the analogue dream in a digital world, mastering engineer John Dent started in the glory days of the industry working at Island Records in ‘70s and placed himself at the heart of London’s sound world seeing the birth of the CD and the explosion of digital. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy Dent explained why digital sound is inferior to analogue and why mp3 doesn’t even register while taking us through the mastering process step by step....
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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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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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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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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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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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Rhymeantics was a night of performances that took place in Liverpool as part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy UK tour. With a lineup of MCs and poets curated by D Double E of Newham Generals, Rhymeantics celebrated some of our generation’s true storytellers, with outstanding a cappella rhymes pouring forth in an electric atmosphere from artists such as AJ Tracey, Jamms, Footsie, Ocean Wisdom, Tommy Genesis and more – RBMA was on hand to capture the best of these moments of lyrical skill....
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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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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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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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Kutcha Edwards is a member of the Stolen Generations, a member of the Matimati people, aboriginal Australians, removed from his parents at 18 months. He began a music career as an adult, inspired partly by seeing the legendary bluesman Robert Cray. At first he joined the band Watbalimba before forming Blackfire, a group composed of aboriginal people who sung of their struggle. In 2002 he released his debut solo album, Cooinda, named after the children home he was put into by the government. In...
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Appleblim is one of dubstep’s most experimental sons, always pushing at the edges of UK bass by borrowing from dub, techno, garage or house. Best known for his work with Shackleton on the short-lived but influential Skull Disco imprint, the man born Laurie Osborne has since spread his wings on his own label, Apple Pips, and by looking further afield into the expansive world of techno. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy, Appleblim recalled inspirational London raves, how he came...
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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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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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Tokyo-born Makoto made a name for himself in the drum & bass scene thanks to killer keys and melodies, exemplified across various solo and collaborative projects for labels such as LTJ Bukem’s Good Lookin’ Records. Inspired by classical music and fellow countryman Ryuichi Sakamoto, his story is one of highs and lows. Despite blazing a trail with his early work and establishing himself in a competitive UK scene from the other side of the world, he encountered some unfortunate contractual...
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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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Starting out in garage-rock band The Nazz, Todd Rundgren moved seamlessly through prog, power pop, and hard rock and became a heavyweight record producer, with the massive multiplatinum _Bat Out Of Hell_ to his credit. Despite this he’s always championed new technology, experimenting with synthesizers and becoming one of the first rock artists to explore the possibilities of video production and Internet distribution. Despite early solo success with 1972’s _Something/Anything?_, he...
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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 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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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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As part of the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour in 2012, five hip-hop legends – each representing one of the five boroughs of New York, the birthplace of hip-hop – took the couch over five days, and each lecture was followed by a show in their own neighborhood. In this session, hosted by the author Alvin Blanco (The Wu-Tang Clan And RZA), Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna, Allah Mathematics and Masta Killa sat down to discuss the making of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Wu slang, and more....
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The Junction: An Animated Series of Creative Encounters Stories of musical magnetism – how unique musical collaborations came to be. Animated short films tell the funny and often unexpected stories of artists, how they met, and the music they created together. The Junction includes episodes with Chilly Gonzales & Peaches, Lunice & Ango & 247esp, A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs, Jessy Lanza & Jeremy Greenspan, BadBadNotGood & Samuel T. Herring and Kaytranada & River Tiber....
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Marco Passarani was there when Rome switched from disco to acid house, and even played his own small part in the transition as a radio DJ. Since then, he’s been immersed in the scene, running labels, making his music and DJing all over. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy, he talks dance music in the Italian capital, the ups and downs of running a label, how to avoid being messed around by the majors and what to do in the age of collapsing sales. TOPICS: 05:15 - Rome 15:32 -...
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From his days pitching for design work from London’s thriving network of independent record labels through to his arrival on the other side of the desk as boss of Output Recordings, Trevor Jackson has survived on the strength of his ideas. These can be seen in his award-winning sleeve art, the grainy hip-hop of his Underdog alias and Playgroup’s disco-lit take on post-punk funk. In his 2010 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, he talks about being true to his vision and making music that stands...
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Trevor Horn started small and became huge. He spent his early career as a session musician, playing bass on cheap and nasty albums of hits covers, before producing mostly forgotten sides by John Howard and girlfriend Tina Charles. But his massive success as one-hit wonder Buggles, “Video Killed The Radio Star,” gave him entry to the big league and before long he was producing landmark records with ABC and Malcolm McLaren. Renowned as an early champion of then-new electronic technology, Horn...
