At first glance, it might seem that Bon Iver’s musical world doesn’t lend itself too well to electronic deformation or reinterpretation in a danceable form, but there have been attempts, like Starkey’s “Woods”, aimed at correcting this false impression. Who doesn’t seem to be at all opposed to the idea of seeing his music in the hands of others is Justin Vernon himself, as he has just launched the first contest of official Bon Iver remixes, approved by him, christened as “Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project”.
Within the framework of the project, the separate download of each of the tracks of the ten songs included on “Bon Iver” (Jagjaguwar/4AD, 2011), their most recent work, will be facilitated. Each one of the songs will have its own contest and the public can vote for their favourite remixes on the Indaba Music website. Vernon himself will choose the ten winning remixes from the ones that are most heavily voted for. The chosen ones will be compiled on an album that will only be available on Spotify and the authors will receive a prize of 1,000 dollars per head.
The tracks can be downloaded already on the project’s page on the Indaba website (previous registration required). You have until 29th August to send in your remixes. Starting on 30th August, the results can be heard and voted for on the websites of Bon Iver, Spotify, Indaba Music and also on Facebook. The winners will be announced about the third week of September.
To help promote the contest, members of Bon Iver and friends of the band have created their own remixes. The first that is offered to us comes from S. Carey. Listen to it after the jump.