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Messiah Remix

by Various Artists

Georg Friedrich Handel\'s 1742 masterpiece of spiritual rebirth is, itself, reborn in this deep and thoughtful tribute album. Eleven of today\'s most searching musical minds respond to one of the classic works of Western music.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tod Machover : Mixed Messiah
6:05 album only
2. Scanner : Insulation Mix
6:32 album only
3. Charles Amirkhanian: Mqsical Lou
5:09 album only
4. R. Luke DuBois: Convolution
5:26 album only
5. Nobukazu Takemura: Assembler Mix
4:14 album only
6. Phil Kline: Hallelujah!
4:06 album only
7. Paul Lansky: Post-Pastoral
4:36 album only
8. Laetitia Sonami: Overture On Ice
8:21 album only
9. Eve Beglarian: Be/Hold
5:07 album only
10. dälek: Messiah [deadverse remix]
4:57 album only
11. John Oswald: Partial
2:15 album only


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Georg Friedrich Handel\'s 1742 masterpiece of spiritual rebirth is, itself, reborn in this deep and thoughtful tribute album. Eleven of today\'s most searching musical minds respond to one of the classic works of Western music, and their responses range from tuneful electronica to craggy modernism; from moody ambience to unbounded joy.

An unprecedented collection of some of the brightest lights of composed music, electronica, and, experimental hip-hop has created a rich album with incomparable musical range.

Featuring arrangements by Charles Amirkhanian, Eve Beglarian, Dalek, Luke DuBois, Phil Kline, Paul Lansky, Tod Machover, John Oswald, Scanner, Laetitia Sonami, and Nobukazu Takemura.

About the Music:

For Messiah Remix, Cantaloupe assembled a wide range of composers, across a spectrum of approaches and technologies: It began on the East Coast with electronic pioneers Paul Lansky (Princeton Electronic Music Studio, sampled by Radiohead on their landmark album Kid A) and Tod Machover (MIT Media Lab). It looked West to find Charles Amirkhanian (text/sound pioneer) and performance artist Laetitia Sonami. It looked across the globe for some of the hottest DJ\'s - up to Canada for John Oswald (inventor of Plunderphonics), to the UK for Scanner, and to Japan for Nobukazu Takemura. It invited NJ-based Dalek, hailed for bringing hip-hop to a new level of artistry. And finally, Cantaloupe artist Phil Kline (Zippo Songs and Unsilent Night) joined in, alongside composer Eve Beglarian (Twisted Tutu) and the up and coming young producer R. Luke DuBois..

Each artist worked in new ways to manipulate the piece. Amirkhanian created a subtle collage of undistorted phrases from the original; Takemura added beats; Dalek added words; and DuBois electronically contracted the entire work into less than five minutes to create a beautiful wash of ambient sound.

The Artists

Charles Amirkhanian
Eve Beglarian
Luke DuBois
Phil Kline
Paul Lansky
Tod Machover
John Oswald
Laetitia Sonami
Nobukazu Takemura

Charles Amirkhanian

Composer, percussionist, sound poet, and radio producer Charles Amirkhanian is a leading practitioner of electroacoustic music and text-sound composition and has been instrumental in the dissemination of contemporary music through his work as Music Director of KPFA/Berkeley from 1969 to 1992. Since 1993, he has been Artistic Director of Other Minds, a global New Music community. In 1998, Amirkhanian was appointed Executive Director. In his recent works, Amirkhanian incorporates sampled acoustic environmental sounds and traditional, pitched musical sounds to develop dreamscapes that act as disjunct narratives, evoking a world of memory-triggers which induce a trance-like listening state.

Eve Beglarian

\"One of new music\'s truly free spirits,\" and a \"remarkable experimentalist,\" Eve Beglarian is a composer, performer, and audio producer whose chamber and orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the California EAR Unit, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Sequitur, among many others. Her experience in music theater includes music for Mabou Mines\' Obie-winning Dollhouse, Animal Magnetism, and Ecco Porco; the collaboration Hildegurls\' Ordo Virtutum, which premiered at the Lincoln Center Festival; and the China National Beijing Opera Theater\'s production of The Bacchae.


The band dalek, an ipecac recording artist, has been playing shows and expanding minds since 1997. In that time, dalek has toured with such groups as Mike Patton\'s Tomahawk, KRS-One, De La Soul, and Grandmaster Flash. Their most recent full-length, Absence, recalls Public Enemy and the Bomb Squad, the street poetry of KRS-1, the raw beats of Gang Starr, and the fearlessness of the avant-garde, as found in Glenn Branca, My Bloody Valentine, and Penderecki. Dalek make music for those who believe that hip hop music can and should be complicated, emotional, and breathtaking.

