“Mirror-world. …Cars are reversed, left to right, inside; telephone handsets have a different weight, a different balance; the covers of paperbacks look like Australian money.”
-William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
“Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.”
-Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Mirror-world” originally debuted in the Mix Series compilation Pattern Recognition, both of which take their name from the William Gibson book Pattern Recognition referenced above.
Gibson has long been a favorite author of mine, and the book was a crucial point of inspiration for the track and compilation as a whole. In the book, the protagonist Cayce frequently notes the “mirror-world” like contrast of London to her normal American surroundings. This isn’t just literary “fluff”; the fact that she notices at all is a critical aspect of the character and a central point of the book. Cayce is someone who obsesses over details and correlates subtle details from the world around her.
Today is the eve of my 34th birthday, and I’m reminded that getting old is sort of like meeting the mirror-world version of yourself. So much is the same, but so much is different.
Speaking about the tracks, the remix is one I’ve been working on for a while, and is another one that takes on a vivid transformation. From the original’s floaty techno abstraction, the remix goes to 170 BPM to become a drum and bass track with a bit more structure, and maintains some of the atmosphere but gains a harder edge.
This was an interesting remix to do, as much of the material was directly in-sourced from the original itself, but the samples were manipulated to become different components.