The venerable Red Bull Music Academy is in the midst of its 15th-anniversary celebrations this year, and as part of it, they’ve just released their first full-length documentary, entitled What Difference Does It Make?, and you can watch it for free right now.
It’s a packed lineup today in the Morning Roundup, with a host of news bits from Deadmau5, Disclosure, Perry Farrell, Simian Mobile Disco, Four Tet, Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, and plenty more. So get that coffee ready cuz you’ve got readin’ to do.
We love a good music-related science story (who doesn’t?), but this one is pretty damn special. Austin Chapman has been deaf since childhood, but with the help of some new hearing aids, he’s able to hear music for more or less the first time in the traditional sense. Noisey talks with him about this new experience, and it’s well worth a read. Come on in to check it out, plus tons more, of course.
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.