While perusing YouTube for mashups recently, I happened upon Peter Bull, a man who does remixing under the name Norwegian Recycling. He is one of the many mashup artists that have gained increasing popularity in the last few years, but he is one of the better ones. He cites his influences as DJ Earworm, Lawrence Lessig, 4:20, and Brett Gaylor to name a few. He is a fan of some of my favorite lesser known electronic/dance artists: Deadmau5, Klaas, Pendulum, Ott, Justice, Teenage Bad Girl, edIT, Røyksopp, Jack Beats, and Owl City. His remixes are eclectic, pairing melodies beautifully and creatively. Where Girl Talk has come under fire for taking the easy route out of sampling (mixing pop melodies with rap beats), Norwegian Recycling’s sampling seems more thoughtful, both in pairing of song genres, lyrics, and tunes. There is a very appealing consonance to his music. Check out Norwegian Recycling’s YouTube channel here. An example of his mastery: “Viva la Viral” combines music from Coldplay, The Killers, Muse, Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, Empire of the Sun, and hellogoodbye. Here’s one of his oldest and most popular mashups, sampling from Jason Mraz, Howie Day, Five for Fighting, Angela Ammons, Boyzone, & 3 Doors Down.
“[Norwegian] recycling is an industry.”