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Mikis Theodorakis TRANCE REMIX 2012: ‘Ενα το Χελιδόνι’ Dance to #greekrevolution 05/03/2012

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Mikis Theodorakis (Feb 12 2012)

Trance Remix of “Ενα το Χελιδόνι”, a Mikis Theodorakis song (“There is only one, single swallow” in English). This is my most recent, 11th remix of this particular song, done in February 2012. My first “Mikis Trance” remix of this song was approved and praised by Mikis Theodorakis (in person) back in 2006; even though it was much more primitive, from a music point of view.

  • This new video presentation includes… semi-virtual dancing and other interesting… trickster-graphics.
  • Ελληνικά: Περιληπτική κάλυψη κοντά στο τέλος αυτής της ανάρτησης (scroll down and… put the KOT down)

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INTRODUCTION

I do not expect these trance remixes to become popular in Greece, since they constitute “musical heresy“, here. This is also why I wrote this post in English, first (and ‘m not even sure if I’ll even bother to re-write it fully, in Greek). Nevertheless, Mikis Theodorakis genuinely liked this remix, while a lot of people in other countries like (and dance to) trance music; (many more elsewhere, than in Greece). As a result: -Consider this post to be a… malicious (or whatever) attempt to… export a Greek Cultural Product! And be-aware of Greeks with gifts (in remixing).  :-)

In any case, my conscience is clean and my (sense of) “mission” is almost complete[*]:

  • I have demonstrated practically (and visually, through this video’s dance show) that the music of Mikis Theodorakis can become authentic trance music, well-suited for MAINSTREAM dancing and clubbing; not just for official festivities (making most people yawn) or rallies and parades (after which the music goes back to the fringe, or the…fridge).

  • As I had said, to Mikis Theodorakis (joking face-to-face) back in 2006 “We won’t get da youngsters outta da Club into Mikis-music, we’ll put Mikis-music into da Club”! 

  • [*] “mission almost complete”: -All that remains is improvement and refinement (which never stops in remixing) as well as… promotion (which is beyond my restricted personal means).

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HISTORY

Mikis Theodorakis was quite fond of the music ideas in these remixes, i.e. their “melodic and harmonic innovations”; not to mention the rhythm, which is badly needed for any song aspiring to become a dance-hit. Unexpectedly, Mikis was also very tolerant of my occasional music mistakes, since (in his own words, at the time) mistakes can always be corrected“. He also liked (ad listened carefully to) many other remixes of his songs, that I  presented to him, at the time (2006 – 2007). He disagreed with his own secretary, as well as with some of his close friends, when he stated repeatedly that he genuinely liked my remixes. My reaction to his support was also (apart from gratitude) a growing sense of concern about the dogmatic “music opposition”:

  • Some people feel such fanatical, quasi-religious devotion, to the music of Mikis Theodorakis, that they will never accept any other variation in style, than his own. For such people, I am (as a remixer)a kind of… evil demon, by definition. So, I asked Mikis Theodorakis if he could sign one of his e-mails, in printed form, turning the e-mail into a (much more formal and tangible) “letter of recommendation”. He didn’t hesitate to agree and sign it. immediately! A scanned picture of this letter is included, at 6:37 in this video [click here] after the music stops.

    The main reason I explain all this in detail, is because certain… extreme fans of Theodorakis’ music have sometimes expressed disgust (!) against my… music sacrileges, even though Mikis himself disagrees strongly with them and likes the remixes.

    Ah well, people who turned Mikis into a… religion, flocking together as blind music fans, need to discover that he does not like the job of… religious leader (being an agnostic, as he isalso helps -hehe).

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Lyrics and Voices:

Odysseus Elytis

Odysseus Elytis

The late Odysseus Elytis wrote the Lyrics, which are a… headache for English translators. My own… attempt to translate them is here. Human voices used (occasionally) in this remix, include (the late) Grigoris Bithikotsis. However, I only used a restricted subset of the song’s original lyrics, since my main goal and motivation in these remixes, is for people to get up and dance, not just sing! :-) (My own English translations of these restricted lyrics are included as video-subtitles).

