The Brooklyn Philharmonic announces Bushwick-based DJ Eddie Marz as winner of its community-based BEETHOVEN REMIX PROJECT. Marz was selected from five finalists who were asked to remix the finale of Beethoven's Third Symphony (the Eroica), following an open application process coordinated by musician and community organizer Sam Hillmer. Read coverage of this project from NPR and Tiny Mix Tapes.
Marz's remix will be adapted by acclaimed contemporary composer Andrew Norman and performed live by the Brooklyn Phil as part of its season finale Bed-Stuy Orchestra Concert on June 9, 2012, which also features hip-hop legend Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and a tribute to Bed-Stuy nativeLena Horne.
Marz's remix, which he has titled Ill Harmonic, fixates on two of Beethoven's themes in the final movement of the Third Symphony, creating layers of tonalities at differing speeds.
"It's a brilliant remix," praises Brooklyn Phil Artistic Director Alan Pierson. "I love DJ Eddie Marz's obsessive fixation on two Beethoven riffs, which he juxtaposes in ways Beethoven never would have imagined. It's exactly the sort of thing I was hoping this Remix Project would lead to: a fantastically original use for Beethoven's musical ideas. And his remix has already totally changed the way I hear the Beethoven-I can't listen to that movement awithout hearing in those riffs the potential for what Eddie Marz has created."