Pogo (electronic musician)

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Pogo
Birth name Christopher Nicholas Bertke[1]
Born (1988-07-26) 26 July 1988 (age 26)[2]
Cape Town, South Africa[3]
Origin Perth, Australia
Genres Electronica, trip hop, house, big beat, UK garage, drum and bass, plunderphonics
Occupations Musician
Years active 2007–present
Website www.pogomix.net

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.

Music[edit]

Bertke's track "Alice" is a composition of sounds from the Disney film Alice in Wonderland.[4] He took part in a project hosted by Disney/Pixar to produce a track based on their film, Up, titled "UPular".[5] Bertke has since produced many more mixes, "Toyz Noize" and "Buzzwing", based on the film Toy Story being among them.[6]

Although having exposure through YouTube, many of Bertke's tracks were available for download at pogomix.net [1] until June 2013, where some of them including new tracks were now available on iTunes [2] (the store on his website was taken down due to glitches). 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,[7] Hook, Toy Story, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, Terminator 2: Judgment Day[8] 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).[citation needed] 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.

Unreleased material[edit]

A number of tracks featured during live shows, commissioned and owned by Disney, are unreleased publicly, as of August 2013.

It is suggested that "Ariel", a The Little Mermaid remix, may be released by Disney to coincide with the release of the film on Blu-ray.[9]

Several petitions by fans were created in attempt to pressure Disney into allowing the release of "Swashbuckle", a Pirates of the Caribbean remix.[10] A tweet from Bertke made in September 2011, reading "obtaining the rights to release "Swashbuckle" would be too complex and expensive" suggests the petitions have failed.[11] As of December 2012 the track "Swashbuckle" was leaked by an anonymous source on YouTube.[12]

Personal life[edit]

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. [13] He is now prohibited from re-entering the United States for 10 years.[1][14] 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."[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Select videography[edit]

Title Release Date Source
Alice 18 July 2007 Alice in Wonderland
Anna 14 November 2007 The King and I
SplurgenShitter 2 May 2008
Alohamora 21 March 2009 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
White Magic 22 March 2009 The Sword in the Stone
Expialidocious 24 May 2009 Mary Poppins
Mary's Magic 11 June 2009 The Secret Garden
Scrumdiddlyumptious 30 June 2009 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Bangarang 30 August 2009 Hook
Upular 25 December 2009 Up
Skynet Symphonic 10 January 2010 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Gardyn 8 May 2010
Toyz Noize 5 June 2010 Toy Story
Buzzwing 17 June 2010 Toy Story
Crimson 14 October 2010 Dexter
Wishery 4 November 2010 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Whisperlude 4 December 2010 A Little Princess
Joburg Jam 1 January 2011
Murmurs of Middle-earth 19 March 2011 The Lord of the Rings
Living Island 21 April 2011 H.R. Pufnstuf
Bloom 22 June 2011 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin
Mellow Brick Road 26 June 2011 The Wizard of Oz
Zoo Zoo 3 October 2011 The Mighty Boosh
Davyd 10 November 2011 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Kadinchey 5 December 2011
Perthection 12 December 2011
Jaaam 13 January 2012 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Eleven 25 February 2012
Sugarella 3 April 2012 Cinderella
Boo Bass 3 April 2012 Monsters, Inc.
Lead Breakfast 20 June 2012 Pulp Fiction
Vasna 11 August 2012
Wizard of Meh 11 August 2012 The Wizard of Oz
Scoobystep 8 September 2012 Big Top Scooby-Doo!
The Ghan 6 March 2013
Indian Pacific 6 March 2013
iCarly 10 March 2013 iCarly
Kenya Chords 13 March 2013
Roarcraft 18 April 2013 World of Warcraft
SquareBob SpongeMix 1 May 2013 SpongeBob SquarePants
What I Likes 25 July 2013 Mary Poppins
Catchatronic 16 September 2013 Pokémon
Aye Aye 20 September 2013 K-On!
Muppet Mash 26 September 2013 Sesame Street
J'adore Juin 5 October 2013 The Apartment
I Want... 10 February 2014 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Nicey Nicey 17 February 2014 The Mighty Boosh
Time Machine - collaborated with Skye 18 May 2014 Back to the Future
The Trouble 18 September 2014 Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin
Hermione Mix 29 September 2014 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

See also[edit]

  • Kutiman - Another electronic artist who gained notoriety solely through video sampling on YouTube.
  • Todd Edwards - House music producer from the U.S who is known for his style of cutting up samples, especially vocals to make a whole new sound in his productions. He was influential to the emerging UK garage scene in Britain during the mid-nineties.
  • Deep Forest - Much like Pogo's current affairs in foreign lands, remixing sounds from various cultures.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bertke, Nick (15 November 2011). "Banned From The USA". Pogo's blog. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Pogo interview on ComfortComes.com, retrieved 11 May 2010 
  3. ^ Pogo Interview on BrainsQuestionmark.com, archived from the original on 13 February 2012, retrieved 11 May 2010 
  4. ^ "Alice", on YouTube.
  5. ^ "UPular Remix, on Disney/Pixar YouTube channel". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Toyz Noize, on Disney/Pixar YouTube channel". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Anna". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Skynet Symphonic". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ariel". Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Swashbuckle Gets Canned". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Swashbuckle tweet". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Leaked "Swashbuckle" Video". Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Back On The Horse". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Australian Producer Pogo Arrested". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Where'd ya go?". Retrieved 28 March 2014. 

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