Remixing the Baroque

Can remixing Baroque music ever be a good thing?

Can remixing Baroque music ever be a good thing? We think that when done well and with thought and genuine purpose it can.

Does Baroque music need to be remixed? Does music from the past need to be modernised?

In the worst case scenario, modernising Baroque music can end up with a dance beat put over the top of some Vivaldi, ending in music that is unlikely to satisfy fans of dance music or lovers of Vivaldi. (We’re not hating on Cross-over, it’s just not our personal taste)

In some cases it can pass as a pretty decent and well made joke. (This version fits its purpose, but it’s not really Baroque.)

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So can remixing Baroque or Classical music ever be a good thing? We think that when done well and with thought and genuine purpose the answer is, yes.

In our opinion, one of the best examples of remixing old music was in Vivaldi – The Four Seasons | Recomposed by Max Richter

This takes the original music, but fragments and reconstructs each movement so that it is very much recognisable, yet very original. It sounds like a modern work, but with the energy and structure of the original. It’s culturally accurate to the modern world familiar with the idea of remixing and sampling, but isn’t trying to enter the pop charts.

“Using post-minimalist procedures to extract fertile fragments and reshape the materials into new music, Richter has created an album that speaks to a generation familiar with remixes, sampling, and sound collages, though his method transcends the manipulation of prerecorded music.”

Find out more about the iPad app Vivaldi’s four seasons.

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Here at Amphio we’ve been given the heads-up about an upcoming “Baroque Remix” event that will hopefully match this level of excellence, with an evening that promises to “reimagine the baroque dance parties of the 17th and 18th centuries.” With live sets performed on period instruments, playing the music of old and new, we’re looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.

http://iklectikartlab.com/tickets/

https://www.evensi.uk/baroque-remix-iklectik/207684173

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