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28 OCTOBER, 2010

Beethoven Reimagined as Jazz


For the past 16 years, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has been reinventing impressionistic and improvisational contemporary jazz. LUDWIG is their most beautifully belabored project to date — a reinterpretation of Beethoven’s 3rd and 6th symphonies in jazz, three years in the making.

JFJO’s new album, Stay Gold, is a treasure trove of melodic experimental jazz magic — we highly recommend it.

Thanks, @teddyz

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13 OCTOBER, 2010

Nina Paley: All Creative Work Is Derivative


We’re big believers in creativity as a combinatorial force — a great big puzzle you construct from existing pieces in your mental pool of resources. Which is why we strive to continuously bring you tidbits of interestingness and inspiration, in the hope that each of them lies dormant in your mind until one day it sparks some incredible new creation. So the concept of remix culture is both a frequent topic and a point of passion around here. Now, from filmmaker Nina Paley of Sita Sings The Blues fame comes a simple yet brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed case for the combinatorial nature of creativity.

Paley photographed archaeological artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and animated them to illustrate her point: All creativity builds upon something that existed before and every work of art is essentially a derivative work.

If you’re intrigued by this concept, we highly recommend checking out the roundup of similar-minded projects here and taking a peek at Steven Johnson’s insight on where good ideas come from, most notably his absolutely fantastic new book on the subject.

A free hi-res download of Paley’s animation is available at the Internet Archive.

via Open Culture

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28 SEPTEMBER, 2010

PICKED: Miracles – 20 Years of Pop in One Mashup


We’re lovers of art of remix as a creative medium, so we’re all over the latest gem by mashup master Peter Bull, better known as Norwegian Recycling.

Miracles draws on 16 iconic songs spanning nearly 20 years of pop music history, from Jacko to Gaga, blending them seamlessly into one catchy, head-bobbingly addictive track.

Here’s a list of the samples used:

  1. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
  2. B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars – Nothing On You
  3. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
  4. Britney Spears – Hit Me, Baby, One More Time
  5. Jason Derulo – In My Head
  6. Justin Timberlake – My Love
  7. Lady Gaga – Just Dance
  8. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  9. Ne-Yo – So Sick
  10. Michael Jackson – Black Or White
  11. Snoop Dogg – Sexual Eruption
  12. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
  13. Taylor Swift – Fifteen
  14. Taylor Swift – Fearless
  15. Savage Garden – The Animal Song
  16. Snoop Dogg feat. Justin Timberlake – Signs

To support Bull’s work — all of which he makes available for free — consider making a donation — we can only imagine the epic time investment involved in his mashups. (Ahem, we aren’t turning those away either — though no epic feat of pop music, Brain Pickings is also a free labor of love and takes a good 400 hours a month across the site, newsletter and Twitter feed.)

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