Show and Tell: SiIvaGunner

by | Oct 10, 2017 | Show & Tell

When it comes to appropriated content, a prime and common example most people are familiar with, are remixes and mashups. Being that they incorporate elements from two or more songs into one work, is already a form of appropriation in itself. Although, you don’t really have to stop there, as shown by youtube channel SiIvaGunner.

SiIvaGunner is a music youtube channel, making claim to the fact that their content entirely consists of “High quality rips”, as in, music ripped directly from game files. Each video posted is titled with the song name and game it’s from, each description lists the title of the song, the composer, performers, and platform of game of origin. Pretty standard, right?

It would be, were it not for the fact that none of these videos are technically “rips”.
They’re all mashups. Every single one of them.

Despite not listing or advertising any of the other melodies or songs (often sneakily) inserted into the original track, a large number of the posted tracks have an asinine number of other songs combined into the product. This alone takes a huge amount of skill, but the fact that often times the song actually sounds pretty good, is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Here’s an example.

The video, titled after the ‘main’ song featured, still uses all the same instruments from the original Hyrule Field and Ocarina of Time’s soundtrack, and should you show this to someone who’s not as familiar with the Zelda series they might notice just a melody here and there. But, the song rewards listeners with keen hearing because if you’ll read the top comment, you’ll see a list of 30 different songs that apt listeners identified as being inserted into this mashup in one way or another, if only for a very brief few notes. None of these songs were listed in the description, mind you.

It comes to a point where each of these videos, of which SiIvaGunner uploads several every day (which they are able to do since they are in fact a collection of artists, as opposed to one apparently superhuman individual) is sort of like a game or a scavenger hunt for the listeners, where they band together to identify the songs used in the mashup.

Some of them are essentially just memes, though.