Red Bull Music Academy Confirmed for Paris In 2015

Tokyo 2014 Highlights Revisited
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Tokyo 2014 Highlights Revisited


Arigatō Tokyo... Bonjour Paris!


-- Series of Concerts, Club Nights, Exhibitions and Talks Will Head To 

Paris, France Autumn 2015

-- Application Phase for Paris: January 14 – March 4, 2015

-- Revisit Highlights From 2014’s Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo

Returning to Europe for the first time since 2011, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will lay its hat in the vibrant metropolis of Paris bringing a program packed to the brim with events, exhibitions, workshops, talks and studio sessions with it. Perennially among the top tier in art, fashion, design, film and music, the French capital’s reputation as a cultural guardian is indisputable. The birthplace of the Ondes Martenot and the French touch, Paris has produced groundbreaking electronic musicians generation after generation - from Laurent Garnier to Daft Punk, Mr. Oizo and the Sound Pellegrino crew. Its reinvigorated clubbing scene has garnered attention as one of the most exciting, creative and colorful nightlife communities, and its cult venues and longstanding art institutions provide a firm nod to the city’s grand,far-reaching cultural history.

The application phase for Paris 2015 will be open to all aspiring producers and musicians from January 14 to March 4, 2015: stay tuned for more info to be released soon.

As we gear up for Paris in 2015, we wanted to take a look back at Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo (October 12 – November 14, 2014). In addition to giving some of the world’s most talented rising musicians—including participants Lafawndah, Zebra Katz, WIFE, Nightfeelings of Teengirl Fantasy, Deradoorian, and many more—a unique opportunity to forge collaborations in a state-of-the-art creative hub, a series of eclectic events, installations and talks were also part of Red Bull Music Academy schedule.


LECTURE VIDEOS: Lecturers in Tokyo included: Japanese synth maestro Isao Tomita, the father of minimal Robert Hood, digital visionary Holly Herndon, Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO, legendary hip hop DJ and producer Marley Marl and many more.

RBMA RADIO: Highlights from the Academy’s event program in Tokyo are available to stream for your perusing pleasure. Check out this RBMA Radio Tokyo Special.

FUTURE INSTRUMENTS: Forward-thinking artists and musicians like Tyler, the Creator, Jeff Mills and Konstantin Grcic created a blueprint for what they think the future sounds like.

DIGGIN’ IN THE CARTS: We paid tribute to the unsung heroes of video game music with the Diggin’ In The Carts documentary series. Featured systems included Nintendo and SEGA, and games included Final Fantasy, Street Fighter 2 & Sonic the Hedegehog. The series also featured interviews with a number of today’s most influential artists and producers including Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, J-Rocc, Kode 9 and Thundercat.

SUSHI SEQUENCER: Red Bull Music Academy lecturers TOKiMONSTA and Just Blaze made beats with the help of a sushi conveyor belt.

HUMAN-SIZED SYNTHESIZER: In collaboration with KORG and VJ, composer and programmer Daito Manabe and his Rhizomatiks collective, we set up the larger-than-life Human Sized Synthesizer in the heart of Shibuya for a weekend.

THE GARDEN BEYOND: DJ KRUSH X KODO: Legendary hip hop producer DJ Krush fused his turntablism with traditional Japanese instruments at the awe-inspiring Gallery of Horyu-ji Treasures.

ANIMATED COMICS: A series of animated comics brought together Japanese and international illustrators and writers, re-telling some of the music world’s most beloved stories such as the rise of MF DOOM and Damo Suzuki joining Can.

SUMMARY CLIP: For an overview of highlights from our jam-packed month in Tokyo, head here.


The 17th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will take place in Paris in autumn 2015, bringing together 60 carefully selected producers, vocalists, beat-makers, instrumentalists and DJs. They will be invited to attend in-timate lecture sessions and collaborate on music in an expansive, custom-fitted complex of creative andstudio spaces. As always, Red Bull Music Academy lectures are then available as archived video content on our web-site.

More than 1,500 musical luminaries have participated in past incarnations of the Red Bull Music Academy. Former lecturers include Giorgio Moroder, Chuck D, Steve Reich, Sly & Robbie, Bernie Worrell, Mark Ronson, M.I.A., Q-Tip, Hot Chip, MF Doom, Ryuichi Sakamoto, RZA, Stephen O’ Malley, Gilberto Gil, and pioneering synth inventors Bob Moog, Tom Oberheim, Don Buchla, Roger Linn, Dave Smith, amongst many others. Plenty Academy alumni have gone on to become true figureheads of their scenes likeexperimental electronic music producer and beat music innovator Flying Lotus; Hudson Mohawke, the Scottish producer behind the beats of Drake and Kanye West; Russian DJ, producer and label head Nina Kraviz; LA soul singer Aloe Blacc; Mexico’s Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade; and the UK’s own Katy B, who introduced the whole world to the sound of London’s dubstep, funky and garage.

The Red Bull Music Academy has been pairing music legends and emerging beatsmiths since 1998 in cities such as Berlin, Cape Town, Melbourne, Barcelona, São Paulo,London, New York City and Tokyo. This unique combination of old school knowledge and new school sounds is unrivalled for its creative exploration and achievement. Each yearly Academy edition leaves behind structures to encourage musical collaboration and creative exchange for years to come. By the end of 2014, there will be eleven fully equipped Red Bull Studios around the world.

For more information on the Red Bull Music Academy and to access thousands of lecture videos, mixes, and exclusive tracks visit or follow @RBMA.