You never knew Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid had a progressive rock side did you? Here they team up in a large plexiglass pyramid with the `Floyd and Welcome you to the Master Scene, the Voulez Vous Machine, sil vous plait. (My pre-GCSE French is failing at this point monsewer)
And there’s something deliciously icy bout putting them over progressive rock….also the lyrics oddlly mesh with Welcome To The Machine, maybe from the other side, but they sound so robotic here that it feels like the Machine is talking:
“Ain’t no big decision (ah-ha) You know what to do (ah-ha) La question c’est voulez-vous Voulez-vous… …you know the rules, you know the game Master of the scene We’ve done it all before and now we’re back to get some more You know what I mean
`La Ritournelle is a track that has very deep meaning for me, and I’ve wanted to mash it and Tellier’s work for a long time but nothing worked – seems I did so twice as there are two Sebastian Tellier tracks that have never been posting actually, I found another one which I’m also posting here.
And finally this gets released – my other Xmas track -the Taylor Swift one got chosen for Bootie Xmas but I think this one is a classic festive sadbanger (well it’s euphoric as well, oddly)
This was one of the other tracks under consideration for the Bootie Christmas 7 compilation….but I think it’s the best Wham LC Mash EVER but then I would, but I have heard a lot of meh ones and I wanted to do something epic and yes a little bittersweet with it -what’s more epic than Heroes by David Bowie? Answer: NOTHING.
And yes I will probably be drinking alcohol and/or being mean over Xmas, hence why I left that in….like a lot of my recent work, there’s a lot of personal stuff encoded in it, in between the silly and soulful.
And the moodymashes haven’t gone away….they just got shelved for the festive and disco fare which is also posted very soon or elsewhere!. .
Some songs just trigger an immediate personal reaction, like going straight back to where I was. Pagan Poetry was one, a difficult time where I was in love with someone I should not have been, and he’s long gone to a distant Valhalla – or more likely Helheim. The Björk song reminded me of him and works really well with Die For You, which has similar themes of darkness and uncertainty. Hence I wanted to reflect that sound of whispers, secret codes, the claustrophobia and yearning, the darkness and light.
To say this The Weeknd’s Die For You vs Bjork – Pagan Poetry mash is highly personal and just done for me to express something I can’t express in words…is an understatement. I nearly didn’t post it for those reasons….it’s skirting too close to the wind. Layers upon layers of what I reveal (or don’t), secret codes, whispers, ghosts – that’s what I put into this. It’s odd for someone who seems to be an open book, there are chapters that are firmly glued shut. A dark horse hiding out as a unicorn.
After I made it I found out the Weeknd song is big on The TikToks. Shame I’m not really one to post there after having 2 of my videos immediately pulled.
I thought that doing this might give some resolution, exorcise the memories but turns out, it doesn’t work like that. It feels too naked and revealing, but maybe other people can relate?
Really digging Midnights, the new-ish album by Taylor Swift atm and obsessed by the songs Anti-Hero, You’re On Your Own, Kid, and Snow On The Beach. I’m only on track 11 cos I keep stopping to make mashups of the album. Even DJNoNo got in on the act! At this rate I’ll have an album….
I first heard Anti-Hero via a mashup by Aggro1 – which I played on the latest podcast, it’s my favourite mashup of this year so far. The whole bit about midnights being your afternoon and depression resonated so much, I named the latest podcast after it.
Almost….so I had a go myself with Radiohead’s High And Dry – I started this late Wednesday night after the Bootie Mashup Talk ended, but spent far too long fiddling with the echoes and vocal production that LeeDM101 beat me to it. Great minds, etc. It did feel rather obvious, I almost released this as a Captain Obvious track but he doesn’t do downtempo….more of him later.
As I said DJNoNo wanted a go at the Taylor Swift mashathon so he chose ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’ with Englebert Humperdinck’s The Last Waltz as a sort of palette cleanser to the serious nature of the other mashes, and was actually released first. The theme of being singularly alone and reliant on yourself appeals to DJNoNo, it’s very him, and it made him smile. A lot of nostalgia in this one.
