Rhythim Is Rhythim ‎– Strings Of Life

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Considered a classic in both the house and techno genres, "Strings Of Life" is the most recognizable and well-known song in Derrick May's repertoire. It is based on a piano sequence by May's then-friend Michael James, and was originally at 80 BPM before May increased the tempo, chopped it up into loops, and added percussion and string samples.

There were five official versions of the song. The first two were released in 1987: the famous 7:23 mix called "Strings Of Life (Piano Mix)" or just "Strings Of Life", and a 6:56 remix called "Strings (Flam-Boy-Ant Mix)" or just "Strings". In 1989, two new remixes were licensed exclusively to UK & European labels: a Juan Atkins remix called "Strings Of Life '89 (Juan's Magic Mix)", and an uncredited remix called "Strings of Life (Exclusive Remix)" (issued on a split release with Model 500). In 1991, an 8:23 kick drum-free version titled "Strings Of Life (Unreleased Mix)", "Strings Of Life (Remix)", or "Strings Of The Strings Of Life" first appeared, and featured additional production by Carl Craig & Derrick May. This mix was "unreleased" in the sense that it was new at the time and was never officially released on a single; only on compilations.

Numerous compilations feature early fades and other space-saving edits of the original 1987 Piano Mix, the 1989 Exclusive Remix, and the 1991 Unreleased Mix.

Versions (30)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MS 4 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 4 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US 1987 Sell This Version
MS-004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12", W/Lbl) Transmat MS-004 US 1987 Sell This Version
KOOL T509 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life '89(12") Kool Kat, Big Life KOOL T509 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZYX 6263-12 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life '89(12") ZYX Music ZYX 6263-12 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
RHYTHIMPROMO1 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life '89(12", MP) Kool Kat, Big Life RHYTHIMPROMO1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RHYTHIM PROMO 1 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life '89(12", Promo) Kool Kat, Big Life RHYTHIM PROMO 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
KOOL 509 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life '89(7") Kool Kat, Big Life KOOL 509 UK 1989 Sell This Version
MS 4 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12", RE) Transmat MS 4 US 1992 Sell This Version
MS 4 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12", RE) Transmat MS 4 US 1992 Sell This Version
ZYX 6263-12 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life '89(12", RP) ZYX Music ZYX 6263-12 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
PBT 208 Strings Of Life Strings Of Life(12", Unofficial) Not On Label PBT 208 UK 2001 Sell This Version
AB 0010 Derrick May Strings Of Life(12", S/Sided, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label AB 0010 2003 Sell This Version
SC1002 May Derrick* Strings Of Life(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label SC1002 US 2004 Sell This Version
CS001 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(2x12", Unofficial, Whi) Club Standards CS001 UK 2005 Sell This Version
TOM-3 Rhythim Is Rhythim Untitled(12", S/Sided, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Rhythim Is Rhythim), Not On Label (TOM Series) TOM-3 2009 Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12", RE) Transmat MS 004 US 2017 Sell This Version
DHC001 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life (Dirty House Collective Remix)(12", S/Sided, Unofficial) Dirty House Collective DHC001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BBT 2002 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life (Unreleased Mixes)(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label BBT 2002 Unknown Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US Unknown Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12") Transmat MS 004 US Unknown Sell This Version
MS 004 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12", M/Print) Transmat MS 004 US Unknown Sell This Version
MS-4 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings Of Life(12", RE) Transmat MS-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
SC-1002-A.-S/S Unknown Artist Strings Of Life(12", S/Sided) Not On Label SC-1002-A.-S/S Unknown Sell This Version

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purktuline

purktuline

September 28, 2018
referencing Strings Of Life, 12", RE, MS-4
There are two kinds of cuttings in Transmat Classics Series.
MS-004 uses original cutting mother
MS-4 is newly NSC Cutting
Chessty

Chessty

April 12, 2018
edited 9 months ago
referencing Strings Of Life, 12", MS 4
This is NOT techno. This is just some overrated acid house, maybe not even acid.
Can't see how this ever inspired the European techno rave scene. Instead go for Strings Of Life '89 (Juan's Magic Mix), witch is true techno.
thedjpc

thedjpc

January 29, 2018
edited 11 months ago
referencing Strings Of Life '89, 12", KOOL T509

Whilst the original mix of 'strings' still carries it's weight some 30yrs after it's release it's got to be the timeless beauty and drive of the Juan Atkins mix that really makes this classic shine.
LateNightEscape

LateNightEscape

December 12, 2017
referencing Strings Of Life, 12", MS 4
this is from 1987?! what a revolutionary sound mah gawd... absolute house classic right here!
allsorts70

allsorts70

September 2, 2017
referencing Strings Of Life, 12", MS 4
24 hrs MAY THE STRINGS OF LIFE PLAY ON !
djmikeh

djmikeh

May 24, 2017
referencing Strings Of Life, 12", S/Sided, SC-1002-A.-S/S

This is the original bootleg that Soul Central put out, obviously they saw the potential it had, Danny Krivit's Re-edit of this mix is the one that we all know.
pjmiddleclass

pjmiddleclass

September 24, 2016
referencing Strings Of Life, 12", MS 004

Life is boring. People are boring. They don't say what they mean and those that do shouldn't and I wish animals could talk so they could tell everyone how boring and stupid they are.
Kaos (Juice Bar mix) is not boring and disturbingly overlooked but it's a b-side to something very good and semenal so it's somewhat understandable. Point being, rare tracks like this are the reason the government should be forcing people to attend dark basement nightclubs and providing them with high grade ecstasy as everybody would be having a great time and nobody would even want a crack pipe any more. I mean it's good from start to finish but at 3.30 ones jaw begins to tremor of its own accord and it's all so exciting it's just like Christmas was when you were four years old. Strangely enough it's sounds good anywhere and at anytime but I wouldn't expect stupid people to enjoy it.
aesiphron

aesiphron

March 3, 2016
referencing Strings Of Life, 12", MS 004
Derrick May said he added the piano tune (which was called 'Strings of Life', dedicated to Martin Luther King) to his House track in Winter 1987. So this production was most certainly released in the beginning of 1988. It makes sense, because a remix single has been released one year later in 1989. So the release date is incorrect.
highlander62000

highlander62000

April 23, 2015
referencing Untitled, 12", S/Sided, Unofficial, W/Lbl, TOM-3
To the commentator Funkbuero on the $120, people who love music the least,
are the ones trying to make money out of it the most
scherben

scherben

April 14, 2014
referencing Strings Of Life '89, 12", KOOL T509

Juan Atkins' 89 mix is easily my favourite version of this classic. For me it has more energy and depth, and is perfect for dancing like a loon. Another perfectly suited 'summer of love' 89 tune that still sounds great now.