Radiohead is holding a "contest" called Radiohead Remix, in which they're inviting fans to remix the song called "Nude" from their latest album. They've released the raw tracks -- separate, isolated audio clips of vocals, guitar, percussion, etc. -- and are encouraging people to remix the tracks to create something different, then upload it to radioheadremix.com. I put "contest" in quotes because there's no prize other than a guarantee that the band members will listen to your remix. But that's still kind of a cool prize.
I listened to a bunch of the submitted remixes on Wednesday and was kind of disappointed that none of the ones I listened to did anything interesting musically. Most of them retained the same techno/electronica feel of the original song, kept the song's melody intact and added a couple of drum beats. So tonight, I gave a shot at making my own remix.
My remix is called "Nude (jazzy acoustic)," and you can listen to it on the site or using this embedded player:
It uses only Thom Yorke's vocal track from the recording, which means I was able to change the song's chords from the classic Radiohead melancholy to something a bit happier/jazzier. It has four guitar tracks -- two rhythm, one bass and one fingerstyle melody part for the extended fadeout. I cut up the vocal track in six places to fit the rhythm better, but they're in the same order as on the original recording, including the extended wordless vocals at the end.
It's kind of soulful, in a weird falsetto-Eddie-Vedder-ish way, especially compared to the original recording (which is also soulful, but in a much different way!).
If you like it, please vote and tell all your friends to vote! I'd love for Radiohead to hear this. :-)