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Red Bull Music Academy has put together myriad projects to mark its 15th anniversary, chief among them a film and a book.

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, and produced by his Berlin based artist collective Mindpirates, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music delves deeply into the many challenges, stages of development and triumphs that musicians experience. Featuring the likes of Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Skream, Richie Hawtin and James Murphy, it seeks to go beyond just music, and ask questions about life itself.

The book, For The Record, pairs up artists like Nile Rodgers, Erykah Badu and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry for 15 wide-ranging and expansive conversations that touch on an array of topics – live performance, instruments/interfaces, conceptualism and drumming among them. In addition to the conversations, top music journalists – including Philip Sherburne, Joe Muggs, Jeff ‘Chairman’ Mao and Sheryl Garratt – contribute essays about each of the personalities included. Together with stunning visual design by Chris Rehberger’s Double Standards agency, the results make for one of the most insightful publications on the current state of music and the music industry.

What Difference Does It Make? is now available as a digital release.

For The Record is currently available through Gestalten