What is Mashup?
The first mention of "mashups" that came to my attention was from the music world, where DJs, producers and musicians would combine pre-existing music releases to create a new blended composition. More recently, there was a rush to identify a new generation of web-based applications as "mashup" software: there was much discussion of "aggregrate feeds" or the combination of data from different sources achieved with the use of intelligent programs or "bots" which had advanced capabilities approaching the level of human understanding. This site will not devote much attention to web-based, or business application uses of the term "mashup", but will instead focus on how this concept (or process) is used in visual arts, music and literature. In the artistic realm "mashup" is a process of recombinant art, or "derived" art. Some may call it type of plagiarism which results from the impulse to create paired with a lack of imagination. Others will contend that this process of remixing source materials, whether they be "found sounds", music, text, video or other forms of visual art is a new way of understanding the media-rich environment of the 21st century - even that it may be an essential tool or weapon to combat the incessant bombardment of advertising and coercive messaging. Although mashup can take many forms and is known by many names, the process remains the same: elements of different source materials are mixed together (or "juxtaposed") in a way that either reveals a preiously hidden meaning or creates a new perspective (whether it be critical or aesthetic).
MASHMASHUP is produced by The Internet Annex
Detail of an automatic collage
generated by the
ROBOCOLLAGE application for
automatic text and image mashups.
Check out the AUDIO MASHUP album from MINTSAUCE, music which slices, dices, blends and mixes:
This newest production from Sensationalism Co
founder C.P.Bryan is a genre-blending
musical mashup of styles including:
trip-hop, jazz and electronica.
Find out more from
MINTSAUCE Expansion Module Home.
OR LICENSE MINTSAUCE FROM THE F.S.M Royalty Free Music LIBRARY:
Other interesting Mashup resources: