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?”
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’.
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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.