- Words: Vivian Host
Rhythm all-stars from all over form the backbone of the 10th annual Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona, Spain.
For the 10th anniversary of the Red Bull Music Academy–the futuristic schoolroom-meets-music incubator sponsored by everyone’s favorite Austrian energy drink–the organizers pulled out all the stops. They coaxed techno forefathers Moritz von Oswald of Basic Channel and Wolfgang “Gas” Voigt out of their German caves. They imported reggae mainstays Sly & Robbie from Jamaica, and their musical descendents (drum & bass DJ Goldie, grime artist Skepta, dubstep dudes Mala and Appleblim) from England. As in previous years, they invited 60 young musicians from around the world to revel in the inspiration and rock the house, all on Red Bull’s dime. An impressive team of in-studio technicians–including Warp’s Mark Pritchard, broken-beat man Tony Nwachukwu, and DJ Zinc–were on hand to help, but most of these ingénues already knew their way around samplers, computer programs, and the almighty Technics 1200s. Read on for more scenes from Barcelona 2008.
Oakland’s Nino Moschella, Paris’ Onra, and NYC MC/producer Pursuit Grooves find the spot where hip-hop meets electro-funk in a studio plastered with porn.
Robbie Shakespeare, bass player of reggae dream team Sly & Robbie, muses on how many thousands of records the pair has played on.
South Africa’s Thibo Tazz (left) and Venezuelan breakcore bod Cardopusher pushing buttons.
Mala of Digital Mystikz explains the mystique of dubplates, and the allure of their unique smell.
Techno producer and mastering engineer Cristian Vogel, who now lives in Barcelona, puzzles over a piece of programming with Perth hip-hop true-schooler Ta-Ku.
A cross-continental jam session with Australia’s Dizz1 on drums, N6el from Dominican Republic on bass, and Sweden’s Cornelia managing the maracas.
Brighton soul songbird Alice Russell lays down vocals.
Participants explored the intuitive Reactable music device, which LFO's Mark Bell used on Björk's last tour.
In-house studio engineer Russ “The Dragon” Elevado (D’Angelo, Alicia Keys) breaks down the basics of analog recording for Academy participants.
Southern rap legend Bun B gives an inspirational lecture.
Mexico City folk-pop artist Natalie Lafourcade on a solo mission with her machines.
London dubstepper Subeena plays at Arc de Bass.
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