On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of nature enthusiast, humanist, visionary and composition genius Ludwig van Beethoven, an international network of 150 participants under the direction and idea of musician & transformation designer Darius Darek (Taxi MunDJal MusiX) co-created a global project: Twenty melodies from Beethoven's works were recorded on non-European musical instruments by musicians based in the Cologne-Bonn region.
This sample databank was created under the direction of Hans Zimmer's sample library developer Felix Ohlert and was then used by music producers worldwide as the basis for new tracks of electronic music. These new compositions were finally rearranged for a 35-piece brass orchestra (Youth Brass Band NRW). The project was presented on various cultural events, media, festivals and in clubs under the motto REDUCE - REMIX - REUSE.
The whole co-creation is designed upon sustainable, degrowth and minimalism based, fair, green, common-good-oriented and alternative ways
of life. It shows a transdisciplinary designed process towards a just socio-ecological transformation:
- to promote cultural diversity the project is a collaboration with fifteen Cologne-Bonn-based musicians of diverse music cultures to record a
sample databank of twenty known and unknown Beethoven pieces.
- to promote cultural heritage the project aims to upcycle & remix almost forgotten music by worldwide electronic music producers.
- to promote creative commons the samples and electronic compositions can
be used and listened to for free.
- to promote socio-ecological projects the remixes are presented at green, transformational and zero waste festivals, in cultural spaces, at
intergenerational bicycle rides or in "freeboxes".
- to include citizen participation a random local youth involvement and two remix contests (worldwide in cooperation with Arts Council England and regional in cooperation with Goethe Center in Cluj, Romania) were carried
- the project thus supports some of the sustainable development goals (SDGs): reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, quality
eduction, gender equality and climate action.