Thanks to regular Gentle Wolves contributor Ben Wright for this remix of one of our favorite songs at Servant Church, God of the Dead.
Here’s a link to the mp3.
Below is the story behind the remix from our favorite Britt.
– The Gentle Wolf, Richard
When I asked Richard if he wouldn’t mind me remixing a one of The Gentle Wolves songs, I was a little wary about what I was asking. After all, it would be a little cheeky to go up to Eric and request a transcript of his sermon so that I could rewrite it for a future Sunday!
A remix can be a creative reimagining or a lazy episode in recycling.
Some remixes are very good – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyUrH_IOgqI, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfqktBLDjPU
Some, not so much – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utgx3J1j1Nk
The Gentle Wolves recordings are wonderful and my aim with remixing God of the Dead was certainly not to ‘improve’ upon it. Instead, I wanted to rethink it, while staying true to both the song and the point of the song.
When a song is produced, musicians and singers are recorded – the resulting ‘stems’ are then mixed and then saved as an MP3. Technically, the remix is very simple – Richard sent me the stems and I mixed them differently. I also added a few instruments on a keyboard (some trumpets near the end, some synth sounds and a drum loop) and used a few effects (like echoes and panning.)
I wanted to reimagine the song with an emphasis on ambience and meditation. I think those attributes really come out with synths and loops – there’s something quite celtic about electronica music and I hope that churches will see begin to see it more as a valid and feasible style for church music.
To me, creating Church Music is about creating songs – and styles – that we can sing congregationally. One of the reasons I love old hymns is because of how singable they are. Simple tunes suit the live set ups, acoustic instruments (Guitars, Drums, pianos…) and volunteer involvement that the musical life of a faith community should be defined by. I think that it’s getting easier and easier for volunteers to perform with electronic instruments live (loops, pads, samples etc…) Therefore, I hope it’s a possibility we explore more in the future. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the remix!