Making music by remixing found videos online is but one more tool in the music-maker's arsernal these days, but it wasn't always such. If we go way, way back in time to 2009, an Israeli musician called Ophir Kutiel, a.k.a., Kutiman released a song of remixed videos featuring guitar-players and a drummer he'd found in the depths of YouTube for his song "Mother of All Funk Chords."
It was the first of a seven-part series for a YouTube remix album called Thru You. Kutiman may not have been the first to pioneer such a style but it caught everyone's attention. Since then Kutiman has been making AV mashups, straight-up albums, and even remixing the sounds of a city in his Thru The City series.
And now he's just dropped a new remix album. It's called Off Grid and was made entirely from videos Kutiman found on YouTube, much like his very first remix song. But, it isn't funk this time. This time it's a "deep Psychedelic Jazz long form album" which means 38 minutes of curated and remixed experimental jams.
If your first thoughts are towards accreditation, all the amateur musicians have been linked to via the instruments their playing using the YouTube annotations, so that's covered. Instruments involved range from electric piano to Minimoog, guitar, cello, sax, flute, drums, sleigh bells, upright bass, even the sounds of a lyrebird—taking in various international styles in a virtual jamming session where the musicians didn't even know they'd be jamming together.
In the press release for the album, it states that Kutiman has attempted to edit as little as possible, relying on the nature of improvisation to harmonize the sounds and tie them together.
To add some retro flavor into the acid jazz vibe, Kutiman has used the Videonics video equalizer from the early 90s to create the freewheelin' visuals. The equalizer, which no doubt spiced up many a home video, has a paintbrush feature and colorizer which lets the user apply tailored lo-fi visual tricks. "After making craft work on each video separately, Kutiman has stitched the videos together in a trippy work of art crisscross," runs the release.
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