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Splicing songs is a pretty modern way to work with music. Learn how to splice songs with help from a writer, producer and editor in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Jared here at Motionsound Studios here in Los Angeles, California. Today, I'm going to teach you how to splice songs together. Now splicing songs is a pretty modern thing to do. It's come about with the creation of digital music software that allows you to easily take two songs and combine them together for mash up reasons or remix reasons and this is an art form that's just been around for about ten years or so. It's come about with electronic music and there's a few artists who are known for their mash ups and their sampling and if you like this kind of sound I'm going to go through some techniques of how to splice songs together and what you need to do to get that sound. So again splicing is when you take two songs that have a similar key and a similar speed and you put one on top of the other or you take a part where it's just the instrumental part of one song and you put the lyrics from another song on top and you splice the two together to make a mash up of both songs and when you're just starting out with this there are some techniques that can help you splice songs together that will make it less frustrating in the long run. What you really want to worry about is making sure that two songs that you are splicing are in the same key and have the same tempo and once you're more advanced at this you can change the tempo, you can change the key but that stuff is much harder. So when you're first starting out find two songs that are both in G major or A minor. Find this on line, find songs that sound like they're in the same key and then find ones that have the same beats per minute that are in the same tempo and that way when you put the two songs on top of each other, they're not in different times and it's all chaotic, they'll actually fuse together well. And this is kind of interesting. If you find two songs in the same key and the same tempo, a lot of times there's a lot of songs in C major and 120 beats per minute for example. You can splice these songs together and not change anything and it will sound good and it's pretty interesting. So I would play around with that. Try it, and as you get better than you can mess around with time stretching, changing the tempo of songs and pitch shifting and changing the key of songs to splice songs however you want and make mash ups however you want and that's what the professionals do. And this has been Jared with Motionsound Studios, and today I talked to you about splicing songs.

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