YouTuber Adam Emond has carved out a precise little niche for himself on the channel. He takes popular songs and re-edits the track – so that the second and fourth beats in each song are swapped.
You may need to go to your medicine cabinet and break out the Excedrin. This may hurt.
In doing so, he turns the songs into a strange, eerie cacophany where you think you’re hearing the song you love, but the lyrics are scrambled, the guitar solo might be unfamiliar – it’s like trying to learn a dance step after you’ve downed a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.
Let me give you an example of Emond’s work.
This is the Bee Gees’ classic disco track “Staying Alive.” You know it, you love it.
But have you ever heard it this way?
Yeah, it’s disorienting. Just like hearing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” with the 2 and 4 beats changed around.
If you ever thought “Last Christmas” by Wham! was overplayed at Christmastime … just imagine hearing this version on your car stereo. You’d change the channel to talk radio in a second and a half, I’d wager.
And the party dance song of the decade, “Uptown Funk” gets mangled as well. In fact, in this version, it sounds like a few curse words just got “edited” into the track, but that may be because syllables are mashed together like a word salad in a blender.
I should note that this guy also has a few videos where he swaps beats from different versions of the same song together, like two rows from a zipper.
Example. He took Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’ Dirty and sewed it together with “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy.” And it almost works.
He also took another “Weird Al” track, “Amish Paradise,” and blended it with Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” I guess it would have been too tough to add Stevie Wonder’s “Pastimes Paradise” to this mix, but hey he’s already having fun.
Now I’ve really never thought about Talking Heads as a waltz band, but Emond took their track “Once in a Lifetime,” and re-edited it into 3/4 time. I don’t know how the Arthur Murray dance studios would feel about this.
And if you really want to condense a song – how about shearing every other beat OUT of the track? Heck, you can get a Spice Girls song in less than 90 seconds – which is about 89 seconds too long for willingly listening to Spice Girls music.
Okay, I’ve had enough. These are interesting enough experiments … definitely headache-inducing … but they can also be used to make mix CD’s to give to people you don’t like. I can see it now. They put the CD in their car stereo, head off for a road trip … and fifteen minutes later, they’re pulling into the car stereo installation store and demanding a new sound system, because their CD keeps skipping beats and they don’t know why!
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