It was a Video Game Challenge last week, and I had fun messing with the music of various games. One of the few games I totally fell in love with and was obsessed by for months if not years was Fez, the 2D/3D platformer from 2012. A big part of that was the music. The game had a deep significance for me, something almost spiritual?
These two from Rich Vreeland aka Disasterpeace’s soundtrack for Fez vs Weeknd were the result, but I think this glitchy one was a bit too late for the challenge. Fun with the Hysteresis plugin.
Call Yr Fez (Weeknd – Call Out Your Name vs Disasterpeace – Sync/Glitch (from Fez))
And I love all my mashup children but this one is my favourite. Something about the Weeknd plus Fez’s distorted glitchy mournful soundscapes just works – but Ariana brings human warmth especially at the end, which always makes me smile.
I’m sure it’ll fall into the black hole that all my other ‘You Won’t Like It’ ‘record label’ releases have fallen into, and was totally ignored like all my entries for the challenge (but oki’s amazing Queen mashup toitally deserved to win) but this is very much how I hear things.
P.S. this is my first Ariana Grande mashup EVER!
Save Yr Fez (Weeknd & Ariana Grande – Save Your Tearrs vs Disasterpeace – Adventure (from Fez))
A double shot of downtempo punnery again for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge – it’s the only reason I make mashups nowadays seemingly!
One Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes – a combo I am surprised has not been done before, and the clever pun of Philip Glass Animals, after the New York composer and the London artist.
Did someone say Fleetwood Mac? What would the Fox Say? Well he’d say Fleetwood Mac vs Fleet Foxes is the shiz. If rather horizontal.
Also some cultured Rime of the Ancient Mariner engravings by Gustav Dore as the artwork. Ooh fancy! If I ever do that Fleetwood Mac remix album I’ve been threatening for literal decades, this will be on it.
And here is the Philip Glass vs Glass Animals downtempo mashup no-one was asking for! (Well the challenge did say genre clash was important, and nothing is more genre clash than modern classical /soundtrack vs EDM pop?).
Heatwaves is a surprising jam, with a very odd video about living and performing in a lockdown…yes the PTSD of that is basically staining all my work now, like a grain running through it all.
And another entry for the When We Were Young competition. Wolf Alice are another band on the When We Were Young bill that I’ve heard – and played on the podcast recently. I love the singer’s voice, it reminds me of shoegaze bands.
So here is a shoegaze version of Wolf Alice’s ‘Lipstick on the Glass’ via Slowdive’s 2017 closer, ‘Falling Ashes’. Very emo/goth to reflect the lineup, and it gives me shivers. This came 3rd in the challenge out of 35 entries! I was surprised about that as it’s quite different.
It’s not my first rodeo with mashing Slowdive, back in 2004 I did one of my best mashups with Nina Simone for the Parkspliced Blur album ‘Golden Beard’
A message of support to all artists out there – especially those who feel they don’t fit in, they suffer from the ‘wisdom’ of the crowd, and worry that their art isn’t perfect in an imperfect world that really doesn’t get what they do.
This again is very personal, and is as much a message to myself.
Hey, don’t write yourself off yet It’s only in your head, you feel left out Or looked down on Just do your best Do everything you can And don’t you worry what their bitter hearts Are gonna say
Jimmy Eat World – THe Middle
Not many mashups include Charles Bukowski’s poetry (any?) – especially The Genius of the Crowd, nor do I think many combine Jimmy Eat World with Drum and Bass? I’ve always loved ‘The Middle’ and it’s message of not conforming and worrying what people think, but when combined with Etherwood’s Amongst The Crowd and his poetry it gets a totally different take of artistic defiance.
Not Being Able To Create Art They Will Not Understand Art
They Will Consider Their Failure As Creators Only As A Failure Of The World…
And Their Hatred Will Be Perfect
Like A Shining Diamond Like A Knife Like A Mountain Like A Tiger Like Hemlock
Their Finest Art
Charles Bukowski – The Genius of the CRowd
Originally done for the Crumplbangers ‘When They Were Young’ challenge – incidentally two of my tracks came 3rd and 4th, I will post those shortly.
