Covers of Covers of Fan Content
by Kurt Baer (ResearchIsMagic.org / Indiana University Bloomington)
One of the things I love most about the brony fandom is the place that original fan content holds within it. Brony-made content is created, circulated, and adopted in ways that I’ve never seen in other fandoms, with content made by bronies becoming in many ways as central in the fandom as anything officially released by Hasbro. Stories, songs, and art based on the show are created, which then serve as the basis for new works as they are used as inspiration, covered, or adapted by others in the fandom (which themselves serve as the basis for still more works or even, eventually, incorporated into the original show as a nod to the fandom). These references —even just considering the ones based within the fandom itself without touching other references to other shows, fandoms, etc.—build upon each other into an incredibly dense network of ties that serves as part of the shared “stuff” allowing the brony community to distinguish itself as a community. As someone that has never done much within any fandom studying the ways bronies create a sense of community in digital space, I’m very interested in and curious about the ways these references are used. As a music scholar and a musician, the way the happens within the brony music scene particularly fascinates me. While I’m definitely not aware of many of the best examples of this sort of covering, re-covering, adapting, and ‘intertextual’ linking, I do know it is pretty awesome and (from what I can tell) it seems to be very important to a lot of people.
As an example among MANY: The other day, I came across this video of the song “Brew: The Prequel” by Shwabadi on Youtube.
Which is A) a pretty solid performance and B) a cover of this song by Rhyme Flow/ DJ Flowny
Which is a rap version sampling this song (one of my personal favorites) by Lenich & Kirya
Which is an gypsy jazz version of the song “Pinkie’s Brew”
Which is from Friendship is Witchcraft, a FanDub of MLP:FiM.
That’s some Inception shit going on right there… AND. ITS. AWESOME.
*Mad props to all the creators of these videos. They are all incredibly awesome*