You might think that a 5-minute mix of fragments from last 2007's 25 most popular songs would result in an overwhelming barrage of unrelated experiences, a disposable novelty. Instead, DJ Earworms song United State of Pop 2008 went viral and turned into a national radio hit, being the first underground mashup to break into Mediabases Top 100 charts in the Urban and Pop radio formats.
Mashups have emerged as one of the most exciting and talked-about new musical trends of this century, with DJ Earworm re-imagining and re-defining the genre. The first wave of mashups simply featured the vocals of one song combined with the instrumental of another. Through his artistic and technological innovations, Earworm ushers in a second wave, further breaking our musical landscape into myriad fragments and re-weaving them into new compositions of unexpected coherence and beauty.
Equipped with degrees in computer science and music, Earworm blends the arts of songwriting, music production and arrangement, remixing, database programming, and quantitative analysis. He writes custom software for live DJing and mashup production, and wrote the book on mashups (literally! ââAudio Mashup Construction Kitâ, published by Wiley), sharing his secrets with a growing culture of DIY remixers. Heâs created music for a diverse list of clients including MTV, Universal Records, Cartier, Google and the SF Museum of Modern Art. His DJ performances are in demand, giving events a range of moods all the way from quiet sophistication to rowdy revelry. Listen to his creations at djearworm.com.
excerpts taken from. http://idea08.com/speaker_earworm.html
1 - DJ Earworm - Gimme Freaks (Rolling Stones vs. Moguai & Tocadisco)
2 - DJ Earworm - Heartless (in a Bottle)
3 - DJ Earworm - No One Takes Your Freedom
4 - DJ Earworm - Over the Confluence of Giants
5 - DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2008 (Viva La Pop)