Chicken Little Toy, Remixed into a DJ

The crew at Remix Magazine got a chance to (literally) remix a Disney Chicken Little toy; they’ve posted the process and results. So what gear does DJ Chicken Little use? Pioneer CDJ-1000 Allen & Heath Xone mixer Virus Indigo keyboard PowerBook G4 running Ableton Live Hmm, absurdly cute, gets all the “young hens,” and has a dream rig — I have to say I’m a bit jealous. This is about the most fun toy I’ve seen since the Moog action figure. So, Keyboard Magazine, do we have a response toy?

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Jemgirl: The 1980s, Remixed

You think you know 80s flashbacks? Not unless you’ve met Jemgirl. This Australian-based DJ/digital musician is hardcore enough to be recreating tunes from the rock cartoon Jem. (Still not ringing any bells? You know, truly, truly outrageous? Yeah — that Jem, my fellow late-20-somethings.) Jemgirl isn’t alone, either: she’ll be spinning Jem tunes, 80s music, Commodore 64 remixes, and em411 member creations at a conference devoted to Jem: Jemcon (no, really — coming up in Minneapolis) Jemgirl’s original release on em411, “in the key of The Misfits” (there’s a phrase you don’t hear often) Jemgirl remakes music from the cartoon: …

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Physical Remixes with Pencils: Interactive CD Packaging

Using conductive inks and ordinary pencils, the CD Sequencer lets you remix CDs right from the packaging. The circuitry is drawn onto printed postcards; the circuitry measures change in resistance created by a pencil. Plug it into the computer via USB, and you’re ready to remix. Cool, but what I’m not clear on is how this actually remixes things — via the enhanced CD? (More on this if I can find something out; see our friend Chris’ live report from the RCA show.) Matthew Falla has a number of other brilliant projects, from birdfeeders to internships at the BBC. Along …

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Remix and Mash Nine Inch Nails: Now on Multiple Windows/Mac Apps

Artists letting you rethink or destroy their work? You bet — Trent is at it again. When Nine Inch Nails released their single The Hand That Feeds in GarageBand 2.0 format, it was a huge hit. Hundreds of fans posted remixes in the first week after the release. But Windows users — and even GarageBand 1.x Mac users — were left in the dark. Now, Trent Reznor is back with another NIN single, ready to remix / mash-up with raw tracks, but this time he’s got the multi-format thing down. The new single, Only, is available for users of several …

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3 Reasons Live 5 Could Revolutionize Remixes and Mash-ups

Here’s the idea: a remix/mash-up artist collects a bunch of MP3s. (Hopefully Creative Commons for legal reasons, but I digress.) An app instantly locates all those files. She types the first few letters to find a file, drops the file into a program, and it instantly beat-matches the song. Only one app really fits that description: Ableton Live 5. (see my quick take on features, or go direct to the source) Three reasons this matters for mash-ups: 1. MP3 support: Mash-up artists want to be able to easily pull compressed audio from their hard drive, which was one of the …

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Jaws Soundtrack: Remixed, Underwater

Artist Abinadi Meza has created a remixed composition of the “lighthearted” sounds of the movie Jaws (think drunken sailor sounds and off-key clarinet blasts), into a piece that wlll only be played underwater. To hear the output of the submerged speakers, you have to strip to your skivvies and float in the ocean. Title: Soft Jaws. Details of the project plus an MP3 for landlubbers are available from PS122 Gallery’s Artwurl zine. Speaking of this, have any of you experimented with underwater speaker placement? (or simulating it digitally?)

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Mashing Nine Inch Nails in GarageBand; NIN Doesn’t Use Logic

I’ve been playing with the Nine Inch Nails track (reported by many, many sites in the last few days: NIN made their new single available in GarageBand 2.0 format). I have to say, this is a lot of fun. To me, the song sounds better with more tracks muted: the lesson here is, all of us are loading way too much into a mix. (I know, I know, it’s NIN: but listen to just the vocals alone and tell me it’s not a lot more interesting bare?) Trent Reznor suggests he wanted us to be able “to create remixes, experiment, …

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Remix-Friendly Songs in the Near Future?

Nine Inch Nails aren’t the first band to release their tracks in a remix-friendly digital format. If Umixit had their way, you’d see all kinds of music released this way. Umixit ships song with individual isolated tracks; you get 8 tracks by default but can upgrade to 16. Then you can mix and mash using the Umixit Media Mixer, powered by Cakewalk. (Meaning you need Windows 2000/XP. But why do I have a feeling the Media Mixer doesn’t look a whole lot like SONAR?) According to Umixit, this “allows the average person to share the studio recording experience with an …

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Mad Mashup: Buffalo Gals Girls Cecilia

As Mashup . . . Tuesday continues (gotta work on my alliteration and timing here), we bring you the work of the ever-talented DJ Riko. His latest mashup incorporates: English Folk Dance and Song Society – Buffalo Girls Simon & Garfunkel – Cecilia Alanis Morissette – Thank U Malcolm McClaren – Buffalo Gals (a cappella) The Art of Noise – Beat Box (Diversion One) Lemon Jelly – Spacewalk The Art of Noise – Snapshot You had me at Alanis, Riko. (Check out some of his other downloads, too — Riko’s been doing great stuff and getting lots of airplay for …

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Doctor Who Theme, Remixed and Roasted

Difficult as it may be for Americans to 'get', the Doctor Who theme is one of the most significant electronic music pieces of all time and a cultural icon to the Brits. So, why not mess with it? whomix is a site entirely devoted to remixing the theme The composer for the new show says he thinks the bridge sounds just like Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas"? (Um, far be it from me to split hairs, Murray, but wouldn't that be Band Aid sounds like Doctor Who, not the other way round?) Bill Bailey has an infamous (and …

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