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Collection of mixes and audio works

Some ten years ago I made this mash up of Teddy Pendergrass and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ famous song ‘Wake Up Everybody’ (from the album of the same name released on the Philadelphia International record label in November 1975) and the final part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.

By good fortune when I originally dropped the speech onto the song to start the sync and edit process, I found that King’s natural oratorical rhythm fitted perfectly to the song’s pace and structure so the only edit I made was to cut and repeat the final sentence “Thank God almighty, we are free at last” to fit with the natural fade of the end of the song.

Embarrassingly experimental early attempt to create a song by layering sections of tracks and sound clips from films. Tracks borrowed from Philip Glass and Radiohead. I scored and laid down the backing beat.

A big fan of the Netflix series The Get Down, the highlight of Series 1 was the song Set Me Free. I bought the studio album but felt that it had less vitality stripped as it was of the cinematic context in which I had originally been introduced to it. Accordingly, I cut the audio from the scenes leading up to and including the song and then wrapped it up by adding the coda and finale from the studio album thereby, imho, combining the best of each to produce a song with all the context, build up, and atmosphere it deserves.