Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo Applications Now Open

a1730828119_2The Red Bull Music Academy has been around the world over the last 15 years, and this autumn is heading to Tokyo. Music makers of all styles, methodologies and levels of experience are invited to apply by March 18, 2014 for a two-week escapade exploring music from every angle, an experience that many alumni have described as life-changing. To apply for the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, music makers must be 20 years of age by October 12, 2014. For all information, FAQs and to download the application form, prospective applicants should find their way to http://redbullmusicacademy.com/apply

To gain audible insights into the goings-on at the most recent edition, take a listen to the infamous yearly compilation Various Assets - Not For Sale. It provides a snapshot of the ideas and collaborative projects that tend to spring out of Red Bull Music Academy studio sessions. The latest edition of Various Assets features 30 tracks created by participants at the Academy in New York. It includes a few solo tracks, and a whole lot of collaborations, including input from the likes of Stephen Bruner (Thundercat), Dam Funk and Patrick Pulsinger. As time passes at the Academy, those initial inhibitions are lost, and the fun starts. One dollar pizza slices become instant inspiration – a misheard guitar lick from the next studio over, too. And the equipment room, that trove of instruments, synths, drum machines and other mysterious circuitry, is emptied as its contents are used to populate ten bedroom-sized studios. Various Assets - Not For Sale is available now for download on www.redbullmusicacademy.com/various-assets.


Disc 1

01. “Jordi” - August Rosenbaum, Jameszoo & Stephen Bruner
02. “On Now” - DJ Slow and Sinjin Hawke
03. “Acid Sketch” - Distal & Astroboyz
04. “Morning Again” - Seretan & Throwing Snow
05. “The Cheerleader Song” - Brad Weber, Julian Cubillos, Leo Aldrey & De La Montagne
06. “Meridian Lines” - QuietDust
07. “NY Walk” - Leo Aldrey
08. “Forces In The Way” - SHDBOX, Kid Smpl, Branko & AnnaLove
09. “Fusion” - August Rosenbaum, Jameszoo & Stephen Bruner
10. “Threshold” - Louis Baker, Kid Smpl, Orlando Volcano & Branko
11. “Cavern” - Emufucka
12. “JA” - Distal, Cabaal & Jameszoo
13. “You're All I Need” - Benjamin Damage, Pleasure Cruiser, Mathew Jonson, Carrot Green & Simonne Jones
14. “Wide Open” - AnnaLove & Louis Baker

Disc 2
01. “Vulnerable People” - Jolly Mare & Stephen Bruner feat. Rudi Zygadlo
02. “Tokyoria” - Emufucka & Trancemicsoul
03. “Everybody” - Leo Aldrey & Julian Cubillos
04. “Care” - Astroboyz & Rafik
05. “Should Not Let It Go” - Ale Hop
06. “1$ / 1 Slice” - André Laos, De La Montagne & Somepoe
07. “Blood Forest (Skit)” - Distal
08. “There's Always Room For Cello” - En2ak feat. Throwing Snow
09. “No More Love” - Dam Funk
10. “Hindi” - grassmass, Patrick Pulsinger & Ale Hop
11. “Red Smoke” - Smax & Kloke
12. “The Way” - Louis Baker
13. “Stay” - Kid Smpl & AnnaLove feat. Love Cult
14. “AJNA” - Adda Kaleh & CABAAL
15. “After Hours (NYC)” - :PAPERCUTZ & Ale Hop
16. “Mad” - grassmass feat. Knox

Destination Tokyo

The Red Bull Music Academy takes its complement of music festivals and workshops to a new city each year, and previous stops have included NYC, Toronto, London, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, and Cape Town. Tokyo is one of the world’s most iconic cities – a place that tends to inspire mythic reimagining. This is a country that has long embraced the soul in the machine, while its composers, equipment designers and game soundtracks have had an inestimable influence on modern music. Ever since the pioneering work of artists like Isao Tomita, YMO and Yann Tomita, the country has produced many fine purveyors of detailed, ethereal soundscapes and electronic music with elements of new wave, jazz or psychedelia. Technology provides a constant departure point, and many of Japan’s front-running electronic music artists– Daito Manabe and Ryoji Ikeda among them – have embraced the use of video art, multimedia platforms and large-scale visual installations in realising their work. Dancehall, hip hop, garage rock, experimental music and funk and soul have variously grown into burgeoning scenes on the streets of Harajuku, in big music arenas, in grand concert halls, and in the many small but well-stocked second hand record stores that are a collector's dream.

Tokyo, the original urban jungle, with over 13 million inhabitants, is a place where the ancient past and the recently imagined future are deeply entwined, and vestiges of old Edo underlie the city’s sprawl. We’re excited to become part of the sonic kaleidoscope this fall. From October 12 through November 14, 2014, the world-travelling music lab and festival will set up shop in the city for five weeks' worth of workshops, concerts, club nights, and all-round musical extravaganzas held all across the city.

Beautiful Rewind – Academy Lecturers

Exchange between genres and generations has always been central to the Academy philosophy. Former lecturers include Bob Moog, Nile Rodgers, Steve Reich, Kim Gordon, Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, Brian Eno, Richie Hawtin, Tony Allen, Q-Tip, Sly & Robbie, Chuck D, M.I.A., James Murphy, and Moodymann, to name a few. Find an archive of Academy lectures at our homepage redbullmusicacademy.com

Red Bull Music Academy Workshops Near You

To find out more about the Red Bull Music Academy experience, musicians can attend one of the three-day ‘Bass Camp’ sessions in San Francisco, Montreal, Bratislava, Detroit, Bucharest, amongst other cities. Participants will receive a full-fledged mini-Academy experience including studio facilities for collaboration, inspiring international lecturers, and a host of club nights. In addition, interested applicants can also attend one of the many introductory one-day sessions being held throughout February and March in over 50 countries worldwide. More information on the whereabouts of these events can be found on http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/events.

What Is The Red Bull Music Academy?

The journey of the Red Bull Music Academy began 15 years ago – and since then the yearly music jamboree has travelled to cities around the world. For each event, a building is fitted out with specially designed workspaces, high-end recording studio, radio studio and communal spaces – and installed with an exhibition of local established and emerging visual artists. By night, Red Bull Music Academy presents a festival of ground-breaking signature concerts and parties held in the city’s cult venues, cultural institutions, and hidden spaces. Likewise, there’s no corner of the sonic universe that the Academy’s lecture sessions have left unexplored. What began in the backyard of an unassuming Berlin warehouse resulted in a yearly venture, bringing music festivals and workshops to every continent. Red Bull Music Academy puts on some 500 night time events a year, each one intended to challenge and inspire. Curates stages at the most significant of festivals, including Sónar, Montreux and Movement. Hosts an online magazine (redbullmusicacademy.com), a 24/7 online radio station (rbmaradio.com) and a megaverse of couch conversations, all in its entirety watchable from your mobile device. Some Academy alumni have gone to the top of various charts, others became doctors or graphic designers, but even more are creating heartfelt, meaningful and cutting-edge music.