Back in October, when Steve Reich was celebrating his 74th birthday, Nonesuch Records and Indaba Music launched a search for collaborators to remix the third movement of the composer’s piece2×5, which Nonesuch had recently released on the same album as his Pulitzer Prize–winning piece Double Sextet. Remixers responded in force, offering over 200 unique interpretations of whatGramophone called “Reich’s smartest, most sonically nourishing record for years.” Steve Reich has now chosen a Grand Prize Winner and two Runners-Up. Fans have weighed in as well, picking their favorites, with the 10 highest vote-getters on Indaba earning Honorable Mentions.
“All very different re-mixes,” the composer says of the diverse array of submissions. “Good to hear the variety!”
The Grand Prize winner receives $500 and a one-year free Platinum membership to Indaba Music. The two runners up receive free three-month Platinum memberships to Indaba. The 10 honorable mentions receive free three-month Pro memberships to Indaba. All of the winners receive autographed copies of the Double Sextet / 2×5 CD as well an autographed manuscript page from the Double Sextet score.
And so, without further ado, here are the Grand Prize-winning remix, by Dominique Leone, and the remixes from two Runners-Up,Vakula and David Minnick:
And the Honorable Mentions:
REPOSTED FROM NONESUCH JOURNAL 12/07/2010
ABOUT DOMINIQUE LEONE
Leone began writing music reviews for Pitchfork Media in 2001, and was a regular contributor until 2007. He has also written for Paste Magazine, All-Music Guide and Trouser Press. His first release as a musician was the Dominique Leone EP on Hans-Peter Lindstrøm‘s Feedelity label in 2007. In 2008, Lindstrøm and Smalltown Supersound‘s Joakim Haughland released Leone’s first full-length CD on their Strømland label, with art by Kim Hiorthøy. American experimental music label Important Records released his second CD Abstract Expression in October 2009.
Leone received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance in 1998 from Texas Tech University, focusing on classical trumpet. As a recording artist, Leone has been compared to Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Boredoms, and XTC. His music has been described as containing “stubbornly original song structures and chord progressions”, and British electronic pop musician Max Tundra noted that Leone is “one of the greatest practitioners of the chord progression“. Leone performs periodically in the San Francisco bay area, and more rarely, throughout America and Europe, including a well-receivedappearance at the 2009 Les Siestes Electroniques festival in Toulouse, France. He has collaborated or performed with Kevin Blechdom, R. Stevie Moore, Lindstrøm, Mungolian Jet Set, Kango’s Stein Massiv,Cryptacize, Odawas, Bob Drake, William Winant, as well as contributing vocals and trumpet to Boredoms‘Super Roots 10 release.
As a music critic, Leone was known for championing modern experimental and fringe artists, as well as older electronic music, progressive rock, and psychedelia. For Pitchfork, Leone penned early reviews ofAnimal Collective, Devendra Banhart, as well as several for influential Japanese band the Boredoms. He also wrote frequently cited reviews of Can, Igor Wakhévitch, The Beach Boys, and for Trouser Press, a lengthy overview of France‘s Magma. In 2007, Leone authored a monthly column for Pitchfork entitled “Out Music”. He presented his paper “What You Hear is Never What They Heard, and What You Get is Never What They Had” at the 2007 Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame Pop Conference in Seattle, Washington.