To start with, I thought it prudent to showcase the first ever mash-up artists: Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman with their “break-in song,” The Flying Saucer. They reinterpreted Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast by cutting into and out of musical samples while the radio announcer (Goodman himself) and reporters covered an alien invasion, creating a comedic counterpoint to the serious tone of the faux broadcast.
Next, I bring you the work of John Oswald, a Canadian musician who called his work in sound collages “Plunderphonics.” Instead of finding specific tracks, I decided to link to the entire EP of the same name because I found it incredibly difficult to select one specific track. Each one is a creative gem, featuring such things as Michael Jackson’s Bad sampled to itself, sometimes forwards or, more often, backwards (called Dab), Stravinsky’s Sacre du Primtemps sampled with itself (called Spring), and Led Zeppelin guitar shreds over a Southern preacher’s sermon (called Power). He went on to create a hugely ambitious work in 1993 called Plexure where he sought to sample the history of CD music from 1982 until that point. (As an optional link, I wanted to include the song Intro-Inspection by Osymyso as it is very similar to Plexure, though only samples the intros of 100 songs.)
Given our location, and to continue our trek in time to the present, I thought it would be nice to showcase an artist whose hometown is Pittsburgh: Gregg Michael Gillis, better known by his stage name as Girl Talk. I picked Once Again from one of his more famous albums, Night Ripper as I really enjoy the mash-up of hip-hop and some “traditionally” classical music, if not a very “classical” piece. I like the quality of his samples overall, and I encourage anyone to go on and listen to more of this or other albums if you’re interested.