As part of our 2013 Fundraiser, New Amsterdam is partnering with Q2 Music to unveil a series of remixes of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices. For each week over the course of our online fundraiser, we will release a new remix via Q2 — who will stream one new remix per week on their website.  To gain access to all of the remixes (download and streaming) as they are released, join the New Amsterdam 2013 Funders Club by making a tax-deductible donation here!

Listen to the Violetness remix below (via Q2):

Week 7: Violetness

Violetness is the stage name of Brooklyn-based electronic musician Vanessa Upson. The Peruvian-American artist recently released her EP, Last Night In My Dreams, I Was Talking To You. After a series of collaborations including Son Lux and Moon Boots, this EP is her solo debut.

Week 6: No Lands

No Lands is the electronic project of Brooklyn-based sound artist and composer Michael Hammond, whose music has been performed by members of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, electronic duo Matmos, and So Percussion.  No Lands’ debut album, a collection of electro-noir songs, will be released by New Amsterdam Records in 2014.  Aside from a kick drum sample, Hammond exclusively used sounds from the original Partita recording to create his remix.

Week 5:  Olga Bell

Composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell has collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov, Philip Glass, the Julliard String Quartet and rap group Das Racist. She’s also released several singles and EPs as a solo artist, as well as the 2011 LP “Diamonite.” Bell currently performs with the art-rock ensemble Dirty Projectors and with composer/producer Tom Vek as half of the dance-rock duo Nothankyou.

Week 4:  Morgan Packard

Morgan Packard is a member of a new generation of artist-engineers who view technology not simply as an assistive tool, but as raw material for creative expression. Inspired by code-slinging composers like Paul Lansky and Robert Henke, and the visual artists using creative coding toolkits like Processing and Open Frameworks, Packard designs processes for creating and manipulating sound.

Week 3:  Aaron Roche (Clocktower Gallery remix)

Created in the historic Clocktower Gallery in lower Manhattan, Roche’s remix of Caroline Shaw’s composition Allemande features acoustical resonances unique to the gallery space. As the original composition was played through amplifiers in the gallery space, the sounds were re-recorded multiple times, causing the recording to capture the resonant frequencies of the room itself, creating a sort of exaggerated dialogue between the piece and the architecture of the gallery.  Roche used these frequencies as source material for his remix, which is bookended by the captured raw audio of the gallery’s resonant frequencies.  The track also features recordings from two other spaces: a cellphone recording of the text from Shaw’s piece left as a voicemail by Alexandra Drewchin on Roche’s phone, and a kitchen where Nadia Sirota’s viola parts were recorded.

Week 2: Daniel Wohl

Week 2 of our fundraiser features a remix by Paris-born, New York-based composer Daniel Wohl. Wohl’s New Amsterdam release Corps Exquis (2013) was called “deliciously lovely” by New York Times and “beautiful and maze-like” by Pitchfork.

Week 1: Lorna Dune

Lorna Dune is the electronic project of composer/performer Lorna Krier, a member of NewAm’s own Victoire, whose Cathedral City was named “One of the top 10 classical albums of 2010″ by NPR and “one of 2010’s most memorable albums” by the New Yorker. Dune’s own debut EP Miamisphere was released last month on Lo Bit Landscapes. Get access to this remix and all others as they are released by donating today.


Get access to all of the remixes as they are released by donating today!