Red Bull Music Academy

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The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals, founded in 1998.[1] The main five-week event is held in a different city each year. The public portion of its program is a festival of concerts, art installations, club nights and lectures by influential figures in contemporary music.[2] The other part of the program is by invitation only, held in a building which has been custom-fitted with a large recording studio, a lecture hall, a radio booth and between eight to twelve bedroom-sized studios.[3] There, 60 up and coming producers, singers, sound artists, DJs and musicians from around the world learn from and collaborate with top industry professionals.[4]

Year-round, the Red Bull Music Academy maintains an online magazine, radio station (RBMA Radio) and lecture video archive. The Academy hosts additional music workshops and club nights and curates stages at festivals in around 60 countries worldwide.

History[edit]

The Academy was initiated in 1998 in Berlin[5] and has taken place annually in subsequent years in Toronto, London, São Paulo, Seattle, Cape Town, Rome, London, Melbourne, New York, Madrid, Barcelona and Dublin. While the first few editions saw a greater emphasis on DJ culture, the program and recording facilities now accommodate all genres and aspects of the musical spectrum.[6]

Prospective applicants to the Academy must prepare a demo CD of their work, be it original productions, songs or a DJ set, along with a completed questionnaire, and mail it to a Red Bull Music Academy office in Cologne, Germany. From there, each application is taken into consideration, with no quota on country or musical genre. From these applications, 60 are selected and broken down into two groups of 30.[7] Each group of 30 is flown in to the location of the respective year's event for one of two fortnightly “terms”. In 2012, the Academy received over 4000 applications to take part in the 2013 New York City edition.[8]

For two weeks, the participants have the opportunity work in up to twelve studios specially designed[9] for every edition of the Red Bull Music Academy. There, they have access to a range of the latest gear as well as analog equipment for music production and performance.[10] There are no deadlines or set quotas, and Red Bull does not own the music produced in the building.[11] These collaborative sessions are in part facilitated by the Academy’s "Studio Team", all experienced music producers in various fields.[2] Twice daily, participants attend lectures by guest speakers who range from composers, producers,[12] sound engineers and technological pioneers, to rappers[13] and industry professionals. Lecture attendance is the only compulsory part of the program.[14]

The Red Bull Music Academy does not seek to select or create “stars”,[15] instead bringing together music makers with a wide range of talents, skill levels and cultural backgrounds. Notable former participants include Aloe Blacc, Branko of Buraka Som Sistema, Bahrainian oud player Hasan Hujairi, Juan Son, Natalia Lafourcade, Nina Kraviz, David Eriksson of Teenage Engineering, Blackcoffee, Flying Lotus and Andreya Triana.

The Academy also publishes a yearly double-CD compilation of music produced at the respective last edition entitled 'Various Assets – Not For Sale'. Since 2004, those compilations have featured original music from more than 300 artists, including Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus, Lusine, Theo Parrish, Aloe Blacc, Mark Pritchard, XXXchange, Om’Mas Keith of Sa-Ra, Tony Allen, Mr Hudson, Dennis Coffey, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Zinc, Wally Badarou, Benga, Phonte, Jake One, Steve Spacek of Spacek, and Natalia Lafourcade.

The Red Bull Music Academy hosts additional workshops and three-day Base Camp sessions in more than 60 countries every year. These events resemble the actual Academy in consisting of music lectures, hands-on production workshops, studio sessions, art exhibitions, and night time activities such as concerts and club events.[16] There is a strong focus on local topics as well as an international perspective.

Further activities[edit]

Also, the Red Bull Music Academy has partnered with some of the most prominent music festivals, such as Sónar,[17] Mutek,[18] Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival,[19] Melt!,[20] Notting Hill Carnival,[21] Oxegen,[22] Meltdown, Monegros Desert Festival, Splendour In The Grass,[23] Bestival[24] and the Winter Music Conference. The Academy curates stages at these festivals, and/or hosts workshops or one-off concerts in tandem with the festivals.

