Friday, January 02, 2009

Mashing Up 2008

For some time now, I've been a fan of the incredibly talented DJ Earworm, whose Stairway to Bootleg Heaven is a perfect exemplar of the art of the mashup.

In his trenchant 1936 essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," Walter Benjamin foretold the culture of the copy and quoted Paul Valéry:
We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art.
Might I suggest that DJ Earworm represents that change (much more so than the overrated Girl Talk), especially now that he's added video to his repertoire, as you can see in this beautiful assemblage that works in the top 25 hits of last year?

(Seen on Sasha Frere-Jones's blog.)


  1. Girl Talk is so not overrated. This means war.

  2. Cool! Can it be one of those dance-war throwdowns? Not saying GT isn't fun; just don't think his craftsmanship stands up beyond the dance floor.