Brilliant Set of YouTube Mixes by Kutiman

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There must have went an unbelievable amount of time (2 months as I read later) in producing this professional web album of YouTube based music mixes.

The album is named “ThruYou” and contains 7 mixes.

The creator has single handed created a new category entry in most pop encyclopedias.

You could start out listening to a mix (a good example is #05 someday) and then be amazed on how well the song sounds. Then click on “credits” and the credits will roll over the screen with the original YouTube movies (e.g. this one). When you click through to the originals you probably will make the “click in your head” how only a genius could recognize the gaps in the overall visible YouTube spectrum.

The author: Kutiman, a musician, composer, producer and animator from Israel. He is best known for creating the online music video project ThruYOU, as well as his self-titled album and collaboration with many other Israeli artists including Hadag Nahash.

Ophir Kutiel was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Zichron Yaacov. He studied piano since the age of six, and then drums and guitar at age 14. When Kutiel was 18, he moved to Tel Aviv to study Jazz at Rimon Music College.

While working at a local convenience store in Tel Aviv, Kutiel tuned into a college radio station that was playing music that was much different than the classical jazz he had been used to playing. Soon after, Sabbo, another Israeli artist and current music partner, introduced him to afrobeat and funk, including the sounds of James Brown and Fela Kuti. His obsession with Fela Kuti and the fact that his last name was similar led him to create the stage-name of Kutiman. He traveled to Jamaica to research reggae and afrobeat and work with Stephen and Damien Marley.

Kutiman was signed to Melting Pot Music, based in Cologne in 2006. Soon After, his first single, "No Groove Where I Come From" was released and soon after, he released a hit song with Karolina of Habanot Nechama, "Music is Ruling My World". His self-titled, debut album, which received an 8.2 in Pitchfork Magazine, was released in the fall of 2007. Under the Radar picked Kutiman as one of the "Artists to Watch in 2008" , along with Glasvegas and MGMT.

Kutiman has worked with many other Israeli artists and is currently working on arrangement and composition of Karolina’s solo album. He has also created animated videos for his song, "Chaser" and Hadag Nahash’s "Eze Kif".

In 2009 Kutiman released ThruYOU, an online music video project mixed from samples of YouTube videos.  After disclosing his work to just twenty friends, Kutiman’s project spread virally across the web, racking up more than one million views in less than a week. After viewing ThruYOU, open source advocate Lawrence Lessig praised the project as a pioneer of a new, less regulated form of media, saying "If you come to the Net armed with the idea that the old system of copyright is going to work just fine here, this more than anything is going to get you to recognize: you need some new ideas."

On here you can find an annotated version of the album.

More Reviews:

http://www.mp3newswire.net/stories/9002/kutiman.html
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2009/03/heavy-sifting-a-1.html
http://www.lessig.org/blog/2009/03/remix_buy_the_remix.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/the-future-begins-thru-yo_b_174483.html
http://eartothesound.blogspot.com/2008/03/k-is-for-kutiman.html
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/11159-kutiman/
http://mpmsite.com/index.php?area=news&view=detail&id=542