Sun’s out, guns out

A post shared by Chris Walker (@christwalker) on Mar 25, 2017 at 6:03am PDT

 

Today has been exceptionally nice in terms of weather so i decided to make a little something.

I’ve recently been creating lofi hip hop using Ableton, a variety of old samples and wicked cool effects. I started on this idea, creating a loop consisting of splicings of the original sample, entitled “I’ve Got You On My Mind” by Jorge Dalto and a sequenced beat of drums which I created myself from recordings of percussive sounds I’ve done such as my key turning the lock on my bedroom door. Pretty nifty right? ( ⊙‿⊙)

So yeah, I hope you like this little snippet with accompanying footage of the windowsill of my girlfriends living room, once again using that classic 8mm camera app, as if i needed to sound any more lofi!

#ableton #beats

Getting Shreked

Our project was to make a remixed video which makes use of cutting up elements of video and/or audio to produce a completely different and (mostly) humorous result. My result was a mashup of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Smash Mouth’s “All Star”, layered over clips from Shrek, from which “All Star” is mostly known. (There was also a clip i managed to find of shrek rapping which gave me a little bonus there)

The inception for my idea came to me when i was just finishing off a track on Ableton Live one night where i was flipping between samples when i thought that this could be something I could use to my advantage (and everyone else’s chagrin), and so i combined the two arguably most renowned meme songs of recent times, and created this. I used Eminem’s acapella and Smash Mouth’s instrumental respectively. It was harder than i thought to sync the two together in terms of their respective tempos but it definitely paid dividends in the end.

I am glad to have done this and actually be part of a meme rather than a lurker. I have shown my girlfriend too many variations of “All Star” remixed by other people on the internet to even speculate on her not leaving me after seeing this.

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warping vocals isn’t the easiest job

I simply used iMovie to put the video to the music, which i exported from ableton. I downloaded as many Shrek videos as i could find, which has left me at a bit of a crossroads in life as a man in his 20’s who’s hard drive has actual mp4’s of Shrek. I attempted as much as i could to match certain actions to the music. For example, when the line “Oh there goes gravity..” comes in, I positioned a clip at that point of Donkey flying in the air. I kept the famous Shrek intro which actually features Smash Mouth’s song; along with the “Shrek rap” video, as the main prominent part of the video. I would’ve liked to have spent a little more time trying to synchronise shrek’s mouth in the rap to make it look more like he’s doing Eminems vocals.

I hope I haven’t caused any suffering to anyone watching this video. Thank you for reading/watching!

Sources used

Smash Mouth (1999) All Star. In: All Star [CD] 497 100-2. Interscope Records.
Eminem (2002) Lose Yourself. In: 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture [CD]  ‎493 508-1. Interscope Records. 493 508-1. Shady Records.
Shrek. (2001) Directed by A. Anderson. Glendale, CA: Dreamworks [DVD]
Shrek 2. (2004) Directed by A. Anderson. Glendale, CA: Dreamworks [DVD]
Shrek the Third. (2007) Directed by C. Miller. Glendale, CA: Dreamworks [DVD]
Shrek the Halls. (2007) Directed by G.Trousdale. Glendale, CA: Dreamworks [DVD]