David Attenborough is launching a competition to remix his 1956 recording of ‘hypnotic’ ancient Balinese village music into an Ibiza club anthem.
The 93 year old, who shares the year of his birth with The Queen, is seeking a cutting-edge electronic music producer to turn a 3 minute field recording into a dancefloor hit.
Gamelan is the ancient music performed by Indonesian ensembles during spiritual rituals. The gender wayang track features two metallophones and one pair of drums. The metallophones are struck with two wooden hammers and the damping is done with the undersides of the wrists as the hands glide over the keys.
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Sir David believes that a fusion of contemporary trance beats with the ancient Balinese tradition will help to introduce the Indonesian culture to a younger audience.
The competition will be launched with Songlines, the world music magazine and new music funding body, the PRS Foundation. The winning production will be performed at the Songlines Music Awards 2019 ceremony on the 30th November this year.
6 finalists will be chosen by Sir David Attenborough, Mercury prize nominated trip-hop artist Ghostpoet, 6 Music presenters Cerys Matthews and Gilles Peterson, musician Matthew Herbert and electronica composer Hannah Peel. Listeners will also be asked to vote for their favourite.