American Trilogy

American Trilogy mashups USA plunderphonics bootleg anthem America (Contrafacto) (Mickey Guyton vs Team America vs Childish Gambino vs Pete Seeger vs Oak, Ash & Thorn)

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.

It’s very moody.

Instamatic – Love-Hate Song To California (Sia vs Post Malone featuring Fleet Foxes)

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)

Back to YouTube – New Mashup Videos

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.

First up is American Dream Part 3 mashup (LCD Soundsystem vs Paul Simon vs Elvis vs Idlewild vs Suicide vs Taylor Swift vs MKTO) – but of course, this was the only one to get blocked, so a revisit to an old dusty Vimeo account as well!

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.

DJNoNo’s First Album – Accordion Hero

DJNoNo’s First Album – Accordion Hero! (well if you don’t count Ballroom as an album, it is more like mini-album or long EP…that will be posted after this for the full DJNo ‘experience’). 16 years in the making it covers the best and a little of the rest of 2004-2020.

Silly mashups, bastard pop, soundclown, or crumplebangers – take your pick of label he spans the all! from the little red bootleg robot. Mixing accordions, hip hop, drum and bass, Julie Andrews, kid’s themes, rude songs, Muppets, cheesy golden oldies, dub reggae, rave and happy hardcore, balllroom big band ALL together! And making a totally dumb mess while doing it.

30 tracks including 3 bonuses and 5 unreleased or rare tracks that never made it past the podcast or a fleeting blog mention! Now all in HQ lossless – and only 3 of them are from MP3, the rest have been painstakingly sourced from lossless, remastered or tweaked/re-exported.

Available to download at my Bandcamp or the Bootleg Archive.

Tracklist:

  1. DJNoNo – Just Lose The Accordion (Eminem vs Myron Floren – 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  2. DJNoNo – B-Boy Polka (DJ Kool Herc vs Lawrence Welk – 2004?)
  3. DJNoNo – Em Is A Nagging Fly (Crossover vs Eminem vs Roy Orbison – 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  4. DJNoNo – Too Many Egos (70 second version – Alter Ego vs Cardigans vs Justice vs. Simian vs White Stripes – 2004)
  5. Instore – FCUKK Fashion (Prodigy ft PWEI vs David Bowie vs DJ Yoeri vs John Creamer And Prince Quick Mix- 2004 – 2020 remaster)
  6. DJNoNo – I Love Happy Hardcore (Fuck Happy) (Fiddler’s Dram vs Kids In The Hall vs DJ Buzz Fuzz vs Poogie Bear – 2004-5 – MP3 source)
  7. DJNoNo – Supercalibreakz (Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke vs Shy FX – 2005)
  8. DJNoNo – Imperial Nanny (John Williams vs Julie Andrews vs Orbital vs 2 Bad Mice – 2005, finished 2015)
  9. DJNoNo – DRM Bombscare (2 Bad Mice vs Julie Andrews & cast – 2009 – 2020 remaster)
  10. DJNoNo – Chitty Chitty Gang Bang (Julie Andrews and cast vs Pendulum featuring Freestylers vs Capone – 2005)
  11. DJNoNo – Cha Cha Like It’s Hot (Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams vs Starlight Strings – original 2005 version)
  12. DJNoNo – Snoop Duck (Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams vs Jean Jacques Perrey & David Chazan – 2006 – 2020 remaster-tweak)
  13. DJNoNo – County Sound (Count von Count vs Dillinja vs Aphrodite – 2006)
  14. DJNoNo – Cross Channel Pigeon (Dastardly and Muttley theme vs Aphrodite vs Pendulum – 2008)
  15. DJNoNo – Fraggle Ross (Fraggle Rock theme vs SebastiAn – 2008)
  16. DJNoNo – Jetboy Flashback (Elton Motello vs Cyantific feat. Logistics – 2006)
  17. DJNoNo – Scarey Xmas (Mariah Carey vs Dillinja vs Unknown Error – 2008)
  18. DJNoNo – Yo-Yo Roll (The Osmonds vs Aphrodite vs Hugo Montenegro vs Swingle Singers – 2009, 2020 remaster)
  19. DJNoNo – Those Were The Drums (Mary Hopkin vs Aphrodite vs osymyso – 2010 – MP3 source)
  20. DJNoNo – Trolololowooble (Eduard Khil vs Aphrodite – 2010, 2020 remaster)
  21. DJNoNo – Batty Dub (Weedy G vs Count Von Count – 2010 – 2020 remaster)
  22. DJNoNo – My Name Is Bub (Eminem vs Herbert Chappell – 2011 – 2020 remaster)
  23. DJNoNo – 99 Hardcore Problems (Jimmy Jay vs Jay-Z – 2014 – 2020 remaster)
  24. DJNoNo – Jungle Monkees (DJ Krust vs Monkees – 2016)
  25. DJNoNo – Charming Infiltrator (The Smiths vs Altern-8 – 2018-2019)
  26. DJNoNo – Trumpton Lockdown (Kanye West vs Urban Hype – started 2008, finished 2020)
  27. DJNoNo – Vicious Silence (Simon & Garfunkel vs Vicious House -2018-2019)
  28. DJNoNo – Charming Infiltrator (Chipmunk Version – The Smiths vs Altern-8 – 2018-2019)
  29. DJNoNo – Moog It like It’s Hot (Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell Williams vs Jean Jacques Perrey – 2006? – MP3 source)
  30. DJNoNo – 99 Polkas (And A Ballet Aint One) (Squeezettes vs Jay-Z – 2014, 2020 remaster)