A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

Girl Talk and the rise of the mashup

Filed Under: Guest Post, Music for a Mood, Random Thought
Written by Eric
Friday December 31, 2010

[ed. note: I asked a few friends to help me get through the holiday season by writing a post for the blog. Here's Eric's contribution]

At the risk of telling you what you already know: a mashup is a song that is composed of two or more songs blended together.   In the last few years, mashups have risen to the level of a legitimate genre-spanning form of music.   The popular television series Glee dedicated an entire episode to mashups and the video game DJ Hero took mashups to XBoxes and PlayStations.

Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, has been putting out mashup albums since the turn of the century.  His mastery of the mashup can most easily be noted by the low-quality work of competitors.  Check out this gem: Papa Roach vs. Rihanna.  Rather than bastardizing original works, Girl Talk creates mashups that enhance and extend the original works.  His 2006 release, Night Ripper, introduced the mashup into mine and many others vocabulary, but his latest work, All Day, is the culmination of the years he’s spent honing his craft.  For lack of a more detailed review, it just works.  The album is a free download and I highly recommend you check it out.

As an accompaniment to the album, I recommend checking out Mashup Breakdown created by Benjamin Rahn.  The site gives a visual representation of the songs used in All Day as it plays.  It’s quite amazing.

Girl Talk plays the Metropolis in Montreal on March 1, 2011.  Buy your tickets now and thank me later.

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