Don't Just Watch YouTube Videos -- Mash Them Up

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When it comes to mashup artists, there are your run-of-the-mill (but still amazing, we're being hyperbolic, here) audio wizards of the Girl Talk variety, and then there's Kutiman, an Israeli musician who mashes up YouTube videos to stunning effect. Kutiman's online music video project "Thru You," an "album" of original jams composed of YouTube samples, has been viewed millions of times, and was named one of Time's 50 Best Inventions of 2009. Now you, lowly Internet lurker, can join his ranks -- thanks to Mashroom.fm.

Mashroom.fm, discovered at SXSW's Trade Show by roving music/tech reporter Eliot Van Buskirk, basically allows the average Joe to do what Kutiman does: upload Youtube videos, trim at will, and stitch them together into one cohesive mashed-up song. You can also yoink sounds from other users and doctor them into your Frankenstein's Monster of a jam.

Once you create your masterpiece (it's actually really hard to do so, so you'll probably want to put in some time and elbow grease), you can post it publicly for the perusal of others, who can show their appreciation by hitting the "Cool" button or sharing the video via their social networks. Users can also comment on tracks via Facebook's commenting system (you can sign in via that social network at the start).

YouTube mashup tools are nothing new -- YouTube Doubler has been around for a while -- but Mashroom.fm is a pretty sophisticated offering. Granted, it's not a cut-and-paste, paint-by-numbers affair -- you still have to have some kind of talent to mash up videos -- but this little web app will certainly supply any up-and-coming Kutimans with an outlet for their audio-visual sorcery.