Something I’ve been thinking about a bit electronic dance music (EDM) and its connection to design. Music is traditionally considered art, correct? And production is more towards design. So what is the mashup? How does one go about creating a mashup or even recognizing that two or more songs will sound good together? Moreover, what is the process like of creating a mashup? There seem to be both artistic and design aspects to this work.

I have two examples to share. The first mashes up three songs and, while definitely not the most technically challenging, the song weaves these three songs in and out very well. The second layers two songs directly on top of each other making few discernible changes to either song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY4I8rlWxAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIjIYfae83o

Perhaps this counts as sound design?

 

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