The link between Detroit techno and orchestral music is well established, with Octave One collaborating on a groundbreaking performance with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra late last year, while Jeff Mills and Derrick May teamed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in January to perform to a 10,000-strong crowd. Fellow Detroit veteran Carl Craig is another fan of orchestral collabs, and he’s got a special project on the horizon.
Carl Craig’s Versus project first made its debut back in 2008, seeing him collaborating with acclaimed French ensemble Les Siècles alongside several prominent conductors. In March next year, this project will be showcased on Versus, an album produced by Craig that will present orchestrally enhanced versions of some of Craig’s existing techno classics.
“Versus is my desire and dream come true to have my music interpreted by an orchestra,” Craig said in a statement, with the project already winning high praise from his contemporaries.
“I’m in awe of Carl’s determination to stretch the boundaries of techno… and prove that electronic beats are as much ‘music’ as violins or cellos,” says Gilles Peterson.
The album will be accompanied by a special Versus Synthesizer Ensemble live tour, which will see Craig joined on stage by five musicians, with further details to be announced in January.