Hark! The Herald Robots Sing! (Remastered)

from Holiday by Solarno



The first track, ‘Hark! The Herald Robots Sing!’ was actually recorded back in 2007, but has been remastered for this release. ‘Hark!..’ is a whimsical electro look at ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!’ with a strong four-on-the-floor dance hall feel. My desire was to create a fun and upbeat version of ‘Hark…’ that would appeal to both fans of traditional carols and modern electronic music.

Of note: ‘Hark!…’ features the first known recording of my house robot choir, The Singing Sines. As this was their first time in my studio they were obviously nervous and had trouble enunciating at times.

The original, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ has a very interesting history. The lyrics predate the commonly heard music by over a hundred years. Charles Wesley wrote the original, somber hymn in 1739. His co-worker George Whitefield then changed the lyrics to what we commonly hear today. The music that we commonly hear for ‘Hark…’ is actually from a secular cantata written by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840 to commemorate the invention of the Gutenberg printing press. It wasn’t until 1855 that William Cummings combined the Whitefield lyrics with the Mendelssohn music to create the song we all love and recognize today.


from Holiday, released December 1, 2014
Remastered by Jim Furey, November 2014


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