On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of nature enthusiast, humanist, visionary and composition genius
Ludwig van Beethoven, an international network under the direction
and idea of cultural manager Darius Darek (Taxi
MunDJal MusiX) produced an extraordinary album (published on
January 3rd, 2020): Twenty melodies from Beethoven's works were
non-European musical instruments by musicians based in the Cologne-Bonn region. This sample databank was created
under the direction of Hans Zimmer's sample library developer Felix
Ohlert and was then used by music producers worldwide as the basis
for new tracks of electronic music (see image video and press).
The album now being released is
presented on festivals and in clubs and also rearranged for a 35-piece
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 "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 include "citizen participation" a random local youth involvement and two remix contests (worldwide in cooperation with Arts Council England and regional in cooperation with Goethe Center in Cluj, Romania) 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.