The eighteenth track in my All-Time Top 25 Tunes is number twenty, ‘The Pachelbel Mashup’ by the audio engineer who goes under the name of Norwegian Recycling.
Putting a mashup – a blend of music from different composers, performed by a range of artists – in to my All-Time Top 25 Tunes might be a little controversial.
But I really enjoy listening to and playing harmonic games with Pachelbel’s work.
This simple four-part Baroque piece has been a significant influence on the musical world since, give or take, 1694.
In the version I have chosen, the very talented engineer, Norwegian Recycling, has, through a series of audio mixing techniques, brought together samples, which either demonstrate lineage to Pachelbel’s Canon, or perfectly complement the original piece.
The samples he has used include:
- Miliyah Kato, Love Is…
- Los Pop Tops, Oh Lord, Why Lord
- Coolio, C U When U Get There
- Vienna Boys Choir, Pachelbel’s Canon In D
- Grover Washington Jr., Aubrey
- Kanye West feat. John Mayer, Bittersweet Poetry
- Pet Shop Boys, Go West
Even if you don’t know all of this contributory pieces, I hope you’ll enjoy the mashup.