Elgar Gets a Make-Over

Posted on 8 May, 2007. Filed under: beats, Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Music, remix, Techno |

On the weekend I went to a symphony with my Dad. The main attraction for me (apart from one of the cellists – teehee) was Vaughan Williams’ ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’.

The “headlining” piece was actually Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’. This was, ofcourse, towards the end of the concert, and by that stage I was getting a little drowsy. Well, did that change when they started this!

If any of you are familiar with the first movement of ‘Enigma Variations’, you’ll know why my interest was piqued.

If any of you are familiar with Rob Dougan’s ‘Clubbed to Death’, that’s why my interest was piqued!

The string theme used in the beginning of (and throughout) ‘Clubbed to Death’ is none other than the ‘Enigma Variation’ theme. Rob D just added some sexy bass lines and synthetic sounds.

Why I didn’t pick this up before the concert, I’ll never know. But I’m glad I didn’t, as it was a great suprise! I’m sure there were lots of other under 35yo (or Matrix fans) in the audience who agreed.

Anyway, hearing this piece got me thinking. Out of all my favourite classical pieces, which one would be most awesome to remix?

And how does one go about remixing an old song? Do you take out the theme from the original, think of a beat you like, then work it in? Or do you think about how you want the song to feel and then go from there?

Another question, is it harder to remix an established piece of music (particularly if it’s well written), than starting from scratch? The style and movement of it is already so intrenched by it’s genre, wouldn’t it be difficult to break away from that?

Track details: Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations
Track details: Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death

If you like that, try: The Prodigy – Mozart Remix

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