And finally given that I was beaten by Lee on the other one, I rush released my Christmas Festive Sadbanger, which was waiting for December but Xmas has come early this year! It almost had Elvis in it – Silver Bells works quite well, but given the possible legal nightmare of an Eagles mash, I didn’t want to make it worse by adding Elvis to it (both are very litigious copyright-wise, Don Henley copystriked one of my mashups, he hates them).
It was partly inspired by Adriana’s excellent Dorothea Goes Home For The Holidays but I personally could never do a Coldplay mashup…so Cold Patrol / Snowplay is the next best thing! My first Snow Patrol mashup, actually.
I’ve talked many times about how bittersweet But for a sad festive mashup, it’s weirdly hopeful and magical….I did not intend that, honest. I wanted to make the best Xmas roll credits mashup ever, but the longing and loss is in there most from Please Come Home This Christmas – ‘I will be happy…once again’ and ‘there’ll be no more sorrow, no grief and pain’ – big hopes for many this Christmas, but sadly I know it probably won’t be true. For many, will have the blues this Christmas.
And yes, a collab between tbc and Captain Obvious!
Thanks to Ian Fondue and ToTom for advice for this and the Radiohead one. It’s a bit rough, and I might put out a V2 before Xmas, we’ll see if I spot anything major with it.
And BONUS! Yes I did a fourth mashup of that album – Taylor Swift Mastermind vs Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil – I had fun making Taylor the devil! Also total feels on the ‘no-one would play with me’ line.
I am a mahoosive fan of Elliott Smith and his former band Heatmiser and weirdly until this year I have never mashed or remixed his work. His chords and keys are quite complex, although as I found if you go back to what he cribbed (the Beatles mainly) you can sidestep that. Also until the rise of AI extraction – we had no acapellas or stems. Now the world is our oyster! So here are three Elliott Smith mashups – well Heatmiser really.
WINNER of the Crumplbanger Challenge!
The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups.
I chose Plainclothes Man cos it’s my favourite Elliott song, I indeed used to dream in black and white for decades (and used to do film photography, developing etc) so, that lyric hit me like a brick, I totally know what he means about gradual decline and photographs not only documenting that but reminding you of happier times. I don’t like looking at my old photos for this reason.
So to make it REALLY hard, I decided to have not one but two tracks with tempo/bar issues (one is pre click track helpfully with no drums in most of it, yeah, classic unequal bar length stuff, weirdly at the same points which helped, also I only have Lite so I can’t do fancy ‘Follow BPM’ so if someone suggests that, they can pay for my copy of Studio :-P), and also some fun extraction gremlins which I kind of tried to make a sort of feature interweaving the vocals…so it sounds less unintentional.
I also had to do a lot of hopefully subtle sneaky re-ordering.for key/sequencing reasons that you might spot if you know the Carpenters track well but hopefully it’s not obvious.
Also I worked out how you beat Elliott’s musical tricks – go to the homework he cribbed 🙂
The latest Crumplbanger Challenge set by vixoriadrift is limited to a few artists – one of which is Elliott Smith – so I had to breakl my hiatus to do a few E.S. mashups.
My favourite Elliott track is Not Half Right which I mashed with Billie Eilish, but my second is Plainclothes Man, partly cos of the ‘I dream in black and white’ line cos I used to do just that for decades…it’s a bit of a cheat cos it’s a Heatmiser track, but he covered it later solo.
In my head this isn’t a massive genre clash, but it’s an era clash and indie vs pop. Not a fan of Ed’s but this does work mood wise. I tried to redirect the purpose of the Ed Sheeran track about his friend to be about my feelings re: Elliott, still gutted he’s gone…and the 747 line and the mashup cover are both a reference to the cover of Mic City Sons album, where this song is from.
tbc aka Instamatic – Autumn Man (Elliott Smith vs Ed Sheeran)
Another one for the Crumplbanger Discord Challenge – (I usually avoid making these melancholic mashes unless I am drunk) emotional mashups – and I made the most depressing mashup EVAH! Go me. It’s about my depression, mixing Billie Eilish & Khalid’s lovely with Elliott Smith’s Half Right (although officially this is the Heatmiser version).
