Albino Sound explores angles on 'Cloud Sports'

Music Oct 11, 2015

Albino Sound explores angles on 'Cloud Sports'

by James Hadfield

When musicians from around the globe gathered in Tokyo last autumn for the 2014 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) — an intensive series of lectures, gigs and studio sessions that aims to nurture promising artists — many of the participants had ...

Sparrows to step up to the studio sound board

Music Oct 11, 2015

Sparrows to step up to the studio sound board

by Alisa Yamasaki

'It's embarrassing to be flashy," says Ryota Miyake, explaining why he chose the sparrow, one of the plainest, most ubiquitous birds in Japan as his moniker. The 34-year-old musician and bird lover is one of Japan's two Red Bull Music Academy participants in Paris this ...

RBMA Radio set to mark 10 years with special show

Music Oct 11, 2015

RBMA Radio set to mark 10 years with special show

by Sarai Flores

Last year's Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) left Tokyo with a four-floor space in Shibuya designed by prize-winning architect Kengo Kuma. Included in the design were a number of lecture halls, where some of Japan's most influential musicians taught academy participants the basics of the ...

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

Music Oct 28, 2014

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

by James Hadfield

When the people at the Berlin-based Samurai Horo label asked Yu Asaeda to contribute to a compilation they were putting out, they got more than they'd bargained for. "I must have sent them about 20 or 30 tracks in total," says the Tokyo-based producer. "And ...

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

Music Oct 23, 2014

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

by James Hadfield

It's all in the location. For his sold-out Red Bull Music Academy show on Monday night, DJ Krush traded his regular clubland haunts for something a little fancier: the courtyard of the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. ...

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

Music Oct 21, 2014

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

by James Hadfield

In its first week, the Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo has treated local audiences to a wide gamut of sounds, from hip-hop to deep house to noise, while keeping the capital's billboards comprehensively smothered in advertising. The two-day EMAF Tokyo (Electronic Music of Art ...

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

Music Oct 9, 2014

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

by James Hadfield

This month, artists from 34 countries will congregate in Tokyo for the latest edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a caffeine-fueled creative hothouse organized by the world's most ubiquitous energy drink brand. For participants, the event offers a chance to attend closed-door ...