From New Sounds: “Remixing Matt Marks”

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New Sounds is proud to partner with Alarm Will Sound to announce Remixing Matt Marks: an ongoing, crowdsourced tribute celebrating the irrepressible imagination of the late composer-performer.

Matt Marks by Taylor Dixson/Alarm Will Sound

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Remixing Matt Marks invites composers and producers to indulge in the free-spirited pop sound and irreverent reconstruction of familiar songs for which Marks was known, and remix or cover his song, “A Song for Wade (This is not that song).”

Stems for excerpts from “A Song for Wade (This is not that song)” can be downloaded here. We will post remixes (and any and all musical tributes for that matter) on this page as they come in, alongside a sentence or two description from the contributor. Please send your .mp3 file (under 25 MB) to

A founder of and French horn player in the adventurous ensemble Alarm Will Sound, Marks was a prodigious, at turns subversive and mischievous, composer who often took inspiration from pop music with its over-the-top production value and vocal lines. He penned the raucous orchestral arrangement of the Beatles’ “Revolution 9” for Alarm Will Sound, remixes of George Gershwin and pieces from Disney films, alongside covers of Shania Twain and “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors.

His own inimitable brand of twisted, whimsical songwriting can be heard throughout his opera The Little Death Vol.1, a work he called a “post-Christian nihilist pop opera.”

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