The Brilliant and The Dark: B Side Samples for Remix

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An Open Music Archive project


Friday 16 November 2012
Door Times : 8pm

Cafe OTO
18 - 22 Ashwin street
London E8 3DL

Doors 8pm
£5 (adv/concessions) / £6 (on door)
Tickets available at

B Side Samples for Remix is the latest iteration of The Brilliant and the Dark culminating in a night of experimental electronics, live remix and mutated vocals.

The 1969 archive operatic work for women's voices – as re-worked via all-female choir Gaggle and released in 2011 – is remixed live by:


plus GAGGLE DJs.



sound file Karen Gwyer live set MP3 34.8 Mb (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

sound file Beatrice Dillon live set (track 1) MP3 10.6Mb MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

sound file Beatrice Dillon live set (track 2) MP3 12.6Mb MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

These live remixes are released under a cc by-sa 3.0 license


The Brilliant and the Dark interrogates proprietary rights that reside within archive material - remixing archive source through collective female voice. Using the viral logic of copyleft to negotiate the default conditions of the market, this collaborative project continues to generate unknown, unpredictable outcomes and potentials.

The project takes as a starting point a cantata for women’s voices, of the same name and first performed by 1,000 women volunteers at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969. Through negotiation with copyright owners, music publishers Josef Weinberger, artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White secured permissions for the elements of the original 1969 score to be used as a basis for a new work. An invitation to 22 piece women's choir Gaggle to participate in the new copyleft work that explored remix and reenactment through pre-recorded and live performance, resulted in the composition of a new work for women's voices – taking lyrics, melodic phrases and rhythms from the original and paralleling the operatic format. A live performance at ICA was recorded and pressed as a copyleft licensed vinyl – elements of which are used as source material for tonight's event.


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The Brilliant and the Dark Live at ICA 12" vinyl (with B Side Samples for Remix) is available from Trangressive Records

or free digital download:

sound file Side A: The Brilliant and the Dark Live at ICA MP3 24.6Mb MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

sound file Side B: Samples for Remix MP3 11.7Mb MP3 (right-click/ctrl+click to download)

These recordings are released under a cc by-sa 3.0 license


coming soon