The original Playstation was pretty groundbreaking from whatever angle you look at it. Originally drafted to be an add-on for Nintendo, the deal quickly broke apart and Sony realised they could do it alone. so whilst Mario was busy making seminal platforming games, Sony were busy shifting millions and millions of units, with Ridge Racer, Wipeout and Tekken being pretty much all you needed to have an okay, epilepsy inducing weekend in. Amongst all it’s innovations, there was one game that quietly heralded a mini revolution. In fact, ‘Music’ was more a piece of software, given that the ‘aim’ of it was to make an okay song from a pre-determined list of samples. It wasn’t too dynamic and the tracks that you could make on it were almost completely useless (thanks to only really being able to save them onto the PS1’s memory card) but still, it was the ability to make your own tracks in your living room, no matter how terrible the outcome.
So, whilst it might’ve all been a bit of fun making bad dance beats sound like an even worse dance song, it was all harmless fun. Their was seemingly no way you could take the ingredients provided and make something listenable. However, Sounds of 2010 finalists Delphic have already crafted one of the better songs of the year in ‘Doubt’ – a rollercoaster of a song, layered and executed to perfection. Offering a SoundCloud pro account as well as all the vinyl from their back-catalogue, the band are giving you the chance to remix their single, which is a pretty frightening idea given they’ve already done a pretty amazing job already.
Aware that complete amateurs such as myself probably don’t even know what mixing software looks like, they’ve uploaded all the ‘stems’ onto an online editing suite, which has all the basics you’ll need to make a half decent attempt. After about an hour or two of wrestling with it, even I managed to make a song, terrible as it is. Here’s my remix of Delphic, but I’m sure that you can do better – it’s essentially just a really bland version of the single itself. Send me your own interpretations, especially if they’re somehow worse:
Delphic – Doubt (Boring Pigeon remix) (fileden)
You can certainly do better than this. Head over to Delphic’s part of the Aviary website to work online, or if you’d rather do it from the comfort of your harddrive, Soundcloud has the stems. After you’ve done, upload it to the Delphic website for your chance to win , which also features some entries that actually sound brilliant. Good luck!