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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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Tom Zé was born in 1936 in Bahia, Brazil. Now he's recognized worldwide as one of the godfathers of the tropicália musical and cultural movement, creating psychedelic, subversive and inspiring songs that have gone influenced and inspired musicians including Beck, Tortoise and David Byrne. In 2011 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, he traces the origins of this counter culture, the dictatorship in Brazil, his first albums, and gives a spontaneous recitation of the Madrid telephone directory....
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El Guincho is a one-man carnival, a Canary Islander concocting macro sounds from micro samples, a Panda Bear you can dance to. Growing up in an isolated holiday destination with only his father’s record collection to link him to the world, Guincho’s sample experiments brought him to the attention of Young Turks and XL records, bringing his twinkling sound to a wider audience. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy, he talked about the experience of growing up on a small island,...
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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 their 2013 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, the unlikely duo discusses their respective musical backgrounds, their approach to collaboration, their absorbing live performances, and more. Ryuichi Sakamoto came to worldwide fame as a member of influential Japanese synth-pop outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra. Making abundant use of new synthesizers, samplers and recording technology, they pioneered a new electro-pop sound, with tracks like "Firecracker / Computer Game" becoming electro...
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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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Philip Owusu and Robin Hannibal are a Danish production and songwriting duo whose 2006 debut album, Living With…, turned a lot of heads and pricked a lot of ears. Originally from Copenhagen, the pair celebrated both their Danish heritage and America’s soul music on the album, which landed them with Ubiquity Records. In this lecture at the 2007 Red Bull Music Academy, Owusu and Hannibal sat down to discuss Living With…, who does what and the best places to capture vocals. TOPICS: 01:40 -...
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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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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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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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Rhymeantics was a night of performances that took place in Liverpool as part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy UK tour. With a lineup of MCs and poets curated by D Double E of Newham Generals, Rhymeantics celebrated some of our generation’s true storytellers, with outstanding a cappella rhymes pouring forth in an electric atmosphere from artists such as AJ Tracey, Jamms, Footsie, Ocean Wisdom, Tommy Genesis and more – RBMA was on hand to capture the best of these moments of lyrical skill....
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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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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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Hailing from Durham, North Carolina Little Brother heralded a new wave of early 2000s rap acts with a clear debt to the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy and De La Soul whom they saw as big brothers to their own musical aspirations. Composed of producer 9th Wonder and rappers Big Pooh and Phonte, the group’s 2003 debut album, The Listening, instantly put them on the map just as a different kind of Southern hip-hop sound was rising to dominance. Soon after the group moved from the...
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Joseph Junior Adenuga AKA Skepta never wanted to be an MC, but in the end it proved to be where he was most comfortable. Growing up in London in a Nigerian household alongside his brother JME, Skepta began as a DJ before moving behind the mic as his brother made his way into the grime scene. Following some work with the Medirian and Roll Deep crews, Skepta and JME founded Boy Better Know and in a few years found themselves travelling around the world on the back of mixtapes, performances and...
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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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Stuart Hawkes is a mastering engineer at London’s Metropolis where he has lent his ears to shaping records from Amy Winehouse to Katy B, Disclosure to Craig David. It’s the finishing touches Hawkes bring which make the songs people come to love stand out. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy, Hawkes walked the audience through the technical hoops of audio technology and shed some light on what happens at the end of the music-making process. TOPICS: 7:35 - What mastering is...
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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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Alongside long-time collaborator Drake, Boi-1da pointed hip-hop into new directions at the end of the 2000s with hits like “Forever” and “Best I Ever Had.” To say it all went fast from there would be a massive understatement. Not only did Boi-1da help shape a new sound for Toronto and Canadian hip-hop, he has had his hands in everything from major projects like Eminem’s Recovery and Relapse (including the Grammy-winning “Not Afraid”), Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Meek Mill to...
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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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Rhymeantics was a night of performances that took place in Liverpool as part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy UK tour. With a lineup of MCs and poets curated by D Double E of Newham Generals, Rhymeantics celebrated some of our generation’s true storytellers, with outstanding a cappella rhymes pouring forth in an electric atmosphere from artists such as AJ Tracey, Jamms, Footsie, Ocean Wisdom, Tommy Genesis and more – RBMA was on hand to capture the best of these moments of lyrical skill....
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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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Rhymeantics was a night of performances that took place in Liverpool as part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy UK tour. With a lineup of MCs and poets curated by D Double E of Newham Generals, Rhymeantics celebrated some of our generation’s true storytellers, with outstanding a cappella rhymes pouring forth in an electric atmosphere from artists such as AJ Tracey, Jamms, Footsie, Ocean Wisdom, Tommy Genesis and more – RBMA was on hand to capture the best of these moments of lyrical skill....
