Mashups and Covers – My Ideas

15 01 2013

For this spreadable media assignment we have been asked to create some form of media that could potentially be spread across the internet (crazy right?). I have decided to think about doing some kind of mashup between two songs/videos in order to create a new piece of media. In preparation for this I have been looking on Reddit’s mashup subreddit, so far I have found a few mashups that have stood out to me. I’ll link them at the end of this post. I suppose the first thing I need to think about is what makes a good mashup successful. Looking at Alessandro Grespans mashup between LCD Soundsystem and Miles David I can see several attractions. The first being that the two videos work so well together, another being that there is no real editing of any kind, it is being performed live by playing two youtube videos at the same time. This is a bit different to normal mashups. I think it is this combination of simplicity and musical synchronisation that helps make this video appealing. Although it is probably more the impressive coincidence of the two videos lining up, and also that anybody can recreate it (have a go themselves) that has made it so spreadable. The other thing I’ve noticed about a mashups potential to go viral is down to song selection. A lot of the top mashups on Reddit seem to be quite gimmicky (e.g. ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel air’ theme mashed up with the ‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader theme, Biggie Smalls mashed up with the ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ theme, etc). I have played around with mashups before, so already had a couple of ideas. I also wanted to think about video selection, and so had a look at few of my mashup ideas and the videos they would use. I settled on a mashup between “E.T.” by Katy Perry, “Starry Eyed” by Ellie Goulding, and “The Island” (parts 1 and 2) by Pendulum. I already knew that there would be good synergy between the audio tracks, and had also noticed that the videos could be mashed up well.

Another idea of mine for this project was to record two videos of me covering songs on the guitar. I have been playing guitar for about 12 years and have recently discovered a passion for singing too. This part of the project was a bit more of a personal venture as whilst I have always been confident playing the guitar to large numbers of people, I am particularly shy about my voice, and as such uploading videos to a platform that see’s over 800 million unique monthly users seemed very daunting to me. For this reason I wanted to keep these two videos fairly simple, so decided on covering two songs that I knew well and was confident in people hearing. These two songs were: “Chicago Is So Two Years Ago” by Fall Out Boy, and “All I Want” by A Day To Remember. The other main reason behind choosing these songs above over other covers I can play is that these two covers in particular are very different to the original songs in terms of style and genre. My thoughts were that this would be more interesting to listen to, as apposed to a cover that is being played in the exact same style as the original song, thus hopefully making the content more likely to spread.

As mentioned earlier, here are the links to some of my favourite mashups:

Youtube duet: Miles Davis improvising on LCD Soundsystem by Alessandro Grespan

The Fresh Prince of Death Star (Extended Version) by DaThings1

Biggie Smalls (Thomas the tank engine remix) by Farreltube

To Record the Sky (John Frusciante X Kanye West) by Saint Edward

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15 01 2013
Spreadable Media Summary « Adam Pearman

[…] The past post I uploaded (which was only earlier today, actually written a while ago but obviously I forgot to upload it, sucks to be me) talked about my ideas for the spreadable media project. These ideas luckily turned out to be the one’s I decided to stick with, and as such I have created and uploaded these artifacts to the barrel of laughs that is the world wide web. So, let’s take a look at them then. (Note: If you would like to know why I chose to make these particular artifacts please read my last post here.) […]

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