Last weekend saw the 16th Red Bull Music Academy fire up the circuits at its brand new HQ in the heart of Tokyo. After 16 years of traversing the globe, in some ways this feels like a homecoming. With its myriad contrasts, fascinating musical and technological narratives and an urban environment like no other, the Japanese capital has long been a muse for creators and innovators. TOKYO (Japan) – This year a diverse group of 59 musicians, producers and DJs from 34 countries have ben invited to take part in lectures and music-making sessions in the custom-built Red Bull Music Academy spaces designed by award-winning architect Kengo Kuma and his team. The 2014 edition of the revolutionary music summit will last from 12 October until 14 November. Lecturers in term one of this year’s Academy include futuristic producer TOKiMONSTA, sampling innovator and hip hop legend Marley Marl, and Japanese electronic music and soundtrack composer Isao Tomita. As always, Red Bull Music Academy lectures will be available online as archived video content on the RBMA website. The month-long music extravaganza will also feature events and talks at cult venues across the city, including the Japanese debut of Dorian Concept’s new live show on 16 October. Another highlight takes place just one day later, on 17 October, as Red Bull Music Academy explores the dichotomy of noise and silence with a series of gigs culminating in Robert Rich performing one of his famous Sleep Concerts. Red Bull Music Academy is also excited to debut an online manga series that will run throughout this year’s edition. The first instalment starts this week and sees pioneering Tokyo abstract beats figurehead DJ Krush feature in a comic created by Haruhisa Nakata. Over the past 15 years more than 1,500 musical luminaries have participated in Red Bull Music Academy events in locations as diverse as Berlin, Cape Town, Barcelona Sao Paulo, London and New York City. Each Academy leaves behind a legacy 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. Tune into the action: RBMA Radio broadcasts from 11 AM to 12 midday (Japan Standard Time) on weekdays during the Academy via rbmaradio.com, as well as a special broadcast in partnership with InterFM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com @RBMA #RBMATOKYO Photographer CreditDan Wilton/Red Bull Content Pool]]>
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