Ah, thanks for posting this; it happens it's been on my mind for the last week or two, but I couldn't find it --in fact, my last search term was "five song mashup", which might help explain why I couldn't find it.
I have read that this collision works because the source songs are all essentially riffs on Pachelbel's Canon in D-Major.
For whatever reason, it does work, beautifully, and I'm bookmarking it so I can't lose it again.
Posted by: refugee at Friday, August 22 2008 09:25 AM (l5DzU)
And yes, I know about the cellist's rant against the Canon. Don't care, I still love it. Would that all cliches were this beautiful.
I first heard the Canon while visiting a friend in her co-ed dorm. We were talking (no, talking, really, honest), and I slowly became aware of this gorgeous music seeping in from the hall. I had to stop the conversation and find the guy who was playing it and ask him what it was....
Posted by: refugee at Friday, August 22 2008 09:32 AM (l5DzU)
What's the story on this, then? Did all those different performers really collaborate on doing the music, or is this an astounding and amazing mix retroactively done by someone who noticed that all those songs had the same beat and key signature and similar enough melodies that they could be combined in that way?
My intuition is that it really was performed this way, not mixed retroactively. It just seems too good.
Your intuition has done you wrong for once.
The guy who did this has done about thirty other such mixes. This is the best one I've heard so far, though.
He changed the tempo of some of the songs to fit (probably all but one, since they fit so exactly). The Jason Mraz piece that it starts with is normally much slower; the other changes are less noticeable.
Although he uses the name Norwegian Recycling for his mixes, the artist's name is Peter Bull and he lives in Australia. You can download all his work here, at least until the record companies decided otherwise - or give him a contract.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 23 2008 02:39 PM (PiXy!)
I'll just correct myself a little there. The guy's name is Peter Bull, and he lives in Byron Bay in northern New South Wales... And he is, indeed, Norwegian.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 27 2008 12:20 AM (PiXy!)
Still trying to wipe out my species. The Standing Ovation* infected 97% of the world's population in three weeks, then with a little bit of genetic tweakery, killed 75% of them in three days.
It's a good thing that (a) genetics doesn't work like that (in the game, when your disease mutates, the new strain shows up in all infected areas at once), and (b) organisations like the CDC and the WHO don't wait until a billion people are ill before taking action.
Because a death rate of a million a minute is pretty scary.
I've played five games (on relaxed) and twice my disease started in Madagascar. Heh. Heh-ha. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!
Except there was one problem. The first time, I didn't know what I was doing, so I tried to build the evilness of the Madagascar Duck Wasting Flu as fast as possible... and Madagascar closed its seaport.
Before it spread.
The second time was the last game I played. 12 survivors, thanks to a vaccine.
Twelve. On the entire planet. I win (yes, I know we're supposed to wipe out everybody, but I did better: the last people get to suffer being alive. Did I mention that there are three in China, and the rest have their own region?).
Posted by: Wonderduck at Tuesday, August 12 2008 12:13 AM (xC579)
The island nations are always the hardest ones to infect, and Madagascar is the worst because (in the game) it doesn't have an airport. You have to wait until a ship calls in and hope that the infection takes hold, and sometimes no ships will go to Madagascar through an entire game.
I'm wondering if choosing rodents as a disease vector helps spread the germs by ship. There's lots of possibilities like that - sneezing coupled with an airborne virus seems to work really well - but there's no in-depth strategy guide to confirm this.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 12 2008 02:05 PM (PiXy!)
Or, to explain in a little more detail, Pandemic 2.
Your goal is to engineer the perfect disease and wipe out the human race. This is made incredibly difficult by stubborn isolated island nations, like New Zealand and Greenland and, most of all, those damn lemur-feeders.