Don't call it a mashup... / by Jason Nunes

Natalie Merchant sings old poems to life on I think we need better terms than mashup/remix/splice to describe some of the fascinating content experiments that are happening in the 21st century. Hiphop musicians have been playing with repurposing, remixing, and reusing music in the form of recorded loops, samples, and turntableism for decades. And now we've got literature doing the same thing - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for example. What I find really fascinating about Natalie Merchant's new album is that she's doing an odd mix of the two - she's repurposing old poetry, and giving it new life by setting it to original music. Beautiful stuff! The first song in this video - The Sleepy Giant - is dark, and hilarious, and haunting. So what do we call this kind of art? Collage? Mashup?

I've got no clue, but I know what I like...

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