Ever heard of Shawn Wasabi? I actually found out about this guy less than a week ago. He’s been producing world class sampling oriented videos / tracks for the past year, and shows no sign of slowing down. For the majority of his videos he uses a Midi Fighter Spectra which allows the rapid triggering of up to 16 different samples. However, for this particular track / video, Shawn used the Midi Fighter 64, which is currently one of a kind (you can’t go out and buy one). In Marble Soda, Shawn samples a whopping 153 different tracks from a huge variety of artists. You’ll hear everything from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” to effects from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.

Over the past 2 years, there’s been a major resurgence in mashup culture thanks to machines like the Midi Fighter mentioned above, and the Novation Launchpad. The complex mapping / coding involved in the production and performance of these mashups is virtually unparalleled. Every button must be mapped to a sample triggered within software like Ableton Live or FL Studio, making the process utterly exhausting to even think about.

I think this video proves the legitimacy of certain sample heavy works of music, despite copyright claims. The argument that stealing chord progressions or hooks, simply can’t apply in this case. The triggering of hundreds of one-shot samples to create a coherent work of art is astonishing, and should be recognized as a composition in its own right.

If you enjoyed the video below, make sure you check out other button mashers, specifically, Madeon, and M4SONIC!

~ Shawn Wasabi ~

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