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Sir David Attenborough calls for DJ’s to collaborate with him on dance music track

It looks like Sir David Attenborough is making a late-in-life career change, swooping into the realms of dance music collaborator.

The iconic broadcaster, known for his work documenting the natural world, has sent out a request for DJ’s to work on an archived recording of his.

Attenborough asked DJs to remix a field recording he made around 70 years ago in Bali.

The three-minute clip from the 1950s features sacred gamelan music and was caught on tape when Sir David was looking for a Komodo dragon for the 1954 BBC series, Zoo Quest.

The clip was initially intended for use as a background sound for the series, although most of the recordings didn’t make the cut until Attenborough mentioned them to Radio 4 producer Julian May.

Speaking to the BBC, the 93-year-old said: “The villagers play this concerted music with extraordinary precision and real zest, so it is haunting music that you hear every night – or you did in those days, in the villages of Bali.”

Sir David hopes that mixing the original recording with modern stylings will give the Indonesian music a new lease of life and renewed appeal for the younger generation.

Remix entries will be judged by a panel that includes Attenborough, Ghostpoet and Cerys Matthews.

After entrants are whittle down to six finalists, a winner will be chosen.

The competition is working in tandem with the PRS Foundation.

Photo via the BBC

Madeleine Dunne

While studying multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, Madeleine began writing for several publications including Transistor, Vegan Connections, and GigSlutz. In 2018, she became the music editor for Vegan Connections before joining the Music Crowns team as a staff writer and digital assistant. @kohlgrrl

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