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Mashup (music)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A mashup (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend, bootleg[1][2]) is a creative work, usually in a form of a song, created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.[3] To the extent that such works are "transformative" of original content, in the United States they may find protection from copyright claims under the "fair use" doctrine of copyright law.[4]

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The 1990 John Zorn album Naked City features a version of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" set over the bassline of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman".[5][example's importance?]

In 1994, the experimental band Evolution Control Committee released the first modern mashup tracks on their hand-made cassette album, Gunderphonic. These "Whipped Cream Mixes" combined a pair of Public Enemy a cappellas with instrumentals by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. First released on home-made cassettes in early 1992, it was later pressed on 7" vinyl, and distributed by Eerie Materials in the mid-1990s. The tracks gained some degree of notoriety on college radio stations in the United States.[6][third-party source needed]

The name Pop Will Eat Itself was taken from an NME feature on the band Jamie Wednesday, written by David Quantick, which proposed the theory that because popular music simply recycles good ideas continuously, the perfect pop song could be written by combining the best of those ideas into one track. Hence, Pop Will Eat Itself.[7][example's importance?]

The mashup movement gained momentum again in 2001 with the release of the 2 Many DJs album As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 by Soulwax's Dewaele brothers, which combined 45 different tracks; the same year a remix of Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" was also released by Freelance Hellraiser, which coupled the pop star with the raucous guitars of "Hard To Explain" by New York's The Strokes in an infectious concoction entitled "A Stroke of Genie-us".[8]

Launched in San Francisco in 2003, Bootie was the first club night in the United States dedicated solely to the burgeoning art form of the bootleg mashup, and now[when?] hosts monthly parties in several cities around the globe, including Los Angeles, Paris, Boston, Munich, and New York City. The party's slogan, "Music for the A.D.D. Generation" also inspired the creation of "A.D.D", Israel's first mash-up dedicated party.[9] The Best of Bootie mashup compilation series is compiled and produced each year by A Plus D, creators of the international mashup club Bootie. The compilations have been released in December every year since 2005, and are annual Internet sensations, with each album garnering over 5000GB+ of downloads.[10]

Notable mash-up albums

Albums by A-Trak
Albums by Girl Talk
Albums by The Kleptones
Albums by Max Tannone
Albums by wait what
Albums by TenDJiz

Albums by Neil Cicierega

Other notable albums and individual tracks

See also


  1. ^ [1] Archived 17 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ " - About". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ Geoghegan, Michael and Klass, Dan (2005). Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting, p.45. ISBN 1-59059-554-8.
  4. ^ Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video Archived 2 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine, American University, Center for Social Media
  5. ^ Dancing in Your Head. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Who the hell is Clint Mansell?". Archived from the original on 10 October 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  8. ^ Jam, Billy (May 23, 2007). "Music For Generation ADD: Mashups quietly mature into a thriving subculture". New York Press. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008.
  9. ^ "Mashup best-of 2006 album". Boing Boing. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  10. ^ "De La Soul + Soviet soul and jazz = De La Soulviet" – Los Angeles Times, 28 October 2011
  11. ^ "TenDJiz Talks Soviet Jazz and Hip-Hop Mashup Album CommoNasm" – Miami New Times, Jule 9, 2012
  12. ^ ""Numb/Encore" wins a Grammy", 'Jay-Z And Linkin Park Win Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy'. 9 February 2006
  13. ^ musiklatina10 (2012-11-07), Emblem 3 - My Girl and California Gurls Mashup - The X Factor USA 2012 (Live Show 2), retrieved 2018-07-17

Further reading

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