19 May 2007
When in doubt, take it out
A couple of months ago, to illustrate some vague point about the value of Condensed Versions, I produced a two-minute edit of Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida".
There is, to be sure, a tradition of abbreviation, and WFMU honors this tradition with something called the Sixty Second Song Remix Contest. The premise was disarmingly simple: "compress a 'known' song to 60 seconds or less." Forty finalists have been selected from over 400 submissions, and your vote is solicited. I liked rather a lot of these, including, yes, a version of "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" in 32 seconds.