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For example this kind of video. The author cut the speech scenes, as short as a vowel and as long as a phrase, to combine them to make a brand new music videos.

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    Did you intend to ask what it is is called? How it is called is probably via an API (off-topic at EL&U).
    – Lawrence
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 4:54
  • what it is called. I am wondering if the English community has come up with a name for this type of music video, because it's been quite popular since youtube existed, and I just learned from a Chinese friend that Chinese community actually created a word for it.
    – drerD
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 6:36
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    Thank you. Please edit your question to include that information, including a transliteration if possible, in case it was phonetically derived from an English term. On Stack Exchange, comments are not considered part of the question; they are intended to help guide the editing for clarity etc. Questions need to stand on their own. Even links are just for verification; the important parts need to be expressed in the question text.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 7:47

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What you’ve described sounds like a mashup.

A mashup (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend, bootleg and bastard pop/rock) is a creative work, usually in a form of a song, created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another. - Wikipedia

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  • That's close, but I don't think it quite gets there - it's not specific enough. The works of people like cassetteboy, remixing politicians speech over a backing track sound like the sort of thing the OP is asking for, but "mashups" also include things like Wax Audio's Whole Lotta Sabbath and *Maiden Goes to Bollywood" which are all-music
    – Chris H
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 8:22
  • ... But there may not be a better term, or at least not something short and well known
    – Chris H
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 8:23
  • @ChrisH Now that you point it out, it might be too specific to music ‘remixes’. Perhaps I can claim some semantic widening :) - the editing of bits and pieces of existing work to form a new musical work seemed to point straight to mashup. I think I’ll let this answer stand for now, but I appreciate both comments.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 8:33
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    It's a helpful answer and may in fact be better than the suggestion I'm about to make (+1 BTW, I thought I'd voted alreday but apparently not)
    – Chris H
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 9:00
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The Wikipedia article for Cassetteboy, an English act that are well-known for such videos, uses the term cut-ups. This was originally used with written text but has been applied to video since the 1960s and audio since the 70s. I have a little doubt about this use as the original cut-up technique involved a random element that would be out of place in these more poltical videos.

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