R. Luke DuBois

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, programmer, and video artist living in New York City. He teaches interactive sound and video performance at Columbia\'s Computer Music Center, New York University, and the School of Visual Arts. He has done interactive programming and music production work for many artists, most recently Toni Dove, Chris Mann, Elliott Sharp, and Michael Gordon, and was a staff programming consultant for Engine27 for the 2003 season. He is a co-author of Jitter, a software suite developed by Cycling\'74 for real-time manipulation of matrix data. His music with his band, the Freight Elevator Quartet, is available on Caipirinha/Sire and Cycling\'74 music.

Phil Kline

Composer Phil Kline occupies a singular niche in the new music world. From his beloved boombox symphonies to song cycles and string quartets hailed for their haunting beauty, political subtext, and often wry humor, a Phil Kline work is unfailingly fresh and charged, raw yet classic. Kline cofounded the art-punk band the Del-Byzanteens with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and painter James Nares, and toured the world as a veteran of Glenn Branca\'s legendary guitar ensemble. Kline?s compositions have been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, BAM, The Whitney Museum, MASS MoCA, Philadelphia\'s Kimmel Center, and London\'s Barbican Centre. This August, Kline was nominated for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize, which honors the most creative and artistic records of the year.

Paul Lansky

Princeton University \'s Paul Lansky is one of the most prominent and accessible of modern American composers who write for the medium of computer-generated sound. The style of his works changes radically from piece to piece, including everything from folk song in pieces like Folk-Images to the twelve-tone technique, as in his String Quartet. Lansky has used previously written music as source material for his own works since the early 1970?s. \"For me,\" he has written, \"success means creating new ways of listening and hearing.\" In addition to composing, he has made advances in purely technical areas, especially those of Linear Prediction Coding, which he developed for his own first computer-generated pieces, and CMIX, a set of programs which he has made freely available.

Tod Machover

Tod Machover has been called \"brilliantly gifted\" by the New York Times and \" America\'s most wired composer\" by the Los Angeles Times. His music is highly regarded for breaking traditional artistic and cultural boundaries and for offering a unique and innovative synthesis of acoustic and electronic sound. Machover is also noted for inventing new technology for music, especially his Hyperinstruments, which use smart computers to augment musical expression and creativity and have been used by musicians ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince. Machover is currently Composer-in-Residence with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and is working on opera projects for the Op?ra de Monte-Carlo, New York City Opera, and Los Angeles Opera.

John Oswald

John Oswald is \"probably Canada\'s most important composer-musician,\" and the London Observer has called him \"the maddest man on the planet.\" In 1980, Oswald established the Mystery Laboratory to prepare and distribute music/sound collages on cassettes packaged with neither sources noted nor explanations given. In 1987, he reversed the principle beginning with the EP Plunderphonics, which comprised four \'revised performances\' created by \'plundering\' The Rite of Spring as well as recordings by Count Basie, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley. Oswald has received commissions from Elektra Records, ARRAYMUSIC, and the Kronos Quartet. His works are in the active repertoire of Kronos, the Culberg Ballet Sweden, the Monaco Ballet, the Modern Quartet, and others. His recorded works have been used in productions for radio, stage, concert, television, film, Hollywood movies, computer media and video.


Under the name Scanner, British artist Robin Rimbaud creates soundscapes that twist technology in unconventional ways. His explorations of experimental terrain have won him international admiration from, amongst others, Bjork and Stockhausen. Scanner has collaborated with artists from every imaginable genre: musicians Bryan Ferry and Laurie Anderson, The Royal Ballet and Random Dance companies, composers Michael Nyman and Luc Ferrari, and artists Mike Kelley and Derek Jarman. He has performed and created works in spaces including SFMOMA USA, Hayward Gallery London, Pompidou Centre Paris, Kunsthalle Vienna, Tate Modern London, and the Royal Opera House London.

Laetitia Sonami

Laetitia Sonami\'s work combines text, music, and \"found sound,\" in compositions which have been described as \"performance novels.\" She creates and utilizes sophisticated technologies in producing an intimate, spontaneous art form which transcends its technological base. For the past few years, she has developed and adapted new gestural controllers to musical performance and composed works with these materials. She has performed in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Among her recent awards are the Alpert Award in the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award, and the Studio Pass-Harvestworks residency. Laetitia lives in Oakland, California and is currently a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Nobukazu Takemura

The music of Thrill Jockey artist Nobukazu Takemura has been given many labels, ranging from hip hop to IDM to minimalism, yet he still has managed to defy categorization. Many listeners were introduced to Takemura through his appearance on the Steve Reich tribute CD, Reich Remixed. A subsequent show alongside DJ Spooky, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and Coldcut proved to be a revelation for those in attendance, and he was singled out by the New York Times for his \"brilliant\" performance. Nobukazu Takemura is inspired by the \"impressionist and objective conception\" of John Cage, Brian Eno, and Africa Bambaata, as well as the free form creativity of John Coltrane and Robert Wyatt.



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