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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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Jeremy Greenspan got his start in Hamilton, where in 1999 he founded Junior Boys with Johnny Dark, an electronic pop duo that took inspiration from the vastness of their surroundings, house and techno and the small moments of emotion in everyday life. The pair spent years working out of their bedroom, collaborating and making demos but seemingly getting nowhere. It was after Dark had left the band in 2002 that their demo was eventually heard by KIN Records and the Junior Boys officially debuted...
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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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By hip-hop standards, Nottz is something of a recluse, preferring to stay out of the limelight and let his beats do the talking. The Norfolk, Virginia native got his start in the late ’90s rap underground with beats for the _Lyricist Lounge_ compilation and Busta Rhyme’s _Extinction Level Event_ album. From there he quietly continued his ascension into the ranks of hip-hop’s most versatile producers with beats for Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and the late J Dilla’s shelved MCA album. In this...
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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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Martyn was first inspired to take up music by the drum & bass sounds he heard pouring out of London in the ’90s. Since then he’s gradually spread his wings, first promoting, then DJing, and now music-making, spawning a whole new non-genre of Martyn music for his own 3024 and other labels. From Eindhoven to Rotterdam to Washington, his well-travelled sound incorporates myriad influences while retaining its distinctive identity, probably down to its inside-out conception. In this lecture...
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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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Growing up in East Harlem in the ’40s and ’50s, Joe Bataan had to learn street smarts. Time spent with the local gang led him to prison and upon release he turned to music, making his first steps into a life-changing direction. He soon formed his first band, blending the local boogaloo and doo-wop sounds. The release of “Gypsy Woman” in 1967 was his first success and lead to more albums and production work. In 1973, he combined salsa and soul and co-founded the Salsoul label, one of the...
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The story of Matt ‘Recloose’ Chicoine slipping a demo into Carl Craig’s sandwich is etched into techno folklore. The move led to Recloose signing to Planet E with an acclaimed debut and a world tour as part of Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra. Eventually Recloose traded the urban environs of Detroit for the beaches of Tatahi Bay in New Zealand. In 2005 he scored an underground club hit and the following year a nomination for best dance album at the New Zealand Music Awards. In this lecture...
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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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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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Martyn Ware has long been at the razor-sharp edge of electronic music, both as a founder and member of seminal bands like The Human League and, more lately, through his eye-widening, ear-enlivening explorations into sound design and sonic art. This is a man who helped shape the careers of numerous artists and is responsible for plenty of tracks you can place at their first beat. In this lecture at the 2007 Red Bull Music Academy, Ware recalled sneaking into gigs, discovering synths and the...
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Brian Fallon is a songwriting tour de force: ask Maria, Marilyn or Matilda. From his four albums with the Gaslight Anthem, to his soulful solo work and his Horrible Crowes side project, Fallon is one of the great storytellers of our time. Hailing from the working class streets of New Jersey, he’s very open about the influences he draws from, be they hometown or worldy. In a 2012 public interview with Red Bull Music Academy in New Jersey, Fallon discussed his influences, storytelling,...
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James Holden may be quiet and unassuming, but his music is as dirty as it comes. The Border Community head honcho went from being trance wunderkind to single-minded purveyor of mussed-up techno, with his second album, The Inheritors, released to high praise in 2013. In his lecture at the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy in London, Holden talks about wiring things up the wrong way, telling A&R men where to go and why you can mix anything, as long as it’s in the right key. TOPICS: 0:53 -...
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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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Randy Muller is the brains behind a stack of 1970s classics. Working with bands such as Brass Construction, BT Express and Skyy, he brought orchestral strings to funk, was at the forefront of synth disco and a stalwart of the mighty Salsoul label. As an arranger, producer and songwriter Muller has been responsible for hundreds of songs, many of which would go on to become classics and influence his contemporaries. In this lecture at the 2007 Red Bull Music Academy, he talks about playing steel...
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As part of the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour in 2011, five hip-hop legends took to the couch over five days, discussing five classic albums from New York's five different boroughs. Representing Harlem, The Diplomats held court at the Harlem School of the Arts with hip-hop’s official gossip queen and radio presenter, Miss Info, and discussed everything from their time at Roc-A-Fella to recording Diplomatic Immunity. TOPICS: 7:25 – The influence of Harlem 24:00 – Money or fame? 24:45...
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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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Todd Edwards is well known for his hypnotic collage of cut-up samples over swing house beats and extremely juicy, disco-flavored bass lines. Credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, his four to the floor beats have won him a passionate fan base in Europe. Todd’s trademark sound on his early releases on NYC house labels like i! Records and Nervous quickly cemented his status in underground dance music circles across the pond, in the time before London’s 2-step sound had morphed into...
