Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ubu Web Presentation

The piece I picked was pretty much the first thing that caught my ear, a guy by the name of DJ Food. The original version of Raiding The 20th Century was a 40 minute attempt to catalogue the history of cut-up music. It's basically the audio version of collage-ing, taking samples of stuff that already exists and making something new and interesting out of it. I don't care much for Jay-Z but somehow mashing him with the Beatles makes for something I can listen to. Mashing up Destiny's Child with Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit is just another good example. Merging genres as well as transcending time in this mix is definitely postmodern. If you can't make something new, do something new with something that already exists.

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