Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a once very popular eighteenth century composer and pianist from Austria. Modern appreciation of classical music has dwindled greatly, though, perhaps because of lack of electronic influence or vocals.
Dubstep, in contrast, is a late twentieth century underground style of music, currently gaining a massive following in many club scenes. It features a heavy bass that is modulated and rhythmically tuned to produce a ‘wobble’ effect. Dubstep also features note repetition and simple recorded drum effects.
These two very different styles of music would normally have nothing to do with each other. However, another Wolfgang, Wolfgang Gartner, one-time deep house DJ, has managed to combine these disparate styles.
Gartner takes many old Mozart symphonies and creates dub-step remixes to them. He also creates his own mixes without the aid of classical music. Gartner has composed his own fifth symphony, different from Mozart’s, while still preserving many classical effects guided by modern inspiration.
His newest studio-released album, “Weekend In America,” is his take on the party scene in America. In Gartner’s words, “‘Weekend In America’ is party-rocking speaker-freq’-ing as self-realization.” Gartner’s main inspiration and driving force for his music is the fact that he has so many ideas in his head that he feels should not be kept to himself. He wants to connect with tens-of-thousands, if not hundreds-of-thousands, of people at a time.
Gartner produces great party music as well as much needed study music. Generally fast-paced and mildly poppy, his music produces a external zoning effect that allows for an intense and focused homework session or pumped beats at a party. The best way to describe Gartner’s music is intense, sporadic, and original.