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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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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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Headquartered in the Culver City section of Los Angeles, Damon Riddick has helmed a renaissance of boogie, modern soul and electro-funk – from his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties to his boundary-breaking remix work. Best of all, though, are his own productions, epitomized by the galactic melodies of the acclaimed album Toechizown. In his 2010 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, the “Ambassador of Boogie Funk” talks about his favorite records, the joys of vintage synths and why...
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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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Chloé is one of those people who just makes electronic music a better place to be. With an early interest in electronic and dance music, she first showed up on most people’s radars with some expert productions and compilations for Kill The DJ, BPitch and other key labels in the early 2000s. From there she further refined her distinct approach to playing live and working in the studio informed by her voracious appetite for music and keen ear for composition. In this lecture at the 2008 Red...
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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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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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Rhymeantics was a night of performances that took place in Liverpool as part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy UK tour. With a lineup of MCs and poets curated by D Double E of Newham Generals, Rhymeantics celebrated some of our generation’s true storytellers, with outstanding a cappella rhymes pouring forth in an electric atmosphere from artists such as AJ Tracey, Jamms, Footsie, Ocean Wisdom, Tommy Genesis and more – RBMA was on hand to capture the best of these moments of lyrical skill....
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David Moufang’s interest in music began with his two grandmothers, classical concert pianists who would regal him with home performances. What followed was a standard path through instruments, bands and DJing until his discovery of techno in a Mannheim club. In the early ’90s Moufang released his first records as one half of Deep Space Network with Jonas Grossman, taking cues from techno, jazz and ambient. In 1995 came the debut Move D album and from there Moufang hasn’t stopped,...
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Joel Martin is a DJ with an encyclopedic knowledge, a master of obscure treats in techno, house, Afro-rock, easy listening and other cosmic goodness. He is also one half of Quiet Village, alongside Matthew Edwards AKA Radio Slave, a project grounded in years of record collecting and a love of library music in which he creates music that draws from this vast knowledge, pulling in samples and moods as easily as some conjure chords on a keyboard. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy,...
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The Note is a new documentary series from Red Bull Music Academy. Watch the full episode on September 20 here: http://www.redbull.tv/thenote At the height of the anti-disco movement in the late 1970s, Chicago rock radio host Steve Dahl devised one of the most infamous promotional events in pop culture history, and in doing so unwittingly set the stage for a dance music revolution. Watch the full episode here: redbull.tv/thenote The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed...
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Watch The Junction: An animated series of creative encounters. Too many cooks in the kitchen can ruin any well-intentioned cookout. But when you have talented young chefs like Kaytranada and River Tiber, your musical taste buds are in for a treat. The two Canadians bonded over a shared love for Brazilian music, but it’s their own distinct flavors that make the results of their collaboration so potent. Hamish Lambert illustrates this curious and open-minded pairing with his crayon drawings,...
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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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Born Matthijs Rook in the Dutch city of Utrecht, Nicolay spent his early life studying music at university and playing in funk and soul bands. Then he dropped out of school, discovered J Dilla and began posting his own beats on the Okayplayer message board. It was there that Nicolay found Little Brother’s Phonte, a rapper with whom he began swapping rhymes and instrumentals via email. In 2004, the fruits of this transcontinental partnership were released, in the form of the Foreign...
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Since gaining note in the ’80s as part of Austrian avant-rockers Maische, Christian Fennesz has become a key figure in the electronic world. Drawing inspiration from techno and Editions Mego, he melds computers with his own favored instrument, the guitar. His work has inspired IDM producers and led to collaborations with heavyweights of the experimental world like Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian and Mike Patton. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy, he talks about his love of...
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Rhymeantics was a night of performances that took place in Liverpool as part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy UK tour. With a lineup of MCs and poets curated by D Double E of Newham Generals, Rhymeantics celebrated some of our generation’s true storytellers, with outstanding a cappella rhymes pouring forth in an electric atmosphere from artists such as AJ Tracey, Jamms, Footsie, Ocean Wisdom, Tommy Genesis and more – RBMA was on hand to capture the best of these moments of lyrical skill....
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First appearing within British dance music in the early 2000s, Sinden soon made a name as part of a new breed of young producers unafraid to reshape and redefine UK club sounds by voraciously borrowing from the past and present. Raised on a standard diet of hip-hop and electronic music, Sinden cut his teeth with some help from Dave Taylor before setting up a collaboration with Herve, The Count & Sinden, that brought them to the attention of Domino Records and a 2010 debut album. Since then...
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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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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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