On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of nature enthusiast, humanist, visionary and composer genius Ludwig van Beethoven in year 2020, an international network of musicians and electronic music producers under the management and idea of cultural manager Darius Darek (Taxi MunDJal MusiX), produced an extraordinary music album (release January 2020): twenty melodies from Beethoven's work were recorded by international ethnic instrumentalists (under direction of Hans Zimmer's sample library developer Felix Ohlert) and then remixed worldwide by high-level electronic music production means.
These remixes will be arranged for a 35 persons brass orchestra (Youth Brass Band NRW).
As Darius Darek`s academic background is geography, he has implemented sustainable, degrowth and minimalism based, fair, green, common-good-oriented and alternative ways of life into this music project. A transdisciplinary designed artivism towards a socio-ecological transformation:
- to promote "cultural diversity" the project is a collaboration with fifteen Cologne-Bonn-based musicians of diverse music cultures to record a sample databank of twenty known and unknown Beethoven pieces.
- to promote "cultural heritage"the project aims to upcycle & remix almost forgotten music by worldwide electronic music producers.
- to promote "creative commons“ the samples and remixes can be used and listened to for free (CC BY-NC-SA).
- to promote "socio-ecological projects" the remixes are presented at green, transformational and zero waste festivals, in cultural spaces, at intergenerational bicycle rides or in "freeboxes". - to promote "citizen participation" a random local youth involvement and a worldwide production contest (in cooperation with Arts Council England) were carried out.
-the project thus supports some of the sustainable development goals (SDGs): reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, quality eduction, gender equality and climate action.