Bedroom Studios

Illustration by Daniel Greenfeld of a producer mixing sounds in bed

For the past six years, open-air recording studios have appeared on sidewalks in cities around the world on June 21st to celebrate Make Music Day. In these Street Studio Cities, pioneered by Found Sound Nation and Harman, world-class DJs and producers invited passers-by to contribute to a spontaneous music production session, using only the audio recorded on the spot.

This year, while people around the world are staying safer at home, producers will continue this tradition with Bedroom Studios – live-streaming their production process from home, while creating a collaborative track with short audio clips sent in by viewers.

Bedroom Studios will offer a window into music production, and the challenge of producing with completely unknown inputs, bringing music makers together from bedroom to bedroom.

Check out the lineup of participating producers below, and check back here for links to watch and participate!

Bedroom Studio Producers

Ale Medina (New York City, USA)
With solid roots and strong influences based on Funk, Soul and R&B music, Ale Medina achieves a characteristic sound by mixing these influences with electronic music genres such as Techno, House and the subgenres that emanate from the “New York Clubber” scene like Nu-Disco, Bass Music & Acid. A New Yorker by way of Mexico City, Ale had a 15-year career as a music producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist before taking a turn to electronic dance music which he shares in niche clubs and speakeasies in NYC.
Algernon Artworks (Budapest, Hungary)
Judit Vincze (Algernon Artworks) is a Budapest based music producer / singer / songwriter. She is a teacher and manager in imPro Budapest School of Music and Technology. She loves jumping between genres such as pop, techno, cinematic or downtempo. Currently she is working on her new solo project.
Ben ‘Arsenal’ Schneible (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Ben Arsenal is a producer, DJ, instructor, arranger, band leader, percussionist, and entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of both Worldtown, an international club concept turned seven-piece live house music band, as well as Elevate Sound Studios, an independent recording studio and education company. As a DJ, Ben has played as far south as Florianopolis, Brazil and as far north as Montreal, Canada. His sound is closely tied to his interests and studies in international culture and folkloric music fused with modern electronic sounds. He has played support for Felix da Housecat, Eats Everything, Riva Starr, Amtrac, Bob Moses, and more. As a producer, he has worked with Grammy winning musicians and leads Worldtown Soundsystem to become one of Philadelphia’s favorite up and coming live acts.
J Dash (Austin, TX, USA)
J Dash is a classically trained piano prodigy, rapper, songwriter, producer, engineer, & multi-instrumentalist who also holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida. J. Dash’s pulse-pounding dance sensation, “WOP” recently went double-platinum. In 2011, he founded SlapDash Productions; a boutique firm specializing in artist management and music production/licensing for TV & film. He also created JAX Beat Battle as a way to inspire, and pour into the music community in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. J. Dash now hopes to spark the next generation of musicians and artists of all kinds to push the arts culture forward.
Muhammad Aqib Jamil (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Muhammad Aqib Jamil is a Composer, Producer & Audio Engineer. He transitioned from Electronics Engineering to a world of music. His mentor is J. Anthony Allen, who holds a PhD in Music Composition and he is also an Ableton Live Certified Trainer, co-founder, owner and CEO of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. At present he is working with two organizations Daastan and Varga Core as a Sound Engineer.
Naim Hakim (New York City, USA)
Brooklyn-Born DJ/Producer Naim Hakim has produced hip-hop, and electronic music over a career that has put him on the same stage as artists like Skeet Skeet, Zeds Dead, and 2Fresh. Whether taking the stage as his rap alter-ego, or as the DJ himself, Naim swims in anything bass heavy. He takes no prisoners. Most importantly, Naim is a believer. He believes in the believers and the thinkers; the feelers and the receptors. He is powered by the ones who are ambitious; the ones who are creators.
SpazeCraft (New York City, USA)
SpazeCraft (Aaron Lazansky) is an educator, muralist, visualist, producer, and a native New Yorker. In 1997 he created the 1st ever “in-school” Hip Hop Education program in the U.S. In 2015, he instigated & spearheaded first ever digital music education program at Carnegie Hall. From 2013-2017, he was an artist in residence at the Andrew Freeman Home in the Bronx, where he created LUMA, (level up media arts), a teen media arts program. Since 2014, he has been the resident VJ/Visualist for Top Tier New York. As a DJ he has shared the stage with the legendary DJ Kool Herc, Gil Scott-Heron, StereoLab, DJ spooky, Steve Roach, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, DJ cash money and Otomo Yoshida.
Syndrum (Montclair, NJ, USA)
Syndrum, the artistic persona of Josh Rodriguez, blends underground dance music, turntables and drum machines. He has performed at NYC’s Club Albion where he opened for DJ’s “Sinister”, “DALI NYC”, and “Lenny Dee” among others, and held a twice weekly residency at “McGurks” in West Orange, NJ. Syndrum teamed up with DJ 5witch4itter in 2011 and hosted monthly events at “The Pyramid” NYC for over 3 years. Today, Syndrum works with “Disturbance Unit” to bring the harder sounds to NYC and beyond. Offering his intense mixes of all styles of Hard Dance music on CDJ, vinyl or any media he can tweek with his quick fingers.