The Art of the Mashup

A mashup combines disparate songs from a variety of genres to create a new single musical work. In this project students learn about mashups, then create and perform their own using included songs.

Project overview

  • Level: Intermediate-advanced
  • Learning: Listening | Audio Editing | Copyright | Performance 
  • What’s needed: Live 10 Intro or higher | Push (optional) | Launchpad (optional) | Webcam (optional) 
  • What’s included: Lesson Plan | Video | Live Set | Audio | Student Guides | Rubric | Questions | Checklist
  • Prerequisite knowledge: Working with Clips | Audio Editing | Session View

Lesson 1: Deconstructing the Mashup (90-120min)

In this lesson, students listen to and deconstruct a collection of mashups, then apply techniques of time-stretching and pitch-shifting using Live’s Warp feature.

Lesson 2: Sourcing and Manipulating Audio (90-120min)

In this lesson, students are introduced to copyright and sourcing Creative Commons material. They use Live’s audio editing features to creatively rework sourced audio into unique loops. 

Lesson 3: Performing a Mashup (90-120min)

Throughout this lesson, students learn how to develop and perform a mashup using a grid-based MIDI controller. They then capture their performance on video.

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