Exploring the Mash-Up
Many of the students chose to work on videos, and the content ranged from parodies to political commentary to pure play with juxtaposition of sound and image. Here is Anna Kotyza’s explanation of her project:
“My mashup video, “What a Wonderful World?”, created by combing archival videos from youtube.com and archive.org, combines music and footage to create an new ironic interpretation of Severn Suzuki’s speech. By combining Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and Severn Suzuki’s speech, I made sure that the sound in this video had an idealistic feel to it. However, I chose to juxtapose the quixotic soundtrack with (sometimes grotesquely) realistic footage of the world. In this juxtaposition, I created a new, and somewhat satirical interpretation of the footage and the sound. I am also not distributing nor making money off of this mash-up video.
The reason my work differs from the original is because I transformed the footage onto an animated television screen and economically used different snippets of footage. Also, I used an instrumental of “What a Wonderful World”, and instead of having Louis Armstrong’s lyrics, I chose to overlay Severn Suzuki’s speech onto the track.”