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Couch Wisdom is a weekly podcast presenting the best of Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture archive. Questlove has called these in-depth interviews ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for music, and who are we to disagree with Questlove? With personal stories and creative insights from Björk to The Black Madonna, Young Thug engineer Alex Tumay to Moodymann, there’s something for every music fan. Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of festivals and workshops est. in 1998.

Couch Wisdom is a weekly podcast presenting the best of Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture archive. Questlove has called these in-depth interviews ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for music, and who are we to disagree with Questlove? With personal stories and creative insights from Björk to The Black Madonna, Young Thug engineer Alex Tumay to Moodymann, there’s something for every music fan. Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of festivals and workshops est. in 1998.
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Couch Wisdom is a weekly podcast presenting the best of Red Bull Music Academy’s lecture archive. Questlove has called these in-depth interviews ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ for music, and who are we to disagree with Questlove? With personal stories and creative insights from Björk to The Black Madonna, Young Thug engineer Alex Tumay to Moodymann, there’s something for every music fan. Red Bull Music Academy is a world-traveling series of festivals and workshops est. in 1998.

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The Wailers Guitarist Junior Marvin

7/16/2018
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Originally a rock and blues guitarist, Junior Marvin became a member of Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1977 to 1981 after getting into reggae through Toots & The Maytals. He continued playing with the Wailers until 1997, and in his lecture at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy, he looks back on a career that brought him close to greats like Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix.

Duration:01:23:29

Mastering Engineer Rashad Becker

7/9/2018
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Around Berlin, Rashad Becker’s name is synonymous with sonic brilliance — a mastering engineer at the famed Dubplates & Mastering studio, he put the finishing touches on over 1,200 of your favorite techno, dub and house records. His album 'Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. 1’ is a disorienting three-dimensional thrill ride inside Becker’s mind, full of overlapping layers and links. In his 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture in Tokyo, Becker explained how he creates chewy and...

Duration:01:01:43

'Lost in Translation' Music Supervisor Brian Reitzell

7/2/2018
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Brian Reitzell is best known for his contributions to films by Sofia Coppola, including The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, but he’s also composed scores for the football drama Friday Night Lights and the TV series Hannibal. In his 2015 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Reitzell spoke about the trials and tribulations of licensing music for film and his collaborations with artists like Air, Kevin Shields, Aphex Twin and more.

Duration:01:10:27

TOKiMONSTA: LA's Queen of Blissed-Out Beats

6/18/2018
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If there’s one thing TOKiMONSTA taught us since attending the 2010 edition of the Academy as a participant, it’s that she’s never one to settle. Linking up Flying Lotus and the mighty Brainfeeder empire has led to a fruitful musical relationship with the LA electronic music scene, and her 2017 album on her own Young Art Records label featured collaborations with R&B and rap vocalists like Joey Purp and Isaiah Rashad. In her 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, she went in-depth about...

Duration:00:43:48

Laetitia Sadier: French indie icon

6/11/2018
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For many young indie music fans making their way through the "alternative" section of their local record store in the mid-90s, it was the music of Stereolab, and in particular the voice of chanteuse Laetitia Sadier, that provided a pre-Internet window into the worlds of French New Wave, German krautrock and a sprinkling of Marxist politics. In her 2015 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Sadier discussed Stereolab’s "disastrous" relationship with the French music press, the influence of the...

Duration:01:22:13

DJ Storm: First Lady of Drum & Bass

6/4/2018
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Few nicknames in dance music have been as rightfully earned as DJ Storm's "First Lady of Drum & Bass." It all began in early 90s London, when she discovered the weird and wonderful world of UK rave. By the end of the decade, Storm and her friend Kemistry had become the quiet force behind Goldie’s Metalheadz empire. As part of the 2018 CTM Festival in Berlin, she sat down for an inspiring conversation about the joys of the mix and the trials and tribulations of maintaining a DJing career.

Duration:01:32:44

Equiknoxx and Shanique Marie: Kingson's Dancehall Innovators

5/28/2018
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Over the past decade Equiknoxx has become one of the most innovative production crews in Kingston, Jamaica. After working with some of the biggest names in dancehall – Aidonia, Beenie Man, T.O.K – Equiknoxx crash landed in the global arena with Bird Sound Power in 2016, a collection of 21st century riddims. In this public talk as part of the 2018 CTM Festival in Berlin, Gavsborg, Time Cow and Shanique Marie spoke with refreshing honesty about the politics of dancehall and how Jamaica...

Duration:00:58:09

Robert Hood: Detroit Techno Giant

5/21/2018
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As one of the founding members of the legendary Detroit techno crew Underground Resistance – alongside Mad Mike Banks and Jeff Mills – Robert Hood’s legacy in the electronic music world is almost peerless. Pioneering the minimal techno sound with his 1994 album Minimal Nation, it was his Paradise LP as Floorplan that gave minimalism new, hot-blooded life. In his 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Hood passionately discussed his work with UR, the importance of hi-hats, and much more.

