Posts Tagged ‘Mashups’

Best of Bootie 2008

December 31, 2008

Best of Bootie 2008

D (from AplusD) just dropped a comment on my About page to let you know that the latest Best of Bootie mashup mix is now available. Check it out:

Best of Bootie 2008 CD

I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, but you should expect the same high quality mashup goodness that we’ve come to expect over the last few years of Best of Bootie, including mashups by Earworm, Party Ben, Lobsterdust and Divide & Kreate.

If you haven’t checked out previous years’ Best of mixes, you can find all the links at the page above.

Blast From The Past: Batman Dead End

April 27, 2008

Remember this?

This fan-produced film did the rounds ages ago. In fact it was back in 2003 (5 years ago!) when I first heard about it – from this thread at TTLG forums, as it happens.

And, you know what? It’s still as gloriously campy and fun as it was back in the day, as well as being a shining example of what insane fanboys with a budget can actually produce when they put their minds to it… Batman vs. Alien vs. Predator – no one expected that! Talk about a mashup

Just imagine how the audience would react if Christopher Nolan pulled that kind of stunt in his upcoming The Dark Knight. Although it would of course be unforgivable (and would no doubt result in a sustained hate campaign from legions of die-hard fans), it would almost be worth it simply because of the supreme “WTF!?!” factor and stratospheric levels of internet kudos which such a move would generate.

Best Mashups Of 2007

January 10, 2008

Best of Bootie 2007If you’re a fan of mashups, or if you just love free music of dubious legality, you could do worse than checking out the Best of Bootie 2007:

Best of Bootie 2007 (via BoingBoing)

At 21 tracks, this is over 1 hour of mashed up goodness from the likes of DJ Earworm, Party Ben, and A Plus D from the San Francisco scene, with superb standout tracks from UK-based Mark Vidler, aka Go Home Productions (mashing Iggy Pop’s ‘Passenger’ with Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’) and Matt Hite (Cassie’s ‘Me & You’ and Yazoo). You can also download customized CD artwork and a tracklisting.

And if that’s not enough there’s even 10 bonus tracks for free on the same site.

Even More Mashed-Up Trailers

August 13, 2007

While browsing around Metafilter recently, I came across a link to the following post all about video mashups:

Sublime Recycling: Mashups That Rock! (via Metafilter)

I posted about my love for trailer mashups and music mashups a while ago, but there were a few links that I hadn’t come across before; most notably, Boogie Nights as Star Wars. However, the real find here is this near-comprehensive trailer mashup resource:

The Trailer Mash

Mashup fiends are in heaven: you can search mashups by genre or by movie. There’s a sizeable database here, so inevitably the quality is somewhat varied. But you can peruse the top 10 recut trailers, all of which are classics, and most of which I’ve included in my previous mashup-oriented blog posts.

Unbelievably though, I had missed the incredibly professional Goonies of the Caribbean mashup — two parts 80s kids’ adventure-comedy effortlessly mixed with three parts Jack Sparrow — so it was well worth the visit:

More Mashups, Remixes and Recuts

July 22, 2006

(UPDATED: 25/07/06 – links added to Monty Python vs. Star Wars, a couple more excellent fake trailers, French bootlegs, and a potted history of musical mashups.)

Since last week’s foray into the wonderful world of fake trailers was so enjoyable, I thought I’d take a step back and run through a few more of my favourite mashups and recuts, all of which are available absolutely free of charge for your downloading or streaming pleasure.

If you enjoyed the trailers, there’s a near-comprehensive list of recut trailers on wikipedia. There are links to all trailers mentioned in the article.

None of them are quite as polished as the dazzling 24-carat comedy gold of Shining or Titanic: Two the Surface. In fact, a lot of them are quite frankly sub-amateur drivel; so be warned. However, School of Rock (redone as a creepy thriller), West Side Story (redone as a zombie horror), Must Love Jaws (Jaws reimagined as a family comedy-drama) and 10 Things I Hate About Commandments (Biblical epic recut as US high school teen drama) are definitely worth a look. Also interesting is American Pie (recut as a slasher horror flick) for pioneering the use of post-production digital effects in recut trailers.

On a slightly different note, the excellent Vader Sessions is more mashup now, than movie:

It takes scenes of Darth Vader in Star Wars (voiced by James Earl Jones) and overdubs carefully-selected dialogue from other JEJ films. Hilarity ensues. Favourite moment: the bit where Vader is interrogating a rebel pilot overdubbed with “I’m takin’ your momma on a date. Can you dig that? A date.”