Cheery. This is the sound playing 24/7 in my head though, why I create silly mashups to drown it out.
Image is Mini Dall-E’s ‘idea’ of Eillott and Eilish together. Weirdly even munged like that, it looks like them.
Here are three mashups from unrelated challeneges but part of a trilogy – mostly downtempo or plunderphonic, the middle section is more a traditional A vs B – but very much about the state of play in the USA today from the outsdie.
It’s apparently a Superb Owl? My tribute to America 😛 You probably won’t like it…
There is a serious side to this mashup, inspired by Negativland’s ‘Our National Anthem’ which is really bothered by the co-opting of Black Lives Matter to sing lines like ‘Rockets Red Glare, Bombs Exploding In Air’ – remember Tulsa?
That anthem disturbs me, in this age of possible WW3 and new cold war….and of course I am ambivalent or worried about American globalism as much as I am bothered by Chinese and Russian sabre-rattling….we’re in the middle!
Also deeply ironic that something so American and against an attack by the British on a fort was stolen from an English drinking tune. And a pagan one at that about Anacreon, an ancient greek poet again double ironic given the puritan history of the States.
Instamatic – America (Contrafacto) (Mickey Guyton vs Team America vs Childish Gambino vs Pete Seeger vs Oak, Ash & Thorn)
Someone on reddit yesterday said I was like Ben Sherman and hated hiphop and didn’t think it was music – I LOL’d cos I probably have forgotten more hiphop than they’ve ever heard.
So in that vein I was checking the new Post Malone album I loved the collab with Fleet Foxes, not so fond of the song but the backing is amazing….so I mixed it with Sia’s cover of California Dreaming I think just for the San Andreas soundtrack? It’s one of my favourite songs of all time.
This is the third track in the American trilogy – the first ‘America’ was also a challenge track which was ambient/experimental, and the 2nd is the Sia vs California Dreaming one which is more traditional. This is classic tbc ambient ‘Moody Mash’ yet with a very sharp point, and I pumped up the experimental by focusing on a theme and the panning/call and answer/juxtaposition intercutting and FX – delay on stun and wanted the kitchen sink BIG sound in places.
Like it is a film credits blues gospel song for the end of an empire
It’s about the American Dream gone wrong, it’s my personal reaction to Uvalde and the rise of fascism in the US, so it’s a mix of plunderphonic and mashup, but there aren’t many pop mashups with Suicide in them, or indeed about this subject.It’s more in my mind closer to Negativland’s Our National Anthem or Guns within a mashup structure than most things. Also the original LCD track references the death of Alan Vega, so hence using Suicide.
And there’s a lot of me in here, hence the schizophrenic sound, off-kilter, it is not meant to be a happy cheerful listen, even if it hangs together. That push/pull tension is intentional because I don’t want any to think I am using ‘Dixie’ and ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ (which is part of the Elvis track) in any way other than utterly scathing contempt and anger. Also a LOT of America tracks are flag waving patriotic ones, or uncritical, like the T-Swift. Again using that cross-purposes here, recontextualising it.
Also I was playing with speed, I’d never normally slow something down that much, or use sources that were several semitones apart, but I forced myself, pulling the sources far away from ‘Kansas’ as possible.
tbc aka Instamatic – American Dream Part 3 (American Trilogy) (LCD Soundsystem vs Paul Simon vs Elvis Presley vs Suicide vs Idlewild vs Taylor Swift vs MKTO)
This is one of the many ‘lost’ challenge tracks I either didn’t post at all, or posted over at Sowndhaus and didn’t post here. Not sure why, I know at the time the vocal sounded slightly off to me, then again Adele is all E M O T I O N A L in this track, so it’s *elmo shrug* from me why I did that. The surprising thing is that I made artwork for it, those tracks usually get posted as I only do that for tracks I think are good.
