Wired Talks to DJ Spooky; Reggae Trumps Digital Mashups, Again

Wired doesn’t seem to care about anything musical unless it has the word “mashup” in it. But at least they get this right: Jamaican musicians understood the mashup long before Wired editors did. DJ Spooky is putting together a compilation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reggae label Trojan Records, and as he talks to Wired about the landmark, he’s sharp-witted as ever. Spooky manages to reel off his analysis a bit like a rapper or poet: even when you’re not sure what he’s saying, it sounds great. (Wikinomics? Music? Sure!) But this raises a question: will the next music …

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Remix Beatboxers Online in Free Interactive Flash App; Beatbox Tutorial Site

It’s not Ableton Live by any stretch of the imagination, but Verizon has commissioned an interactive app built in Adobe Flash that lets you remix the sound of some top beatboxers. Featuring samples from Antoinette “Butterscotch” Clinton (international female beatbox champion), Masai Electro, max b, rahzel (also a member of The Roots), and click, the app gives you a basic MPC-style interface and sequence timeline on which you can create and share mixes. Watching the video clips at top is sort of fun as you play, and this does demonstrate that all kinds of creative musical apps could be built …

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The Remixer’s Bible, Tips & Remixable Ableton Live Tunes; Secret Korg Project?

My friend Francis Preve, tech author and electronica producer / remix artist, has a new title out on Backbeat Books assembling a broad range of production tips, tutorials, and anecdotes from artists. (He’s pictured here, though that’s not actually his pool.) You may know Fran’s writing from Keyboard; for The Remixer’s Bible, he’s assembled Keyboard’s best club production tutorials, the best of the Dance Mix column, and tips and anecdotes from BT, Armand Van Helden, Thunderpuss, and others. The most interesting decision for the book, though, is to include remixable music from Gabriel & Dresden, Coldcut, Meat Beat Manifesto, and …

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Soundware Goes Creative Commons: Free Sample Packs

Creative Commons advocate and sound designer/musician Marco continues a stream of useful links at his blog Melodiefabriek. The latest: sample libraries composed entirely of Creative Commons-licensed material: ccMixStar Sample packs The Freesound Project, CC-licensed sound via ccMixStar Sample Packs [Melodiefabriek] What’s great here is that the remix site (ccMixster) is teaming up with sample sound libraries (ccMixStar and Freesound) to create an entire community built around sound, resampling, remixing, and music creation. The Creative Commons license ensures that that community will continue to mix new sounds from its members, in a big, communal, sound sharing universe. I don’t really see …

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Contest: Mash-Up/Remix the Halo 2 Soundtrack

Here’s CDM’s resident game composer with the perfect opportunity for lovers of remixing and gaming. Why do I have a feeling that you’ll get disqualified if you mash Halo 2’s music with Animal Crossing or, for you long-time Mac/Bungie geeks out there, Marathon? (Maybe an odd quote from Myth . . . “Casualties.”) -PK Tired of waiting for Halo 3, Gears of War, or Prey? Or is your music gear gathering dust since you setup that new Xbox 360? In either case, Sumthing Else Music Works (notable video game soundtrack record label), has a treat in store for you! In …

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Recycle TV: Remixed TV Beats

Chris O’Shea points us to Ben Hanbury’s project Recycle TV, which combines an old TV set (well, actually, he substituted a picture of one for ease), a Max/MSP patch, and Eric Singer’s real world-to-MIDI interface, the MidiTron. Via copyrighted and open source clips, you can mix together musical phrases constructed from miliseconds-long clips. The beats created are even cooler, perhaps, than the VJ effect of the clips; check out the video. (I especially like those Wookie moments. You’ll see what I mean.) Best of all, Ben has shared his Max/MSP code; see the project blog. I always like to see …

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