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Friday, August 22, 2008

One year ago today - THE MUSIC MASHUP OF DOOM!

Today is the one year anniversary of the release of the MUSIC MASHUP OF DOOM!

This mashup and the experience around solving it was one of the most fun and immersive things I had ever been a part of in any Internet venue. It started with Brother uploading a video that Linc had sent him, modified slightly by Brother to include a time clock.

This puzzle led to a phone number. After calling the phone number, the caller was greeted with a music mashup that included these songs:

1: "Ruby" by Tiny Meat
2: "Two Kings" by Spin Doctors
3: "X Is Gonna Give It To Ya" by DMX
4: "O Fortuna" from Camina Burana by Carl Orff
5: "Anthem Park II" by Blink 182
6: "A" by Barenaked Ladies
7: "Aint Nothin But A G Thang" by Snoop Dogg

These songs led to a tiny url, which led to another music mashup. When I first downloaded this second mashup and heard it, I was shocked at the sheer number and length of the mashup. The community set out to start the solve of what was to be one of the most amazing mashups ever.

While we were still trying to get our hands around the mashup, two channel updates appeared. Tachyon was having just as much trouble as we were:

To My "Brother"

WTF? How many different parts are there in that thing?



Brother replied:

To My "Sister"

46 songs total.

Still have those headphones that you borrowed from me and never gave back?



To remind those who were there, and also to capture the mood of the moment for everyone else, we had not seen a new Tachyon video yet. In fact, since the Human Ransom, we hadn't heard much from Tachyon. We had a few emails and maybe one other channel update from her, but nothing else. THIS WAS HUGE. We were going to be helping Brother give a message to Tachyon!!!!

So, while still struggling with many of the harder to hear songs, we at least now knew that the mashup contained 46 songs. Someone (I believe it might have been acidfingers, but I apologize if I'm wrong) broke the song into 46 or 47 different music clips at some point so that we could analyze the songs that we were missing at the time. At that point, the entire community spent days and weeks analyzing 2 or 3 second snippets of this mashup.

There were quite a few working on this, so much so that I am not exaggerating when I say the community collectively probably listened to at least 2,000 individual songs trying to match the songs that we were (barely) hearing in 2-3 second clips. Brother had picked some oddball songs, and we had to search far and wide to even try to solve one song for some of them. We could even clearly hear the lyrics to some, but the songs were so little known that no record of their lyrics existed on the Internets. There were other songs that we could not make out the lyrics, so everyone was searching for songs that matched the tone and sound of the songs. It was intense.

Many fans reached out for help during this time, pulling in anyone we could find. Some posted youtube videos calling for whatever backup we could get:

Along the way, Tachyon also replied to PMs, indicating she was also still struggling herself:

Still working at this. I did notice that there is another rap song though between the christian rock and the friends of ICP. Not sure what it is though, but it didn't match any part of the second song (I listened for it).

Also, I believe the song by Kelly Osbourne's former boyfriend's band counts as one song (and not two). So it's still 46 songs total.

And it has to be one message. Unfortunately, key parts are still missing and must be in these last songs. I can kind of make sense of what he is saying, but too much is missing to act on it.



Eventually, after about a week and a half of listening to these clips like our lives depended on it, we were down to 40 out of the 46 songs solved, and we could not make headway on the rest. Brother eventually updated his channel to include:

To My "Sister"

A *tiny* nudge toward the right track(s):




This tiny url led to a 6 song mashup that had the same artists as the songs we were missing from the main mashup. After that, we slowly solved the remaining songs. Here was the result:

1 - 0:03 "Don't Hate Me" by The Get Up Kids
2 - 0:06 "Dirty Little Secret" by All-American Rejects
3 - 0:09 "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce
4 - 0:12 "It Feels Good" by Tony Toni Tone
5 - 0:16 "We're At The Top Of The World" by Juliana Theory
6 - 0:17 "Scenario" by A Tribe Called Quest
7 - 0:20 "This Is Me (Bad Boy Remix)" by Dream feat. P. Diddy and Kain
8 - 0:23 "Am I Ready" by Spitalfield
9 - 0:26 "She Looks At Me" by That Dog
10 - 0:26 "If I Could Talk, I'd Tell You" by The Lemonheads
11 - 0:30 "All The Things She Said" by T.A.T.U.
12 - 0:33 "It's Gonna Be Me" by 'N Sync
13 - 0:37 "Here and Now" by Letters to Cleo
14 - 0:40 "So Help Me God" by DC Talk
15 - 0:40 "I'm That Type Of Guy" by LL Cool J
16 - 0:44 "Work" by Jimmy Eat World
17 - 0:46 "$85 bucks an hour" by Twiztid
18 - 0:53 "New Beginnings" by Finch
19 - 0:59 "Hands Clean" by Alanis Morrisette
20 - 1:01 "No Myth" by Michael Penn
21 - 1:02 "Same Song" by Tupac/Digital Underground
22 - 1:06 "She's Crafty" by the Beastie Boys
23 - 1:08 "Buried Myself Alive" by The Used
24 - 1:11 "Torn in Two" by Wax
25 - 1:15 "I'm A Fool" by American Hi-Fi
26 - 1:20 "All 4 Love" by Color Me Badd
27 - 1:24 "Whats My Age Again" by Blink 182
28 - 1:26 “10 Year Old” by Mc Chris
29 - 1:29 "What Would You Do" by City High
30 - 1:34 "No More Questions" by Eazy-e
31 - 1:41 "Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies
32 - 1:43 "Since You've Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson
33 - 1:49 "This Charming Man" by The Smiths
34 - 1:55 "Fell In Love With A Girl" by The White Stripes
35 - 1:57 "Cool It Now" by New Edition
36 - 2:01 "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
37 - 2:02 "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers
38 - 2:04 "Danger (Been So Long)" by Mystikal
39 - 2:07 "All Downhill From Here" by New Found Glory
40 - 2:11 "Here's Where The Story Ends" by Tin Tin Out/The Sundays
41 - 2:16 "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama
42 - 2:20 "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" by Bowling for Soup
43 - 2:24 "Game Time" by Rascalz
44 - 2:27 "Heros and Villians" by Brian Wilson
45 - 2:29 "Where'd You Go" by Mighty Mighty Bosstones
46 - 2:34 "Prevent This Tragedy" by Alkaline Trio

The community really had a great time over this, and I met many people that I had previously not met due to reach-out efforts and such. Thanks Glenn Rubenstein for making this event what it was. This mashup and the experience around it is still one of the funnest experiences I've had here in this community. Personally, I was recovering from surgery at the time, so instead of resting, like I should have been, I was analyzing 2-3 second clips for the millionth time. It was that much fun!

After this, there was a movement to remove Brother's ipod and any other music listening capability (because the guy was just out of control with his oddball music), but that movement fell flat. :)


  1. wow, this is an excellent in depth summary v9000!

  2. Anyone have any idea if the mashup is available for download??

  3. Yes, Julie. Its at http://www.acidfingers.com/hosted/SETEC_ASTRONOMY.MP3

  4. Thanks anon, but it plays with quicktime so I can't download it.

  5. Good times, good times :)

  6. That was a YEAR ago? Really? Wow.

    I remember that. I don't think I posted at all, but I was analyzing the clips right along with you guys.

    I really miss the Linc/Rachel/Tachyon videos. Even before RedEarth took a break, the videos just weren't the same.


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