The globe-trotting Red Bull Music Academy returns, touching down in Tokyo from October 12 – November 14 to curate its signature cutting-edge, interdisciplinary culture program of music events, workshops, public lectures, and art exhibitions. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musical happenings” in the city when it set up shop for its last installment earlier this year, the Academy travels to Asia for the first time in its 16-year history, setting out to explore the musical and artistic legacy of Tokyo. 59 participants from 34 countries (selected from a whopping 6,229 applications) will work on music together in a state-of-the-art studio complex designed by Japanese architect extraordinaire Kengo Kuma, amidst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo’s Shibuya district.
This year’s studio mentors include Kerri Chandler, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Just Blaze, Matthew Johnson and Dorian Concept, who’ll host workshops and work side-by-side with the Class of 2014 round the clock. Fuelling the exchange between local and international creatives, RBMA has invited a hand-picked selection of musical luminaries and Academy friends to perform across the Tokyo metropolis. Alongside participants like Mumdance (repping the UK), Xosar, Zebra Katz and WIFE, the program will also feature Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO, South East London sound system boss Jah Shaka, BBC Radio 1 host Benji B, digital experimentalist Holly Herndon, New Zealand’s prime soulful dub export Fat Freddy’s Drop, Hemlock Recordings honcho Untold and many others.
Other event highlights include experimental artist Ryoji Ikeda premiering his barcode and binary-based test pattern series; Lost in Karaoke broadcasting seven local crews of varying subcultures playing live from seven separate booths; and Boredoms’ EYE and electroacoustic improv savant Otomo Yoshihide hosting Chaos Conductor. 1UP: Cart Diggers Live follows on from documentary series Diggin’ In The Carts, with Oneohtrix Point Never, Fatima Al Qadiri and more cracking out sets inspired by Japan’s leading video game composers; whilst other performances over the two term period include Floating Points, Carl Craig, Robert Hood, Tony Humphries, Marley Marl and more.
Joining Mumdance, UK reps at this year’s Academy are Laura J. Martin, Fred, Ossie and Joe Wills.