What Is a Mashup? Pt. 2: Random People’s Mashups

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.

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What Is a Mashup?

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!

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Old Timey Dance Routines Sync Up to EDM

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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.

Arabian revolutionary street art

El Seed in Tunsia

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

Bearded lady of Cairo or whore with her hair showing?
Conflict poster in Tel Aviv.

Tehran, Iran

Banksy salvaged by Detroit gallery

Work in question

 

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.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-banksy-mural-debuts-in-detroit-gallery-20120426,0,5192542.story

Green Street Art

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.