Look, we’re not out to put the heads of young and ambitious pop singers on stakes, but all the same, we can’t sit idly by as we watch one of our beloved dance-music duos get Minipops‘d in some really bad decision to give a bunch of suburban moms more of what they want (that being digestible mall-friendly pap). Today we rue the day that Pentatonix ever heard the name Daft Punk.
Fridays are always jam-packed with news, from new videos to big gig announcements, but perhaps what we’re most stoked about is winning a copy of Ableton Live and a Point Blank course while karaoke-ing Kraftwerk. Click on through to see what we’re talking about.
There’s been a slew of great video interviews conducted at this year’s Red Bull Music Academy, and we’ve been making good use of them for our weekly Friday Matinée feature. We’re happy today to tip you to yet another, this time with techno luminary Richie Hawtin, who, in this installment, regales RBMA attendees with tales of Detroit techno’s genesis, and how legendary tunes like his Plastikman mission statement, “Spastik,” came to be.
An ambient pioneer, a Roxy Music alum, and a creator of wonderful things sonic and visual, Brian Eno recently sat down for an 80-minute chat with Red Bull Music Academy to run through his history and present work during the academy’s current New York stint. Among many things discussed, Eno delves into his recent A/V installation 77 Million Paintings, his healing compositions, and collaborations with James Blake and the like.
No joke: To promote last night’s State of the Union address, the White House created a short YouTube clip featuring images of Barack, Hillary, and numerical graphs flowing by to the tune of a pretty bro-y dubstep track. We seriously had to do a double-take (and a double fact-check), so click on through and judge for yourself. (And yes, we know that’s a ghastly photo illustration up top.)
We’ve got a slew of fun stuff packed into the news wrapup this morning, including Kraftwerk live footage and an explanation of how Shazam works, but we start things off with a premiere of Machinedrum’s Travis Stewart outlining his artistic path for Red Bull Music Academy.
Technology moves so damn fast that unheard-of advancements from 10 years ago can seem so cute and quaint now. Case in point: Richie Hawtin on the introduction of digital DJing, in a Remix magazine interview from 2001. Click on through to check it out.
There’s a fair bit to ponder in today’s news: Is President Obama really into A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label? Who’s more important in the DFA game—James Murphy or Jonathan Galkin? And what’s the sound of 32 metronomes chiming? Well, we’ve got answers for you, so read on.
The Red Bull Music Academy has been going for 13 years now, affording hundreds of talented participants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend two intense weeks studying music production and DJ techniques. From the very beginning, RBMA has granted access to some of the world’s most respected musical minds—everyone from Derrick May to Bob Moog—who serve as lecturers and mentors.
And the RBMA graduates frequently go on to become major names themselves: the list of alumnae includes Cosmin TRG, Culoe De Song, Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Jacob Korn, James What, Jneiro Jarel, Lukid, Mano Le Tough, Nina Kraviz, Patrice Baumel, Pilooski, San Soda, Sonja Moonear, Space Dimension Controller, Subeena, TOKiMONSTA, and Spank Rock‘s XXXChange, to name just a few.
One hell of a track record, in other words.
To showcase this year’s edition, RBMA has put together the double-CD compilation, ‘Various Assets – Not For Sale 2010′, collecting tracks created at RBMA’s London semester by participants and lecturers, both solo and in collaboration. The album features Kidkanevil, James Pants, TOKiMONSTA, Sui Zhen, Robin Hannibal, Juan Son, Modeselektor, Flava D, Marco Passarani, J-Wow, Lucrecia Dalt, Space Dimension Controller, Lunice, Hudson Mohawke, Tranqill, Katy B, Dâm-Funk, Minus, Myele Manzanza, and more.
If you’re a DJ or producer looking to get serious about your career, be sure to apply to the Red Bull Music Academy, which will take place in Barcelona this year.
The annual academy brings together aspiring producers, DJs and musicians in an attempt to improve musical understanding, creativity and relationships.
For two weeks attendees (who are chosen based on certain criteria and merit) will learn from top DJs and producers and meet and share ideas, so places to the Red Bull Music Academy are fiercely competitive.
The deadline for applications is May 5th.
For more info and to download the application pack visit www.redbullmusicacademy.com