History of Rock in 15 Minutes

“348 rockstars, 84 guitarists, 64 songs, 44 drummers, 1 mashup.”

With no braggadocio whatsoever, that is the simple description Ithaca Audio attached to its recently released video “History of Rock.”

Oh, it is that, and so much more.

In today’s world of soundbites and :15 second Vine videos, this almost 15-minute video retraces the steps and influences of Rock ‘n’ Roll in grand style.

Deftly mashing up music starting with Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” and transitioning through the decades to the Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire,” you can’t help but be drawn in to the expertly mixed narrative of the music. But this is 2016, after all, and while the music track itself will find its way into DJ mixes for years to come, the video is also an amazing feat.

Imagine the history of rock laid out on a Facebook Timeline, with actual quotes from rockstars citing their heroes and “Liking” the music that influenced their careers. British Invasion, Pop, Guitar Rock, Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal … it’s all represented, but couldn’t possibly contain everyone.

The video’s description partially says: “…our main aim was to create a mashup that was foremost entertaining to watch, contain it to around 15 mins, for it to primarily work well musically (and in the form of a Facebook feed) and have examples of the evolution of mainstream rock over the decades rather than create a kind of definitive documentary of rock.”

Ithaca Audio, you have succeeded, and you kinda kicked our ass in the process.

History of Rock from Ithaca Audio on Vimeo.

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