In late 2012 I was invited by UK based drum ‘n bass artist, Aural Imbalance, to remix a song titled “Into Space” off his full length album “Legacy”. Aural Imbalance (aka Simon Huxtable) and I have a long standing working relationship through our mutual record label, Greta Cottage Workshop, and I have produced several deep techno remixes for him in the past.
This particular remix is to accompany the release of his album in mid 2014 as part of a supplementary CD
compilation of remixes by guest artists from varying musical genres.
The label co-ordinating and releasing the music is UK based movementinsound.
The recording session also served as my first year final submission at SAE, Belgrade.
Name: Into Space - Aural Imbalance (Shane Berry Remix)
Key: (Kick C3)
Genre: Remix of Drum 'n Bass track by Aural Imbalance in Minimal Dub/Techno Style
Musicians: Alek Petrovic, Drums; Maly Vasic, Live Bass
Traditionally, as an artistic imperative when working on remixes, I endeavor to use at least 75% - 85% of the original remix materials provided, adding only drums, bass and synthesis when desired. 90% of the sound design, therefore, is based on and around as much of the the original sound sources as possible.
The idea for this remix is to bring together several genres of music and modern music production concepts under one project - the EDM remix, based on 24 Bit/44.1KHz samples provided by the artist, Aural Imbalance, rearranged and mixed by Shane Berry as a basis, and acoustic recordings of traditional rock/pop instruments played to the guide track and mixed in with the overall final song.
The key words for this project are space, depth and journey.
Every single sound element is treated. Each principal sound will start in one space and arrive in another. Some completely altered, others imperceptibly so. Each individual sonic journey culminates in the larger journey of the whole piece which never increases in tempo, but intensifies and evolves to an uplifting but discreet crescendo and falls into a minimal outro.
The acoustic drums are conceived to follow almost a history of music, starting out earthy and tribalistic and, from there, the song moves into deeper territory. The track will gradually increase in intensity much like a composition and recording by the band Tool or Godspeed You Black Emperor, but maintain a sense of space and depth all the while.
If time and resources permit, an acoustic contra bass or electric bass will be encouraged to improvise over the added analog synth bass line and discreet guitar parts will be layered into the soundscape.
Less is More is a fundamental idea for the music itself, and a minimalist approach to both production and recording sensibilities will be adhered to whenever possible. Ideally, a contrast will be drawn against the acoustic and sampled material in that all acoustic/recorded material will be single, unedited takes whenever
Detailed Analysis of Project at shaneberry.com/aural-imbalance-into-space-remix-a-technical-analysis