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Editing voice clips of someone famous into a full song (original or cover).

A common trait of Fanvids: it was not uncommon during the Turn of the Millennium to see a clip of a popular film or series remixed over a techno beat. In The New '10s, this was superseded by the trends of YTPMVnote  and 音MAD (oto MAD)note  videos, which tend more towards covering chiptune and Game Music. A staple of these videos (especially for YTPMV) is to chop up voice clips into syllables and phonemes and turn them into instruments; in this sense, they can be compared to Everything Is an Instrument.

See also Sampling.


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    Fan Works 

  • My Life in the Bush of Ghosts: A possible Ur-Example of the trope appears in the form of Brian Eno and David Byrne's album, which set sampled audio of radio DJs, preachers, politicians, and religious singers to avant-funk instrumentals. Unlike later examples, these clips aren't edited to fit certain melodies, but it still sets a precedent long before it became an identifiable trope.
  • The arguable forerunner to the modern Voice Clip Song is The Firm's 1987 hit Star Trekkin'. It didn't actually use clips from Star Trek itself, instead having the band members sing each character's trademark phrase (even if some of them were, ironically, examples of Beam Me Up, Scotty!) along with the music.
  • The most epic and heartwarming example of this is "Kidung Abadi" (Eternal Ballad); it was created by Erwin Gutawa for a concert honoring the 5th anniversary of the death of legendary Indonesian singer Chrisye (Gutawa had collaborated with him before, but never got to write a song for him). Erwin had his sister Gita write the lyrics, and then worked with a team to splice them together using vocals from Chrisye's master tracks. For the live performance, Jay Subiyakto also spliced together concert footage of the singer himself (to make him "sing" the new song) as a finishing touch. The result was three months definitely well spent.
  • Kevin Moore's 'Memory Hole 1' is mostly based on this. Voices used range from US Presidents to more obscure advertisements. He also uses it frequently in other projects, such as OSI or Chroma Key.
  • Cloud Cult's "The Princess Bride" is a song entirely based around clips of the movie of the same name. There's also "State Of The Union", which is based around quote mining of George W. Bush.
  • Toby Fox created The Nic Cage Song.
  • "Rocked by Rape," the Evolution Control Committee's remix of Dan Rather, set to a heavily edited version of AC/DC's "Back in Black".
  • Bush seems to be a popular choice, Jonathan Coulton's "W's Duty" makes use of clips to make fun of the way W. pronounces the word "duty".
  • "Deify" by Disturbed starts with clips of one pro-Bush source, one comment on a repressive government, then clips of Bush himself from his 9/11 speech.
  • Most of Negativland's output falls under this category.
    • If you've ever played Kingdom of Loathing and wondered why using or buying eleven of an item gets you the message "That's ridiculous. It's not even funny", it's from the Negativland song "Time Zones". In turn, that was remixed by Negativland sound collage master Don Joyce from a talk radio show clip discussing the Soviet Union (which apparently had — and Russia still has — eleven time zones). Eleven.
  • A YouTube user created a video of a double rainbow that slowly became memetic due to his over-the-top enthusiasm over his discovery. Of course remixes followed, including one courtesy of The Gregory Brothers and a different but also auto-tuned mix.
  • Andrew Huang's "Do You Like The Smell Of Adventure?", a remix of an Old Spice commercial.
  • Welcome to Paradise by Front 242 mixes voice clips from various televangelists.
  • "Frontier Psychiatrist" by The Avalanches.
  • Artof Noise: "Instruments of Darkness" revolves around editing clips from speeches by pro-apartheid South African politicians and setting them to foreboding music, acting as a nonverbal means of protesting The Apartheid Era.
  • Disclosure: "When a Fire Starts to Burn" is built around a sample from motivational speaker Eric Thomas.
  • Shake Chain's "Mike" is based on a viral video in which a gate attendant acts as though a clearly stationary car is in danger of running her down, apparently in an attempt to fabricate a 911 call and get the car's occupant arrested. Rather than sampling the woman directly, vocalist Kate Mahony imitates the woman's anguished shrieks of "Mike!" and "He's running me over!".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Baby Driver: The main character likes to record snippets from conversations and remix them into songs. This causes him some problems later in the movie, considering how he's involved in crime: his cohorts catch him in the act of recording them and immediately jump to the logical conclusion that he's wearing a wire for the police, though he manages to defuse this by playing one of his songs to prove that he does remix them.
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles: The song "I Can Take Anything" remixes dialogue from Steve Martin and John Candy's characters.
    "You're messing with the wrong guy!"

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    Video Games 
  • Command & Conquer: This was part of Frank Klepacki's Signature Style when he composed music for the franchise and it was especially prevalent in the CD soundtrack to Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, the in-game tracks omitted most of the voice clips so they didn't distract the player or drown out EVA's announcements. "Got a Present for Ya!" from Renegade brings this full circle by using voice clips from... Himself, as he voiced the Commando in Tiberian Dawn and he would record new samples for the Tiberian Sons version played at Super MAGFest 2019 which was re-recorded for the Remastered Collection.
  • Deltarune: A good majority of Spamton G. Spamton's themes are like this, mostly consisting of the singular phrase "NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO BE A BIG SHOT!", the character's signature catchphrase, repeated in various glitched-out ways. Special mention goes to "BIG SHOT", which incorporates even more lyrics if you're keen enough to hear them.
  • Need for Speed: Eiarly entries with in-house composers were also fond of this, particularly in High Stakes and Porsche Unleashed with songs like "I Am Electro" by The Funk Lab, which uses the voice of Elektro the Robot, or "The Cost of Freedom" by The Experiment (also featured in Motorstorm) which samples John F. Kennedy's "The cost of freedom is always high!".
  • PAYDAY 2: It features "Donacdum", a Memetic Mutation of Houston's famous "Don't act dumb," line. It features a few other of the heisters and even Bain, but Houston's Donacdum accompanies a majority of the song.


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Aliens within a mechanical spider make a rap track with a few of the names used by Changed Daily from past episodes.

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