OK OK OK OK OK I’m back from the Beak & Claw action, and I have an AMAZING NEW REMIX! This one’s by Andrew Judah. It kills! Someone make a movie and put this in the opening cue, please. Seriously, turn this up, close your eyes and watch the film.
(If you’re just joining us, this remix is part of the upcoming release of WE ARE RISING, completely re-worked and re-mixed by nine lovely people. Read the original post about it HERE.)
In keeping with tradition, I’ve asked Mr. Judah to talk a bit about the remix…
SL: You completely turn this song on its ear, recording your own instruments and vocals, making new chords and counter melodies. How did you arrive at the concept? Did you try several things first? Did you try something the didn’t work at all?
AJ: The song was so full of polyrhythms, I knew I had to make a drastic change if I was going to add anything at all. There’s this rad part in the original, right at the end, where you flatten the rhythm out… so I decided to kind of make that the starting point.
SL: For the geeks, can you tell us a little about how you made the track? What instruments did you record yourself? What was the process like? What software do you use?
AJ: First I took the vocals, celesta, and kick/snare sound from your original and dropped them into Reaper. The timing and meter of the song I left unchanged… but with a waltzy feel rather then the 5/8. I just recently picked up the banjo, so I started with that. Then lots of percussion, guitars, harmochord and omnichord. I eventually ended up adding my own vocals as per your suggestion… which took the song in a whole new direction. It got chopped up and restructured a few times. One of my favorite parts is during the ‘Weapons’ section. There are these big heavy chains dropping, which I actually picked up from the hardware store just for this track (another Son Lux suggestion). I also used a Fuzz plugin from Audio Damage on the drums during that part.
SL: Any music that has really grabbed your ear recently? Old or new.
AJ: Lots of Harry Nilsson, that guy was incredible. Also Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares… hard to even put into words how cool their vocal arrangements are. Hmm… and I was listening to this EP by a group known as s/s/s… but then I saw a negative review on Pitchfork and immediately deleted it from my hard drive. Thank goodness for taste makers.