While Red Bull may be best known for their involvement in all things action sports as well as their famed STRATOS launch which dropped a man from atmospheric levels back down to Earth, their involvement in promoting the best in music – the likes of electronic and avant garde – are nothing short of exceptional. Over the course of the last 15 years, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) has promoted, educated and inspired a countless number of free thinkers and musicians to explore their love of music. With a savvy that has helped them avoid the fast-changing trends in music (as well as almost complete avoidance of commercially successful EDM artists of the moment), RBMA has more than any other outlets opened their arms to education and lectures via their Academy labs and classrooms, properly stationed annually in major cities across the globe.
Now, with the help of Gestalten, RBMA celebrates 15 with For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music. The whopping 400-page book chronicles some of the best Academy lectures with musicians spanning more genres than we can list here. Personal highlights include an extraordinarily rare interview with the godfather of modern dub-techno, Moritz von Oswald speaking with Benny Ill; bass through techno star, Ben UFO talking with leftfield-disco hero DJ Harvey; and Robert Henke speaking with synthesizer pioneer Thomas Oberheim -the conversations are as important as the musicians in all examples.
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