Staying on a Star Wars tip is this sublime mashup of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Star Wars. It uses Vader overdubs to put an alternative spin on the encounter between Arthur and the black knight. Also features lightsabers.

Here’s one which falls into the “It’s not strictly a mashup, but…” category. Most will have heard of the purported “Dark Side of the Rainbow” effect; the idea that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon synchronises almost flawlessly with the first 40 minutes of The Wizard of Oz. Well, now you can see for yourself by checking out this story on Videosift. My opinion: it’s not quite there, but it’s close at times (such as when Dorothy falls off the fence about 5 minutes in and the music changes).

The music mashup scene has been around a lot longer than video recuts (which only really became popular at the end of last year). As a result, there’s plenty of fine bootlegs and bastard pop available on the internet.

San Francisco is a hotbed of mashup talent, with artists from around the area holding a monthly mashup party. Below I’ve listed some of my favourite mashup artists from the SF scene:

Party Ben is one of the most popular mashup artists on the scene and his latest track, I Feel Crazy–a mashup of Donna Summer & Gnarls Barkley–is fairly representative of his ecstatic, disco-themed mashups.

DJ Jay-R generally produces fairly simple yet maddeningly addictive mashups of two or three tunes. My favourite tracks are:

DJ Earworm is quite simply the best out there, in my opinion. Earworm is known for producing precision works of supreme acoustic cut-uppery and mashup symphonies. One of his tracks, What’s My Name, is an insane mashup of over 20 different songs (from Britney to Lynyrd Skynyrd). My other favourite Earworm tracks are:

Smash-Up Derby are an unusual case: a six-piece band who play live mashup music. This doesn’t always work as well as studio-based stuff (case in point: their mashup of Smells Like Billie Jean), but they do it probably as well as it can be done, given the obvious limitations, and they’re pretty unique. Their standout track for me is Sweet Nation Army Dreams (White Stripes vs. Eurythmics).

Outside the SF scene, Doppelbanger is one of my favourite mashup artists. He often mashes up hiphop, R&B and gangsta rap with European IDM, house and electronica. Contrary to all expectations, it works beautifully. My favourites are:

More Euro-mashups can be found at this French bootlegs blog. It includes links to the latest mp3s from the mashup scene. Warning: since links are off-site, I can’t vouch for the quality of them all, but it does link to some stuff by Dunproofin, a UK mashup artist who has released some quality tracks.

Finally, here’s a link to an mp3 (70MB) of a show first broadcast on London’s XFM radio station in 2004 which attempts to chronicle the history of remixes, recuts, bootlegs and mashups in the 20th Century… In just under an hour. Awesome.

So there you have it; more mashup goodness than a sane mind could hope to comprehend.

Fake Trailers ftw

July 15, 2006

A few months ago I saw a post on TTLG linking to a pant-wettingly hilarious fake trailer for Titanic 2. By now, of course, this is pretty old news, and remixed/parody/mashup trailers are a ubiquitous online occurrence — much like the tedious overuse of geeky internet acronyms, I suppose.

But on the off-chance that you haven’t yet seen one of these things, there’s really nothing I could say to explain it to you. You’ll just have to watch it yourself:

Not five minutes ago, as I was browsing around Wil Wheaton’s temporary blog, I came across a post linking to a couple more fake trailers, one of which was a (rather lame) parody of Stand By Me, turning it from a heartwarming coming-of-age drama into a psychological thriller.

But the real jewel in the parody trailer collection must be “Shining”. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of effort that went into turning Stanley Kubrick’s disturbing horror into a believable-looking romcom. Here it is in any case:

After I’d finished spraying a mouthful of Asda Summer Fruits High Juice all over my keyboard I was able to calm down enough to post about it. Clearly “Shining” is the win on so many levels.

An honourable mention should also go to Brokeback to the Future, which is pretty self-explanatory. This one somehow manages to turn the scene where Marty’s in the car with his mom into an even more awkward repressed homoerotic Doc Brown fantasy sequence. It’s truly the stuff that poorly-written internet slash fan-fiction is made of. Only much funnier and without the questionable legality and purple prose. Genius.

The reason I’m so impressed with this kind of thing — besides the obviously incredible amount of effort that goes into producing them — is because I love the “mashup” genre generally. From so-called bastard pop to elaborate photoshops of James Bond film posters, I admire the way that someone can take something which was made with one purpose in mind and shape it into something else, with an entirely different feel and intended audience. On some level, it’s the ability to create something entirely unique, unexpected and exciting out of something staid and mundane.

So more power to the mashup artists!

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