Dan Deacon created “Redlining” with rats. Yeah, rats.
Surprisingly, rats can come up with some pretty compelling music, with help, of course. Dan Deacon shared “Redlining” via Domino Soundtracks for the movie Rat Film. The film is director Theo Anthony’s commentary on rat-infested Baltimore, which dives deeper into themes of race and class. The accompanying soundtrack, Rat Film (Original Soundtrack), is set to be released October 13, 2017.
Rat Film (Original Soundtrack) will be the first release on imprint Domino Soundtracks and will be available on all streaming services. This will be Deacon’s first record of the modern composition nature.
“Scoring this film was completely different than other projects I’ve done in the past,” Deacon said. “I’m really glad I didn’t try to force myself to have a different approach to it.”
Anthony and Deacon agreed that the composition of the soundtrack involved fluid dialogue and natural tweaks. These easygoing conversations made the final product a unique masterpiece full of rat sounds.
So how exactly do rats help compose a record?
It’s hard to imagine making music with rats, but Anthony and Deacon had no problem with such a task. They used a clear triangular shaped box to start the music making. From there, they would lay rats inside and allow them to run from side to side. These sides changed the pitch and harmony they were tracking on a synth. Hence when a rat would move, the sound would change. This was more of an experiment than anything.
“Redlining” is an eerie melodic interpretation of Baltimore. Challenging the way aesthetically driven music is created and analyzed, the song offers chance. Chance of deeper thought into the construction of music and how far technology has come in composition.
The only question now is “What are you waiting for?” Don’t delay in taking a listen to a whole new way of experiencing music, and pre-order the rest of the compelling soundtrack!