Important note, this does not apply to true game rips or CD rips, this is a particular kind of remix/mashup thing
this is also related to the Remix guide I’ve been working on occasionally for some time…
now that that’s out of the way, I’ve got a style question… there’s a particular style of remix where an artist takes instrument samples from one song, (usually from a video game, but not always) and puts it to a different popular tune. this is called a Rip (or sometimes a FLAC or “high quality rip”).
the work credits aren’t the issue here, the main issue is nearly always, these remixes are posted on YouTube disguised as the real, original song. that way someone looking for the track will get a surprise, somewhat like a Rickroll. for example:
- Snow Mountain - Super Mario 64 (a Rip), actually a recording of the Flintstones theme with the instruments of the title track
- The Killers - Somebody Told Me (HQ Audio) (a FLAC), mostly the original, but the second chorus is All Star by Smash Mouth set to the tune of Somebody Told Me
- Michael Bublé and The Puppini Sisters - Jingle Bells (HQ Audio) (both a FLAC and a Mashup), a mashup of the title song and *NSYNC’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
- or most epically, Horse Race (Extended Mix) - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (a Rip), actually a mega-medley of about 50 different songs, which are all listed in the top comment
there’s several known artists who do these rips, including SiIvaGunner* and RecordCollector1972, where I got my examples from. should these be credited directly to them, credited to them as the original artist (RecordCollector1972 credited as The Killers), or maybe a third option? I’m trying to think of how we can have the right credits, but not throw ListenBrainz for a heck of a loop trying to figure out if we’re really listening to Somebody (Once) Told Me…
*note that this SiIvaGunner is actually a parody of SilvaGunner (an actual gamerips channel), the parody account using a capital
I instead of a lowercase
L in their name
also, how to relate them to the song “sampled”? should it be a Sample relationship? a Remix? I’m sure it might depend on the exact situation, of course, but a few general rules of thumb might be a good starting point.
for extra context, (or those who still don’t understand what I’m talking about, lol) Triple-Q did a quick video explaining what a Rip is in this context, and how it differs from and sometimes overlaps with what a Mashup is