Using fragments of Kate Whitley's 3 Pieces for Violin and Piano as a starting point, this specially devised re-mix by Olugbenga Adelekan, of Mercury Prize nominated band Metronomy has been created to accompany NMC's GCSE resource, R:STRNG, a remix app for music students. Designed to meet the KS3 and KS4 curriculum, the app provides the remix software for students to create their own re-mixes of Kate's piece using the same techniques as Adelekan. To read more about our Education projects click here.
'I heard a great deal of optimism in ‘3 Pieces’ as well as a very stark beauty. I wanted to retain that whilst also creating a remix that stood very much as its own thing. It was only my second time remixing something with no vocal track or big melodic top line to hang things around. I had a lot of fun trying to get my head around that! I treated all the audio parts from Kate’s piece like a new sample library – I took some bits to create a piano pad and others to build a new string section. So the only sounds that came from elsewhere were the drums. The sun was shining through a little window into my studio while I was working on the remix and I think some of that light made its way into the music.' Olugbenga Adelekan
3 Pieces for Violin and Piano features on Kate Whitley's Debut Disc I am I say, available on NMC here.