Bach Fugue Gets the DJ Treatment

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Many DJs spun, mixed and scratched their way through Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor for the chance to win $500 in Eugene, Ore., this week. We hear the efforts of the top three competitors.


When DJ's talk about old school, they're usually referring to hip-hop from the late '70s or early '80s. But last weekend three DJ's went from the classics to classical. The turntable enthusiasts were finalists in the Oregon Bach Festival's first Bach remix competition. Held in Eugene, Oregon, each contestant got five minutes to perform a live set and the chance to win $500. They took turns mixing hip-hop beats, spoken word, and Johann Sebastian Bach's Little Fugue in G Minor. Here's third-place winner, DJ Solutions.

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SIMON: DJ Smooth took second place with his performance.

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SIMON: And the winning remix was performed by 20-year old Danny Straton, also known as DJ D-Bay 8. Straton told us this week that as the provider of the party, his words, not ours, he has a responsibility to bring a diverse musical collection to the dance floor. So Mr. Bach, raise your hands in the air, raise them like you just don't care.

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SIMON: The Oregon Bach Festival runs from June 30th to July 16th.

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