CONTEST – Remix THE CONTORTIONIST’s “Reimagined” With Original Stems And You Could WIN A Toontrack Prize Pack!

In case you were unaware, prog’s dreamiest sextet The Contortionist are releasing a new album on Friday entitled Clairvoyanttheir first since 2014’s Language. It will undoubtedly crush, and you can find out just how hard for sure when you pre-order it here – but maybe you want to be more involved in the TC experience. Maybe you’re creative, and you want to take a peek behind the curtain of their production and get your hands into some stems – and drop a r-r-r-r-reeeeemiiiiiix!

Well, this is your chance! We’ve teamed up with the band, Toontrack, Good Fight Music and eOne Music to bring you the “Reimagined” Remix Contest. The rules are simple – download the stems here, and then go nuts. What can you do to the tracks? Whatever the hell you want is what! You can add, subtract, chop, cut, scratch, drop a phat beat (or a skinny beat) on it, play it backwards over itself, reharmonize – it’s your playground! We’re looking for an original interpretation of the material – NOT a cover. This also isn’t a best-quality mix engineer type of remix contest – we’re not interested in your skills as an engineer, this is about creativity.

“The Contortionist has entertained many late night talks on the idea of “handing over the keys” to other musicians’ interpretations and empowering them with the guts, nuts, and bolts of the song. Releasing the stems for Reimagined and giving a deeper, under-the-hood look into our tune has already yielded some amazing sounds from some of our friends. These featured re-mixers were hand-picked, not only because of their proven chops, but because of each one’s distinct style, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. We will be releasing each remix periodically between now and the end of the contest.”

When your masterpiece is finished, upload it to Soundcloud, and then fill out the form below, with the link to your remix on Soundcloud. You have until 11:59pm EDT on Thursday, October 12th to enter.

For inspiration, here’s a medley of some featured re-mixes from Aidan O’Brien, Eric Guenther (from TC), Navene K, Big Chocolate, and Infinity Shred:

Full version remix by Aiden O’Brien:

And here’s a great artist spotlight of The Contortionist over at!


The band themselves will be judging the entries – here’s what you win if your remix is chosen:

1st Prize: Superior Drummer 3 ($400 value) and a $100 gift certificate to The Contortionist’s Official web store
2nd Prize: EZDrummer 2 ($150 value) & Metal Machine EZx ($75 value) and a $50 gift certificate to The Contortionist’s official web store
3rd Prize: EZMix 2 ($150 value) and Mark Lewis Metal Tones ($45 value) and a  t-shirt of your choice from The Contortionist’s official web store

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Don’t miss the band on tour this month and next with Between the Buried and Me, Polyphia, and Toothgrinder:

Sep 21 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Sep 22 Baltimore Sound Stage Baltimore, MD
Sep 23 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Sep 24 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Sep 26 Mr. Small’s Theatre Millvale, PA
Sep 27 Agora Theatre and Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Sep 28 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI
Sep 29 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
Sep 30 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Oct 01 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Oct 02 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Oct 03 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Oct 04 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 06 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 07 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Oct 08 The Glass House Pomona, CA
Oct 09 Soma San Diego, CA
Oct 10 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Oct 12 Trees Dallas Dallas, TX
Oct 13 The Ballroom at Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Oct 14 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Oct 15 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
Oct 17 Culture Room Ft Lauderdale, FL
Oct 18 State Theatre St Petersburg, FL
Oct 19 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
Oct 20 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Oct 21 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
Oct 22 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC

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