Following the huge response the band enjoyed with its Nude Remix Project, Radiohead are giving fans the chance to remix “Reckoner”, another track from the band’s latest album “In Rainbows”.
To make remixing easy, the separate ‘stems’* from the song will be made available to purchase on iTunes. Stems include bass, lead vocal, backing vocals, guitars, piano/strings and drums. All six stems will be available to buy for the price of a single track.
Fans can mix the stems in any way they like, either by adding their own beats and instrumentation, or just remixing the original parts.
Fans who purchase the ‘stems’ from iTunes during the first two weeks they’re available, will be sent an access code to a GarageBand file for use in GarageBand or Logic, but users aren’t confined to Apple’s products as the stems are available in the DRM-free iTunes Plus format, so can be used with most music software platforms.
Finished mixes can be uploaded to the dedicated site where the public will be invited to listen to and vote for their favourite mixes.
Getting a little more Web 2.0, fans can also create a widget allowing votes from their own website, Facebook or MySpace page to be counted by the counter at the dedicated remix site.
Remixers are invited to visit the dedicated website for the effort, http://www.radioheadremix.com, to get hold of further details on this plan.
Meanwhile, here’s the band performing the track (thumbs down version). And while you are passing you may enjoy this archive interview with Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich.