This Genius Sampled 153 Songs Into A Rapid-Fire, Hyper-Pop Fever Dream

There’s a new king of Midi and his name is Shawn Wasabi.

May 06, 2015

In the tradition of Madeon's legendary "Pop Culture" mashup, here comes 20-year-old Californian producer Shawn Wasabi to raise the bar. In Madeon's 2011 clip, which will hit 30 million views any minute now, the French producer dropped 39 songs. That used to be something. Wasabi's live performance of "Marble Soda" contains pieces of 153 different tracks—roughly one new sample per second. It's out of control and it sounds gorgeous, all the way up to the tiny blips of Porter Robinson to close out the set. Honestly, music is insane.

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Shawn Wasabi's controller is a custom rig called the Midi Fighter 64, built by a guy at Google named Michael Mitchell, according to a recent interview. The software is Ableton Live 9, and the way it works is: there are 64 buttons on this thing. The button on the bottom left cycles through sound banks, sort of like folders, and the four buttons on the bottom right select different sub-folders. (Until he spins the whole thing around at the climax.) The remaining dozens of buttons are individual samples—the kicks, Big Sean yells, and clicks—dependent on which folder's selected. He must have a really good memory. Right now, Shawn Wasabi's is the only Midi Fighter 64 in existence, but you can sign a Change.org petition to beg its creator to make more.

Anyway, damn. Somebody book this boy a tour with Maxo and let's call it a summer. Even his press shots are out of control.

"Marble Soda" Sample List

1. 813 – Glitter Sand
2. 813 – XOXO
3. ABSRDST – Brights
4. ABSRDST – Gay Wolf Space Parade
5. ABSRDST – Love in the Making
6. Adele – Chasing Pavements (ABSRDST Remix)
7. Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont – Safe With You (Keys n Krates Remix)
8. Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy
9. Alli Simpson – Why I’m Single (Lido Remix)
10. Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
11. Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy (Lazerdisk Remix)
12. Anamanaguchi – Pop It
13. Anamanaguchi – Pop It (Seablaze Remix)
14. AOBeats – Feelsie
15. AObeats & Jai Wolf & Manila Killa ft. Mark Johns – Diamonds For Breakfast
16. ARIANA GRANDE – THE WAY (DOLPHIN TEARS REMIX)
17. AutoLaser – Doing U (Arman Cekin Remix)
18. Basenji – Heirloom
19. Bastille – Bad Blood (Lido Remix)
20. Bearson – Pink Medicine
21. Big Sean – Marvin & Chardonnay (DJ Hoodboi & Trippy Turtle Remix)
22. Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine (Lido Remix)
23. Birdman Ft. Lil Wayne – I Run This Bitch
24. bo en – miss you
25. Capsule – I Wish You
26. Car – Lock sound
27. Cashmere Cat – Aurora
28. Cashmere Cat – Kiss Kiss
29. Cashmere Cat – Kiss Kiss (Lido Remix)
30. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru
31. Cashmere Cat – Paws
32. Cashmere Cat – Pearls
33. Cashmere Cat – Rice Rain
34. Cashmere Cat – Wedding Bells
35. Cashmere Cat – With Me
36. Cashmere Cat & DJ Mustard – Ice Rink
37. Cashmere Cat for Diplo & Friends BBCR1
38. chindamo – Pachirisu
39. Dawn Golden – All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)
40. DCUP – Don’t Be Shy (Wave Racer Remix)
41. Destiny’s Child- Say My Name (Cosmo’s Midnight Bootleg)
42. Diplo Ft Imanos, Faustix & Kai – Revolution
43. DJ Blaqstarr & Rye Rye- Shake It To The Ground
44. DOLPHIN TEARS – A$$
45. DOLPHIN TEARS – DRIP
46. Drake – All Me ft. 2 Chainz & Big Sean
47. Facebook – Notification sound
48. Filip – No Name
49. Final Fantasy VII – Prelude
50. Flight Facilities – Stand Still feat. Micky Green (Wave Racer Remix)
51. Foster The People – Best Friend (Wave Racer Remix)
52. Galaxy S4 Bubbles ringtone
53. Gent & Jawns – Kings
54. Giraffage – Chocolate
55. Giraffage – Hello
56. Giraffage – Tell Me
57. Grimecraft – DITTO ft. ABSRDST
58. Grynpyret – I Forgive
59. HITCHHIKER – 11(ELEVEN)
60. in the blue shirt – seven bridge
61. iPhone – Note tone
62. iPhone – Tritone ringtone
63. Isqa – Morrison’s Yellow Lighter That Lit the Universe
64. Jack U – To U feat. Alunageorge
65. Jack U feat Kiesza – Take U There
66. Jack U feat Kiesza – Take U There (AWE remix)
67. Jack U feat Kiesza – Take U There (Pusher Flip)
68. Jaden Smith – Fast
69. Kanye West – Bound 2
70. Keith Ape – 잊지마 (It G Ma) ft. JayAllday, loota, Okasian, Kohh
71. Kero Kero Bonito – My Party (bo en remix)
72. KEYS N KRATES – ALL THE TIME (TOVE LO FLIP)
73. komono – ラムネ marble soda ラムネ
74. Kotton the Cutie – I Just Wanna
75. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ – PONPONPON
76. Lido – I Love You
77. Lido – Money
78. Lido – Money (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
79. Lido x Halsey – Slow
80. Lindsay Lowend – GT40
81. Lindsay Lowend – GT40 (ABSRDST Remix)
82. LIZ – Y2K
83. Ludacris – Area Codes (feat. Nate Dogg)
84. Mariah Carey – You’re Mine (Hunt for the Breeze x Manila Killa Edit)
85. Miguel – Do You? (Cashmere Cat Remix)
86. Mocki – Weekend (Jai Wolf Remix)
87. Mura Masa – Cloud Claps
88. Mura Masa – Hustleblood
89. Nintendo Direct 2-14-13!
90. Nintendo Direct 2.13.14
91. No Mak – Kimono
92. O.T. Genasis – CoCo
93. OG Maco – U Guessed It
94. Ollygon – Double Jump
95. Ollygon – Sunny Shores
96. Omniboi – Cloudsurfing [ クラウド – サーフィン ] 97. Panama – Always (Wave Racer Remix)
98. Perfume – Fushizen Na Girl
99. Phone – Dual-tone multi-frequency
100. Point Point – Life in Grey
101. Porter Robinson – Divinity ft. Amy Millan
102. Porter Robinson – Flicker
103. Porter Robinson – Fresh Static Snow
104. Porter Robinson – Lionhearted ft. Urban Cone
105. Porter Robinson – Polygon Dust (feat. Lemaitre)
106. Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
107. Porter Robinson – Sad Machine (Cosmo’s Midnight Remix)
108. Pusher – ABXY
109. Pusher – Pluto!
110. Pusher x Polar Youth – YAY
111. Qelle – Give You My Love
112. Qrion – iPhone Bubbling
113. R2D2
114. Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s
115. Royal – Mixed Feelings (feat. desktop)
116. Royal – Round Two (feat. desktop)
117. Ryan Hemsworth – Cream Soda (with Tomggg)
118. Ryan Hemsworth – Ryan Must Be Destroyed (Wave Racer Remix)
119. Ryan Hemsworth – Snow In Newark ft. Dawn Golden (Chet Porter Remix)
120. Ryn Weaver – Octahate
121. Ryn Weaver – Octahate (Cashmere Cat Remix)
122. Ryn Weaver – Octahate (Pusher Flip)
123. Sable – Crush
124. Sable – Surf
125. Sabrepulse – Flux (Sushi Killer remix)
126. Saturn – Looking Glass
127. Shaggy – swooce
128. Shawn Wasabi – PANDA EXPRESS
129. Shawn Wasabi – Peaceful Lemon Tree
130. Skrillex – Dirty Vibe (ABSRDST Remix)
131. Son Lux – Alternate World
132. Son Lux – My Father’s Children
133. SOPHIE – Lemonade
134. Soulja Boy Tell Em – Crank That
135. Spazzkid – Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover)
136. Spazzkid – Truly 真に(bあshful cover)
137. Spazzkid – Weird Girl
138. SpongeBob SquarePants – Sailor Mouth
139. SType – Billboard (Lido Remix)
140. Super Smash Brothers Brawl – Pikachu
141. Super Smash Brothers Brawl – Pokeball
142. Sushi Killer & Kevin Villecco – Anime Bae
143. Sweater Beats – Cloud City
144. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 – Gap Completion/Camera Shutter
145. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 – Tennis Ball
146. Trippy Turtle – FoFo
147. Trippy Turtle – Trippy’s Theme
148. Vena Cava – Ohana
149. Vena Cava – Ohana (Sushi Killer remix)
150. Wave Racer – Streamers
151. Wave Racer x Lido – ID
152. Yoshi Egg
153. Zhu – Faded

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