With the 50th anniversary reissue of its album Wake of the Flood, The Grateful Dead just introduced an interactive mixing board.
As Jambase reports, this is the second time the band is introducing this project. The first time was in 2022, for the 50th anniversary of the band’s legendary August 27, 1972, Sunshine Daydream concert at Old Renaissance Faire Grounds in Veneta, Oregon.
This time around, the board offers five songs from the album: “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo,” “Eyes Of The World,” “Stella Blue,” “Prelude / Part I” and “Let It Grow,” the latter two otherwise known as the “Weather Report Suite.”
The Wake of the Flood interactive mixing board can be used in a number of ways. It’s great as a learning tool as users can mix Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir’s guitars, Phil Lesh’s bass, Keith Godchaux’s keyboards, and Bill Kreutzmann’s drums in any configuration to better hear how they fit together. There’s also a channel for vocals and separate stems for guests on the album.
Hit the solo button to dive deeper into specific parts or just to hear them more clearly (highly recommend soloing Jerry’s pedal steel on “Stella Blue,” Vassar Clements fiddle on “Half-Step,” Bobby’s acoustic guitar on “Prelude” and Guests on “Let It Grow”). Finally, you can mute a specific part to jam along with the band on your instrument of choice.