Public to vote for winner of Sir David Attenborough’s field recording remix competition in partnership with Songlines and PRS Foundation
- From today the public can vote for the winner of David Attenborough’s remix competition of field recording ‘Gender Wayang’
- Shortlist created by industry experts including Sir David Attenborough, Ghostpoet, Matthew Herbert, Cerys Matthews, Hannah Peel and Gilles Peterson.
- Winner will receive an award at this year’s Songlines Music Awards ceremony and perform at the aftershow party.
Songlines, the leading world music magazine, and PRS Foundation, announce the six finalists for David Attenborough’s field recording remix competition and invite the public to vote for the winner on the Songlines website
The competion announced in May, invited UK music creators to remix ‘Gender Wayang’, a field recording from David Attenborough’s critically acclaimed album, My Field Recordings From Across The Planet.
From over 300 submissions, the six remixes shortlisted by an expert industry panel were by the music creators, Arca, Burland, Clism, Kottarashky, Alison Selby and Sally Street.
The expert industry panel included Sir David Attenborough himself, broadcaster and songwriter Cerys Matthews, twice Mercury Prize nominated artist Ghostpoet, electronic artist and producer Hannah Peel, DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson and musician, artist, producer and writer Matthew Herbert.
Dr Andy Channing, one of the UK’s leading gamelan performers and academic experts, was also involved in the shortlisting process. Not only has the remix competition provided a platform for emerging UK producers, but it has exposed many new listeners to the intricacy and beauty of this ancient music.
As a direct result of this competition and with the help of the gamelan community, the musicians featured in the original 1956 recording have been identified (Madé Gerindem, Madé Locong, Ketut Gerinding and Wayan Nyampuh) and also have their descendants, who live in the same village Teges Kanginan in Bali. They have now been contacted and are receiving royalties from sales of the album.
The public have until Sunday 15th September 2019 to vote on the Songlines website here: http://www.songlines.co.uk/remix after which the winner from the public vote will be announced on Friday 1st November 2019 and will receive an award at this year’s Songlines Music Awards ceremony which will be held at the venue EartH in London’s Hackney on November 30 2019. Tickets are now on sale from www.soundcrashmusic.com
A Songlines Remix Competition podcast, presented by Cerys Matthews and featuring all six final remixes, is now available to download from the iTunes stores
Sir David Attenborough said “I am so pleased that royalties for the gamelan piece which I recorded fifty years ago in a small village in Bali will be going to the decendents of the musicians who performed it. That is not only a tribute to the good intentions of the folk at Songlines but proof of the high artistry and musicianship of the gamelan players who produced such a splendid and recognisable performance”
Paul Geoghegan, Publishing Director of Songlines magazine said “The reaction to the remix competition has been incredible but we never expected it to lead us to the descendants of the musicians Sir David recorded in 1956. I’d like to thank Sir David and his fellow panelists and our partners PRS Foundation for all their support throughout the competition. I have to say how relieved I am that we’re leaving the choice of the winner to the public!”
“Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation said “It has been fascinating to work with Songlines and Sir David Attenborough on this unusual opportunity for music creators. The quality of the remixes submitted has been extremely high and I’m delighted to see a gender diverse shortlist, underlining the breadth of UK talent working in electronic music. I look forward to seeing who the public choose as the winner.”