Gotye Remixes His Many, Many Fans

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Aug. 13 2012 10:31 AM

Gotye Remixes His Fans

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A still from "Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra" by Gotye

We pledged three weeks ago not to post any more parodies of "Somebody That I Used to Know," one of two songs that have owned the summer. (You know the other one.) But the video below is not a parody: It's a brilliant remix by Gotye himself of the many, many covers, parodies, instructional videos, and who-knows-what-else devoted to his massive hit.

It's a delightfully populist response to the popularity of his song, inspired, the songwriter explains, by Kutiman's Thru-You project.
 "No extra sounds were added to the mix," he says, though he did use "EQ, filtering, pitch-shifting and time-stretching." He builds the whole thing, appropriately enough, around a video by Barry Harrell explaining how to play the song. A full list of all the videos in the remix can be found on Gotye's own blog. Enjoy.

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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