I don’t quite understand how the swarthy, slapstick cartoon, Popeye, fits with the uptempo, lively sound of Wilco’s new track “Dawn on Me,” but I am excited to see the spinach-guzzling seafarer once again.
Wilco teamed up with King Features (who’s been producing Popeye cartoons since 1932) to create the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years. Featuring Popeye, Olive Oyl, Swee’ Pea, Bruno, and the hamburger-obsessed Wimpy, this collaborative music video draws Wilco into the animated world of America’s oldest blue collar hero and incorporates some of the series reoccurring jokes for fans. “Ug-gug-gug-gug.”
Is a song still a mash-up when it’s source of inspiration is stripped down to the smallest pieces then reassembled in such an innovative fashion that it’s something new entirely?
In his most recent live DJ demo, up-and-coming 17-year-old French DJ, Madeon, takes samples from 39 different songs and layers them into a masterpiece of it’s own. Through most of the track, I recognized which song the sound sample originated from. However, Madeon uses these small sound bytes as musical notes that are layered and rewritten into something complex and original.
There’s no question that I absolutely love the song, but what really blows me away is being able to see the thought and talent behind it. Had I just been sent a link to this track on sound cloud, I would have still deemed it amazing and listened to it on repeat. But actually watching Madeon scan his grid of sounds and select the perfect one at just the right time is awe-inspiring. Additionally, seeing the lights of the midi controller surface changing colors and flash on and off, I’m convinced that writing music on the Launchpad is an awesome memory game that I want to play.
Side Note: I’ve been looking for a download of this track all morning, if some one finds it, can you link me in the comments?