Update: March 16th 2016 – The winners have been chosen

The first prize goes to London based Frenchman François Larini aka S/QU/NC/R who convinced the jury with his track ›Mäßig bewegt‹. The second prize goes to Lambert Windges from Grevenbroich in Westphalia, the third prize to Rabon Aibo alias AIBOS from Lübeck.
Toronto-born Oscar Finch aka VennDiagramm, third prize winner of the 2014 contest, is awarded again this year, receiving the fourth prize. The fifth prize is shared by Berlin based Swiss Alexandre J. Maurer aka Arctic Joy and V. B. Kühl aka Volker Bahmer from Frankfurt.

The award ceremony, presented by Anni Dunkelmann, took place at the Casual Concert at the Philharmonie Berlin on 1 April 2016.

These are the winners' tracks:

1st Prize: François Larini (London)

2nd Prize: Lambert Windges (Grevenbroich)

3rd Prize: Rabon Aibo (Lübeck)

4th Prize: Oscar Finch (Toronto)

5th Prize: Alexandre J. Maurer (Berlin) and Volker Bahmer (Frankfurt)

Starting November 1st 2015, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) invites you to take part in the Remix Contest 2015-16.

This unusual experiment is not only a challenge where you can prove your skills, but also a chance to experience an inspiring journey.

The journey starts with exclusive samples of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and helps you embark on your own, very personal Romantic Revolution. Not only can you remix or rearrange these samples, but you can make them your own, further developing the classical sound material in line with your own artistic ideas. With this contest, the DSO Berlin and SONOS are aiming to bridge the gap between two musical genres and to explore spectacular new sound experiences.

We’re looking forward to receiving your contributions by 31 January 2016.

The patron of the competition is the successful musician, DJ and producer Henrik Schwarz. Together with him, a distinguished jury will select five prizewinners. The best tracks will be published by the renowned label Sony Classical.

Register on this page, get the samples on SoundCloud and get inspired!

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The samples for DSO Berlin’s remix contest derive from the fourth and last movement of the Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896). The Austrian composer himself called it as his ‘Romantic’. With this work, Bruckner achieved the breakthrough in the symphonic genre that he’d long desired. Particularly the last movement went beyond the conventional limits at the time in terms of monumentality and drove Bruckner’s success, which continues through the present day. Two characters dominate the movement: a majestic one, which comes into effect in the far-reaching, rhythmically complex main theme, and an idyllic one in the secondary theme, which is extended into a pastoral scene.

To Bruckner, the romantic meant not only nature and God, the middle ages and mythology, a tone of yearning and a folk style, but also carrying forward Beethoven’s legacy in the symphonic form. In an era of nascent realism, of Verdi’s verismo and Wagner’s music dramas, Bruckner adhered to the genre about which E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote: »When we speak of music as an independent art, we should properly refer only to instrumental music […]. It is the most romantic of all the arts – one might almost say the only really romantic art.«

About the DSO Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. © Urban Zintel

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) was awarded a ›Grammy Award‹ in 2011. In its 69-year history as Berlin’s radio and concert orchestra, it has established a reputation with special programming, stylistic assurance and diversity. The DSO’s profile is characterised by a great level of commitment to contemporary music, as well as openness to new forms of presentation and the opportunities provided by new media.

Read more about DSO Berlin here.


Starting immediately, you can download loops from the DSO Berlin’s SoundCloud page (see below) and use them completely freely as a basis for your own pieces. The only requirements are that you incorporate at least two of the musical elements provided, and that your track should have a maximum length of 12 minutes. Once you’re done, upload your contest entry using your SoundCloud account and link it with our group.

A jury will select five winners. The award ceremony and the presentation of the pieces selected will take place at the Casual Concert at the Philharmonie Berlin on 1 April 2016.



An international jury, consisting of the patron of the contest Henrik Schwarz, Spex editor Daniel Gerhardt, taz editor Julian Weber and Estonian conductor Risto Joost, will select the five winners in March 2016.

