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Rhythim Is RhythimStrings Of Life

Genre:Electronic
Style:Techno
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Strings (Flam-Boy-Ant Mix)6:54
Strings Of Life7:23
Move It (Remix)5:42
Kaos (Juice Bar Mix)5:50
Untitled3:08

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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)," "Strings Of Life (The Classic 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.

In addition, the original 1987 Piano Mix often appears at two distinct speeds on compilations. The unedited track is 7:19 for the faster speed and 7:35 for the pitched-down version.

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Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987-05-00, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 4US1987US1987
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987-05-00, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label
Transmat – MS-004US1987US1987
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
New Submission
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1987, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004US1987US1987
New Submission
Cover of Strings Of Life '89, 1989, VinylStrings Of Life '89
12", 45 RPM
ZYX Music – ZYX 6263-12Germany1989Germany1989
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life '89, 1989, VinylStrings Of Life '89
12", 45 RPM
Kool Kat – KOOL T509, Big Life – KOOL T509UK1989UK1989
Cover of Strings Of Life '89, 1989, VinylStrings Of Life '89
12", 45 RPM, Promo
Kool Kat – RHYTHIM PROMO 1, Big Life – RHYTHIM PROMO 1UK1989UK1989
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life '89, 1989, VinylStrings Of Life '89
7"
Kool Kat – KOOL 509, Big Life – KOOL 509UK1989UK1989
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1992, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue
Transmat – MS 4US1992US1992
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 1992, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue
Transmat – MS 4US1992US1992
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life '89, 1993, VinylStrings Of Life '89
12", 45 RPM, Repress
ZYX Music – ZYX 6263-12Germany1993Germany1993
New Submission
Strings Of Life
12", Unofficial Release
Not On Label – PBT 208UK2001UK2001
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 2003-11-00, VinylStrings Of Life
12", Single Sided, White Label, Unofficial Release
Not On Label (Derrick May) – AB 001020032003
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 2004, VinylStrings Of Life
12", White Label, Unofficial Release
Not On Label (Derrick May) – SC1002US2004US2004
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 2005, VinylStrings Of Life
2×12", Unofficial Release
White Translucent
Club Standards – CS001UK2005UK2005
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, 2009-07-00, VinylStrings Of Life
12", Single Sided, White Label, Unofficial Release
Not On Label (Rhythim Is Rhythim) – TOM320092009
Cover of Strings Of Life, 2017-01-30, VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue
Transmat – MS 004US2017US2017
Cover of Strings Of Life, 2017-03-27, FileStrings Of Life
3×File, MP3, Reissue
320 kbps
Transmat – MS004LTDUS2017US2017
New Submission
Cover of Strings Of Life, , VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue
Transmat – MS-4USUS
Cover of Strings Of Life, , VinylStrings Of Life
12", Single Sided
Not On Label – SC-1002-A.-S/S
Recently Edited
Strings Of Life (Unreleased Mixes)
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label
Not On Label – BBT 2002
New Submission
Cover of Strings Of Life (Dirty House Collective Remix), , VinylStrings Of Life (Dirty House Collective Remix)
12", Single Sided, Unofficial Release, 45 RPM
Dirty House Collective – DHC001UKUK
Recently Edited
Cover of Strings Of Life, , VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Misprint
Transmat – MS 004USUS
New Submission
Cover of Strings Of Life, , VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Transmat – MS 004USUS
New Submission
Cover of Strings Of Life , , VinylStrings Of Life
12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Repress, Test Pressing
Transmat – MS 4USUS
New Submission

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