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Featured Artist: Smearballs

2009-06-24 08:55:43        Posted by: ikat381        Category: Remix Culture

Smearballs’ remixes are some of the most artfully arranged bits of trash video on the internet. They usually mine the detritus of television for their source material – soaps, daytime talk, infomercials... But if you watch closely you’ll notice how skillful Smearballs’ choices are. Every fragment has something about it that makes it compelling to watch: bizarre color arrangements, compositions that are perfect for inserting effects, little moments of television that are utterly baffling when they’re isolated.

Smearballs' mixes are funny but they’re also infectiously energetic: choice bits of audio from their clips are matched with music they record themselves; they apply digital effects with a graffiti writer’s instinct for impact and defacement; they insert themselves and their logos into the remixes with an overblown bravado that you can only cheer for. So while they make you laugh they also blow you away.

On their blog, Smearballs recently advanced the following thesis to summarize their position on some of the major stakeholders of online culture: “Smearballs is the future and they're livin' in it.” If you would like to see some supporting evidence for this argument, I invite you to watch some Smearballs videos below.

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