BOWIE -- David Bowie, scheduled to play in Ireland in a gig that will dwarf all others, wants bootleg fans up front. He is offering a new Audi for the most creative theft of any classic song taken from Reality to create a "mash-up" track that uses vocals from one song superimposed over the backing tracks of another.
This is a tease for the bedroom DJs among my first year multimedia degree students.
In Monday's The Times newspaper, Bowie said that mash-ups were "a great appropriation idea waiting to happen."
"Being a hybrid maker off and on over the years, I'm very comfortable with the idea and have been the subject of quite a few pretty good mash-ups myself."
You can get the music software needed to rip and mix from BowieNet. You can get the tracks there too, although Bowie won't mind if you're a student and you rip your mix from the Media Boom Box.
You have to finish your track by May 17th, upload it to Bowie and he will name the winner. He will release the derivative work as an MP3 single. He will give the winner a new car.
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