Review: Adventurtorium - An Up Inspired Experience

  • 4-22-2014


Adventurtorium a Journey Worth Taking

I’ve always had a problem with the term “concept album”. This is a phrase that has been used to describe works like Green Day’s “American Idiot”, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade”. These are all referred to as such because their lyrics tell one long story, however, those stories are usually so thin and vague that the concept of their concept is lost. I’d argue that djRom (real name, Joe Pardo) has actually created a the world’s first real concept album with the release of “Adventurtorium”.

The album follows the story of Up through sound clips and mashups. Each track has the scene set courtesy of a snippet from the film and then the theme of that sequence is explored through various musical works. For example, following a clip of Russell’s first discovery of Kevin, we are treated to a remix of “What’s This?” from The Nightmare Before Christmas mashed up with Outkast’s “Bombs Over Baghdad”.

The vast majority of the “top layer” tracks used are Disney songs, both from other films as well as theme park attractions, but there are a few other pop songs thrown in for good measure. The underneath tracks are all mainly hip hop songs (ranging in popularity) and are only instrumentals added to bring out an unexpected side of these Disney classics. Perhaps my favorite of these was the Sherman Brothers’ “There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” which worked surprisingly well with the Dr. Dre produced beat from “Forgot About Dre”.

It’s impossible to talk about this album without touching on the controversy of remix culture and “illegal art”. Afterall, unless djRom had all of the film clips, Disney song and pop songs cleared by their various artist and publishers, “Adventurtorium” is not technically legal. However, by sampling other’s works and putting it in new context, djRom makes the work his own. Only one section (a full play through of massive-hit “Let it Go” with only a few bars of added instrumental) felt unoriginal to me, and, thus, was my least favorite part. Not to get too nerdy or go too far down the rabbit hole, but when I got to the section “We’re Going to the Falls” which combines “Be Prepared” from The Lion King with Twista’s “Overnight Celebrity”, I couldn’t help but remember that Twista actually sampled Lenny Williams “Cause I Love You” to make that track his own. Really, djRom is doing the same thing here.

Clocking in at almost two hours, “Adventurtorium” is actually longer than the film it’s borrowing from. While the album’s download includes a full track list, complete with credits for both halves of the mash ups, I’d recommend reading this only after you’ve listened to the album so every song choice and remix selection is a surprise. After all, that’s what a true Wilderness Explorer would do.

“Adventurtorium” by djRom is available as a free digital download at A CD wallet will be sold and the proceeds will be donated to the Give Kids the World charity.

Comments (1)

Said this on 4-29-2014 At 02:27 pm

I am getting tired of the myth that the wait for Anna and Elsa is typically 2 hours.  It is typically 4 hours.  In WDW it is LONGER by mid-day - it is 8 hours.  Seriously, the popularity of these characters exceed even expectations of everyone's imagination... 

- Will

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