To the more than 1 billion people who have created or watched Harlem Shake videos, Harry Baauer Rodrigues is best known as the man behind the song. But the DJ, producer and audiophile is no one hit wonder. Collaborating with Grammy Award-winning producer Just Blaze; remix work for dance-floor heavyweights including Jay-Z, Disclosure, The Prodigy and AlunaGeorge; and a dense tour schedule including a residency at LIGHT nightclub in Las Vegas have kept Baauer on an upward trajectory.
Baauer has also been readying his debut album by traveling from his home base in New York City to the distant deserts of the United Arab Emirates, and to the volcanoes, temples and metropolises throughout Japan, in search of sounds that will inspire his new music and push him beyond the shadow of Harlem Shake.
In the 26-minute documentary, Baauer: Searching For Sound, viewers get an inside look at how Baauer transforms these found sounds from raw files to record. Joining him on the journey, and back in the studio in New York, is his friend, and Red Bull Music Academy alumnus Nick Hook who is helping with production on the album. Among their many discoveries while exploring Japan, Baauer and Nick visit Hokkaido and encounter some of the last remaining Ainu—an indigenous tribe of Japan. They learn about ancient Ainu traditions and music, and make recordings of native instruments like the Tonkori and the Mukkuri. In the desert outside of Dubai, they were introduced to traditional Arabic instruments such as the Oud, and even learned to play the Habbān – a goatskin bagpipe used in the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. After thousands of miles traveled and gigabytes of recordings collected, Baauer returns to the studio inspired, with a fresh collection of sounds, and a new direction for his debut album.
On November 6, 2014, viewers can watch the Baauer: Searching for Sound documentary and go behind-the-scenes to explore audio, photos and bonus clips at redbull.com/Baauer. Searching for Sound will also be available on the Red Bull TV player and its Android and iOS apps. Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Samsung Smart TVs and Apple TV and as a free, downloadable app on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire and Xbox 360 devices.