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June 7, 2018 10:33 AM   Subscribe

You're a busy person. You don't have time to listen to a whole 4-minute song in its entirety. Thankfully, there's the EveryOtherBeat YouTube channel, consisting of songs with every other beat removed. Enjoy precisely one-half of hit songs such as Smooth Criminal, Seven Nation Army, Bring Me To Life, or (of course) All Star. What a time savings!
posted by Johnny Assay (44 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is somehow causing severe physical pain to the DJ and beat/rhythm sensing parts of my brain.
posted by loquacious at 10:36 AM on June 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


Oh no, Thanos killed half of all our favorite songs too!

(Interestingly, the closing riff on 3.5 Nation Army turns unexpectedly jaunty when you chop out half of the notes.)
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:45 AM on June 7, 2018 [9 favorites]


Oh I love this. I especially like the way it exposes syncopation and "hidden" melodies. I wish there were versions that started on 2 or 1.5 instead of 1, though.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:47 AM on June 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


It's like I'm listening to a song while on fast-forward, but *too regular/good at it*. This is fascinating. And just the right sort of near-maddening.
posted by CrystalDave at 10:48 AM on June 7, 2018


I don't think I _like_ it, but I definitely respect the dedication it must have taken to make this happen to Through The Fire And The Flames.
posted by mhoye at 10:51 AM on June 7, 2018


Oh, actually some of them do start on different beats.

Truthfully this might be an improvement on Roundabout. Imagine what it could do to Rush.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:51 AM on June 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


Hahahahaaaa: 3.5 Nation Army.

I'm on the floor!
posted by mochapickle at 10:52 AM on June 7, 2018 [5 favorites]


Amazingly, there's already a Steamed Hams version, and they made it six months ago.
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:52 AM on June 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


glad it exists but dont wanna hear it ever again
posted by ejoey at 10:57 AM on June 7, 2018


Take... Me... Take... On!!!

Now someone needs to do this with some odd-time-signature music, like Time Out.
posted by mbrubeck at 10:59 AM on June 7, 2018 [5 favorites]


I definitely respect the dedication it must have taken to make this happen to Through The Fire And The Flames.

I suspect that this could be done in a few clicks. I know in Logic if I beatmap something I can split it into regions at any subdivision, and I'm just about sure there are some magic key commands to select every other region, remove them, and remove the gaps.

There's probably a way to do this with one click in Abelton. It gets all the neat toys.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:59 AM on June 7, 2018


long ago, I burnt a mixed CD for my brother with Muses cover of Feeling Good on it. It somehow came out like this. Even better, it turned out to be completely rip-able, so we'd pass it back and forth as an mp3 for years (pretty much until we stopped sharing mp3s and mixed cds)

Such a perfect song for this kinda thing
posted by es_de_bah at 11:28 AM on June 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


Well... if we're only listening to every other beat... it stands to reason that there are now TWO songs and not just the first... can I hear the other beats?
posted by Nanukthedog at 11:30 AM on June 7, 2018 [6 favorites]


(Erm, previously.)

Personal current favourites: Closer and Get Lucky.
posted by progosk at 11:35 AM on June 7, 2018 [9 favorites]


The real hero is the commenter who transcribes the lyrics.
posted by muddgirl at 11:37 AM on June 7, 2018 [9 favorites]


If you dig in the Previously post that Progosk dug up then you will find both a link to something that lets you easily do this to any song and a quick guide as to how to actually do that.
posted by egypturnash at 11:46 AM on June 7, 2018 [5 favorites]


Gonna take a lay from yo
There's nothing that a more could ever d
I bless the raaaafrica
Gonna take some tide to never haaaaaaaaaaaaa
posted by BungaDunga at 11:52 AM on June 7, 2018 [4 favorites]




3.5 Nation Army is legitimately interesting and I would totally cover it.
posted by grumpybear69 at 12:10 PM on June 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


September by Earth, Wind and Fire is somehow both twice and half as funky as the original.
posted by vverse23 at 12:21 PM on June 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


And Utwn Fnk is even better!
posted by grumpybear69 at 12:27 PM on June 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


I love this! I used to try and do this as a kid to amuse my siblings and I'm thrilled someone has found a way to bring it to the masses.

3.5 Nation Army is legitimately interesting and I would totally cover it.

For real, that is a banger. Kind of reminds me of this remix of the Rapture.
posted by capricorn at 12:32 PM on June 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


Come to YEA , you can get clean, can have meal, and can do what feel.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:50 PM on June 7, 2018 [4 favorites]


Oh man, I love doing this. You can get really weird with it. Splicing out the 2nd of every four sixteenth notes goes from 4/4 to a 6/8 "anti-shuffle"
posted by STFUDonnie at 12:56 PM on June 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


3.5 Nation Army is legitimately interesting and I would totally cover it.

One of the things it highlights, by making the drums (even) more musically prominent, is how vital Meg White's drumming is to making the White Stripes worth listening to.
posted by howfar at 12:57 PM on June 7, 2018 [5 favorites]


"Oh-em-cor. Oh-em-cor."

