What is a mashup?

In its most simplest form, a mashup is a combining of two or more songs, the instrumental of one with the a capella of another, to make a new song. That is a pretty basic understanding of what a mashup can be.

There are all kinds of technical definitions and forms of a mashup, but overall, creating a fun and interesting one is taking two seemingly unrelated musical ideas and blending  them together into something that is in it’s own right a new musical experience.

Wikipedia has this to say about what a Mashup is;

A mashup or blend[1] (also mash up and mash-up) is a song or composition created by blending two or more songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the music track of another.[2] To the extent that such works are ‘transformative‘ of original content, they may find protection from copyright claims under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law.[3]

That’s a bit of a mouth full but it works. If you’re interested on how to make a mashup, and really, who isn’t? You can see some helpful videos on how to make a mashup and download some pdf documents here. Or, in the articles section, ‘How to make a mashup video series‘.