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Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical
Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and TiŽsto have blended classical music into their dance beats.
From pulsing techno to alluring ambient, hear what happens when two seemingly opposite musical realms collide on the dance floor and in the chill room. Hear Madonna collaborator William Orbit's take on Beethoven, a beatified version of Barber's Adagio and a techno take on the Carmina Burana. The divide between classical and popular music is often narrower than we might think. In 1795, Joseph Haydn blended a toe-tapping Croatian folk tune into the finale of his Symphony No. 104. Two hundred years later, we find the electronic dance music artist known as Aphex Twin, overhauling one of his pulsating tracks with composer Philip Glass.

Electronic artists, be they traffickers in trance, techno, ambient or house, have turned to classical music for inspiration. Here are a few extraordinary examples of what can happen when those two worlds meet on the dance floor or chill out room.

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