hail remix

remix this music!

I am seeking remixes of ‘HAIL, a bass quartet’ to be released with a new recording of this work, later this year.

If you are interested in remixing this music, first, please read about the piece of music in question: HAIL. This might give you some ideas about the piece conceptually.

Keep in mind that the stems here are rendered with Sibelius, so you may want to work straight from the MIDI or Sibelius (*.sib) files; just ask by messaging me on soundcloud or using this site’s contact page.

remix comps logoThis contest appears on remixcomps.com, and winners will be chosen from what is submitted there. Remixes will be posted in the HAIL Remix SoundCloud group and on this page. Feel free to join the group even if you’re not remixing.

Remixes can be any length, but only the best remix for each movement which is close in length to the original will appear on vinyl (just because of physical restraints).

hail midi files

If working with MIDI is easier, here is a zipped archive of MIDI files for each movement. Contact me for the password.

hail stem files

Stems have been zipped up and ready to download from this page:

hail movement I stems

hail movement II stems

hail movement III stems

hail movement IV stems

hail movement V stems

and of course, here’s everything all at once: hail_complete_stems.zip

Individual files can easily be listened to without downloading by using the SoundCloud player on this page.

hail Blend project

Files are also available as a project on Blend, using the link here.


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HAIL is a quartet for double bass. The five movements make up a cycle of meters, beginning with eight and subsequently losing an eighth note: seven, six, five, and ending up at four (or back at eight, depending on how you look at it).

The first movement has all instruments playing arco. One bass in each subsequent movement switches to pizzicato for the duration of the work. The basses are arranged in an arc around the listener, and the technique changes go from the first to the fourth bassist – left to right.

When hail stones are formed, layers of ice build up on the original frozen water droplet while wind and heat carry the hailstones back up to their original elevation after beginning to fall. This process is mimicked by the technique and meter changes of the movements.

The current demo on Soundcloud was made with Sibelius 7.5.