In celebration of his 93rd birthday, Sir David Attenborough has launched the Songlines Remix Competition. The wildlife conservationist and documentarian is asking fans to remix his 1956 field recordings. Attenborough made the recordings with an old tape recorder while travelling to remote parts of the world. Some of the unique sounds include a performance of Balinese gender wayang, a style of Indonesian gamelan featuring two metallophones and a pair of drums, which you can hear in the video below.
UK-based musicians will have until 6 pm on June 10th 2019 to download the track, “Gender Wayang,” and submit their remix via a private SoundCloud link.
The tracks will then be shortlisted by songwriter Cerys Matthews, twice Mercury Prize-nominated artist Ghostpoet, electronic artist and producer, Hannah Peel, DJ and broadcaster, Gilles Peterson, and musician, artist, producer, and writer, Matthew Herbert.
The public will then vote on the shortlist provided from July 19, 2019, until September 15, 2019, with the winner announced on the 1st of November before the Songlines awards ceremony later that month.
For more information and enter the competition [UK artists only] visit the Songlines website right here.