Anatomy of a Mashup
May 31, 2011 3:32 PM   Subscribe

Anatomy of a Mashup - an amazing visualization of "Definitive Daft Punk."
posted by GuyZero (21 comments total) 56 users marked this as a favorite
This is really, really well done. One of my favorite things about living in 2011 is right-clicking on stuff and not seeing the flash menu pop up.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 3:37 PM on May 31, 2011 [10 favorites]

HTML 5. One of the best current examples too.

One of the best of the web!
posted by gen at 3:41 PM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

I love this so hard it makes me bleed through inappropriate orifices. Thanks so much for posting. Truly best of the web on SO many levels.

Who do I have to do what particular thing to, to get this to happen for a lot more music?
posted by hippybear at 3:44 PM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Would like to see this for Bach cantatas, Beethoven symphonies or anything from Geogaddi.

BoC, you bastards, give us some new music.
posted by Devonian at 3:48 PM on May 31, 2011 [3 favorites]

BoC, you bastards, give us some new music.

Sadly, Blue Öyster Cult don't currently have a record deal and haven't done anything new in 10 years.
posted by hippybear at 3:53 PM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Very neat. Thanks for posting this.
posted by kdar at 4:01 PM on May 31, 2011

Hmm, I would call this a mix and not a mash-up. Or do you kids think the difference is moot in this age of virtual synthesizers and and horseless carriages?
posted by audiodidactic at 4:24 PM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Here is Alive 2007, where Daft Punk themselves mix their work together live in Paris. One of the best live albums I've ever heard.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 4:24 PM on May 31, 2011 [6 favorites]

I'd call it more a mix as well.
posted by ZeusHumms at 4:27 PM on May 31, 2011

That was a fantastic visualization and I liked the mix/mash as well. I didn't have high expectations and almost didn't click through. Do click it. One of those I love living in the future moments.
posted by Babblesort at 4:51 PM on May 31, 2011

Ditto not-a-mashup. This is a mashup.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:48 PM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

The author himself calls it a mashup.

At the 1:00 mark there's 6 tracks in play. Is that a mix?
posted by gen at 6:01 PM on May 31, 2011

Love, love, love, Daft Punk, and that link was amazing. Thanks for sharing.
posted by 4ster at 6:25 PM on May 31, 2011

when does it

posted by DU at 6:27 PM on May 31, 2011

Fantastic, best of the web for sure. Wish they'd do some live shows for Tron...
posted by vorfeed at 6:29 PM on May 31, 2011

Also wish it had a repeat button.
posted by vorfeed at 6:44 PM on May 31, 2011

Wish they'd do some live shows for Tron...

Well, they're notorious for feeding the rumor mill and then never following through, but this article from last September says they're designing a stadium tour for 2011/2012.

Of course, it's already nearly June, and there hasn't even been a schedule announced... so take it all with a grain of salt. At this point the earliest we'd see such a tour from them would be spring of next year unless they're really wanting to tour as the weather is turning.
posted by hippybear at 6:44 PM on May 31, 2011

If it happens, I will fly to see them.

On my motherfucking light-jet.
posted by vorfeed at 7:12 PM on May 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

While excellent (and it is), this pushes the limits of the meaning of "mashup," at least musically. Back when mashups were gaining widespread attention, some of the earliest champions of the genre were insisting that mashups should involve minimal manipulation of the source tracks themselves. Generally, pitch-shifting and tempo-shifting were OK (and usually necessary) and EQ-filtering was a common way to remove vocals or instrumental parts*, but chopping up the tracks was "cheating" and came to resemble a roughly-hewn remix. There will be other mashup artists who'll disagree and none of this diminishes the awesomeness of this re-compositional feat, but the point I'm making here is that not everyone is going to recognize this as a mashup. I wouldn't call it a "mix," though, in the sense of a "DJ mix," since that usually corresponds to a DJ "set" of beat-matched, overlapping tracks that lasts at least an hour and often much more. I would say that this sits somewhere between a mashup and a remix; I might call it a collage, since a lot of the musical precursors to mashups were often considered to be "collage artists" of sound.

Coming from the other end, though, you could look at examples such as Richie Hawtin's Decks, Efx, and 909 series of recordings. The first (in 1999) was a recorded DJ set by Hawtin where he used a pair of turntables (and a mixer, of course), supplemented by "effects" devices (e.g., reverb, delay, harmonize, etc.), and a Roland TR-909. In the next album-length recording, DE9: Closer to the Edit (2001), Hawtin uses then-cutting-edge vinyl-digital playback technology Final Scratch to take numerous tracks and break them into discrete loops (i.e., to sample repeatable sections of these tracks) and then remix the loops into the composite "tracks" that make up this recorded set. The third of these mixes, DE9: Transitions (2006), uses Ableton Live software to break tracks down into minute elements (e.g., a bassline from here, a handclap from there, a brief vocal stutter from that…) and build even more intricate composites that are often unrecognizable in relation to their sources.

Is that a mix? A very long remix? A very intricate and finely-honed mashup? It's hard to say. These recordings are usually described among its fans/consumers as something between a "vinyl set" (i.e., overlapping mixes of previously recorded music) and a "live set" (i.e., an improvised performance that combines musical elements with the aid of sequencers, laptops, drum machines, etc), but it remains an unusual case.

(Sorry for all the Wikipedia links in the last paragraph, but their explanations are often more comprehensible to a general reading public than the promotional websites of their respective labels/manufacturers.)

*There's also the technique of phase-shifting one channel from a stereo recording and compositing it with the other channel to cancel out anything that was placed in the "middle" of the mix (i.e., usually the vocal part).
posted by LMGM at 8:15 PM on May 31, 2011 [4 favorites]

This is great. thanks for sharing
posted by voferreira at 2:12 AM on June 1, 2011

not really a mashup, but still a great mix and a fantastic visualizing technique I would love to see more of.
posted by Mchelly at 6:51 AM on June 1, 2011

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