Over 30 Romanian musicians took on the challenge launched last year by the Czech Centre in Bucharest of remixing any of composer Antonin Dvorak’s works and their final versions can be listened tonight at the Czech Centre, which will also host the launch of a double CD, the information informed. The CD, whose two sides are titled “Rhythm” and “Sound” (the latter contains more experimental pieces), will be produced by the Romanian independent record label Local Records. All the songs are launched under the Creative Commons Licence (by which the artists allow the free reproduction and broadcasting of the works). The list of artists who joined in the project includes both first-rank names from the Romanian contemporary electronic music scene and original newcomers.
The Czech Centre initiated this project last December to mark 170 years since celebrated Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s birth. The incoming remixes instantly drew the public’s attention and the Czech Centre’s soundcloud account (www.soundcloud.com/centrulceh) reported nearly 10,000 listeners within a few weeks. The author of the best remix, selected by a Czech-Romanian jury, will receive as prize from the Czech Centre a three-day stay in Prague and Czech beer. For those keen to return to the classical, the Czech Centre has in store a special chill-out hall where they can listen to Dvorak records and where vintage shots from the early days of cinema will be screened.