Whitehead and the Mashup
The ultimate metaphysical principle is the advance from disjunction to conjunction. The novel entity is at once the togetherness of the many which it finds, and it is also one among the disjunctive many which it leaves. The many become one and are increased by one.
Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, Page 21
What is a Mashup?
It is a genre of music. Are you new to mashups? For a good introduction, see an article in the New York Times featuring a history of mashups, with sounds included: The History of the Mashup.
Mashups and hip-hop are different, but both involve mixing and remixing previously recorded sounds. If you are interested in mashups, you might also like Hip Hop Theology and Process Theology and The Hip Hop Impulse.
"A mashup is a piece of recorded music that is comprised entirely of samples taken from other recordings and remixed to create a single new track. A standard mashup features samples from two or more songs, usually by different artists, edited into one track via the manipulation of elements like tempo, pitch, and key. A mashup often features the vocals taken from one track juxtaposed with the instrumentals taken from another. The use of preexisting recordings in a new piece of music, called sampling, is not unique to mashups. However, mashups typically consist exclusively of samples. In this respect mashups are unlike hip-hop, dance remixes, or other genres of music in which samples are combined with new content. The sources used to construct a mashup are usually from the realm of popular music. There are some mashups that draw on “art” music, religious music, or other genres, but they are rare. Mashups are firmly rooted in the popular music tradition. In fact, one defining quality of a mashup is the adherence to popular song form (some combination of verse, chorus, and bridge). As will be discussed in more detail below, their song structure sets mashups apart from other types of sample-based music and related genres like turntablism.
Mashups are primarily distributed via the Internet. Many mashup artists have their own websites; others use personal blogs that link to file hosting sites where their work can be downloaded. Mashups are publicized, distributed, and critiqued in online forums popular with the community like gybo5.com, acapellas4u.co.uk, and mashuptown.com. Mashups are also heard and shared in dance clubs across the country, receive occasional radio airplay, are featured in podcasts, and commercially released on rare occasion." ...more
Ellen Allien: DJ for the Berlin Tech Scene and founder of BPitch Records