The internet always goes wild for a new Pogo remix, especially when a popular film’s involved.
This new video uses iconic 80s movie (and contender for greatest movie ever made) 'Back to the Future' as its source material to spin a percussion-led homage in collaboration with fellow mashup maestro Skye.
Like all of Pogo’s filmic remix work, it has a strange hypnotic hold over you as its lullaby charms soothe you into a trance for a few brief moments.
Then it’s back to the spreadsheet.
Background on Pogo:
Christopher Nicholas "Nick" Bertke (born 26 July 1988), better known by his stage name Pogo, is an electronic music artist from Perth, Western Australia. His work consists of recording small sounds, quotes, and melodies from a film or a specific scene, and sequencing the sounds together to form a new piece of music. In most of his works, the newly-created piece of music consists solely of the sounds he samples from those films or scenes, without additional, 'external' music or sound effects.
Bertke's track "Alice" is a composition of sounds from the Disney film Alice in Wonderland. He took part in a project hosted by Disney/Pixar to produce a track based on their film, Up, titled "UPular". Bertke has since produced many more mixes, "Toyz Noize" and "Buzzwing", based on the film Toy Story being among them.
Bertke has since produced tracks using samples from films and TV shows such as Mary Poppins, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Sword in the Stone, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Secret Garden, The King and I, Hook, Toy Story, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Lord of the Rings.
When Bertke released his track "Bangarang" featuring footage and sound samples from Steven Spielberg's film Hook, the video was removed from YouTube following complaints made by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The disappearance of the video prompted several YouTube users to upload their own, previously saved versions of the video in protest (and the same was made for the "Alice" video).The video eventually returned.
Pogomix posted the video "Wizard of Meh" on 11 August, a compilation of Wizard of Oz grabs, which features himself singing along in black and white. It has over 1 million views on YouTube.
On his September 2011 US tour, Bertke was arrested and taken into custody for three weeks due to the lack of a proper work visa. He is now prohibited from re-entering the United States for 10 years. In March 2014, Bertke abruptly deactivated most of his social media presence. In a blog post, he stated that social media has "become an unhealthy part of my life and a danger to the personal relationship I have with my work." Bertke explained that he was withdrawing from the public eye and would be selling his work "through digital stores."