Michael Harren is no stranger to remixes — in high school, Michael was a big fan of remixes and extended versions of songs from his favorite artists. He recalls, “I used to love the feeling of anticipation driving home from a record store with a new 12-inch single ready to play so I could hear a fresh take on a song I already loved.”
Now, Michael is making and producing music of his own. He released his debut album, Tentative Armor, in October of 2014, and is ready to hear some remixes of his own tracks.
The story of Tentative Armor is an interesting and inspiring tale: the project began as a solo performance show, which Michael orchestrated and performed at venues in New York City during the fall of 2013. From this, Michael connected with photographer and designer luke kurtis [sic] of bd-studios for his first collaboration project.
This was one of Michael’s first collaborative ventures, and now he is eager to do more. On deciding to do a remix project with his album, he says that “making this album was such a solitary thing in many ways, I wanted to see how other artists might interact with this material and what would come of it… I really hope to see people discover things in these tracks that I don’t know.”
Michael continues, “It’s so exciting to be able to produce my work on my own, but it can become an isolating process as well. I am excited to be able to connect with other artists inside these pieces… It’s such a cool expansion of the relationship between artist and audience.”
Michael also notes that he has done some remixing in the past, and through this project he hopes to connect with other artists who may be interested in having Michael remix for them as well.
Michael Harren is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer who combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create his hypnotic and boldly intimate work. Michael tours as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, plays bass synth in ATTACK.WAV, is a regular member of The Secret City band, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country.