Mashups are all the rage these days.
With the Chaos Carol, Petter Rudwall may have created the ultimate mashup. The just-under-five minute track combines the internet’s love of wildly creative people with too much on their hands with its need to find new ways to push out Holiday appropriate pop-culture content. Rudwall dumped Billboard’s 100 most popular holiday songs on to a single track to create what he calls “the world’s first all-in-one Christmas tune,” though “tune” is rather subjective, here.
Lest you have to hear the song yourself, I listened to Chaos Carol – twice and then once more for proper review – and offer these thoughts.
▪ 30-seconds in: It’s exactly what you’d expect from the description. It’s a wall of noise. It’s traffic sounds and breaking dishes and TV static and your neighbor’s muffled talking through the wall. If you managed to fight the urge to just be done with the song at this point, kudos to you.
▪ 1 minute mark: There are some melodies taking shape underneath the chaos. Not that you can make them out.
▪ 1:45: I keep trying to latch on to some piece of the music. Failing.
▪ 2:20: Now some almost discernible voices. Is that Roky Erikson
▪ 2:37: Finally, something I can make out. “Have a very merry Christmas everybody.”
▪ 3:47: Maybe it’s auditory fatigue (the song is sensory assault), but the tracks seems to be coalescing into ... something.
▪ 4:42: And its’ done, in a clash of reverb hat fades into silence. And it is beautiful. It’s a little obvious, saying the ending is the best part of Chaos Carol, but it is. It totally is.
Final thoughts: It’s noise and only really enjoyable as an artistic endeavor. In that regard, it is simply amazing.