1. RBMA’s
    “beat:repeat NYC” –
    The Making of
    Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force’s
    “Looking For the Perfect Beat” (VIDEO).

    “Planet Rock” may have commenced the journey, but Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force ‘s “Looking For the Perfect Beat” tracked an even more sophisticated rhythmic path via its adventurous use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. In the latest episode of Red Bull Music Academy ‘s “beat:repeat NYC” video series, “Perfect Beat” producers Arthur Baker and John Robie discuss in detail their approach to crafting the 1983 classic – with a pretty great live deconstruction/recreation of the beat and its arrangement by Robie, playing the mixing board “like an instrument in itself.”

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