Hopefully by now you’ve been hipped to the hottest new dance music craze: Mash-ups! AKA smashups, bootlegs, booties, bastard pop, blends, or cutups. OMG, these things are totally nuts! You take the vocals of one song (say, “Genie in a Bottle”) and put it on top of the instrumental version of another song (preferably a rock song with a very recognizable riff—“Back in Black,” perhaps?) and voila! You’ve got yourself a kooky “mash-up” that’s sure to be a dance floor smash!
ExtremeTech’s new how-to guide, Mashup Construction Kit, couldn’t be more timely. Written by DJ Earworm, composer of last year’s Scissor Sisters/Beatles/Aretha/George Michael hit mash-up, “No One Takes Your freedom,” the book details the step-by-step process of how to create successful mash-ups. In only 338 pages, you’ll get a step-by-step guide from how to choose clever song titles to the ethical considerations of copyright laws. Let the electronic wizardry begin!