Beau Sorenson was born and grew up in remote northwestern Wisconsin, where it doesn't necessarily take a village to raise a garage band evidently, as he proved going it solo with drum machines and a four track recorder. His interest shifted to synths as the 80s were losing their flavor, amassing ‘a small pile’ of them and any other tools he could find or assemble. Now a studio engineer with diverse credits, running the gamut from Sparklehorse and Death Cab For Cutie to Czarbles and Testa Rosa, Sorenson’s intimate knowledge of the equipment he uses gives him ample range for experimentation, a quality particularly palpable in his remixes. A small but growing appendage to his more technical work, Sorenson’s moniker Beaunoise reveals the fullness of his kaleidoscopic aural impulses – remapping the work of others through the refractive prisms of pop culture and contemporary technology. More so than his own more abstract compositions, remixing serves as a technical and personal laboratory for Sorenson to explore new production techniques, though also to test perception; to enjoy and admire a song enough to deconstruct and rebuild it with respect for a range of potential outcomes. This is the first release to collect his remixes. With several other projects slowly simmering on the backburner, 'Remixes' serves as a strong counterpoint to his previous ambient work.
"This is the kind of thing I would normally hate. Remixes of well-known tunes are practically a cancer these days, popping up everywhere you don’t want them, turning already interesting things into overworked shit. And yet, I can’t hate on veteran studio engineer (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse, etc) Beau Sorensen’s album of remixes under his Beaunoise guise. A big reason this works is his choice of tunes to deconstruct: from the sensual stomp of Barry White’s ‘Playin’ Your Game, Baby’ to the melodic glitch of The Cyclist’s ‘Technicolor!’ and bass blasts of the Kelis anthem, ‘Milkshake’, everything on Remixes flows. This feels less like a collection of random projects and more like an actual Beaunoise album and that’s where Sorenson’s considerable chops come into play. ‘Green Light’ (originally by Leisure and featuring Clive Tanaka) is the real standout, though, sounding like a long-lost outtake from Tanaka’s excellent Jet Set Siempre, and promises to be one of my go-to summer grooves." -FACT Magazine