The Requiem

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"The Requiem"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album A Thousand Suns
Recorded 2008 - 2010
Length 02:01
Stems Neko Keyboard Sounds and Samples[1]
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 85
Key E Minor
Live debut September 14, 2010
Last played September 23, 2011
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

A Thousand Suns track listing
  1. The Requiem
  2. The Radiance
  3. Burning In The Skies
  4. Empty Spaces
  5. When They Come For Me
  6. Robot Boy
  7. Jornada Del Muerto
  8. Waiting For The End
  9. Blackout
  10. Wretches And Kings
  11. Wisdom, Justice, And Love
  12. Iridescent
  13. Fallout
  14. The Catalyst
  15. The Messenger

Background

"The Requiem" is the opening track of A Thousand Suns, and features samples from some of the tracks on the album. The components of the song feature the keys from "Waiting For The End", lyrics from "The Catalyst", the juno pad from "Jornada del Muerto", and pads from "Blackout".[2] The song builds up with ambience, transitioning directly into "The Radiance". Mike sings through a vocoder on this song, the first time in a Linkin Park song that features prominent use of a vocoder.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
The Requiem A Thousand Suns 2:01 2008-2010 September 8, 2010
  • Features elements of other songs from the album: Juno pad from "Journada Del Muerto", main pad underneath "Blackout", and lyrics from "The Catalyst".
The Requiem / The Radiance A Thousand Suns Instrumentals 3:19 2008-2010
  • The CD dates from September 15, 2010.
  • Official instrumental version.
The Requiem / The Radiance Acapella The Requiem / The Radiance Acapella 2008-2010
  • The CD dates from September 18, 2010.
  • Official acapella version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
The Requiem Live In Madrid 1:37 November 07, 2010 April 1, 2011
The Requiem (Live From London, 2010) A Thousand Suns - Live Around The World 2:30 November 10, 2010 June 19, 2012

Live

"The Requiem" was debuted at the New York City A Thousand Suns release show, and was used to open most performances throughout the A Thousand Suns cycle, some exceptions being in Set B-1 in 2010, where "Fallout" and "The Catalyst" opened the show, and two one-off setlists in Moscow and Singapore, with "New Divide" opening the show. When performing the song, Mike would sing with a vocoder off stage over the album vocal track.

After disappearing from the sets entirely during the Living Things era, the band brought back parts of "The Requiem" for The Hunting Party touring cycle in the form of "Mashup Intro #1", which debuted at KFMA Day 2014, and "Mashup Intro #2", which debuted at the private production rehearsal in West Palm Beach. "Mashup Intro #1" featured the vocoder from "The Requiem" being played over the bridge instrumental of "The Catalyst" and the synth of "1stp Klosr". "Mashup Intro #2" featured only a small bit of "The Requiem" vocoder before giving way to the bridge vocals of "The Catalyst". Once "Mashup Intro #2" was dropped at Rock In Rio USA, the last surviving piece of "The Requiem" was dropped with it.

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