The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Posted at 9:35 AM to Tongue and Groove


a version of "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" in 32 seconds.

One repetition each of verse (there being only one anyway) and chorus?

Posted by: McGehee at 10:32 AM on 19 May 2007

Not even that much, really. Frankly, I liked my version better, but it doesn't conform to the specification of the contest: it's 120 seconds, twice the limit.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:36 AM on 19 May 2007

Getting any enjoyment from these highly abbreviated songs is like expecting satisfaction from 30-second sex. Not ever gonna happen.

Even as an exercise in mental masturbation, these fall seriously short of the mark.

Posted by: unimpressed at 10:53 AM on 19 May 2007