American Snooty (New Song)

The term “remix” has come to mean a lot of things in the past 20 years. As opposed to a cover song, a remix is usually a new version of a song that one creates with electronic production techniques. A remix will oftentimes contain some samples and chord progressions from the original song, though some remixes bear no resemblance to the original version.

Another concept within the world of remixes is MicroRemixing. Although this has been around for over ten years, it has started to become popular in the past several years. MicroRemixing involves taking sounds (small snippets) from a particular source and combining them in new ways to create a new, different song that bears no resemblance to the original. These are typically released for free on the internet to avoid legal troubles. The most famous MicroRemix was The Grey Album by Danger Mouse, which gained notoriety about five years ago. This album combined elements of The White Album and The Black Album. Another MicroRemix artist who is becoming more well-known is Pogo, who rearranges popular Disney feature films into new songs. His productions have a video element which he considers crucial. Most of his productions are available as free downloads (making even a small sum of money from these videos would instantly put him in a world of legal trouble). He typically introduces his own drum sounds and sometimes synthesizes his own bass parts on top of the songs. His newest offering, Wishery, has accumulated over 1.3 million views just six days after its release. The source material for this song is the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

I wanted to see what the Micro Remix thing was all about. For my source material, I used the film score to the 1999 Oscar winner American Beauty. Depending how familiar you are with this movie, you may recognize the sounds that I used, but you will not recognize the song itself. This is no masterpiece, as it took only three hours to make on November 4. The process was easier than I thought; I lost a little respect for the art of MicroRemixing and consequently lost interest in putting the finishing touches on this song. I was fully prepared to introduce my own drums or bass parts, but my version uses only samples from the movie, with no external sounds or effects added (not even reverb/echo).

Here is what happened when I combined eight songs from the American Beauty film score into a new song of my own. This song is available as a free download–just click the down arrow on the right side of the player. Enjoy.

american snooty (the onus) by evanvale

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