Pastiche

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Today, there is a large market surrounding mash up songs; taking a variety of songs and placing them together to create a catchy mix. One of the most popular artists that does this is a group called Super Mash Bros. Their name is self-explanatory, however these men take popular hits and literally “mash” them together; taking bits of songs and splicing them together with various beats to create one new catchy song for listeners. While they mainly take already popular songs, Super Mash Bros also utilize older hits and mixes them with current music to give a creative and fresh spin on songs. It is for that reason mainly that these songs are an example of pastiche in contemporary society. Additionally, many of the songs have a comedic spin on them. It is not necessarily that the artist is creating a parody, but more so the creative spin on some of the songs including repeating certain phrases of words over and over again tends to have that effect. Furthermore, aside from the music itself, the song titles tend to have more humorous influences. For example, the song titled “Future Dads” does not really have anything to do with the music itself. Going along with the idea of pastiche, within “Future Dads” there is a section where the hit song “In Da Club” by 50 Cent is placed over a Jackson 5 beat; clearly placing the new over the old.  Super Mash Bros does this within a lot of their songs which in many ways re-popularizes what may seem to be outdated songs; making them seem new and fun again.

Future Dads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVmOU_tkEUE

The site graphjam reminds me a lot of the site buzzfeed which often places common things such as statistics or pictures of celebrities in a comedic light, such as editing a picture to have a funny phrase or word over it. I am not necessarily sure how the site is a reworking of the past necessarily, however it is definitely clear where parody plays a role in the pastiche. For instance, one of the charts is a diagram comparing school and jail, where there are numerous similarities and barely any differences. Additionally, another pie chart depicts fake statistics about Black Friday shopping where the majority of the chart is taken up by “potential injuries or deaths” that will be projected on the media. This example in particular may be a spinoff of actual statistics, however it is unclear because I am not aware of any originals in this particular instance. I found the “Jail vs. school” diagram to be the better representation on parody within pastiche as opposed to the one about Black Friday shopping. I never really thought about the similarities between jail and school prior to seeing this which actually made me laugh a little bit. The only difference according to this person is that in jail the food is free, while in college students pay a lot of money for the junk they eat.

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