The new Mobi experience feels in line with the mainstream music movement (Chris Connor/Getty)</p><div><p>In October 2018, the American singer and composer Moby performed the song Porcelain at the Walt Disney Concert in Los Angeles, with a completely different arrangement from his original song released in 1999. This time, he presented the song, accompanied by an orchestra to classical music, to reveal the experience About new dimensions inherent in his songs that he presented over 20 years within rich and varied musical experiences.
Moby’s musical journey began as a player with many punk rock bands in the eighties, and in 1992 he began to find his solo line through “dance music”, after which he had several experiments with rock and techno. His songs were always distinguished by their long and complex musical phrases. They are best translated with classical music.
After the Los Angeles concert, Moby began planning to release an entire album, redistributing some of his songs with classical music, so he collaborated with the Budapest Art Orchestra, to start his project. During the preparation period, which lasted nearly two and a half years, the shape of the project and the final product differed completely from the prototype presented by Moby with the song Porcelain, and the result was the album Reprise, which was released at the end of last month. It is an album that includes Moby’s songs with a classical arrangement, but Moby’s voice recedes at the expense of other voices, which came to revive his iconic songs and give them a new spirit with classical music, as Moby collaborated on his album with many stars and promising voices, most notably: Jim James and Gregory Porter, and Skylar Gray, Mindy Jones, Luna Lee, Alice Sky, Apollo Jane and others.
Mobi’s new experience seems to be in keeping with the mainstream music movement that has emerged in recent years, spearheaded by Above & Beyond, creating connections between dance and orchestra through big concerts or redistribution of albums; This movement, which seemed to be a reaction to the form of contemporary music, which dispenses with musicians for the sake of instruments, gained popularity in musical circles. But what was wrong with this entire movement was that most of its production was aimed at activating the role of live music, while the final product was not often superior or even comparable to the original versions of the songs that were prepared completely electronically.
In this space, the importance of Reprise’s experience for Moby becomes clear, as it is an experiment to search for the missing aesthetic in his tunes that he presented in the form of dance or rock, through the classical music orchestra, whose role here goes beyond the issue of attendance. The importance of the experience is increased by the flexibility that Moby enjoyed in dealing with his songs, so that the creative obsession is the most prominent driver in the industry process, unlike the experiments that resorted to the classical orchestra in an attempt to dedicate some songs without being flexible. The utmost flexibility and seriousness in the album is reflected in the character of Moby, who lost his voice to other voices capable of giving a new spirit to his songs, serving the music he made better.
Although the album was supposed to contain only Moby’s remixes, as it was presented, it also contains the song “Heroes” by late rock star, David Bowie, which was rendered with great sensitivity with the participation of Mandy Jones, to be effectively one of the best versions The songs have been performed by David Bowie, since his departure in 2016. It is also one of the top three songs on the album, along with Porcelain and We Are All Made Of Stars.