What's the classical equivalent of electroswing?
October 14, 2010 12:41 PM   Subscribe

It's been a while since the hive mind has recommended music that blends classical with contemporary sounds. I'm looking for whatever is to classical what electro-swing is to jazz. Techno is too cheesy. William Orbit is too chillout. Wendy Carlos is too frenetic and ancient. A Touch Of Beethoven is too disco. Waltz Darling by Malcolm McLaren is too 80s pop. Is there anything since the posts in 2008 that blends orchestra with beats in a way that might work on a dancefloor today?
posted by skylar to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Talvekoidik and Kattoo are two that come to mind. I'd YouTube you some links, but my work firewall doesn't approve of that new-fangled 'video' stuff.
posted by Jairus at 12:46 PM on October 14, 2010

Vanessa Daou?
posted by infinitywaltz at 12:54 PM on October 14, 2010

Craig Armstrong?
posted by mkb at 1:33 PM on October 14, 2010

Hector Zazou is a good one, and he's worked with Vanessa Daou (and Bjork).
posted by klangklangston at 1:43 PM on October 14, 2010

Some of Moby's music is heavy on string sections.
posted by tomtheblackbear at 2:42 PM on October 14, 2010

You might like Sweetbox.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 3:52 PM on October 14, 2010

Rob Dougan - most of his material is like this. Unfortunately (for us) he now runs a vineyard in France and hasn't released anything for a few years.
posted by wackybrit at 4:01 PM on October 14, 2010

Best answer: The best of this genre may yet to be done.

Not exactly answering the conditions, but if you are not afraid of a bit of retro-disco-cheese-factor, then there will always be the Hooked on Classics series.
posted by ovvl at 6:55 PM on October 14, 2010

It may well be too 80's pop, but if you find anything better than McLaren's Death of Butterfly, lemme know.

I thought the soundtrack to Mr & Mrs Smith was pretty interesting.
posted by Bron at 8:12 PM on October 14, 2010

Andy Blueman

Wolfgang Gartner
posted by empath at 8:49 PM on October 14, 2010

Best answer: Mason Bates
posted by LooseFilter at 10:38 PM on October 14, 2010

Bell Orchestre?
posted by twirlip at 2:31 AM on October 15, 2010

Deutsche Grammophon has a series called "ReComposed" that has well-selected contemporary electronic music producers (Carl Craig, Moritz Von Oswald, Jimi Tenor, Matthew Herbert) working with DG recordings. Here's a NY Times review. Might be worth checking out.
posted by alb at 6:42 AM on October 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

There was also a cd of trance records played by an orchestra called Classical Trancelations.
posted by empath at 7:44 AM on October 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

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