Published on May 11th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Arlen Hart – Pigs & Dogs
We recently had some time to kick it with Arlen Hart and talk about this new art piece he composed. It’s been a great journey to this point and we hope you continue along with us. “So, to get right to it here’s what I’m working on. I’m recreating the album “Animals” by Pink Floyd. By recreation I mean I’ve kept the form and music, but renewed the vibe/style. Every guitar solo is note for note, but played on completely different instruments: synths, organs, accordion, piano, and (currently) no vocals. Over the last year I completed the first 2 songs, Pigs and Dogs. I am currently working on the second part of this whole thing, it will be 3 parts total,” Arlen dropped on us.
If you are a Floyd fan then this is something you must have in your collection. Something for the orginal fans, something for the new school addicts, and something for the weekend’s of new music and great sound. Arlen has been “cracking the code” for over a year. Interpretation has a lot of meanings but in this one it’s a re-organization of sounds. Implementing new sounds for the old and keeping the beat the same……truly amazing work.
From his Soundcloud:
Brooklyn based producer/composer/pianist Arlen Hart, has enlightened us with a bold re-creation of Pink Floyd’s seventeen minute masterpiece “Pigs & Dogs”. Completely self produced and performed, the interpretation from Pink Floyd’s 1977 hit album Animals carries a clear through-line of instrumental music. It begins with the immediately recognizable chords of “Pigs On The Wing (Part One)”, and what happens over the next 16+ minutes is suspenseful, surprising, and wholly engaging. The instruments are a journey in themselves from synths and organs to accordions and thumb pianos, layered with delicately placed snippets of the original song. “I had no idea what was going to come next. As I turned the corner on each section of the original music, I had a new blank slate to compose my own re-interpretation,” says Arlen, “It was a true journey from start to finish. My focus [throughout the year it took to make it] was to create something that anyone – the band, fans of the band, or listeners who’ve never heard the original album, could all connect with and enjoy. I honestly did not intend to do this, it just sort of started one day and then as I kept listening to what came next, I kept hearing more ways to convey the brilliance of Pink Floyd.”