Press Assistant Marie Aberger reacts as President Obama adjusts framed photographs in the Lower Press Office of the White House, April 19. Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, works in his office at left (Photo by Pete Souza)
(Crooked photos/paintings drive me nuts too)
Bonus painting-straightening pic:
President Obama straightens a painting in the Oval Office, May 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)
v. To take elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music and combine them to make a new song. n. A song comprised of elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music.
In the early and mid oughts, mash ups were the new, creative frontier. Danger Mouse made his name by taking The Beatles’ “White Album” and Jay-Z’s “Black Album” and creating the “Grey Album”. He was given a cease and desist order by Apple Records, but he created the piece at a time when file sharing had exploded, so it’s quite easy to get access to the album. (Yes, I have it, and it’s SPECTACULAR.)
Mash ups are still a font of creativity, where mixers take disparate songs, find commonalities in them, and create something new.
So, for tonight’s night owl musical thread, mash ups!