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1975 single to be reissued as iOS app that allows fans to create their own remixes from original multi-tracks

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 5 april 2011

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This article titled “David Bowie to release Golden Years iPhone app” was written by Sean Michaels, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 5th April 2011 10.34 UTC

David Bowie is reissuing a 1975 single as an iPhone app. Almost four decades after Golden Years was released, the singer’s remastered classic will be available for fans to remix via dedicated, handheld software.

According to Music Radar, the original 16-track Golden Years has been mixed down to eight stem files: Bowie’s lead vocals, 12-string guitar, bass, drums, guitar, harmonium, percussion and backing vocals. From 6 June, aspiring producers can download the app and create their own variation on Harry Maslin’s original mix. For £1.23, a similar program is already available for Bowie’s Space Oddity.

To accompany the new Golden Years app, EMI enlisted four DJs at Los Angeles’s KCRW radio station to remix the song on a new EP. These versions are now streaming at KCRW’s website, and will be issued as 12ins and downloads. EMI claims that each remix was heard by Bowie himself – though it is not known whether he liked them.

This week has seen the Blu-Ray re-release of Bowie’s first major film role, The Man Who Fell to Earth. The Thin White Duke has also announced the forthcoming release of a limited-edition DVD containing films he made with his son, Source Code film-maker Duncan Jones. Shot when Jones was young, these stop-motion animated shorts will be available on a set entitled CONtenders Volume 2. More information is expected soon.

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