Our first classical Upfront, and maybe the most inventive mix of the entire series.
About this mix
This mix for gives a taste of my DJ-sets at the NONCLASSICAL club-nights. These nights have been running since 2004, and present live contemporary classical performances alongside DJ-sets of remixes & re-edits of new classical music. I've done quite a beat-driven, up-tempo mix – what we would call 'Allegro' (120-127 bpm) in the classical scene ;-).
Many of the tracks are remixes from the Nonclassical label (including several unreleased versions). I've also included a few of the artists & composers featuring at Sound Unbound weekend festival at the Barbican (Thomas Gould, Maya Beiser, James McVinnie, Klavikon), where Nonclassical will be doing a couple of evening sessions. And I've also included an exclusive from a ballet: "Bayadère: The 9th Life" - which has previously only been heard in the Royal Opera House during it's 4 day run.
An important feature of the 'Nonclassical' Remixes is that all the sounds in each remix come from the original master recordings of that classical piece - so that in most of the tracks on this mix, the kick drums and percussion that you hear were actually created from acoustic, classical instruments (e.g. those crunchy drums in the Marcas Lancaster remix are all made from plucks and slaps made with a cello). It gives the remixes a very unique and organic feel, what we call the 'nonclassical' sound. In Klavikon's work, this is taken even further. He recreates a full studio production completely live (with no looping or sequencing); just using killer piano technique and a heavily modified piano.
If you like what you hear, look out for upcoming Nonclassical events. We have a monthly night in Dalston and often do bigger gigs in London and beyond. Plus we're always looking out for adventurous producers and DJs to get involved in future Nonclassical remix projects, so get in touch...
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