Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Canadian Brass take on Deadmau5

In 2013, the Canadian Brass recorded an arrangement of STROBE by Deadmau5.

Deadmau5, also known as Joel Thomas Zimmerman is highly regarded as one of the grandfather's of modern EDM,  releasing his debut album back in 2005.  Joel has a unique sound characterized by his use synthesizers, pointillistic melodies, and his trance-like progression of sound.

The success of this arrangement is due to its simplicity. Many times, classical musicians try to include unnecessary additional harmonies and overly densify the texture. The beauty of EDM is not found in it chordal structures and complex progressions, but rather in the changes in texture, timbre, and rhythm.

This arrangement is a wonderful meshing of electro and acoustic elements, using much of the source's melodic material and maintaining the minimalistic quality of the original work.