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Community Voices: Chris Helton’s Top Five Mashup List

Written by Pete Figtree on . Posted in Community Voices: Top Five Lists

Meet Chris

Chris Helton has been running the Dorkland! Blog for ten years. That is quite an accomplishment. To celebrate, he is raising money to attend Gen Con this year. Help him here: http://www.gofundme.com/GenCon-Fund.

The List

Pete asked me (and I promptly forgot) to make up a Top Five post for the site. He knows that I’m a fan of mashups (check this link if you don’t know what I’m talking about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_%28music%29). This is a mix of favorite producers, collections and songs in the style that I really like.

1. One of the best mashup album/compilations ever, bar none, is Uptime by The Kleptones (http://www.kleptones.com/pages/downloads_ud.html). This album demonstrated the complexity that demonstrated that mashups could transcend being a bunch of samples hung over a beat. Check out tracks like Voodoo Sabotage, Mad Groove (which features the famous monologue from the movie Network), or Welcome Back. All three are also good additions to any party mix.

2. Dean Grey’s American Edit (http://bootiemashup.com/sf/deangray/) This was a mashup of the songs from Green Day’s American Idiot with a number of other songs. For the geeky people, the song “Dr. Who On Holiday” is particularly great, with a mashed up bit of conversation between then President George W. Bush and a Dalek.

3. DJ Earworm (http://djearworm.com/) is one of the greats of the style. He specializes in complicated series of intricate samples that turn songs inside out and transform them into something new. He’s also been approached by musicians like Annie Lennox to create unique new mixes of their music. What I like about his work is that he manages to take songs that I normally do not like and transform them into something that I am actually willing to listen to musically.

4. The Evolution Control Committee (http://evolution-control.com/index.php) actually started the whole thing by doing what is considered to be the earliest mashups. They were sued by CBS News for their “Rocked By Rape” song that attempted to make commentary on the sensationalization of television news using a series of samples of Dan Rather, taken from the CBS Nightly News. I think that it was a successful commentary, and eventually CBS News decided that they had to back down.

5. After all of this I’m going to do a cop-out number 5 and say “websites.” Now that I’ve introduced your to some of the movers and shakers, I will tell you some of my favorite places to find the good stuff. First off is Bootie (http://bootiemashup.com/blog/) . Bootie is a once a month event in San Francisco, with satellites around the world (and in Second Life) that specializes in playing mashup music. They’re also one of the best places to find mashup music on the internet. Mash-Up Your Bootz (http://www.mashupyourbootz.blogspot.com/) is an event in Europe that does similar things and features a lot of great European mashup producers. Be sure to check out DJ Schmolli (http://djschmolli.com/) because he is rapidly becoming one of the best in mashups.

I hope this little introduction to mashups gives you some interesting new things to listen to. There is some really cool and interesting music that is being made in bedrooms and basements, and the cool thing is that the music is still getting to light up dance floors around the world. 

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I am a father, a teacher, and a gamer. I believe that games can give us some keen insights into our lives, and I know that they can encourage and foster friendships and community.

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