Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Videos I have made, timelapses from Icelandic volcanoes and a long ambient video from Antarctica

I do not think I will be making any mashups soon  again. I have been busy though with some video.

From my sailing trip to Antarctica in 2012 I made a video with very long shots and using Brian Eno's entire Apollo soundtrack as ambient music background. It is a slow video, take your time to view this.

Recently I got interested in an Icelandic volcano, the Bardarbunga that started to erupt in view of some webcams. I started making screenshots from this and got the idea to make timelapse videos, some of those with music. Here a few:

With music from the video game Mass Effect, 'Vigil' by Jack Wall and Sam Hulick and the track 'Sudden Throw' by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds.

The first one I made with music,the songs Fyrsta and Only The Winds by Ólafur Arnalds

And a few others without sound:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gybo closes and a sideblog

A little while ago I received the message that primary mashupforum GYBO (Get Your Bootleg On) is closing due to pressure from copyright enforcing regulations.

GYBo was one of the first sites that dealt with mashups and more than one noteable mashup had it's origins on this board. But it was more than just a music site. A remarkable group of people from all over the world gathered here and shared their ideas, helped each other with their musical struggles and were discussing everything you could think about with an open mind and it hardly ever ended in shouting contests.

GYBO has been and will remain a special piece in my heart and it will be missed.

A heartfelt thank you for the good times provided.

On some other news.

Probably you have noticed I haven't been making mashups in quite a while.

The reason for this is that I had made a journey to Antarctica in February, on a sailing ship, the Bark Europa. I have finally finished editing and sorting out the thousands of photos and just opened a blog for this.

Here's the location: Antarctic blue

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Wolf And The Ripper (Fever Ray vs Nick Cave)

It's been almost a year since I made a mashup.
Here's finally a new one.
It's based on the brilliant dark brooding new track from Fever Ray and the always dark and menacing Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

The Wolf & The Ripper:

Fever Ray - The Wolf
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jack The Ripper

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Rocking Cumbia Machine (Kraftwerk, El Remolón, Steve Miller Band)

This tune is a reworked track of one of my entries to the Gybo Weekend challenges.
I changed a lot compared to that entry, notably I added a vocoder to Steve Millers voice and resturctured the backing track so that there would be less clashing vocals,
I also made a version with almost no Steve Miller in it (the inhuman mix).

The Rocking Cumbia Machine:

Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
El Remolón - Cumbia Bichera

Steve Miller Band - Rock N Me

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gloomy Angels and Reptiles (Akira Yamaoka/NIN/Carol Kidd)

This tune probably would be more suitable for Halloween.

It features a tune from Akira Yamaoka, composer of the Silent Hill videogame soundtracks.
His tunes usually are dark and foreboding and this is no exception.
I heard some similarities with Reptile from Nine Inch Nails which I layered then with this.
I also wanted to use Glooomy Sunday for a while and here it fit perfectly.
The singer is Carol Kidd, a Scottish jazz singer I had never heard of, but I could find an acapella from her for this song that fitted the bill well.
(Maybe somewhere in the future I will try to make an acapella of the version from Diamanda Galas, that would make it more chilling for certain)

Gloomy Sunday is also known as the Hungarian Suicide song. The lyrics are quite explicit about that.
However, when it became known by Billie Holiday's version, record companies wanted to add a 3rd verse with a lighter tone, the song was to depressive for them.
I skipped that last verse. It doesn't make sense at all, explaining that the other verses were just a dream.


Akira Yamaoka - Angel's Scream
Nine Inch Nails - reptile

Vocal: Carol Kidd - Gloomy Sunday

Friday, April 2, 2010

Off The Beaten Meter: Mashups Beyond 4/4

A video to my mashup Watcher of Facades which was created for
Off the Beaten Meter: MashUps Beyond 4/4:
A compilation of mashups using rhythms other than the standard 4/4.

This project conceived by DJ Not-I will be released on april 12th 2010 on the following website:

Watcher of Facades from Virtual DJ on Vimeo.

This mashup features music and vocals from:

Philip Glass - Facades
Genesis - Watcher of the Skies
William S. Burroughs - What Keeps Mankind Alive?

The image sources are from:

2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
The Shepperton Concert by Genesis
The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs by Larry Weinstein.

From the Off The Beaten Meter site:

Off The Beaten Meter: MashUps Beyond 4/4 is a compilation of new exclusive (as well as a few previously released) mash-ups in time signatures other than 4/4.

Off the Beaten Meter features tracks by a range of noted bootleg remixers/mashup artists, including Andrewherring, DJ not-I, Eternal Khaos, G3RSt, Lee Spoons, Overdub, RIAA (Mr. Fab), ToTom, Virtual DJ, and Voicedude, who mash up and regenerate odd-metered tunes by the likes of 4Hero, Chris Squire, Dave Brubeck, Foo Fighters, Genesis, Joan Osborne, Louis Armstrong, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Outkast, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, Primus, Queens of the Stone Age, Quindon Tarver, Radiohead, Ravel, Slayer, System of a Down, The Commodores, The Future Sound of London, The Supremes, Tool, UK, and many more.

The resulting compilation is a heady brew of progressive bootleg remixing that pushes the envelopes of both mash-up-making and rhythmic perceptions in general.

Off The Beaten Meter will appeal to and satisfy the chin-stroking muso-nerds as well as the much broader spectrum of people who enjoy and appreciate excellent and interesting music, liberated from genre constraints and the ubiquitous 4/4 straitjacket.

This compilation will blow your mind, yet also have your foot tapping and head nodding in time signatures off the beaten path. So get ready to "Sit back and have some fun / and tap your foot in 21!" (Tony Levin/King Crimson)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Odd Russian Fever (David Bowie, Rihanna, Fever Ray)

This is the second mashup I made with David Bowie's Space Oddity.
(the other one, with Calle 13 see here)

It features Rihanna's Russian Roulette as the main music, mixed with Fever Ray's dark and ominous If I had a Heart:

Odd Russian Fever:

David Bowie - A Space Oddity (vocals)
Rihanna - Russian Roulette (music)
Fever Ray - If I Had A Heart (vocals/music)