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Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds

It came out of nowhere onto the net on May 16, 2005. The remixers at showed off their work - Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds, a collective effort by the group to mutate the Beach Boys Pet Sounds for the new millennium. Their works are all under the cover of a Creative Commons license, which means you can share this freely and they won’t get angry.

By the way, Pet Sounds was originally released on May 16, 1966 and next year is the 40th anniversary of its release.

This is how the folks at hippocamp described their work:

"Pet sounds is an album that everyone should own, study, cherish, and enjoy. Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds is an open-ended experiment conducted out of reverence, curiosity, and awareness of the sobering fact that you can't improve upon perfection.

"Despite the fact that the release is named Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds, Hippocamp does not endorse the creation or distribution of this work. At no time was involved with distributing this material to the public. Hippocamp's involvement has been explicitly limited to providing a forum where the artists could plan the project before its completion and where fans could discuss the values and cultural ramifications of such a piece of art.

"As the project tended towards completion we began to contemplate the merit of the art we were making and what it meant to the artists involved. It became apparent that the values of such a project were greater than we had anticipated. We believe the recognition of these ideas reinforces the project's merit as a piece of critical commentary to be freely disseminated and discussed. Here are some of the key concepts regarding Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds:

- The songs that form Pet Sounds are timeless and as relevant today as they ever were.

- Recontextualizing the sounds, lyrics, and feelings of the original work can transform the listening experience entirely.

- Anything we meager bedroom artists shall ever hope to accomplish will never hold a torch to the masterpiece that is the original Pet Sounds.

- We hope that any fans of the Beach Boys with no previous electronic music listening experience may discover an appreciation for the stuff and vice versa.

- We relish the opportunity to increase public awareness about the original Pet Sounds and perhaps increase album sales as a result.

- The recognizable elements of Pet Sounds are still beautiful when presented in a drastically altered form.

- Perhaps this demonstrates in an exaggerated way how pervasive the influence of classics such as Pet Sounds may be.

"Support Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys! Buy an album! See a live show! Great music never dies."

You can reach them at Hippocamp are based in Manchester, England.

Click here if you want to buy the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

These tracks are no longer available for download.

Track 01 kams - Wouldn't It Be Nice (5.4MB)
Track 02 blue t-shirt -You Still Believe In Me (5.8MB)  
Track 03 the star fighter pilot - That's Not Me (5.4MB)  
Track 04 jerohme spye - Don't Talk (12.1 MB)  
Track 05 he can jog - I'm Waiting For The Day (4.8MB)  
Track 06 autistici - Let's Go Away For A While (4.8MB)  
Track 07 tinypixel - Sloop John B (3.8MB)  
Track 08 nybbl - God Only Knows (5.0MB)  
Track 09 plasticflesh - I Know There's An Answer (3.2MB)  
Track 10 mikrosopht - Here Today (17.6MB)  
Track 11 serocell - I Wasn't Made For These Times (5.5MB)  
Track 12 kidgloves and autistici - Pet Sounds (9.9MB)  
Track 13 kid mingus - Caroline No (2.6MB)  

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