Henrik Schwarz

Musician, Producer

The internationally renowned music producer and composer Henrik Schwarz is known for his eclectic musical approach to composition and sound design. Both producer and performer, he has successfully maintained a balance between electronic music, classical and jazz, as well as between energetic, highly

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charged dance sets at huge techno events and concert performances in auditoriums.

Schwarz has been releasing his own music since 2002, and has accumulated over 100 music releases and productions as artist for labels big and small such as Warner Music, Universal Music, Motown, Sony/BMG, !K7, Verve Records, and indies like Defected Records, Innervisions, Ninja Tune, G-Stone, Compost Records and many more. Countless widely heard remix productions for a who’s who of the international dance scene have ensued, making their way onto the DJ charts.

Read more on his Website

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Farao – musical identity of Norwegian singer, songwriter, and musician Kari Jahnsen – makes enchanting and adventurous pop music, tinged with celestial electronics and earthen orchestration. The now London-based musician's songs bear a vibrant

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surface beauty while taunting the depths within, reflecting the dramatic yet serene environments of her remote origin, a village of 500 people in the Nordic mountain valley of Valdres.

Jahnsen writes with a nordic forwardness, creating songs of personal retribution with cathartic poise. Her wintry voice cuts through intricate compositions, navigating glacial rhythms and exquisite melodies with strength and vulnerability. Composed entirely by the multi-instrumentalist Jahnsen with unimpeded imagination, Farao’s music ravels and unravels deftly between tension and ease. An array of tools – guitars, synths, organs, glockenspiel, sitar – dance at Jahnsen’s fingertips, interwoven with Farao’s many voices in wall-of-sound unison. Her debut album ›Till It’s All Forgotten‹ was released in 2015.

Read more on her Website

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Risto Joost


Prizewinner at the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and the Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012, Risto Joost has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on the concert stage. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the most challenging works by contemporary composers.

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Since 2009, Joost has been Principal Conductor of the Estonian National Opera, Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra since 2013 and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir starting in 2015-16.

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Julian Weber

Music Journalist

Since 2009, Julian Weber has been the music editor of the German national daily newspaper taz, which is based in Berlin. He has published numerous articles for, among others, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, die Süddeutsche Zeitung, konkret and Jungle World, and has produced radio shows for Deutschlandradio Kultur,

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and for North German and Bavarian Broadcasting, among others. His essay ‘The American in American Rock Journalism’ came out in the reader ‘American Rock Journalism’ in September 2015 published by Routledge Publishing. Julian Weber studied American studies and sociology in Munich.

Read more here (TAZ)

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Daniel Gerhardt

Music Journalist

Daniel Gerhardt works as music editor at SPEX, the magazine for pop culture, in Berlin. He also writes for Zeit Online and Juice and was an editor at the Dortmund rock magazine Visions from 2009 to 2013. Before that, he studied German studies and English language and literature in Heidelberg and London and

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as a teenager was a member of various punk and hip-hop projects, including Fuckboys, Geld, Pack and BBQ Streisand.

Read more here (SPEX)

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The jury decides exclusively on awarding the top prize. The jury will be convened exclusively by the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Jury sessions are not public. The jury makes its decision by voting after extensive discussion. The jury’s decision and evaluation are final.



System for 1000 €

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100.000 free radio stations via TuneIn through the Sonos App and start listening wirelessly.

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System for 800 €

Sonos fills every home with music – with one song in the whole house or different music on different Sonos smart speakers in different rooms. Simply pick your tracks in your music library, choose any song from worldwide over 60 streaming services as Spotify, Deezer or soon Apple Music or select one of over

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3rd and 4th Prize:

Ableton Live 9

Extensive software for recording and producing music and putting it on stage: helps put ideas in action, change them in real time and capture every detail when playing.

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5fth Prize:

Native Instruments Komplete 10

This software set is the quintessential collection for production, performance, and sound design. With 39 world-class instruments and effects spanning all genres and production tasks, this is limitless sonic inspiration.

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The playlist offers an up to date selection of submissions and is being updated regularly.