In 2005, the Red Bull Music Academy launched the Internet radio station Red Bull Music Academy Radio that broadcasts interviews, live recordings and DJ mixes from more than 50 countries, via a 24/7 live stream and on-demand. RBMA Radio enjoys an average of 600,000 listeners online per month[25] and is syndicated to terrestrial radio stations in over 30 countries. RBMA Radio’s mobile app[26] for iOS, Android, WindowsPhone, and Symbian has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

As a function of Red Bull Music Academy's efforts to create awareness for the Academy and promote its artists, Academy alumni also have further support, bookings and promotion through Red Bull Music Academy channels after the sessions are over. Many tours, local events and major festival bookings are pulled from the roster of past Red Bull Music Academy participants.

Host cities[edit]

YearNo.Host city
19981Germany Berlin, Germany
19992Germany Berlin, Germany
20003Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
20014United Kingdom London, UK/United States New York, USA
20025Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
20036South Africa Cape Town, South Africa
20047Italy Rome, Italy
20058United States Seattle, USA
20069Australia Melbourne, Australia
200710Canada Toronto, Canada
200811Spain Barcelona, Spain
201012United Kingdom London, UK
201113Spain Madrid, Spain
201314United States New York City, USA
201415Japan Tokyo, Japan

Lecturers[edit]

Corporate structure[edit]

The Red Bull Music Academy was co-founded by Many Ameri, Christopher Romberg and Torsten Schmidt, of the consultancy company Yadastar (Christopher Romberg left the company in 2011). In 1997, energy boosting beverage manufacturer Red Bull approached Yadastar about implementing some method of fostering discourse about underground dance culture.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dublab Live from Red Bull Music Academy in New York". Dublab. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Gensler, Andy. "Red Bull Music Academy's Adam Shore". Billboard. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Sisario, Ben (25 April 2013). "Live Music and a Canned Patron". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Muggs, Joe. "Red Bull Music Academy: a caffeine boost for the music industry?". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Tantum, Bruce. "Red Bull Music Academy kicks off its month-long NYC takeover.". Time Out New York. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Gentles, Tim. "RBMA NYC Report". Dummy. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Roper, Chris (2 December 2011). "Just Do Your Own Thing". Mail & Guardian. 
  8. ^ Paolozzi, John. "Red Bull Music Academy Picks 3 Canadians". CBC Music. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Musical Ship Matadero", "El Mundo," 29 April 2013
  10. ^ Inglis, Sam. "Red Bull Music Academy". Sound On Sound. Retrieved April, 2006. 
  11. ^ Sisario, Ben (25 April 2013). "Live Music And a Canned Patron". New York Times. 
  12. ^ "Watch Brian Eno's Talk At The Red Bull Music Academy", the Guardian, 8 May 2013
  13. ^ Ryan, Larry (11 November 2011). "Caught in the Net". The Independent. 
  14. ^ Stolman, Elissa. "An Inside Look at RBMA New York 2013". XLR8R. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Mullally, Una (6 May 2013). "RBMA #1". The Irish Times. 
  16. ^ "Dualist Inquiry, Sandunes head to Dubai for Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp". NME India. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Muggs, Joe (10 August 2011). "Music Patronage: Our Generous Benefactors". The Guardian. 
  18. ^ Mistry, Anupa (29 February 2012). "Corporate Cool With The Red Bull Music Academy and Mutek". Toronto Standard. 
  19. ^ Smith, Casey. "Red Bull Music Academy And Richie Hawtin Take Detroit Movement's Main Stage". Vibe. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Wacht, Walter.W. "Red Bull Music Academy – Live". Spex. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  21. ^ Joyes, Hayley. "Sound Systems To Check Out At Notting Hill Carnival". Metro. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Oxegen Welcomes Back The Red Bull Music Academy". Hot Press. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  23. ^ "Oisima Added To Splendour". Rip It Up. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Bestival Blow-Out", i-D, 15 September 2011
  25. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy Radio" Red Bull Media House
  26. ^ "RBMA Radio App" Red Bull Music Academy
  27. ^ Khanna, Vish (2007). "Red Bull Music Academy". Exclaim! Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 

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