It’s hard to choose the most iconic songs of Star Wars. John Williams composed many memorable and moving pieces of music for the saga and several of them have lasting power. That said, “The Imperial March” has to be near the top of any of Star Wars “best of” list. The powerful theme is ominous, hard-hitting, and delivers all the notes a villain like Darth Vader deserves. But what if the tune was reimagined with an electronic dance vibe? Celldweller has done just that with his cover of “The Imperial March” for May the 4th. Listen (and enjoy a free download!):
He used vocals and unique instrumentation (no samples, it was all performed) to add another layer of dark side to the track. The cover has all the aspects I like about remixes. The core of the music is intact but more than enough modifications have been made to set it apart from the original. Celldweller took what Williams did and spun it to create a sinister-sounding piece of dance music. I could imagine a world where this cover plays in an industrial club on the lower levels of Coruscant.
Celldweller had the following to say about making the cover:
“Star Wars had a huge impact on me as a child. This, as well as science fiction as a whole, has clearly influenced my look and sound—so covering ‘The Imperial March’ was a natural fit.”