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Re:Generation Music Project: More Than Just Another Techno Movie

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Pretty Lights went to Nashville and wasn't excited about the "twanginess" of country music. His vision was to chop up a country song, make some loops and put it all back together. He got Dr. Ralph Stanley in on the project. Ralph wasn't all that receptive to making changes to his music, which initially made the project more complicated. LeAnn Rimes jumped in to provide the vocals. Pretty Lights ended up premiering his song at a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. He really made a great new product out of Ralph's vocals, but completely over-processed those of LeAnn Rimes.

Mark Ronson already liked jazz, which he got into from deejaying jazz samples in the past. Ronson created a fantastic jazz number working with the Dap Kings. Trombone Shorty, Erykah Badu, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def). Ronson had the pleasure of premiering his track in New Orleans. "Erykah wrote the song. It's about gumbo, like you sort of mix it all in the pot and see what works," Ronson said. "I think that that's the mindset of musicians these days. Combine all these influences, and then when they come together, hopefully you kind of put it together in this ball that obscures the colors where everything came from."

The Crystal Method were into Detroit R&B and the Motown sound, so they teamed up with Martha Reeves. The Crystal Method was inspired by Martha Reeves' loyalty to the city of Detroit despite her having watched it become distorted and destroyed over the years and created a Detroit love song of sorts. To the surprise of The Crystal Method, Martha Reeves was eager to be part of the song-writing process, although she turned out to be very particular about what she would and wouldn't sing. The Crystal Method did a particularly great job of incorporating elements from their designated genre of R&B. In fact, the electronic elements of their song were pretty toned-down, which emphasized Martha Reeves' vocals and the brass riffs.

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Lenni Rosenblum