Red Bull Music Academy


Long form historical and critical analysis of miniaturisation in electronic music-making.

As far as I’m concerned synthesizers are just cool, whatever size they might be. As such, it was my enormous pleasure to dig deep into the micro-music tech world for the Red Bull Music Academy, a global music institution set up by the soft drink manufacturer that celebrates music, its culture, and the transformative minds that make it.

In the piece, I explore the history of synthesis and the enthusiasm for miniaturisation in technology before talking to the engineers and brands behind some of the leading kit on the market.

I was able to conduct first-hand interviews with leading names in electronic music, including the Golden Globe winning composer Suzanne Ciani, the über-influential musician Pete Kemper (Spacemen 3), chart-topping producer duo Octave One, and one of my favourite musicians, Morgan Whirledge (Chrome Canyon) to discuss where these funny little boxes might be taking electronic music.