22 August 2006

Remixing the Bush of Ghosts

David Byrne and Brian Eno came out with My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in 1981. A new, remastered version was released earlier this year, and it's just come to our attention that the artists are offering two songs from the album for free, legal download. No, not just two songs -- the full individual audio tracks for each song. You know, conga, woodblock, Arabic chanting... You can download as mp3s or wav files and use them as you wish. Really.
This is the first time complete and total access to original tracks with remix and sampling possibilities have been officially offered on line. In keeping with the spirit of the original album, Brian and David are offering for download all the multitracks on two of the songs. Through signing up to the user license, and in line with Creative Commons licenses, you are free to edit, remix, sample and mutilate these tracks however you like. Add them to your own song or create a new one. Visitors are welcome to post their mixes or songs thatMy Life in the Bush of Ghosts - front cover incorporate these audio files on the site for others to hear and rate.

The songs in question are "A Secret Life" (20 tracks) and "Help Me Somebody" (22 tracks). Even if you're not inclined to produce a remix, what an amazing chance to see the parts from which a song is constructed!

Here's one of the remixes offered on the site. Yes, it's political.

[mp3] Mental Health: "Bush of George"
Bush of Ghosts remix site
Buy/hear the remastered album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
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