Celebrated broadcaster Sir David Attenborough is looking to expand his recordings of the natural world to a not so natural setting. According to the BBC, he’s currently searching for a DJ to turn a field recording he made in Bali more than 70 years ago into a fat club banger.
The original recording of sacred gamelan music, known as Gender Wayang, was made while filming his 1954 series Zoo Quest. He’d originally hoped to use the music in the documentary, but now wants to introduce the indigenous Indonesian music to a wider audience by melding the melodies with modern production.
Sir David Attenborough is coming to a club near you with a field recording from the ’50s.
Sir David Attenborough was searching for a Komodo dragon when he made the recordings, and admired the style of music.
“The villagers play this concerted music with extraordinary precision and real zest,” he recalls.
“So it is haunting music that you hear every night – or you did in those days, in the villages of Bali.”
Entries to the remix competition will be judged by Sir David himself, as well as a panel that includes Cerys Matthews, Hannah Peel, Gilles Peterson, Ghostpoet, and Matthew Herbert. They’ll shortlist six tracks, which will be open to the public to vote for, and the winner will be announced on November 1.