Up close and personal with Bill from the meme everyone kept sharing in late 2015 and early 2016.
What is a mashup? Before I finish my mashup opus – not delusional, just really vain – I wanted to learn more about mashup artists that came before me. Personally I enjoy mashup tracks a lot because they have a lush, full sound that’s just great. It’s kind of like listening to a symphony or Arcade Fire because there are so many instruments and samples in question.
The mashup is a relatively new style of remix that is gaining popularity. Since all DJ’s mix beats it’s difficult to point out an original mashup artist or track. All we can do is vaguely define the analogous blob in our minds that is a genre of music. Therefore it is not correct to assume that a mashup has to be narrowly defined in a single style of production such as pop, like some fascist mashup parties do. See the examples below!
As if we needed any more proof as to the collectivity of mankind, it turns out that random musical numbers can be synced up to modern dance hits. These videos are either witchcraft or an optical illusion.
It’s important to note that you can’t do this with every video, but that a lot of them do appear to flow synonymously. My theory is that our minds automatically assigns the two together because the audio is playing at the exact same time as the video moves. You could mix them live by transitioning videos that have the songs on them with a big HD screen and sound system.
All of these songs are bootleg remixes or free downloads so it’s okay to honor them with a VJ video. Plus the video footage has aged to a point where it is considered free game for Creative Commons use.
Adele “Rolling In the Deep” (DJ Sliink remix) (2012) X Eleanor Powell & Fred Astaire “Begin the Beguine” Tap Dancing (1940)
My style is deep.
Sat Savitri (1935) X Broke One “Go Go Go” (Treasure Fingers remix) (2011)
This is a dance routine from one of the early works from the golden age of Indian cinema. Is it just me or does the bored rich couple in the audience look like Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disek in a past life?
Titania, Queen of the Fairies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) X Limewax “666 Untitled vs. Cracking Core” (Munchi’s 777 VIP) (2013)
This is a scene from the 1935 film version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some might say I have done a horrible thing to a classic ballet, but it seemed scary as hell to me in the first place. Especially with all the little blonde children of the corn running around — in 1930’s Europe no less.
The actress playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies is Anita Louise.
It is nice to know that with the tide of change in totalitarian dictatorships across the world, there is a ray of hope. Last week the reform era government in Myanmar abolished media censorship.
For decades past, a military dictatorship in the country meant that tagging and graffiti were strictly forbidden. Since 2011, street art bearing political messages has sprung up on walls across the nation.
The young artists are inspired by, of course, Banksy, and the local hip hop and punk scenes. Popular images include an electrical socket that trails wire and is usually accompanied by the phrase, “Plug in the city,” a reference to the power shortages. Another is a television with wings that calls for free media. There is also a washing machine that alludes to military money laundering.
There is some controversy over whether the images are art or vandalism. But the artists say they are careful never to mark up a building such as schools, churches, or hospitals. Images painted on political abodes are quickly covered.
Those who have been caught were not incarcerated, but they do have to sign a piece of paper stating that they would not tag again. The jury is still out on what to do about the new pictures.
Meet the Sticker Lady from Singapore who is facing charges of vandalism after decorating the streets of the conservative southeast Asian city with humorous stickers. These include phrases such as “Press for time travel” on traffic crosswalk signal buttons; and other phrases in Singapore slang like “My grandfather road” and “Press until shiok.”
Samantha Lo, as she is also known, is 27 and runs a online arts magazine. She faces a fine of two thousand Singapore dollars or $1574. Her arrest has sparked a debate in Singapore the Singapore art community. Over 14,000 people have signed a petition on Facebook calling for leniency in her case.
You may be wondering what street art has to do with electronica. But in the same way a musician remixes one of their favorite tracks, graffiti artists are, in their own way, paying tribute to public spaces through artistic expression. Much to the chagrin of major labels and public officials alike, these two modern trends are part of the same remix culture.
