Fittingly, alongside the 10th anniversary VAPORIZED FOREST INDEX album, we've also arrived at the tenth volume of the Cmx remix catalog. Considering this, it only felt appropriate to use this volume to make a counterpart for V.F.I., highlighting some of my favorite CH remixes from the last decade.
Remixes for many other producers are often seen as trivial, promotional things, something you do to fill out a single or try and appeal to a club-going contingent with music that might otherwise stay out of such a setting. For me, remixing has always been one of my favorite studio activities, a way to momentarily see how sharp you can get with a single track, and someone else's source material. I have taken a more challenging approach to remixes as well, in that I do not use any of my own sounds in the tracks I produce - only things present in the original artist's piece. This process means a constant learning curve with sound design and FX processing, as well as creative mixing and sequencing work, in order to create a mix that is both faithful to the original music and adherent to my own sonic principles, and what I'd like to say in that moment. You might think such a stance would yield less melodic results, but in that case it becomes the opposite, most of the time - in becoming so intimate with the source sounds, new melodies and chord progressions are exhumed and an honest, valid reinterpretation of someone else's composition takes place.
So for Cmx X, I picked seventeen of my favorite remixes, and with some preparatory work, I performed and recorded a DJ set using only those pieces. A constantly flowing and fluctuating seamless collection of all kinds of techno, ambient and braindance mixes, psychedelic and focused on the groove. With this, I offer a 10th anniversary Remix Appendix, and raise my glass to all of the many producers I've produced mixes for: Here's to ten more years of Coppice Halifax transmutations!
released December 12, 2016
Written by the credited artists, produced and remixed by Coppice Halifax. Performed and recorded live at Botany Bay, Summer 2016. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. This is Milieu Music number MML115.
Artists in order of appearance: 1 Casio Commander / 2 Loafeye / 3 Overcast Sound / 4 Ndru / 5 Other Heights / 6 Skytree / 7 Arbee / 8 Radere / 9 Photophob / 10 Textural Being / 11 Monoaxial / 12 Deepwarmth / 13 Mikrokristal / 14 Cybertone / 15 Textural Being / 16 Mr. Myoplast / 17 Electricwest. All remixes used with gracious permission.