The Argentine pop theorist in the form of a mashup king, Villa Diamante, has just released Empacho Digital (digital bellyache), a “3-disc mashup album”. Of course it isn’t available on disc – one can only download it. He says:
This is just another one of the tireless efforts of making art out of art, with cultural industries at their height, record companies at their worst moments, and the Web functioning as the maximum tool for informational searches, the freedom of Wi-Fi is already showing its first collateral damages.
Here’s a tune from “disc 2”, Dubsteperismo, Spanish-language vocals atop wubstep.[audio:02-VillaDiamante-DonaMariavsItalTek.mp3]
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Three years before, Dutchman Dick El Demasiado was in Buenos Aires, making edits of old cumbias.
He called this song “Sabado Cultural”, although his album doesn’t mention the band he is obviously chopping up and sampling, Julieta con los Nuñez. As if they didn’t exist. Remix as reinscription, a more complete kind of erasure – but then there are always folks spotting the source samples. Identifying where the sounds came from transforms the sample from an (anonymous) point into a lineage, in process offering us a chance to listen to the old music that got folded into the new (or the new music that got folded into the new, like when Burial sampled recent songs by Christina Aguilera, David Lynch, and Beyonce).
I especially like hiphop album sample-source compilations — for example the (bootleg) collection of all the original tunes used on J Dilla’s Donuts. A unique window into musical transformation. A fascinating form of bibliography… or memory. DJs as weird historians, accidentally finding themselves in that position after years of ‘just’ looking for music. Julieta seems to have been forgotten except for “Viernes Cultural”, whose memory Dick both effaces and extends.
First, the original:[audio:Julieta_con_los_Nunez_VIERNES_CULTURAL.MP3]
Julieta con los Nuñez – Viernes Cultural (also called Cumbia de las Sandalias)
then Dick’s “lunatic” edit (his word not mine), renamed here[audio:Julieta_con_los_Nunez_VIERNES_CULTURAL-Dick_el_Demasiado-remix.mp3]