I love Radiohead. I find their music soothing, agitating, melodic, and inspiring all at once. I also enjoy the different ways in which the band has embraced technology over the years through mash-ups, remixes, innovative music video techniques and live performances on YouTube.
In the band’s latest endeavor to appeal to a hyper-responsive consumer base that fingerprints everything they touch online, Radiohead has released the “Reckoner Remix”.
According to the band’s site: “After the overwhelming response to the Nude Remix Project, Radiohead, iTunes and Garageband are teaming up again giving you the opportunity to remix “Reckoner”, another track from the band’s latest album “In Rainbows”.
To make remixing easy, the separate ‘stems’ (the component parts of a song) are available to purchase from iTunes_here_. The ‘stems’ available are bass, lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar, piano/strings and drums. All six stems are available to buy for the price of a single track. You can mix them in any way you like, either by adding your own beats and instrumentation, or just remixing the original parts.
If you purchase the ‘stems’ from iTunes during the two weeks they’re available, you’ll be sent an access code to a GarageBand file ready to open in GarageBand or Logic. However, you don’t need GarageBand to do a remix, all the stems are in iTunes Plus format and compatible with several music software platforms. The GarageBand file will be emailed before October 8th.
Finished mixes can be uploaded _here_ where the public will listen and vote for their favourite remix (submissions end October 23rd). You can also create a widget allowing votes from your own website, Facebook or MySpace page to be counted as ‘mix votes’ back on radioheadremix.com. Radiohead will listen to the best remixes.