Saturday, December 10, 2005
Reverent re-mixing and reconceptualizing of a couple of classic albums:
Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds
Hippocamp Ruins Sgt. Pepper's
If you listen to these right after listening to the originals you can really get a feel for how much skilled music craft went into each, that they can be effectively shaken up and thrown against a wall and still sound good.
The Sgt. Pepper's one is more recent and clearly more adventurous, taking the very structures of the songs apart rather than just adding to the original melodies and structure.
I usually find a lot of these remixes rather lazy affairs and often the attitude of the arranger seems rather arrogant, which somehow poisons the end product. But these guys clearly consider their source material to be nearly perfect, and their version is meant as an addition rather than an update or a replacement.