I’ve been wanting to remix a YouTube video for ages, but it’s something I always put off. Not a video in particular, just any random video that inspires me.
A bit of background on myself. Making my music (Synaecide) involves a lot of heavy editing to samples. There’s just something about zooming all the way into the arranger view of Cubase, cutting up, then manipulating little bits of audio into a track that gets me going. In high school I did a bit of video editing in media class, but since then I haven’t touched the visual side of things. Having said that, it’s an idea I’ve always been excited about.
To get myself motivated, the idea was to pick a video and have a finished remix in 24 hours. The video I picked was Elders React to Dubstep (Skrillex).
I ended up finishing it after about 10 hours of work. Here ’tis!
For those interested, this is the outline of the process:
- Record the audio from the video
- Bring the audio file into Cubase and cut out single audio samples (ones that don’t have any background music or sound that taint the sample)
- Create a drum beat and main ‘hook’ bassline
- Put the sounds from the video into a (very) loose order of narrative to give it some form of cohesion
- Limit the sh*t out of the mix
- Rip the video
- Pop the audio and video into Premier
- Spend hours editing the video and making it look like the people being interviewed are doing the sounds with their mouths
- and Presto!