Duration:00:42:01

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

5/14/2018
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Beverly Glenn-Copland worked for many years in children's television, notably composing music for Sesame Street, but when his 1984 electronic album Keyboard Fantasies was reissued in 2016 by Invisible City Editions, its visionary combination of what the label terms "digital new-age and early Detroit techno experiments" resonated with the ears of a new generation. In this very special lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Montréal 2017, Copeland spoke with refreshing honesty and...

Duration:01:04:01

Boi-1da

5/7/2018
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Thanks to an early partnership with Drake, hip-hop producer Boi-1da helped define a new sound of Toronto. Playing yin to Noah "40" Shebib's yang, he made his mark with hit songs like "Best I Ever Had" and contributions to Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and more. In his lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Montreal 2017, he talks making global hits "Work" for Rihanna and "Controlla" for Drake, reimagining dancehall for the streaming generation, and the music business.

Duration:01:11:20

Laurie Anderson

4/30/2018
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On November 16th, 2015, in the wake of devastating attacks in Paris, Laurie Anderson joined us on the lecture couch to talk about how art and artists respond to tragedy. Back in the ’70s, Anderson turned the pop world upside down by throwing together surreal performance, spoken word tone poems, and abstract synth grooves. Widely influential for her use of early samplers and invented electronic instruments, she has collaborated with Brian Eno, Andy Kaufman and late husband Lou Reed.

Duration:00:50:59

Oneohtrix Point Never

4/27/2018
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In this special edition of Couch Wisdom, we meet Oneohtrix Point Never, a confounding electronic musician who deploys the anxiety of the digital age to stunning effect. In one of the first interviews given about his new album, Age Of, and his live show/dystopian sci-fi opera MYRIAD, he speaks to Red Bull Radio's Vivian Host of Peak Time about Rabelais, fears both real and hyperreal, why James Blake told him to shut up and much more.

Duration:00:31:48

Trevor Horn

4/23/2018
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Trevor Horn found massive success with The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," but he also produced some of the biggest hits of the 80s, including landmark records with ABC and Malcolm McLaren. An early champion of then-new electronic technology, Horn traces his story to the brink of superstardom with ZZT Records and talks how to make a perfect song in his 2011 Red Bull Music Academy lecture.

Duration:02:10:17

Young Guru

4/16/2018
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Young Guru is more than just an engineer. As Jay-Z's right-hand man in the studio, he oversees everything from sequencing to mixing, and his work on "Empire State of Mind" earned him a Grammy nomination. In this brilliant lecture at the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy, he talks stealing records to scour for samples and how Jay Electronica revived his faith in hip-hop.

Duration:01:15:08

Steve Reich

4/9/2018
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Hailed as the world’s “greatest living composer,” Steve Reich helped pioneer American minimalist music alongside Philip Glass, Terry Riley and John Adams – although Reich himself prefers the term post-minimalism. Repetition and the use of speech and field recordings are the cornerstones of his vast body of work, which has accumulated too many awards to mention. At the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy in London, a true genius sat down to discuss it all.

Duration:00:52:46

Ka

4/1/2018
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Ka witnessed the genesis of hip-hop growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. But it wasn't until his first album made its way to GZA that things began to change, after the Wu-Tang MC had him guest on his 2008 track “Firehouse.” In control of everything – rhymes, beats, videos, distribution – Ka is a single-minded force in rap with a stark, minimal style. Sitting with Jeff Mao at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy, Ka talks about growing up in Brownsville, the reality of life as a man, and the...

Duration:01:03:49

Joan La Barbara

3/26/2018
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Vocal virtuoso and sound artist Joan La Barbara looms large in experimental music. From multiphonic singing to circular breathing, she’s developed a whole new vocabulary of trills, whispers, cries and clicks and collaborated with the likes of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Cage and her husband Morton Subotnick. In her lecture at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy, she detailed how she came to master the human voice.

Duration:01:30:59

Hudson Mohawke

3/18/2018
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Hudson Mohawke’s ascent has seen him go from playing Glasgow house parties to releasing two solo albums for Warp, producing with Lunice as the gargantuan duo TNGHT (which led a new wave in trap music in the US popular consciousness), signing to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, and producing hits for Kanye, Pusha T and Drake. In his 2015 lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris, he talks coping with fame and creating his unique sound.

Duration:00:53:06

Syd

3/12/2018
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LA native Syd found early success producing tracks and DJing on tour for Odd Future, and in 2017, she released her debut studio album Fin. In her 2017 lecture as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Paths Unknown, she sat down on the couch in London to look back on what she learned from her days with Tyler, The Creator and the Internet, detail her singular approach to writing and explore how collaborations have shaped her sound.

Duration:00:53:22

Alice Bag

3/4/2018
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Born in East Los Angeles to immigrant Mexican parents, Alice Bag first embraced music’s riotous energy when she founded the Bags with Patricia Morrison in 1977. The band made an indelible mark on the burgeoning LA punk scene, thanks to how the young singer transformed the blunt trauma of her daily life into onstage energy. In this public conversation at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles, Bag shared some of her hard-earned wisdom about upending expectations of what women can...

Duration:01:22:23