Cameron Bray


Songlines seeks Attenborough remixes

11:56, 13th May 2019

The leading world music magazine Songlines has launched a Remix Competition in partnership with the PRS foundation. This is an exciting opportunity which invites UK music creators to remix one of David Attenborough’s sound recordings from his critically acclaimed album, My Field Recordings From Across The Planet.

To enter, UK music creators need to remix the song ‘Gender Wayang’ and submit it via a private SoundCloud link by 6pm on 10 June. To download the track and find out more information, please click here.

The track is an example of Balinese gamelan music, featuring two metallophones and one pair of drums, and was recorded in 1956 when Attenborough was searching for the Komodo dragon as part of the BBC television series Zoo Quest.

The publishing director of Songlines, Paul Geoghegan, says ‘Songlines is delighted to be partnering with the PRS Foundation on this exciting remix competition, featuring one of the field recordings Sir David Attenborough made over 60 years ago in Bali. The album of all the recordings he made between 1954-63 – My Field Recordings from Across the Planet – is a fascinating window into Attenborough’s extensive travels during the 1950s and 1960s. We hope that this remix competition will expose more music-lovers to Attenborough’s work as a world music collector as well as giving the nominees & winner international exposure.’

Alongside Attenborough, the submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel, consisting of Cerys Matthews, Ghostpoet, Hannah Peel, Gilles Peterson, and Matthew Herbert. The panel has the unenviable task of drawing up a shortlist of six, which the public will be invited to vote on from July 19 until September 15.

The winner will be announced on the first day of November, after which they will receive an award at this year’s Songlines Music Awards ceremony on 30 November and be invited to perform at the awards afterparty. This year, the awards take place at EartH in Hackney on November 30 2019 and tickets can be bought now from this link.

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation, says: ‘Creating unique opportunities for music creators has always been at the heart of our work at PRS Foundation. This chance to remix one of David Attenborough’s field recordings enables UK music creators to take extraordinary sounds, from the past and from other side of the world, in a completely new direction. I can’t wait to hear the creative responses this competition inspires.’


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