deadmau5 is working on his film score debut

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The mau5 is “out of the bag” and in the studio working on the inaugural film score of his career. deadmau5 originally declared his interest in film score writing following the release of where’s the drop?, the mau5trap producer’s full-length orchestral album. “I’ve always wanted to go into film scoring,” deadmau5 said at the time of where’s the drop?‘s arrival. “I think that this is a better entry point because now I’m like fucking walking the walk, as opposed to fucking talking the talk. Which is all you can do before anyone would think that you are capable of scoring a film, you know what I mean?”

deadmau5 similarly expressed his hope that where’s the drop? would resonate with figures in the film industry. “Hopefully this kind of puts me on the radar with professionals in that area or even the public to want something like that,” deadmau5 stated, “It would be cool to custom-write music for some kind of story. That’d be cool.” Judging by deadmau5’s recent tweet, where’s the drop? certainly registered on the “radars” of film producers, as the mau5ville head has now landed his first film score. deadmau5 will compose the score for Constantin Film and Netflix’s joint production, Polar.

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deadmau5 hopes orchestral album will lead to film score writing opps

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While some were wondering ‘where’s the drop?,deadmau5 was wondering where’s the score?

The full-time producer and now, part-time commercial gaming center visionary, recently released where’s the drop?, the full length orchestral album that originally gained notoriety thanks to several live Twitch broadcasts leading up to the formal announcement of the album’s impending debut, during which deadmau5 offered previews of the classical product to viewers. Certainly a different genre of music production, deadmau5’s orchestral album is not merely an aesthetic phase, but a signifier of deadmau5’s desire to one day write film scores.

“I’ve always wanted to go into film scoring,” deadmau5 said. “I think that this is a better entry point because now I’m like fucking walking the walk, as opposed to fucking talking the talk. Which is all you can do before anyone would think that you are capable of scoring a film, you know what I mean?”

deadmau5 similarly expressed his hope that where’s the drop? will resonate with figures in the film industry. “Hopefully this kind of puts me on the radar with professionals in that area or even the public to want something like that,” deadmau5 stated, “It would be cool to custom-write music for some kind of story. That’d be cool.”

here’s the drop? emerges as a project that “stands on its own legs,” according to the producer, who additionally noted his commitment to craft an album that would be “a fully body traditional piece,” as opposed to an amalgamation of orchestral and electronic music.

H/T: DJ Mag

deadmau5 & Greg Reveret’s ‘where’s the drop’ satisfies without the EDM bells & whistles [Album Review]

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Joel Zimmerman’s creative relationship with classical music began by chance. “I occasionally do this thing called ‘mau5trap Monday’ on my livestream — kids donate to charity, I read the posts and link to their music. Greg sent one in and it was an insane film score, fully orchestrated and everything, and I thought it was a joke,” the illustrious producer known better as deadmau5 admitted to LA Weekly.

The “Greg” he’s referring to is Greg Reveret, an accomplished composer, instrumentalist, and scoring extraordinaire from South Africa. Ideas “bounced around” in Zimmerman’s head, leading him to reach out to Reveret to collaborate on a project together.

As the cliché goes, “the rest is history.”


Where’s the drop? does just fine without the explosion of bass-backed kicks and loud synthesizers that deadmau5 refers to in his new album project’s title. Instead, it casts his music in a profound, contemplative light through is delicate layers of string, horn, percussion, and piano. A brief rendition of “Imaginary Friends” kicks off the collection of reimagined tunes, settling into an exploratory soundspace with the help of Reveret’s symphonic vision.

“Luxuria” only continues on this tangent, with curious echoes of its central hook passing through the orchestra’s various sections in a fluid motion. The piece is one of the seven from deadmau5’ 7 output that helped inspire where’s the drop?. It feels as though the deadly sin-based project was made to be interpreted in classical form, or at least the skill put forth by Reveret in transcribing and arranging the music makes it so. “Avaritia,” the original being a highly futuristic number, sounds particularly ethereal, slowly unfolding through pianos and strings across its three-minute span and coming down gently into a bout of chords. “Acedia” has this effect as well.

On a more dramatic note, “Gula” takes a sweeping turn. With the sin its title alludes to being “greed,” the generous heaps of ascending string melodies that swell up over equally lush piano chords make aural sense. “Ira” is particularly dark, equipped with resounding progressions in minor key that paired with staccato rhythms makes for a tense atmosphere.

 

Zimmerman naturally rinsed some of his biggest hits with scoring treatment as well. “Coelacanth” is a pleasing expansion of “My Pet Coelacanth,” with Reveret taking the orchestral parts already existing in the original and transforming them into an eight-minute journey that exudes a curious nature. “F’n Pig” — an edgier single that appears difficult to score — melts under Reverts’s expertise, remolding into an enticing composition armed  with stark cello solos and Handel-esque communication between brass, violin, and viola.

One cannot forget “Strobe,” of course. The iconic single closes out the album on an emotive note, pulling at the heartstrings with its familiar melodic embrace — now enhanced by expressive string sections and piercing harmonies. Its trademark synth progression is preserved, reminding us of the album’s origins in electronica.

Tying together where’s the drop? is a look into the future, with his unreleased production “Monophobia” being given the Reveret touch. The piece is transformed into a gentle lullaby, with its central hook being played out with a minimal piano approach while drawn-out violin measures provide a hint of bittersweet flavor to the finished product.

Perhaps the most shocking aspect of where’s the drop? — according to deadmau5 in his LA Weekly interview — is that it was thrown together by him and Reveret in a matter of weeks. This speaks to both their talents as musicians; though they could have spent more time enhancing and perfecting the project, what they created in such a short span of time sounds well thought-out and carefully crafted to the even a classically-trained ear.

Their creative chemistry has hit the mark in this case, and furthermore might help inspire others in younger generations to begin diving beneath electronic music creation and into the world of live instrumentation.

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deadmau5 announces second live ‘where’s the drop?’ show

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deadmau5 has added another ‘where’s the drop?’ show date to his touring schedule, just days after announcing the impending release of his orchestral album and its accompanying inaugural live performance on March 7.

The newly added date — Saturday, March 31 — will also take place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and like deadmau5’s originally advertised April 1 show date, will be open to attendees of all ages. As in the case of deadmau5’s April 1 show, the March 31 booking will also be streamed live via TIDAL in an extension of the partnership between deadmau5 and the music streaming service, first publicized on March 7.

Those interested in the classical project can purchase tickets to deadmau5’s March 31 appearance, here.

H/T: DJ Mag

deadmau5 to release orchestral album, perform first full-length classical show in partnership with Tidal

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Deadmau5‘s Twitch broadcasts and social media posts teasing the impending arrival of an orchestral project have culminated in “where’s the drop?,” a studio album newly recorded by deadmau5, and slated for release on March 30.

Comprised of classical renditions of various deadmau5 productions, “where’s the drop?” will be followed by a live performance on April 1, in which deadmau5 and a full orchestra will perform a selection of songs as orchestral pieces. The event is the product of deadmau5’s partnership with the subscription music streaming service, Tidal, and as such, will be live streamed exclusively on the service.

Tidal members will have access to presale tickets to the Los Angeles based performance beginning on March 7. New Tidal members will be given 90 days free to the service through the presale.

Those interested in learning more about deadmau5’s first full-length orchestral appearance can find additional information about the event, and can additionally register for a Tidal subscription, here.

H/T: Tidal