It’s the soul of YouTube. Or at least, YouTube soul, mashed together.

In case you haven’t already seen this making its rounds, an epic collection of instructional and jazzy video clips get mushed together into a colossal, remixed funk band. What’s lovely about this is that the results don’t sound like a mash up: they sound like these clips somehow sprang to life and joined a soul band, playing live. And then the Theremin arrives.

You watch one video. And then you find there are seven more. ThruYou is a complete YouTube video album, complete with glitched bits of interface artifacts around. And according to the creator, nothing here is faked; that is, “what you see is what you hear.”

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

thru-you.com
Watch the original Bernard Purdie Drum Shuffle and more goodies at http://www.youtube.com/user/kutiman

The creator of this is Kutiman, an Israeli funk musician and producer. How cool is he? This cool:

It turns out the Internet hasn’t totally sucked our Soul.

  • http://truechiptilldeath.com peter

    I love this, but the samples have had to have been processed, mixed eq'd etc… right??

  • http://www.myspace.com/bearless edison

    sounds mixed a bit….

    but this is seriously one of the raddest things ive seen in a long time…

    just the effort involved…

    ive been bumping it at work, even without the visuals…. the music stands up on its own….

    amazement!

  • http://www.myspace.com/alkama alkama

    Absolutely amazing!

    Wouldn't have expected such a great result.

    You made my day sharing this discovery ;)

  • http://johnholdun.com John Holdun

    Blown away.

  • Rob P.

    Oh wow. Seriously, this is some of the most amazing talent I've seen in a while. And to think all of this was unrelated material.

    The obvious reference here is Kruder & Dorfmeister, with the eclectic source material and groove-based results. I can hear Fatboy Slim and William Orbit influence in these mixes.

    So refreshing. This is definitely going on my playlist for a while.

  • vanceg

    Reminds me of a video that EBN made out of instructional music videos in '98 (maybe earlier). This mix surely has more funk to it…but same concept, to be sure. Video sampling/editing tools weren't quite so advanced at that time, but the overall effect was pretty much the same. This is clearly a concept which is fertile enough to grow many great variations.

  • martron

    Reminds me a bit of Tasman Richardson's "Jawa edit" style where he "salvages the detritus of the TV wasteland" into experimentalectronic tunes.

    http://tasmanrichardson.com/video_destromytokyo.h… <– One of my favourites

    http://tasmanrichardson.com/video_vaderlives.htm <– Also great.

    I think the style takes minute chunks of video + audio, sometimes repitches the audio to make it bassier or scratchier. Really compelling art I think.

  • http://www.keyofgrey.com Sean

    That was funked up! I think I recognize some of the horn samples from Apple's Jam Packs…unless the Jam Packs are sampling something else.

  • bliss

    Sent it to everyone I know yesterday. Brillant.

  • bliss

    Brilliant.

  • http://www.myspace.com/elektrodouche mr. ed

    Amazing amazing stuff, the amount of work that went into this and the quality of the music. Sent it to everyone I know also. Thanks Peter!

  • http://mmi-music.blogspot.com/ MMI

    What's even more amazing to me than the video itself is the number of my friends who… well… just don't seem to get it.

  • ballpein

    youtube can sometimes seem like an ocean of mediocrity, a vast, swarming "cult of amateurs",s shouting into a vacuum from their bedrooms… this takes all that and turns it into something transcendently beautiful. And in a way that renews my faith in humankind. This is one of the most exciting, inspiring pieces of art I've come across in quite some time.

  • RCUS

    honestly that's Grammy material right there! the mixing and arrangement is just stellar work. perhaps a new category is in order?! Best Arrangement – New Media. Best Audio Engineering – New Media?!

  • rolda
  • funkfly

    ballpein –

    this is exactly what I thought –

    You can almost see the loneliness in some of the people's eyes, shooting themselves with a webcam in their bed room, and this brings together all of this lonely people, creates something happier and optimistic, and in such a skillful way.

  • burt barrington

    we've tried something similar before at the-breaks.com

    competitions to see who could come up with the best song/beat using only youtube sources for samples

    nothing every came out this awesome though

  • dajebus

    It looks like he is using Adobe premiere to cut everything up and do some audio tweaking on the samples. That is a lot of work.

    You can see it for a few seconds here, you need to pause it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqWpjUUOOMY

    I would have thought that he was using a video sampler like Vjamm or the new Resolume.

    Very cool stuff. People have tried it before but not with such amazingly musical results.

  • http://rpi.edu/~mcdonk/ Kyle McDonald

    Reminds me of Cory Arcangel's "A Couple Thousand Short Films About Glen Gould" (in spirit, not aesthetic…).

  • http://myspace.com/fallsastar Foosnark

    And according to the creator, nothing here is faked; that is, “what you see is what you hear.”

    There was one point where we were watching a violinst, and the video didn't really match what he was playing exactly. It could have been YouTube's infamous sync problems at work, though.

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    (speechless)

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