(That's "Oh, Je-rem-y Cor-byn" with every other syllable missing.)
posted by Paul Slade at 1:04 PM on June 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


On the three I listened to, it's not actually every other beat that is left. Rather, 1 and 2 are played while 3 and 4 are left in. It's a minor bit of pedantry, I know, but I wonder what it would sound like if it were truly every other beat.
posted by dbx at 1:07 PM on June 7, 2018


I kinda like this version of Blue. The chorus is very hypnotic.
posted by anem0ne at 1:09 PM on June 7, 2018 [2 favorites]


what if i want to listen to the OTHER half
posted by solotoro at 1:09 PM on June 7, 2018 [1 favorite]


Well, that half bit the dust.
posted by anem0ne at 1:10 PM on June 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


Ok I like that Queen one, too.
posted by greermahoney at 1:15 PM on June 7, 2018


Now someone needs to do this with some odd-time-signature music, like Time Out .
posted by mbrubeck at 12:59 on June 7


Eponysterical.
posted by adamrice at 1:21 PM on June 7, 2018 [5 favorites]




I would love to hear the Sesame Street Pinball song done this way, given the already jazzy time signatures it has.
posted by droplet at 1:45 PM on June 7, 2018 [3 favorites]


Good news: even split in half, Telephone remains a full-on poppers o'clock banger
posted by garlicsmack at 1:59 PM on June 7, 2018 [6 favorites]


I would totally dance to these songs. This is causing me to question everything I thought I understood about music
posted by ook at 5:35 PM on June 7, 2018


I mean come on, guys
posted by ook at 5:40 PM on June 7, 2018


I didn't think it was possible to make All Star even more unlistenable

Edited because I accidentally posted half a sentence...
posted by Kris10_b at 5:49 PM on June 7, 2018


Now someone needs to do this with some odd-time-signature music, like Time Out

Unsquare Dance, please.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:19 PM on June 7, 2018


I love this! I used to try and do this as a kid to amuse my siblings and I'm thrilled someone has found a way to bring it to the masses.

capricorn, are you me? My sister and I did this for years with our boomboxes, mutilating whatever was coming in from the radio. Naturally our PAUSE buttons died young.

Conversely, this YouTube channel has found my nostalgia button to be fully functional. It also might explain why I prefer to watch instructional videos on 1.5x speed...
posted by armeowda at 6:49 PM on June 7, 2018


This is amazing. I love 3.5 nation army especially. I really want to hear the “B-sides” from the upside-down that are made from everything that was snipped out of the first remix.
posted by umbú at 8:15 PM on June 7, 2018


Also, someone should make a ‘lenticular’ mix that alternates a beat of one song with a beat of a second song, to see if you can hear both in your mind’s ear.
posted by umbú at 8:20 PM on June 7, 2018 [10 favorites]


Truthfully this might be an improvement on Roundabout.

The halving treatment turns Roundabout into a Primus song. Whether that is an improvement is left for the listener to decide.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 8:21 AM on June 8, 2018


Also, someone should make a ‘lenticular’ mix that alternates a beat of one song with a beat of a second song, to see if you can hear both in your mind’s ear.

Argh, why would you do this to me? Y'know, if I didn't actually like my job so much this suggestion with my lack of will power would have blown my whole day diving in on this random project.

So, I sometimes do this kind of a mix when DJing, or at least in practice. It's generally called a ping pong cut or transform, and you can use either the crossfader, mute switches or the volume faders to cut the beat/song up and "ping pong" the beat from song A to song B and back.

I haven't tried it much with more standard pop or singer/songwriter stuff. It's actually usually pretty jarring unless done really well, and the music being used tends to be synth-heavy electronic dance music in the form of electro, house or techno, but hip hop battle DJs do it too.

So as to whether or not you hear both songs? Well, yes. Also, when done by a DJ with any skill, you often get a new and different third blended song or melody or pattern. Dance DJs will also do stuff like keeping a track muted and then inserting every fourth beat or every other from track B over track A.

And, err, that's all inconclusive and anecdotal, really. But this "removing every other beat" thing is an essential part of the live house DJ toolkit, and DJ's play with music like this all the time. It's kind of the point of DJing, that you cut up and blend two different tracks into a new track, or tease the audience's memory by only bringing in fragments of a melody for an extended portion of the mix until revealing the full structure of the melody in the mix.

I have a BBC Radio James Holden mix that does this with Donna Summers I Feel Love in the middle of a twerky, crunchy acid techno/house set, and he teases the bassline in for like 16-24 bars and it totally makes your brain go "Argh, I know that beat and bassline really well and it totally sounds like I Feel Love, but.. no... it's not, but is it?" until he brings up the EQ on the highs and mids and the full rhythm and into melody is revealed, and it's just fucking electrifying.


AAAaaanyway. You could probably try this yourself by downloading MIXXX and using it's auto sync to try to get two tracks lined up, then toggle that crossfader back and forth every other beat with your mouse.
posted by loquacious at 9:50 AM on June 9, 2018 [2 favorites]


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