Regular SOS readers will remember the annual B-Side Project, which exists to promote musical collaborations between upcoming artists and remixers. Since 2009, the Project has awarded young remixers and artists for collaborations that it has helped to bring about through its annual competition, with support from key industry music artists, labels, equipment manufacturers, and of course Sound On Sound magazine!
2019's competition was a bit different, focusing on student remix entries with the support of Tileyard Education (the postgraduate education centre at the Tileyard creative community near Kings Cross, in London), manufacturers Genelec and Prism Sound, the respected electronic music label Hospital Records/Med School, and its artist Etherwood. Between October last year and January, over 100 students from 12 higher education music colleges all over the country competed to produce the best remixes of one of Etherwood's tracks, 'A Hundred Oceans', after being provided with the track stems by the artist.
Entries were judged after the competition closed in January and the winners were announced at an event at Tileyard Studios north of Kings Cross last night, Thursday April 4th, which was streamed live on the SOS Facebook page.
The evening began with a fascinating panel discussion on the legalities of copyright, sampling and remixing, moderated by Cambridge-based IP lawyer, musician and DJ Chris Hawkes, which featured house music producer and DJ Adam Zurra; producer, remixer and singer Estelle Rubio; and Vertical Rooms studio owner, musician, producer and remixer Pete Brazier; as well as Etherwood. Topics covered included what a remix is now, how far a remix can be taken before it's a new track in its own right, and the sometimes frustrating legalities associated with sample use and clearance.
After the discussion concluded, the four winners were announced from the group of 12 finalists. The three runners-up, who all won Hospital Records sample packs and merchandise and ACS ear protection, were as follows:
OH? (aka Jack Leaver) from Bridgwater and Taunton college
for Best Remix Arrangement
(award presented by Will Rowe of Prism Sound)
Rose Evans from Access Creative, Norwich
for Most Imaginative Remix
(award presented by DJ Zurra)
Otto Neckel from Access Creative, Bristol
for Most Innovative Remix
(award presented by Howard Jones of Genelec)
The main prizewinner, for Best Overall Remix, was Kacper Kurczynski from Spirit Studios college in Manchester, also known as KASPA (below right). He received his award directly from the artist whose track he had remixed, Etherwood (above). As the main winner, Kacper took home an Audio-technica microphone and headphones, a pair of Genelec 8030 speakers, Hospital Records/Med School sample packs and ACS ear protection, and he will be joining Etherwood in the studio for a creative session soon. His college Spirit Studio did even better, getting gear worth over £10,000, including a SADiE mastering suite, Prism Sound Lyra audio interface, and a pair of Genelec 8331 monitors.
The dozen finalists all received copies of Etherwood's latest album In Stillness (from which the remix track 'A Hundred Oceans' is taken), ACS ear protection and a free subscription to Sound On Sound. The great variety of creative remixes submitted by all 12 finalists can be heard at the SoundCloud link below.