The application phase for the 2018 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy is now in full swing. To pave the way to Berlin, Minimal Wave founder Veronica Vasicka and Academy alumnus Cosmin TRG returns to Bucharest for a lecture and club night on Friday, August 11. Additional support on the night will come from Bucharest native Borusiade, who’s known for releases on Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme and Minimal Wave sub-label Cititrax.
Everything starts from 8PM at Control Club for an in-depth talk with New York native Veronica Vasicka. With her Minimal Wave imprint and its subsidiary Cititrax, Veronica created a home for like-minded composers and their own DIY releases. Between her earlier position as the first program director of East Village Radio, and her Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume One on Stones Throw in 2010, Veronica Vasicka has found varied pathways to spread the word of this incredible sound to audiences worldwide.
Cosmin TRG has come a long way since participating in RBMA Toronto 2007. Hear him talk about his musical approaches and achievements, as well as Academy experiences and how to apply, before our night of bass-heavy techno and ice-cold machine tracks takes off at 11PM.
Veronica Vasicka is utterly dedicated to unearthing the lost and rare sounds of analog synthesizers, late ’70s and ’80s cold wave electronics and italo disco. She’s bracketed the gems she collects as “Minimal Wave”, released on the eponymous label, which she created back in 2005. Some of the releases are reissues, as they originally came out on limited cassette runs or vinyl, the rest were never released at all. The label came to wider attention in 2010 when Stones Throw teamed up with her to release The Minimal Wave Tapes compilations, giving the DIY synth-pop genre a voice it could never have imagined. Aside from this, Veronica co-founded now-defunct NY radio station East Village Radio and also runs Cititrax, a platform for more current music. And finally, unknown to most, she makes her own music under a secret pseudonym, but you’ll be lucky to hear any more about that.