The First DJ Battle in the World: Timofei Levchuk’s ‘In the Ukrainian Steppe’ (1952) Redubbed

Posted by Ian on Aug 16, 2009 in blog | No Comments
The impact that You Tube has had on contemporary culture has been widely discussed (e.g. here). It’s produced any number of average joe heroes and overnight celebrities. What also is produced are gems of remixed old media. Often giving new life to long forgotten music or film, the media archaeologists of You Tube dig up priceless bits of previous generations’ culture which sometimes have hilariously resonant similarities to today. Below is one of my most recent favourites from this genre of internet creativity. A redubbing of the music track from a scene in Timofei Levchuk’s ‘In the Ukrainian Steppe’ (1952) featuring:
1. Eazy-E – Only If You Want It
2. 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor – Mirror Of Love (Mastermindz Freaky R’N’B Club Mix)

3. 2 Unlimited – No Limit [moon project extended mix]
4. Captain Jack – Dream A Dream (Spacefrog Mix)

Beyond the priceless matching of the electro bass beat to the shoulder swagger and fist waving of the moustached protagonist, the scene itself in its original form illustrates how audio media conflict has a history spanning back well into the early 20th century.

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