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CHARTS and PUBLICITY

This particular remix scored highly in the internet’s amateur music Top 50 Charts (which made me write some.. boastful,pompous little posts, at the time -hehe- e.g. THIS one HERE). However, it was ignored totally by all the mainstream media: TV, radio, music journals, official music charts, etc. Now… I will not discuss why it was ignored, since there are many valid reasons for this, at the sime time. One reason (but not the most important one, I.M.H.O.) is that these particular remixes needed improvements, e.g. in sound quality or mastering, or even in their constituent music elements: instruments, sound-textures, etc. However, songs are usually promoted in a way that might make you feel like an intruder in a sausage-factory, at the exact same moment when the sausages are being manufactured. And I don’t mean the music; -The promotion is the “sausage” (as well as the “industry’s goal”, whatever the song…) 

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DISCLAIMERS

Mikis Theodorakis Fabrik 030012

Mikis Theodorakis Fabrik 030012 (Photo credit: Heinrich Klaffs)

Disclaimer 1: I am NOT a follower, or a member, of ANY political party or movement started by Mikis Theodorakis. My only relationship with him is his music (and my remixes of it). Moreover, I don’t belong to any specific political party, although I consider myself a supporter of the radical and anti-authoritarian Left (whatever this means… -hehe)

Disclaimer 2: In this blog, I have often praised the music genius of Mikis Theodorakis. I have also written about his innovative philosophical ideas. which very few people know: In fact, most people probably don’t even realize that Mikis is a self-proclaimed agnostic! However. I have neither agreed with his slanderers and extreme critics, nor agreed with… his own political mistakes. This has been a difficult attitude on my part; even painful at times. So, please do NOT discuss the politics of Mikis Theodorakis, in this post. Let’s only talk about his great music (and/or my remixes of it). Thank you…

  • Anyone who had (like me) the good fortune of meeting Mikis Theodorakis in person, chatting with him face-to-face, knows his tolerance, his appreciation for anything musically innovative, as well as his open-minded attitude in musical issues. This open-mindedness, of Mikis Theodorakis in face-to-face discussion, also extends into politics, religion and philosophy, to a significant extent! Unfortunately, he often comes across… very different, through his media-statements, but this is another… long story.

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Other Relevant Posts:

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in GREEK / ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ

Η πρώτη έκδοση αυτού του remix (το 2006) άρεσε στον ίδιο τον Μίκη Θεοδωράκη, όπως και άλλα παρόμοια remix, για τα οποία ο ίδιος έγραψε και Συστατική Επιστολή (Που Παρατίθεται ΕΔΩ), καθώς και στο τέλος του video, μετά τη μουσική. Η σημερινή έκδοση (2012) έχει πολλές βελτιώσεις.

Προηγούμενες αναρτήσεις με παρόμοια θέματα:

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5 Responses to “Mikis Theodorakis TRANCE REMIX 2012: ‘Ενα το Χελιδόνι’ Dance to #greekrevolution”

  1. Καταπληκτικό το video Omadeon, με το We are all Greeks now! το χελιδόνι, όλο απίθανο! Μπράβο!

    • Omadeon Λέει:

      Σε ευχαριστώ θερμά και πάλι μάη ντήαρ κ.κ. για τα καλά σου λόγια και για την…. εποικοδομητική σου ενθάρρυνση (στο προηγούμενο σχετικό ποστ)

      Πράγματι, πρέπει να δοθεί προτεραιότητα σε τέτοια θέματα (αν και γενικά, ή στατιστικά… δεν φέρνουν κόσμο -χεχε).

      “Ζούμε από τις εξαιρέσεις, όχι από τους κανόνες” – είχε πει κι ο Ελύτης. Κάαατι ήξερε κι αυτός! :-)

      • Κλασικά τα καλά πόστ δεν φέρουν κόσμο. Κι εμένα, στο blog μου, στα προτεινόμενά μου (τα αγαπημένα μου) δεν είναι ούτε ένα δημοφιλές, και το αντίστροφο…

        Μετά λέμε για τα κανάλια που χρησιμοποιούν συνέχεια αυτό το επιχείρημα- το ζητάει ο κόσμος, την υποκουλτούρα κ.λ.π. Μήπως είναι αλήθεια;

        Εμείς όμως σταθερά με την ποιότητα – με κόστος! :-) Μέχρι να γυρίσει ο ήλιος!!!!

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