King Crimson - The Sheltering Sky (Mr. PC Belle Isle Balearic Edit)

from RSDD003 // Social Distance Edits by Mr. PC aka Peter Croce

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I originally made this edit in the summer of 2016 for a daytime set I had at Summer Oasis music festival. I've been playing it in my Belle Isle Balearic sets and radio shows for a while to much delight. Then I started DJ'ing at a yoga studio a couple times a week, and started playing this one during shavasana (aka corpse pose) at the end of the classes. The teacher told me that it sounded like floating on a cloud, so I thought it was time to make it available.

I've been a King Crimson fan since high school. This is taken from their Discipline album, which boasts a pretty interesting instrumentation. Robert Fripp (the only King Crimson member since the beginning) insisted that Bill Bruford not use any ride cymbals or hi-hats, so he uses rototoms for a lot of the album. But on this particular track he actually only plays a tongue drum + synth cymbal. Tony Levin carries the track with his Chapman Stick, playing basslines, chords, and a polyrhythmic melody. Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp alternate between rhythm guitar, playing polyrhythms of course, and MIDI guitar leads.

For the edit I extended the tongue drum intro and outro, and chopped out Robert Fripp's MIDI guitar earlier in the song because I found it too distracting for the mood I was trying to convey.

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from RSDD003 // Social Distance Edits, released March 20, 2020

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