It took the urging of Cirque du Soleil, the acrobatic dance performance group, to bring the music of the Beatles â€“ the most iconic of 1960s baby boomer musical catalogs — into the 21st century.
The bulk of the project is a mashup, the digital-era, technology-enabled ability of taking two different kinds of data and â€œmashingâ€ them together to make something new. Mashups can be a newsworthy online database of crime statistics overlaid onto a Google map, for instance, or it can be cool cultural commentary, like overdubbing Nirvana’s â€œSmells Like Teen Spiritâ€ onto the Destiny’s Child hit, â€œBootyliciousâ€ (they fit so perfectly, it’s spooky).
Or, mashups can be the melding of two generations of music, like producer Danger Mouse’s weaving of Jay-Z’s â€œThe Black Albumâ€ with the Beatles’ own â€œWhite Album.â€
This time, though, the work of reconstructing and reassembling the Beatles’ recordings was a sanctioned deal. Continue reading