BRASS UNDERGROUND IS BACK… with DEADMAU5’s EPIC “STROBE”

Brass Underground is Back with deadmau55’s Epic “Strobe” – bra55mau5

 Released in January, 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary  #canada150 

Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, is an icon of electronic music, and his epic song, STROBE,  is considered an absolute masterpiece of the genre.

When we decided to do an acoustic cover of the song, we had to make some important decisions.

The style is inherently repetitive, so the arrangement had to somehow keep the drive without tiring out the players. This meant trading out some of the repeating licks between instruments and shortening certain sections.

Members of Canadian Brass in the studio with some of the production team of STROBE. Canadian Brass released this in Jan 2017 as a tribute to EDM artist, deadmau5, and in celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary. #canada150

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“I have always felt Deadmau5 has an incredible control over sound and space, to the point that when I listen to his music I can literally almost see it. With the brass version the sound was completely different so we had to capitalize on other aspects of the song, namely rhythm and harmony.” -Chris Coletti

Many cite “Strobe” as the quintessential EDM (Electronic Dance Music) song of all time.

“The 10-minute masterpiece from Deadmau5, ‘Strobe’ is so iconic and ubiquitous in electronic music that to most it’s an anthem.” -edmchicago.com

 

A Bra55Mau5 Experiment

Credits

Music by DEADMAU5, arranged by CHRIS COLETTI
Recorded by CANADIAN BRASS at THE YORK SCHOOL
 

The Players:

CALEB HUDSON & CHRIS COLETTI on TRUMPET
ERIC REED on HORN
ACHILLES LIARMAKOPOULOS on TROMBONE
CHUCK DAELLENBACH on TUBA
Opening Day Entertainment Artist MIKE HERRIOTT on JAZZ TRUMPET 
         

The Production Team:

Session Producers:  WILLIS and MB DAELLENBACH
Recording Engineers: WILLIS DAELLENBACH, FABIO MIGOTTO, ROB DIVITO
Videographers: CHRISTIAN BYRNE & AUSTIN HITCHCOCK
Stills: CHRISTIAN BYRNE, KEVIN TURESKI, IAN JOHNS of TYS
The York School:  Conor Jones Head of School, 
Hallie McClelland Executive Director of Advancement (2013) 
Fabio Biagiarelli Chair of Music Department 
Ian Johns and the support staff 
                                
Audio Mix and Video producer Trey Mills
Editor Justin Wiesinger 
Executive Producer  MB Daellenbach 
                                      
         Special shoutout: 
Many thanks to The York School for their support of this project, for opening their doors on a weekend, and for enabling us experiment with this unique collaboration and crossover of genres.
Recording session: May 26, 2013.  
 Release: Jan 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary.  #canada150