|ROBORTOM feat. Au Revoir Simone - Paganini Rocks|
|CD released: 6th December 2010 Download available from: 6th December 2010|
|Released by: Sunday Best Recordings|
In a move set to infuriate Middle England and send Classic FM's phonelines into meltdown, Rob da Bank, Tom Middleton, and Au Revoir Simone have reworked Paganini's '24th Caprice' into 'Paganini Rocks' - a club anthem 200 years in the making.
In the eyes of most classical music buffs mixing classical and dance music is about the most sacrilegious thing you can do. But while Robortom's 'Paganini Rocks' will undoubtedly rankle the classical world, it's the latest in a long line of reinterpretations of Paganini's original composition.
Since 1819, his '24th Caprice' has been reworked by a long and illustrious list of composers from Chopin and Liszt to Schumann and Rachmaninoff. It was also used as the theme tune for the South Bank Show. In 2009, it was the turn of British composer, Tom Hodge (featured in recent ad campaigns for Audi and Guiness). Hodge's interpretation caught the ears of Rob and Tom, who enlisted the vocal talents of Au Revoir Simone to complete their own version. 'Paganini Rocks' is the title music to the 2010 Orange RockCorps show, and is set to appear in CSI New York in October, making Paganini's theme one of the most 'synced' pieces of all time.
Au Revoir Simone makes dreamy electronic pop music using elemental materials: keyboards and voices braid together in a warm thrum of whirring machines and soft melodies. In addition to their music, Annie, Heather and Erika are widely recognised for their inimitable sense of style and involvement in the fashion world, they've featured in Vogue and The New York Times Magazine, and worked with fashion icons including Kate Spade, agnès b. and Isaac Mizrahi.
Tom Hodge's compositional style draws on elements of classical minimalism, groove-based jazz and electronica, he has written music for approximately two hundred commercials, films, television and theatre pieces. Recent credits include the classical remix of Daft Punk's Aerodynamic as well as adverts for the Independent, Boots, Ikea, Pantene, Guardian & Max Factor.
In addition to two radio edit versions and an extended club mix of the original, 'Paganini Rocks' comes with remixes from: Mighty Mouse, Louis Laroche, James Talk, and Digital Soundboy, while Rob and Tom each deliver a Sunday Best Remix and Tom's Tech House Mix respectively.
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