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At the Western Wall, some will believe what God says.

by Steve Chab

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Will Believe 04:13
What God 08:18


At the Western Wall, some will believe what God says explores a new conceptual approach to music composition. Steve Chab has reimagined the music of Nils Frahm by composing, performing, and recording new instrumentation atop three of Nils' recorded piano compositions. Each of Steve's pieces synchronize with Nils' pieces when played simultaneously.

Throughout history, composers have borrowed themes from other composers. This technique dates back to the 17th century with Brahms' "Variations on a Theme by Haydn" and even further. Similar techniques such as remixing and sampling are prevalent in today's music. Almost all pop music includes recordings of preexisting material, whether sampled from another composition or purchased in a sample pack such as Native Instruments or Steinberg.

Instead of taking a snippet of a composition and remixing it, Steve Chab has composed new music for entire recorded compositions. Instead of adding a missing instrument to a recording — like Bruce Springsteen "Born to Run" Glockenspiel Addendum by Cory Arcangel — Steve has treated Nils Frahm's recordings as incomplete compositions.

Listen to Nils Frahm and Steve Chab synchronized at stevechab.com/nils.

Nils Frahm's Original Recordings
"Wall" - youtu.be/UwzoDnnjyr8
"Some" - youtu.be/LtkdF2JPELs
"Says" - youtu.be/dIwwjy4slI8


released May 9, 2016

At the Western Wall, some will believe what God says was an independent study project advised by Jesse Stiles at Carnegie Mellon University. All songs written, performed, and engineered by Steve Chab. Original sun and moon photos courtesy of NASA.




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