Porter Robinson Discusses 'Worlds' After The Release Of Its Remix Album
Last week, Porter Robinson dropped the companion album, Worlds Remixed, to his 2014 LP, delivering a remix of each track from some of EDM's most innovative artists such as Mat Zo, Odesza, and Sleepy Tom. A year after the release of Worlds, Robinson got together with Medium to reflect on the highly acclaimed album.
The producer explains his vision going into the album, and why Worlds wound up being so different from the work of his contemporaries.
"I wanted to have a grander vision, something that I felt like I was really fighting for and I wanted to have a real idea and be authentic. I wanted what I was doing to be really true to me and my tastes. That’s what Worlds was, me taking a break from what I was doing and doing something that was honest, authentic and real. So that’s how I ended up there. It was not a response to EDM. It wasn’t me trying to give the finger to EDM. It was just what I was in love with and what I wanted write.”
Robinson talks about the influence video game music had on the album, such as the music from Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
"Songs like “Sad Machine” and “Hear The Bells,” they all use what are known as soundfonts, which are essentially these low quality emulations of real instruments of harps, flutes, pianos, strings and things that don’t sound realistic. But they don’t sound 8-Bit either, like the NES, they specifically to me, dead-on like Nintendo 64 music."
He went on to explain, "If you look at the end of “Sad Machine” or the end of my remix of [Nero’s] “The Thrill” or the end of “Hear The Bells,” you see people commenting on Soundcloud like “Zelda! Zelda! Zelda!” so it’s definitely not just me. But yeah, that’s where that comes from."
Lastly, he discusses the meaning behind Worlds, and explains that the lyrics aren't rooted in his personal life.
"Almost every single song on Worlds is supposed to evoke the feeling of stories. I’m often asked if there is an actual literal story that I’m describing. There’s not, it’s just supposed allude or give the feeling of a narrative that doesn’t really exist or isn’t real. It’s not about anyone in my life or anything like that, it’s just my approach to music."
To get a full track-by-track breakdown, head over to Medium.