Electric Beethoven Releases "To Love the World" to Complete the First Digital 45 of a Monthly Release Series

Article Contributed by Color Red | Published on Friday, February 4, 2022

Today, Reed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven has released "To Love the World," a brand new single that accompanies last week's release "Ramps & Vamps" in a digital 45.  The eclectic bassist's "Classical Dance Music" project is embarking on a monthly release series in collaboration with Color Red leading up to the release of a double LP entitled Hear No Evil that will be available worldwide summer 2022.

Electric Beethoven used a little-known but profound section of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as the basis for “To Love the World.” In the original composition, Beethoven used German poet Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” as his muse inspired by its call for hope and brotherhood. While the excerpt takes a mere three minutes in its original form, the quartet divided it into five distinct sections and treated each one like its own statement outfitting them with their own mood, color, and groove. In present times of uncertainty and isolation, Reed Mathis felt Beethoven and Schiller’s sentiments come full circle as “To Love the World” can serve as the perfect incantation for modern-day improvisers to heal themselves from our wounded world. Mathis worked with producer/multi-instrumentalist Otis McDonald out of Hyde Street Studios to mix the track.

"In these days of uncertainty, factions, and isolation, we felt that Beethoven's vision of hope and global unity (as expressed in this excerpt from the 9th Symphony) could serve as the perfect incantation for improvisers to chant, mantra-like, to heal ourselves and our wounded world," says Mathis of the new release.

Hear No Evil will contain a multitude of unreleased tracks with fellow Color Red collaborators and an entire remix series of electronically produced reconfigurations of the group’s works by esteemed producers on today’s circuit.

For more information and to learn more, visit electricbeethoven.com and color-red.com