While idly singing Easy on Me I started hearing the piano to Man With The Child In His Eyes.
Technically this shouldn’t work, and almost (and probably) doesn’t. Either a good lesson that you should ‘try’ things rather than relying on Tunebat/Googling keys, or a trainwreck lesson that you can’t force things.
Not sure which it is at the moment, but putting it out there anyway because I think it works enough. And there aren’t enough Kate Bush mashups in the world!
Trying something rather emotional MoodyMash with a rainy day breakup theme for the Crumplbanger Discord Film Music challenge.
More experimental downtempo and layered than my usual stuff, trying to push the tbc/downtempo stuff into interplay and more variety of sources – I mean Aphex, Burial, Scott Walker, Magnetic Fields AND Nina Simone? With MY reputation? And more inspired by the old Colatron snootlejams of old.
Oh it uses Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent) written for For All Mankind. a documentary film about the Apollo space missions. Also there aren’t many Magnetic Fields mashups at all – this uses All The Little Words, and far too fiew Burial and Nina Simone ones.
tbc aka Instamatic – Rainy Day Word Game (Scott Walker vs Magnetic Fields vs John Legend vs Brian Eno vs Burial vs Aphex Twin vs Nina Simone)
Created for the Crumplbangers Discord Challenge for ’emotional’ mashups, there aren’t enough folk mashups, especially with electronica, and I’m a massive Sandy Denny fan, which her Quiet Joys of Brotherhood was a Fairport Convention track originally but this is a later version with her solo….a paean to lost times where man was in sync with the land. And yes that is Greta Thunberg wandering in during the mix.
Big fan of Boards of Canada – and yes had a lot of fun quietly working a lot of hexagons in this video – my first real Davinci Resolve Fusion animations…woo! Learning a lot about the deeper features of Resolve, kind of why I am doing these videos to thoroughly learn the package as I tend to stick to editing and composite modes usually.
BONUS – I missed this one. Low isn’t mashed much – if at all… and this has a real vibe. And given the recent death of Mimi Parker this mash has new and deeper meanings….
A cri de coeur; I love the HEY WHAT Low album especially ‘Don’t Walk Away’ – it has a lot of personal resonance for me, and the very experimental layered production. And Roberta Flack’s The First Time oddly works with it – the first flush of love with the last goodbye, so I made a mashup that has both, as a sort of call and response. The memory of what once was (intentionally Day Before You Came esque) and the call to try and save it, the probable ending.
Far from a happy pop banger; and won’t go near any frontpages any time soon, but it’s what I am feelimg.
I have neglected my old YouTube channel somewhat – I’ve done the odd Live stream but not many proper videos for my mashups. Feeling I should make some quick ones, and at first planning to just make simple artwork only videos, I got sucked into making visualisations, or simpler videos for my work. I have created 3 major videos in the past 24 hours, and two artwork ones. Here are the tbc ones, the Instamatic ones ar in another post.
I also haven’t been posting many of my works here or over at my mashup blog, just dumping them on Sowndhaus so good to dust them off and push them out there a bit more.
All these videos are experiments in not using band or artist footage which tends to bring the blocks faster than you can say ‘Lego party’. I am using either longer shots or re-using footage and not getting too hung, or totally reframing the mashup with a new narrative.
And a simpler one, I found these falling leaves on Pexels so thought it was perfect for my ES vs ES mash, Autumn Man (Elliott Smith / Heatmiser vs Ed Sheeran). Surprised this hasn’t had more legs, it’s been mostly ignored – I preferred the Carpenters vs Elliott one but totally knew that the mood meshed perfectly with this one. I had a weird feeling it would be the one that would ‘fly’ but no, it’s the other one.which incidentally just got an artwork video.. Not sure that needs a full one.