7. What Makes An Anniversary Edition?

As the title suggests, this post is dedicated to examining what I discovered in the compilation analysis chapters and describes how I structured these findings into my idea for the remake 10 years on.

I’m also going to be discussing anniversary remakes in general, and pose the question “what actually makes an anniversary edition an anniversary edition?”

 

'EUP10RIA'

 

Now that I had spent a significant amount of time studying and analysing all the aspects of the original compilation, and targeted the specific areas of interest in terms of the remake it was time to sit and think about what an anniversary edition actually is.

In terms of the Euphoria series, and the original album I was basing it around, I came up with a number of different ideas for the remake, but as I’ll discuss during the post my ideas changed considerably.

The first idea I came up with was to do something very similar to what DJ Sasha did with his Involver and Invol2ver compilations. I thought about following in his footsteps and completely remixing all the tracks on the compilation and creating a new and totally fresh take on the entire album, with cutting edge effects and production techniques.

As great as this idea seemed in my head, and even going as far as to create a re edited remix of A.T.G.O.C’s  ‘Repeated Love’ for the album I scrapped the idea and left it on the cutting room floor.

The reason for doing this was because although the idea itself was fairly well thought out, and the end product would certainly be something worth listening to, I realised that it would not be the original album anymore, it would be some kind of Frankensteins monster, and would not really fall under the category of  ‘anniversary edition’.

THERE’S A PARTY GOING ON RIGHT HERE THERE

I believe that an anniversary in its simplest form is a celebration and reflection of something that has previously happened a set length of time ago, and this was the main driving force of my remake.

Because it had been 10 years since the original album was released, the whole idea for the remake was to celebrate not only the impact of the album within the trance and music compilation scenes, but also look back and reflect on the music included and how trends and times have changed, and hopefully give new listeners the same rush I had when first listening to the album 10 years ago and give the older fans a great sense of nostalgia.

Whilst thinking about this topic, I did some research on other anniversary editions of DVDs, CDs, books and video games and it became clear that there were a number of different approaches to take when creating an anniversary edition. You can create something entirely different to coincide with the anniversary date (as I explained with my Involver idea), you can release exactly the same product again with different packaging, or you can give the original a lick of paint and some spit and polish (I’ll be explaining more on this last point when I talk about Renaissance: The Mix Collection later in the blog).

Another aspect to all this is the rationale behind the release, obviously to make profit off the back of a previously released product and opening it up to new audiences  are major factors but you have to look at other reasons too, such as whether or not your just cashing in blatantly or if there is a solid reason such as improving the original with new technology, or bringing something new to the table as a tribute, or even using it as a platform to promote something else.

For my remake I wanted to take elements of all 3 of the above, but focus on creating a definitive version of the original product, something that can stand on its own separate from the original and enable the first Euphoria to still warrant a purchase, and have the remake as a point of interest for old and new fans alike.

I also had to keep in mind that the entire project was being graded as an academic piece of work, so I had to keep a solid compromise between making changes to the album to enable it to be marked as a piece of work, but at the same time not offend any Euphoria or trance fans in the process.

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CONTENTS

1. Welcome
2. Rationale Behind The Project
3. My Background
4. Euphoria Brand Background
5. Original Compilation Analysis Part 1
6. Original Compilation Analysis Part 2
7. What Makes An Anniversary Edition?
8. Obtaining The Tracks
9. Importing The CDs
10. Importing The Vinyl
11. Third Party Influences
12. Mixing The Album Part 1: The Live Sessions
13. Track Warping In Ableton Live
14. Mixing The Album Part 2: The Studio Sessions
15. Harmonic Mixing
16. Track Editing
17. Mastering The Compilation
18. The Artwork

TRACK EDITING: DISC ONE

01: Karen Ramirez - Looking For Love (Trouser Enthusiast’s Joy Of Sex Mix)

02: Chakra - Home (Original Mix)

03: Billy Hendrix - Body Shine (Original 12 Inch Mix)

04: Da Hool - Meet Her At The Love Parade (Nalin & Kane Remix)

05: Faithless - Insomnia (Moody Mix)

06: The Egg - Getting Away With It (Rollo Indared Mix)

07: Heliotropic - Walk With Me (Mix No.1)

08: Josh Wink - Higher State Of Consciousness (Dex & Jonesy's Higher Stated Mix)

09: A.T.G.O.C - Repeated Love (Ibiza Mix)

10: Moonman - Don't Be Afraid (Brittany Remix)

11: Lost Tribe - My Soul

12: Rodd-Y-Ler - Lifesigns

13: Ventura - Birds (Instrumental)

14: Armin - Blue Fear (Trouser Enthusiasts E.B.E Remix)

15: Coyote - Spirits Dancing (Mix#1)

16: Paul Van Dyk - For An Angel (PVD E-Werk Club Mix)

17: B.B.E - Seven Days And One Week (Club Mix)

18: BT - Flaming June (BT & PVD Mix)

TRACK EDITING: DISC TWO

01: Way Out West - Domination (Album Version)

02: Jam & Spoon - Stella

03: Nalin & Kane - Beachball (Original Club Mix)

04: Hybrid - Symphony (Original Mix)

05: Ruff Driverz Presents Arrola - Dreaming (Lange Mix)

06: Bedrock - Set In Stone

07: Humate - Love Stimulation (Paul Van Dyk's Love-Club Mix)

08: The Age Of Love - The Age Of Love (Paul Van Dyk Love Of Age Mix)

09: Energy 52 - Café Del Mar '98 (Original Three 'N One Mix)

10: The Space Brothers - Shine (Full Vocal 12" Mix)

11: Agnelli & Nelson - El Niño (Matt Darey Latino Remix)

12: Brainbug - Nightmare (Original Sinister Strings Mix)

13: Lucid - I Can't Help Myself (Judge Jules Remix)

14: Sash! - Encore Une Fois (The Powerplant 'Toke On This' Mix)

15: Mike Koglin - The Silence (12" Club Mix)

16: Binary Finary - 1998 (Matt Darey Mix)

17: Blue Amazon - No Other Love (Original 12" Mix)

18: Lost Tribe - Angel


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