Red Bull Music Academy presents The Note, a new digital television series that uncovers and examines the vital creative crossroads and engrossing personal journeys that have and continue to shape our sonic landscape in profound ways. Combining narrative journalism and unparalleled musical expertise, The Note brings to life the untold stories of the moments and creative minds that changed music forever.
The first season of The Note includes four episodes that will be released weekly on Tuesdays and features documentaries about Eddie Palmierispolitically-charged Latin-funk masterpiece Harlem River Drive; the pioneering artist and engineer collaboration E.A.T. (Experiments in Art & Technology); and Chicagos Disco Demolition Night. The series premiere is available now via daily.redbullmusicacademy.com and Red Bull TV.
EPISODE 1 – ALEX ROSNER: SHAPING THE SOUND OF NEW YORK
The first episode of The Note is centered around sound designer Alex Rosner. He was the sonic architect and guru of some of NYCs most iconic clubs but he is perhaps most notable for his long relationship with David Mancuso of The Loft. Alex Rosner: Shaping The Sound Of New York is an intimate portrayal of the soundsystem builder. The episode takes a look at his fascinating life story, and how Rosner—and others like him—fundamentally changed the way we experience dance music forever via their soundsystem designs for iconic clubs like the Loft, Studio 54 and more.
EPISODE 2 – EDDIE PALMIERI: A REVOLUTION ON HARLEM RIVER DRIVE
Eddie Palmieri’s landmark 1971 album Harlem River Drive will be the focus of the second episode of The Note. In an era marked by a feeling of social unrest and economic distress, the album—marrying Latin, soul, funk and jazz with socially conscious tales of the inner city—is as relevant today as it was 45 years ago.
Eddie Palmieri: A Revolution On Harlem River Drive will be released on Tuesday, May 24. Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York—the acclaimed month-long music series—will also celebrate the album with a free outdoor concert on Saturday, May 21. Eddie Palmieris Harlem River Drive Revisited will feature Palmieri and his band recreating the album during a show at Historic Harlem Parks/Richard Rogers Amphitheatre at Marcus Garvey Park. More information can be found here.
EPISODE 3 – E.A.T.: ENGINEERS, THE AVANT-GARDE AND A TENNIS COURT
Art and engineering converged in mid-60s New York City under the banner E.A.T.–a watershed meeting of the exploratory minds of Bell Labs research facility founder Billy Kluver, composer John Cage, artist Robert Rauschenberg and more that forever altered our perception of technologys relationship to art and music. E.A .T.: Engineers, The Avant-Garde And A Tennis Court will be released on Tuesday, May 31.
EPISODE 4 – DISCO DEMOLITION: AFTER THE FIRE, A CHICAGO RENAISSANCE
Disco Demolition: After The Fire, A Chicago Renaissance is the final episode of the season, premiering on Tuesday, June 7. At the height of the anti-disco movement in the late 1970s, Chicago rock radio host Steve Dahl devised one of the most infamous promotional events in pop culture history, and in doing so unwittingly set the stage for a dance music revolution.
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