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How did this project come about?
Marcel Dettmann: Tom Tykwer is a good friend of mine, and a familiar face at Klubnacht. He introduced me to Lana Wachowski some years ago when she was in Berghain to celebrate during a city visit, so there was a personal foundation already. When they started shooting at the Babelsberg film studios outside Berlin I drove down and visited them on set, we got talking again, soon discussing music, the soundtrack, score… Finally I got asked by Lana if I would like to join the project, being part of the sound process, which I had not seen coming but was very thrilled about and of course said yes. Tom and Johnny Klimek handled the leading role of the score, my part was to bring in myself and my approach to sound.
Was there a specific brief for your remix? What did you use as inspiration?
MD: I was able to pick a track from the score and went for the final motif, I liked its emotionality a lot. There weren't any guidelines for the direction, so I somehow pumped it up, elevated it to a club music tableau and reimagined it in a bit more club-friendly context. Overall it's very much pads-led, soulful-sounding, maybe almost sacral. The film and its story are the inspiration in this case. The message of The Matrix was always that, despite all misery and subjection, there's always hope for humankind. I think my remix is in line with this message.
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