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James McLaren James McLaren | 10:33 UK time, Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Newport dance wunderkind Culprit 1 has branched out from his usual electronica with a remix of a compositon by Cardiff's own famed composer John Hardy, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW). culprit-one-02_446.jpg

Letters, released as a single on 14 May on Hardy's own Ffin Records, is a reworking of On Safari from his orchestral suite Blue Letters From Tanganyika.

Listen a 30 second clip of Letters here:

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Commissioned, premièred and recorded by BBC NOW, Blue Letters was released in 2009 to much acclaim in the specialist classical music press. It was inspired by Hardy's mother's time as a young teacher overseeing mission schools in Africa.

Culprit 1's take on the piece retains the flowing, powerful drive of the original and marries it to a light beat and twisting filters that warp and distort the music to good effect.

He said, "I wanted to stay pretty faithful to the original tune as I liked it so much. I also liked the fact that the music had a personal resonance for John. He used "recordings of people whacking stuff like pipes and doors... samples of classic 808 and 909 machines and a bit of 'mouth percussion' for good measure" in his remix.

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