A mashup I started and pretty much finshed in 2021 for a Crumplbangers Challenge and never released. I rediscovered it yesterday on my backup MP3 player and went ‘why did I never release this?!’
It’s not the first Radiohead vs Fleetwood Mac mashup I’ve done, not even the first vs Christine McVie (Surprise Daddy is the first)! But it’s my first using Reckoner and Over and Over, and has a real vibe.
Rolling the credits on 2021…as Billie Eilish says, Fuck You to 2021.
There was a Crumplbangers Discord challenge last week to make an ‘ending’ mashup for 2021 using only 2021 sources, so I decided to use two tracks I loved and actually only heard this year – Taylor’s Version of ‘All Too Well’ and Billie Eilish’s hit ‘Happier Than Ever’.
I realised while I was tweaking it what it was about, I lost a close longterm friend a year ago over his behaviour which had been a problem for a long time, but I had been dealing with it alone, keeping it under wraps. He then chose to escalate it to the circle of mutual friends and tread over my boundaries, which was far from acceptable. It wasn’t acceptable to begin with, but I felt if I could control it, keep the peace, it’d be fine (stupidly), but as soon as it broke those bounds I couldn’t really see how I could carry on pretending it’s OK anymore.
Yet I never closed the door and made it clear what my boundaries were but that he could contact me when he wanted to be a friend and be there for me. Sadly a year later it’s still total radio silence, so this has very deep personal meaning since the anger at what he did is still there, and the sadness of that loss was basically my 2021.
But also feeling better without that negativity, because I didn’t realise how much manipulation had gone on til I stopped and had to explain it to that mutual friend. I realised how much it was affecting my mood, it was a weight lifted. To be constantly aware that any positive thing about myself would be pounced on as ‘bragging’ or get bitchy criticisms when drunk I could not answer to because then the tantrums and sulking would start.
So this is the end credits on 2021 but also unless a miracle happens, probably rolling the sunset end credits on that friendship.
BTW this combo has been done before (as far as I can find) but only as the reverse – Taylor Swift’s vocals over Billie Eilish’s instrumental, so I think this is an original and not a reboot.
A track from last week’s Crumplbangers Discord Challenge, it made second place! And I think one of my best ones, The challenge was to use sources 60 years or more apart – this was almost exactly 60 bar a few months, 1961 vs 2021, Patsy Cline – Crazy vs Olivia Rodrigo – Driver’s License. I am a massive Patsy Cline fan, her early stuff is eerie, so I’ve always wanted to do a Patsy mash. And Olivia works well with Patsy…
And I couldn’t resist the Driving Miss Daisy pun, I realised it made a better title than ‘Crazy Driving’ when I was doing the artwork so it got renamed.
Created for the Spoken Word challenge at Crumplbangers Discord, probably the first and only Nils Frahm mashup in existence?
Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: “Is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say: “Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” … and we kill those people.
3rd place inthe Crumplbangers Discord ‘reverse’ challenge which was a hard one – use a reversed instrumental or acapella in a mashup. Not many things sound good reversed, and beats were a tricky issue…it was hard to get something listenable beyond 30 seconds of reversing, the novelty wears off fast.
I’ve always wanted to work with musical palindromes (music that plays the same backwards as well as forward) and although most of them are classical pieces, there are a few modern tracks like Boards of Canada’s Music Is Math from Geogaddi (an album full of Satanic Reverses – spooky reverse/backmasking songs – interestingly this doesn’t seem to have any). It’s like a mirror song, you can see it in the waveform, part backwards, part forwards.
So following the mirror theme, I looked for tracks that reference beginning and ends, Smashing Pumpkins and NIN didn’t work, but a new track by Crosses did. I knew nothing about Crosses til I found it, it’s the side project of Chino Moreno of the Deftones. And it’s a cover of Cause & Effect.
I also then found the Black Sabbath track, which together give it a doomier feel and something of a paean to the planet and it’s destruction and return to the ‘new normal’ as we come out of lockdown.
Is it the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? We need to repair the system, as Ozzy says…again a personal mashup from me about the status quo.