DJ Hero 2

Posted on 22 July 2010 by Fahad Majidi

Everybody knows Badger loves mashed potato (well, everyone, who’s familiar with Nineties kid’s television, anyway), but what few know is how Badger feels about the close namesake of his favorite food – the mash-up. In fact, not everybody actually knows what mash-ups are. This is practically because, being mostly an underground phenomenon, they don’t have a clear-cut, widely accepted definition. FreestyleGames refers to the 80-odd tracks its guest and in-house DJs have produced for DJ Hero 2 as ‘mash-ups’, but they’re not exactly what is usually meant by the term.

In the purest sense, a mash-up is a track where the vocal form one song is laid over the instrumental track of another. It’s an underground business because vocal only and instrument-only versions of tracks aren’t widely available. So, mashers are dependent on leaked sound files available from unscrupulous internet sources. Occasionally mash-ups are produced as collaborations between artists, or simply with permission from the creator of the original songs, but it’s still viewed as something of a novelty by the mainstream.

In a broader sense, however, a mash up is a remix created by splicing one track together with at least one other and the tracks in DJ Hero are mash ups in this regard. But they also represent a kind of hybrid between Club DJing and turntablism. Club DJing is about gradual mixes, whereby well known tracks are blended together giving each a new twist. Turntablism, meanwhile, is much more about the DJ showing off their skills, using the turntables and records as instruments to produce something that usually bears little or no resemblance to any of the original tracks from which it draws. In order to work as a game, DJ Hero needs to fall somewhere between these two forms of DJing, meaning that its mixes don’t exactly fall under an established banner. And that’s why it is difficult to know whether or not Badger will love it, or whether anyone else will, for that matter.

Sure, the collective fan base of all the big-name artists whose songs have been mixed for DJ Hero must number in tens, may be even hundreds of millions, but a lot of people much prefer to hear their favorite tracks in their original form. A great many people don’t really get mash ups and don’t really regard them as anything other than a novelty, and it seems to us that the success of DJ Hero very much hinges on first helping people to understand what mash ups are all about  and getting them into the whole idea.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. you Says:

    how is this a strategy guide in any way?

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