The Chexbres Trilogy Remixed

by Magnetfisch

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In February 2012 we started the remix project with "Le royaume de Chexbres" (French, = the kingdom of Chexbres). I liked the straight fast rhythm quite uprising part in the track, so i started the work for the remix with this part, and also used a stripped down version of it for the intro. I built the other parts from there then.

In this as in all the other remixes i used all the track layers of the original, almost every single tone from the original is in the remix too, but with more or less effects on it. I often stretched the arrangement of the track or repeated some parts of it. As for the instruments, it's usually the rhythm section that i start with (together with a carrying element in melody/groove of the track). Theres drums, synths and effects that i added to the Magnetfisch sounds. When finished i sent the track to Cat and she did her part on it - writing lyrics and singing them along the track her way, which usually surprises me when i first hear the vocals on the track - she manages to give the track a new twist i had never thought about.

In "Le royaume de Chexbres" the lyrics center around wine and vineyards - Chexbres, together with other villages of that region on Lac Leman, Switzerland is well known for viniculture. In the second track "Contre la crise" (March 2012) music is the best means against the crisis - put on your headphones, turn up the volume to 1000 decibels and block out everything. The track is quite fast tempo so i chose a dirty breakbeat to keep up with it, and made sure the whole thing sounded a) good mood and b) a bit punky too.

There was always a break after the remixes we did for this EP remix project, no one had set us a deadline. In between we were always working on other projects, tracks, collabs. And we did more than the tracks on the original EP - the first bonus track was the third remix we did in this project, called "Fruchtkönig V1" the original is one of the early tunes from Magnetfisch, it's on the EP "The Early Years 1998-2000". Really love that track, especially the guitar on it, so i asked Timo if he could provide me the track layers to that one too. He did, and so did we, the remix was done in June 2012. Cat picked the words wisely - the lyrics are about the forbidden fruits, the power of knowlege. Fruchtkönig is a German word play, = 'fruit king', instead of Froschkönig, the famous fairy tale about the 'frog king' which is known as Frog Prince in English.

In July 2012 we finished the third track of the original EP, "Scheebr Garten", the secret garden where you can grow without fear of being trampled on, as Cat puts it. I tried to make the track sound a little dirty but with lovely mood - found the high synth line goes perfect together with Cats voice and I treated Paddy's guitar with more fx in the heights to get a better connection to that high synth.

After that was a longer break until we did "Slurmz" (November 2012), the fourth track from the EP, but not the last for the remix project, as i had another one in mind that i wanted to do as a second bonus track. As usual i went with the original beat frame, extending it to a nice breakbeat with some kind of a disco feeling to it, and added some funky synths. A party in space. Cat joined this with her lyrics again. And how she had sung her refrain changed the sound character of that part in a bluesy way that was just perfect. you would never guess if you heard the instrumental only track. Timo had heard it, and he really loved this tweak too.

Finally in May 2013 we could finish the remix EP with the second bonus track "Rolizel", again from the Early Years EP. This 12/8 beat pleasant to listen remix became quite a success on IACmusic. atmospheric and strange, with offbeatness in the vocal line, weird overlapping chords, and police sirens coming in and out... a good ending of a quite cool remix EP! ;-)

The Remix EP will be released in electronic format by Magnetfisch soon (update follows) The tracks also play on Magnetfisch's pages on the internet, like the one on US based IACmusic or on CH based mx3. Of course they are all on my soundcloud page too, that's to where i put the links below.

It's recommended to enjoy the tracks with their proper videoclips anyway, and they are all on YouTube and Vimeo - i embedded them all below so have a look and listen!

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released May 25, 2013

music by Magnetfisch
remixed by The Web & CXXXVI
voice & lyrics by CXXXVI

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Electronic pop music made in Switzerland

In the wide worlds between synth pop and new wave, Magnetfisch have sort of created an own segment by combining guitars and synthesizers in their own way.

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Keyboards, programming: Timothée Barrelet
Bass: Rolf Althaus
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Track Name: Le royaume de Chexbres (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)
Lyrics (by CXXXVI)

A glass of wine
And you become divine
Yeah just one sip and I see

Vignettes and vineyards
Vintages and Views
Velvet and Villas
Venus’ and Vices’

I’m entwined in the Vines
Wine in the veins

A glass of wine
And you become divine

Wine flowing like blood
Just like a vampire
You can’t get enough.

Yeah just one sip
And I see

Vignettes and vineyards
Vintages and Views
Velvet and Villas
Venus’ and Vices’
Track Name: Contre la crise (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)
Lyrics (by CXXXVI)

Well it feels like WWIII
But I know how I can get some peace
Put on my headphones and turn up the volume to 1000 decibels
And block out everything

Well it feels like WWIII
Yeah the enemies are surrounding me
But I know how I can get the enemies on my side
Put my headphones on them and turn the volume up to 1000 decibels
And block out everything

Well it feels like WWIII
Yeah death and despair
Are following me
But I know how I can overcome these
Put my headphones on and turn the volume up to 1000 decibels
And block out everything

Well it feels like WWIII
But I know how I can get some peace
Put on my headphones and turn the volume up to 1000 decibels
And block out everything
Track Name: Scheebr Garten (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)
Lyrics (by CXXXVI)

There's a secret garden
Hidden behind a wall of ivy and thorns
You can escape there when the city has become overgrown with weeds
This garden is full of life
Unlike the world outside
There's a secret garden hidden behind a wall of ivy and thorns
You can grow here without fear
Of being trampled on.
You can listen to the birds sing for hours here
Without the city hum drowning out everything.
There's a secret garden hidden behind a wall of ivy and thorns
This garden is full of life
Unlike the world outside
Secret garden
Ivy and thorns
Track Name: Slurmz (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)
Lyrics (by CXXXVI)

Won’t you come to the party
You can be anyone there
Leave your soul at the door
And disappear
Into the crowd
It’s a sea of people
And you’re lost at sea
There’s no SOS
The Morse code is in BPM
Won’t you come to the party
The lights are like stars
And the people are planets
Revolving around themselves
You’ll never come down
You’re be six feet above the ground
The dance floor is made of quicksand
So you can dance until the very end.
Leave your soul at the door
And disappear
Into the crowd
Track Name: Fruchtkönig V1 (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)
Lyrics (by CXXXVI)

Forbidden fruits
Forbidden fruits
So many Lies and hardly any truths
Forbidden fruits
Forbidden fruits
Searching for eternal youth
Searching for eternal youth
Forbidden fruits
Forbidden fruits
So tempting
Forbidden fruits
Forbidden fruits
So many Lies and hardly any truths
Forbidden fruits
Forbidden fruits
Knowledge is power
And power corrupts
Forbidden fruits
Forbidden fruits
So tempting
Never ending
Forbidden fruits
Forbidden fruits
So many Lies and hardly any truths
Forbidden fruits
Track Name: Rolizel (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)
Lyrics (by CXXXVI)

They say they come for you at night
They are like the secret police
But no one’s ever seen them
They take your identity
Leave a copy of you
Have you seen them
They’re speaking in riddles
They have their own language
They’re writing their message
On every wall
They say they come for you at night
They are like the secret police
but they leave on trail
BSS Stasi KGB
They take your identity
Leave a copy of you
Their sirens are deafening
Like screams
there’s no secret you can hide
from this secret police
They take your identity
Leave a copy of you