Saturday, January 7, 2012

Salvaging Britney Spears

Tune in this Thursday (Jan 12) from 9 pm on YVFM 99.1 or get it streamed live from the website.

SoundScape will be exploring the concept of salvaging songs this week. Recycling and re-using isn't just for milk bottles and tyres, as intangibles such as music can also be given the rescue treatment. After all there's a lot of music out there that would be much better if only someone would change it, recycle it, revamp it or resample it.

And I found a lot of that happening out there. Taking a tune that has been made for commercial success, which, let's face it, is what commercial radio is all about, and taking it beyond its original 3 minute pop diva soundbite is an ambient experiment that is catching on. 

The most used concept is to slow the whole song down by 800%. This can be a success on a wide variety of music genres. We will be playing a range from the mundanity of Justin Bieber, to the pure bubble-gum pop from the likes of Britney Spears and Beyonce, to the still commercially acceptable avante garde of Lady Gaga, to the harder edged Eminem and Portal, to theme music like The X-Files and Flight of the Bumblebee, to the realm of your computer with Windows themes and the Nyan Cat, all the way to luminaries such as Edith Piaff and the Chemical Brothers.

The Goon Show this week will be 'The Space Age'.

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