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Truck Festival – Bohemian Rhapsody remix

Photo by Giulia Biasibetti.
Photo by Giulia Biasibetti.

Part two of our series of sounds from July’s Truck Festival – on the last day, the crowd took part in an impromptu mass singalong to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ before the headline act took to the stage. Hundreds of people throwing on their best falsetto and Wayne’s World moves was one of the highlights of the festival, and perfect for a non-artist field recording.

For the remix, I’ve taken this section of the sound as if someone is having a dream about Queen (for some reason!), initially drifting in with a drone sample made from Freddie Mercury’s voice, before his disembodied vocal drifts in to introduce the main section. Here, I’ve layered effected parts from the original track onto the field recording, to bring the actual band in, this time as the backing for the singalong – the opposite of what was going on in real life. Freddie and the rest of the band bolster and distort the singalong recording, before we end on a long, reverby fade-out and back into the dream. This was enormous fun to make, though as a result the song was stuck in my head for about ten days afterwards, so I’ve only just recovered enough to post it now…

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