Series about classical music. London-based composer Gabriel Prokofiev introduces his extraordinary piece, along with Radio 1's Clara Amfo.
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Music's always changing, evolving, you can't stop it.
And why would you want to?
Orchestral music's always on the move -
that's thanks to lots of great new composers.
By the look of this,
Clara is out with one of those composers right now.
ORCHESTRAL MUSIC PLAYS
-Continue straight ahead.
Gabriel, you wrote this music,
it's like we're actually inside of your head.
Yeah, I guess so. It's like we're inside my head inside your car.
I know I can definitely hear an orchestra,
-but there's something else going on, right?
I'm really into orchestral music and composing classical music,
but I'm a fan of hip-hop, dance music, electro, reggaeton,
grime, you name it,
and also I'm really into scratching and turntablism.
So I thought, "Why can't we bring these styles together?"
Turntables are an instrument,
but they don't have ANY sound of their own until a DJ gives them one.
And in Gabriel's piece, every single sound is sampled from the orchestra.
It's like the orchestra creates the road ahead!
The DJ, using the same sounds, fires back out new melodies, making
different routes and crazy detours on the journey.
You have deviated from your route. Please turn around.
Please turn around.
I have to say, Gabriel,
being inside of your head is a very fun place to be!
That's how the story of music goes really, isn't it?
You know, music's always reinventing itself,
travelling in loads of different directions.
Continue straight ahead.
-Erm, the opposite of that.
-So all we need now is a DJ.
-Hey, wake up, man!
MUSIC: Concerto For Turntables And Orchestra
The genre-bending Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra melds classical music with hiphop breakbeats courtesy of soloist DJ Mr Switch and the BBC Philharmonic. London-based composer Gabriel Prokofiev introduces his extraordinary piece, along with Radio 1's Clara Amfo.