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  • BABA: “The Distortion of Sound” Documentary (Video)

    “We live in a world where if you’re content with it, hey, even if it is better – so what.” Man, this struggle is real.

    Besides the fact that this is just a cool documentary, the initial thought about how over-compressed most music is nowadays really stood out to me. Being a music producer for over 10 years now, and watching how the texture and individual elements are often eliminated (and now sometimes just ignored in the production process), I feel I can personally relate to this. I often mix my music in multiple speaker systems, including the shitty speakers and headphones, just so that low-quality listeners can judge my music – and it’s so counter intuitive. I know a lot of producers that tend to overdo their compression to compete with what’s now standard, too, and it hurts my soul a little bit each time. That’s enough about me though. Press play above. Interviewees are listed below:

    Mike Shinoda • Slash • Quincy Jones • Snoop Dogg • Steve Aoki • Hans Zimmer • Andrew Scheps • Manny Marroquin • Dan the Automator • Lianne La Havas • Kate Nash • A.R. Rahman • Neil Strauss • Chris Ludwig • Greg Timbers • Dr. Sean Olive

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  • Red Bull Music Academy “Diggin’ In The Carts: Episode 5″ (Video) | @RBMA


    Press play on the fifth episode from Red Bull Music Academy‘s Diggin’ In The Carts series below, which focuses on the role of roleplay. Yeah, that means it touches on the infamous Final Fantasy series, which although I never got into, my friends growing up were heavy into. Lots of other greatness, including an interview with Nobuo Uematsu. Check below.

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  • Red Bull Music Academy “Diggin’ In The Carts: Episode 4″ (Video) | @RBMA


    The Red Bull Music Academy has returned with their Diggin’ In The Carts series for the fourth episode, in which they talk with some of the Sega Genesis musicians. This is an amazingly great series; much kudos to Red Bull and the RBMA for this.

    HIROSHI KAWAGUCHI – Hiro’s contributions to Sega titles like Outrun, Space Harrier and Hang-On, has seen his compositions blasting out of arcades the world over.

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  • Watch RBMA’s New “Diggin’ In The Carts, Episodes 1-3″ Series (Video)

    Diggin’ In The Carts is a new documentary series from the Red Bull Music Academy exploring the secret history of Japanese video game music. As many may know, the RBMA visits Tokyo this year, so it’s pretty cool that this series coincides with the yearly gathering of worldwide talented musicians. This is a great documentary series if you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s, or hell, even played any of those games while growing up (or to this day). Below I’ve added episodes 2 and 3, and above is episode 1 that talks about the birth and rise of music in video games.

    From the earliest sounds and melodies to the first fully formed continuous music to be pioneered in the arcade games from Namco. We meet Junko Ozawa, one of Namco’s earliest sound team composers, and also the legendary Hirokazu ‘Hip’ Tanaka, who joined Nintendo in 1980 and was responsible for composing some of the giant’s most loved classics like Metroid and Tetris.

    Over six episodes Diggin’ In The Carts shines a spotlight on the composers who created a style of music that has had an immense impact on modern pop culture. From the personal studios of these legendary composers, to the concert halls of Japan where symphony orchestras are performing their compositions to sold-out crowds today – the series will document how the music of video games was created, what inspired it, and how it evolved into its own cultural phenomenon. Peppered with commentary from some of modern music’s finest DJ’s, musicians and electronic producers from around the world, the documentary also shows the influence these Japanese composers had on the world – and the world of music.

     

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  • Red Bull Music Academy “What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music” (Video) | @RBMA

    Red Bull Music Academy premiered the documentary What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music yesterday, and now its available for all to see. You can read more about it below and you can download the movie at rbma15.com. Also, to musician’s looking to apply for the 2014 RBMA find out what you need to do here.

    What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music Featuring Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu and more than 70 other artists, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music marks the 15th anniversary of the Red Bull Music Academy — Red Bull’s longest running cultural program — and captures the energy of the 2013 edition in New York. It gets to the heart of what it takes to be a musician and, in the process, deals with some of the basic questions of life itself.

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  • PBS Blank on Blank: Tupac Shakur On Life & Death (Video)

    PBS’ new Blank On Blank features an animated Tupac Shakur that visually showcases an interview performed by Benjamin Svetkey in 1994. Press play on this video and check out an interview where Tupac discusses his thoughts on who he was, and his personal feelings about a few other things. PBS has multiple episodes that you can check out in the “About” section of the video.

    “My definition of thug comes from half of the street element. Straight street hustling. And half of the Panther element. Half of the independence movement. Saying we want self-determination. We want to do it by self-defense and by any means necessary.”

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  • Fall Film Series: Our Vinyl Weights A Ton [This Is StonesThrow Records] (11/7/13) | @StonesThrow


    I have no idea how I didn’t know about this until today, but this is going on tonight in Fountain Square and I feel the need to check it out. Get your tickets before they sell out (click here)!

    OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (THIS IS STONES THROW RECORDS) is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996.

    Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks who put Stones Throw on the map, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON will delve deeper into the label’s enigmatic artists, history, culture and global following.

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  • Childish Gambino Presents: Clapping For The Wrong Reasons (Video)

    Here’s something a little different for you today. The short features Flying Lotus, porn star Abella Anderson, Danielle Fishel (Topanga from Boy Meets World), cannonballs, cereal, music, and a scene with Chance the Rapper and Trinidad James playing Connect Four. I’m not really sure what all of this means, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

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  • Danny Brown “The Old Documentary” Video | @XDannyXBrownX

    Danny Brown gives you a look into his grind back before a lot of us outside of Detroit knew who he was in “The Old Documentary”. Shot in 2009, it gives you a perspective of how it was before he got national exposure outside of his hometown. Check it out and be on the look for his upcoming album “Old” to drop sometime in October.

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