It’s one thing to paint a picture on the side of a building in the middle of the night. But to risk death to express your message in the face of a totalitarian junta is true rebellion. It is no wonder then that the fastest growing medium in the ultra conservative middle east should be street art.
Professor Charles Tripp is an expert in Middle Eastern politics who argues that street art has been a fundamental part of the seeming wave of revolution against totalitarian dictators in the Middle East and Africa. He is not above employing graffiti as a form of political expression himself.
In Tunsia dictator Ben Ali fled the country in early 2011. Overnight a giant poster of his face appeared on the side of a building. As the sun rose a growing crowd surrounded the picture murmuring in discontent. Encouraged by the jeering crowd, a group of men pull down the poster to reveal another sign underneath. It reads in Arabic, “Beware, dictatorship can return. On October 23rd VOTE.” You can watch the event unfold above.
Read more about Tripp in the Guardian: How Arab revolutionary art helped break the spell of political oppression
This street art is believed to be the work of elusive graffiti artist Bansky. It was originally painted on the wall of the crumbling ruins of an abandoned auto plant in Detroit.
Resident artists of the 555 Gallery rescued the work in 2010 setting off a two year legal debate over who had the rights to the piece. Now the mural is set to make it’s public debut.
The 555 Gallery agreed to pay the Packard plant’s owners $2,500. The estimated resale for it is $100,000.
The 555 Gallery is located inside an old police station and jail that has been converted to a nonprofit art gallery. Visit them at http://www.555arts.org/ to learn more or show some support.
“The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” Carl Jung
When the Brooklyn Philharmonic held the Beethoven remix project four finalists and a winner were announced. The winner is DJ Eddie Marz and his track “Ill Harmonic” based on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
The remix will be adapted to a live version by composer Andrew Norman and performed live at the season finale along with a performance by Mos Def. The rapper is going by Yasiin Bey these days, and is somehow involved in the organization.
Everyone has heard of street art at this point. Recently some artists have taken graffiti to the next level by using moss instead of spray paint. You can check out more pictures here. Unlike the traditional method of spray painting, the public is usually delighted to find these works. It is a clever way to brighten up public spaces.
Moss can be applied to a stencil on a wall with a paint brush as well as organic ingredients for the moss to eat, like yogurt, beer or sugar water. The results are breathtaking, in fact moss stencilers like Anna Garforth and Edina Tokodi are getting paid for their green graffiti these days. More on that here:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/moss-graffiti-street-art-eco-friendly_n_1418247.html#s862880&title=Anna_Garforth_
It may surprise you even more to learn that these ladies are not the first green street artists to go guerrilla. Guerrilla gardening, in which bare pieces of public land are spruced up with new greenery by illicit gardeners, sometimes overnight, has been around for a while now. The term was coined in 1973. A famous example would be such as Peoples Park in Berkeley, California, which was planted by protesters in the late sixties.
According to the people at http://www.guerrillagardening.org these are a few tips for would be guerrilla gardeners.
1. Keep your eyes open for orphaned land. Come back in the middle of the night to spruce it up.
2. Have a plan. You don’t want to fail because of poor planning.
3. Find a cheap supply of plants. Garden centers throw out plants daily.
4. Choose hardy plants that won’t require constant upkeep. You may have to come back to water them later.
5. Wear water proof shoes.
6. Use “seed bombs” in hard to reach spaces.
7. Remember to use organic fertilizers to nourish your plants.
8. Leave a unique calling card to help spread the word.
A California street artist who goes by the name “ABOVE” has managed to spray paint an anti-blood diamond message in Johannesburg, South Africa. The message located outside one of the world’s biggest diamond distributors known as Jewel City reads “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend… and a man’s worst enemy.”
ABOVE offered to paint the first half of the message which was met with great appeal by JC representatives. What he did not mention was the last half of the message intended in protest of abominable working conditions of African diamond workers and the ongoing trade of ‘blood’ or ‘conflict diamonds’ in African war zones.
No word yet from the company but so far it seems that ABOVE is likely to get away with it.