The Detroit techno legend and Planet E head honcho Carl Craig has announced Versus an album of his visionary techno masterpieces that have been modified into powerful symphonic versions for an official album release in March 2017.
Following Versus original premiere in 2008, with a unique live debut at La Cité de La Musique, Paris, where Carl Craig was joined by Les Siècles orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth, techno mastermind Moritz von Oswald and Francesco Tristano, the celebrated performance, was one of the first of its kind to combine electronic and classical composition, which garnered five standing ovations and had over 1 million views online of the original filmed recording.
Click here to see Carl Craig ‘Al Les’ put to filmed footage from David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series. mixed by Benji B, the footage also features music from Actress and Flying Lotus.
Watch a recording session for Versus in 2010, at the legendary Studio Dayout in Paris via Electronic Beats and the Slices feature.
Of the live performance, Gilles Peterson said: “I’m in awe of Carl’s determination to stretch the boundaries of techno… and prove that electronic beats are as much “music” as violins or cellos.”
Now, legendary Detroit imprint Planet E joins forces with InFiné to bring Versus for an official album release in 2017. Produced by Carl Craig, the Versus album mixes both orchestral and electronically enhanced versions of Carl Craig’s music in a ground-breaking techno collection of eight-tracks adapted for orchestra, with the world exclusive of two of the album tracks – ‘Sandstorms’ and ‘Desire’ aired exclusively on Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show last week.
Listen again as the Detroit techno and house legend Carl Craig joins Benji in the studio for the full three hours, weaving through past, present and future music.
“Versus is my desire and dream come true to have my music interpreted by an orchestra.” – Carl Craig
Also planned to coincide with the album, The Versus Synthesizer Ensemble live show will tour, where Carl Craig will be joined on stage by five musicians, together interpreting the music from the album on to a synthesizer wall. The first dates will be announced in January 2017.
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