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Rave.dj - use an AI to make mashups, sometimes it works! (sort of)


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I love rave.dj because it's the sort of site you'd get in the 2000s before the consolidation of the internet in the social media era.  Those were the days. 

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Sort of tried to break it a bit. You can create some pretty atonal, arrhythmic stuff if you're not careful.

 

Iron & Wine / AFX with " Time Self Employed". This one is a little chaotic tbh.

Massive Attack / AFX (once again) with "Where's your lines". Took two great songs and made them worse, the beat isn't awful though. The AI seems to have chosen the end the song in a relatively smart way too.

Kangding Ray, Jim Jarmusch and Josef Van Wissem produce this hopeless mess

Part Chimp / Abba with "Visitors you believe the waiting to die!" - it's like Abba have forgotten the lyrics and Part Chimp are playing in the room above and you can just about hear them through the ceiling. I actually tried with this one.

 

Feels like a lot of the time one of the songs "wins". Looking at previous attempts it seems to give the best results when trying to copy Girl Talk's M.O. - i.e. pairing hip hop with other genres.

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On 02/07/2020 at 22:56, Art Vandelay said:

I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but this one actually slaps maybe a bit too hard. The video is a surreal mix of the Playboy mansion and John Parrot chalking his cue.

 

https://rave.dj/sm1CTDUBL88W8Q


Superb - if anything, it’s too good.

 

This is the closest I’ve come to that peerless effort, snip out a couple of dodgy bits in this and we’ve got the makings of an album here:

 

Dance to Roll - Masta Ace & Brassband Rijnmond

 

https://rave.dj/_OsDrSepwVOjTw

 

EDIT: Probably NSFW video, mind you!

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https://rave.dj/hR5mk1titu_Tbw
 

The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming remake of Smokey and the Bandit. 
 

(This is super frustrating, as I’m convinced there is an amazing mashup of these two songs in there somewhere, but I can’t quite get it)

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Inspired by the Balearic thread on here, I commissioned the AI to merge ‘Fool if you think it’s over’ by Chris Rea with Slip Away by Pat Methany. This was the end result:

 

https://rave.dj/Nvn-tQooLMJjLQ

 

*robots in espadrilles hug as they bang another washer*

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When it comes to seamlessly merging two tracks together, I'm not sure I'll ever get one better than this.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present "Desires the Silence". Proof, as if more were needed, that Muse completely ripped off homaged Depeche Mode:

 

https://rave.dj/lUJezBsm_LSmnA 

 

1:38-1:45 is a good bit; nice harmony between "arms" in one song and "heart" in the other!

 

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I wondered how it would handle combining Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower with Blur's For Tomorrow, because they partially share the same chord progression (Hendrix repeats |Cm A# |G# A# | throughout; Blur uses |C#m B |A B | at the start of each verse):

 

https://rave.dj/j3gqiGu91yJQiw

 

Mostly it just sounds like both songs being played together. But I did notice some nice bits of synchronisation:

 

0:21-0:30 has a pretty smooth intersection of lead and backing vocals.

0:33 - The emphasised guitar stabs (in bold above) sync up.

1:16-1:20 - nice bit where the Hendrix solo section finishes at the same time as the decaying "row-row-row" bit by Blur.

1:39 - "We're trying not to be sick again" vocals fit well over the slide bit of the solo!

2:05-2:08 - Synchronised build up/section change, with the video rapidly flipping between the two albums.

2:08-2:25 - The video swaps between the album covers at the end of each bar - then another synchronised section change.

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