Music can undoubtedly be one of the most nostalgia-inducing triggers we come across in our lives, so much so the resurfacing of lost memories can sweep you off your feet for a moment. One of the most surprising crazes we’ve come across on YouTube recently uses simplistic reverb and EQ editing to play with these emotions in a pretty surprising way.

Youtuber Cecil Robert recently appeared in an article for The New Yorker for using audio editing techniques to recreate classic tracks in lonely environments. The most memorable examples being the 80′s soft rock track “Africa”, describing it as “almost too affecting to bear; it sounded like longing and consolation together, extended into emptiness, a shot of warmth coming out of a void.”

This emotional reaction to tracks cleverly edited to recreate this imagery is apparently nothing new, as all these twitter users seem to agree and the video’s views gradually rank up to over a million. See below for more examples using Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” and an ambient version of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone”.

The channel also features other from-another-room edits providing some more interesting results, which Jia Tolentino claims “is a reassuring, isolating experience: you feel solitary and cared for at the same time.” Below we have Mac Demarco’s “My Kind Of Woman” sounding as if passing through the walls late at night, and the heavy beating “Disorder” by Joy Division.


How does this new craze of music editing affect you; does it give you the tingles or can you hardly see the hype? Let us know!

Source: The New Yorker