YouTube Remixer Kutiman May Be Best Mashup Artist Yet
Israeli musician Kutiman creates intense music videos from YouTube snippets. His work is ingenious, as the attached clip shows, but like remixers before him, the artist never knows when he might be sued.
Kutiman's video series has generated awe and praise in the week since it debuted. One fan even issued a preemptive warning to entertainment executives who might be contemplating lawsuits:
...if your reaction to this crate of magic is "Hm. I wonder how we'd go about suing someone who ‘did this' with our IP?" instead of, "Holy crap, clearly, this is the freaking future of entertainment," it's probably time to put some ramen on your Visa and start making stuff up for your LinkedIn page.
Because, this is what your new Elvis looks like, gang.
Like Elvis, Kutiman follows in some impressive footsteps:
Girl Talk, a Pittsburgh musician and former engineer whose albums are built from unauthorized samples. His 2008 Feed the Animals was a critical smash, but Rob Walker noted in the New York Times Magazine that the "music is a lawsuit waiting to happen." (The music in the video at left is Girl Talk; the images were put together by students at Concordia University in Montréal based on a Girl Talk concert video.)
Parry Gripp, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer's theme song, writes short songs to accompany his YouTube video cocktails, built from the time-wasting video service's typical fare (think pets, family home videos) and mixed with short songs he writes himself. The result is a pretty brilliant visual punk rock. At left, "Young Girl Talking About Herself."
Poster Boy, the famed "remixer" of subway advertising posters, is possibly facing trial (depending on whether his real name is Henry Matyjewicz or not). His work is, variously, anti-consumerist, anti-gentrification, and anti-war, and he's trying (possibly with some success) to turn "Poster Boy" into a broader movement.