As a 90’s kid who owned both a Mega Drive and a Game Gear I am super excited about my latest video with SEGA. SEGA have relaunched a bunch of the classic games on multiple platforms with the SEGA Mega Drive Classics collection. To celebrate I mashed up the games blending levels and characters to create a musical video score with the characters and levels playing the music. The sounds are created using only sound effects from the original games, no added drums, synths or preservatives. Technically this video could be performed on a Mega Drive in the early 90s. The forests of Golden Axe are blended into the urban sprawl of Streets of Rage where ToeJam and Earl go clubbing.
Every Tuesday at 8PM CET / 2PM EST I am putting up an interview with a different video remix artist every week. This week it's Brian Kane and Gardner Post two of the founding members of EBN (Emergency Broadcast Network), the inventors of video remix. Last week was Mike Relm and I've got Stuart Warren-Hill and Eboman coming up in the next few weeks. For people interested in video remix I've also made a facebook group for people to discuss and share links.
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With the Han Solo movie on the horizon and The Last Jedi in the rear view mirror I thought it was time to remix everyone's favorite space rogue pirate smuggler war hero. Han Solo Song is a rhyming remix through the 4 movies of Han so far . Rhymed mostly by Han himself with a Han Solo solo on laser blaster. This is my 11th Star Wars Remix. You can watch the others here.
I’ve started doing video tutorials on how to remix video. I’m going to do one a week till I bosh out the main points. Please email me or comment on the videos if you feel anything should be included or want me to explain anything in more detail. I’ve been doing these tutorials in various places online and at conferences over the years but I thought I’d gather them in one place on my YouTube. The tutorials are almost entirely using Magix Vegas software but some of the information will be relevant to other video editing software. I’ve been using Vegas since it was owned by Sonic Foundry right through it’s years with Sony and now it’s been taken on by Magix. There are really two reasons I use Vegas. Firstly you can edit video in musical beats and bars like a DAW (Ableton, Logic, Fruity Loops) and Vegas will ignore the frames so you can cut more finely and musically than a video editor locked to 25,30 or 60 frames would. Secondly it allows you to play a loop of your timeline without rendering first, so you can be listening to your video cuts musically as you make musical ideas. People also write 3rd Party Scripts for Vegas that allow it to do a variety of neat tricks like importing subtitles and batch processing things that would usual take a thousand clicks to achieve. One script I long for is being able to edit videos by the subtitle files, searching for keywords and having it kick out video for those words.
Patty Jenkin's box office crushing Wonder Woman has cemented the chances of more female-led super hero movies. The fight scenes deliver a style of choreography only woman can elegantly pull off. Ignoring all the perfectly decent male actors in the movie I made a remix using the fight sounds and dialogue of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) with just a touch of Ewen Bremner’s piano house.
Have you seen Baby Driver yet? It's the modern remix musical every audio visual remixer has dreamed of. Gear shifts, engine revs and skids are sync'd to the background music. Incidental sounds and gun fire play along with the rhythm, a bit like a bullet ballet. So here's my remix. For a movie that's led by the music it's weird to have none of the iconic songs from the movie but songs are what get flagged for Content ID infringement online these days. I've opted instead to take lots of partial moments and spoken word bits to create a track in the only musical style that seemed missing from the movie.... House Music.
Made using only sounds from the Lord of the Rings trilogy
Like all classics, New Jack City has aged perfectly, and some of it hasn't aged at all "You gotta rob to get rich in the Reagan era.". 90s dancing and Chris Rock on the rocks included. The mix also features the original mash-up of The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" performed in the movie by two sons of The O'Jay's Eddie. Now enjoy this funky ass video beat!
Am I my brother's keeper?
I made a house music video remix using only sound effects clips from the Indiana Jones movies. The sound design is made by Ben Burtt who also made the iconic sounds for Star Wars. So some of the sounds are the same as the Star Wars SFX Remix I did. You might notice how much a plane engine from Indiana Jones sounds like a laser from Star Wars. Whilst making this I also noticed the same punch sound occurring in 3 of the Indy movies. I'm pretty sure Han Solo and Indiana Jones' fists make the same sound. Obviously, some Nazi's get punched in the face and shot so this might be NSFW if you work at the Whitehouse.
The BBC asked me to make a video remix of the Hey Duggee theme with some of it's best bits. Hey Duggee is one of the most charming kids tv shows. Full of humour that never gets old, no matter how old you get. It's a show I'd probably watch even if I didn't have a kid. Anyway here's some of the best moments from Seasons 1 and 2 with a slightly remixed and rejiggled theme tune. A-woof.