Sparta Remix is the name given to a mash-up remix based on a scene from the 2007 movie 300. It is a specific kind of remix that requires perfect timing.
Someone who makes Sparta remixes is stated as a Sparta Remixer (SR). A Sparta base is simply the instrumental base, BGM (background music), or the backing track of a Sparta remix. Someone who makes Sparta bases is stated as a Sparta Base Maker (SBM).
Keaton Monger, the creator of the Sparta Remix, released his 300 This is Sparta (fun times mix) video in 2007. He posted it on YTMND (which stands for "You're The Man Now Dog", a punchline by British actor Sean Connery on one of his non-James-Bond movies), where it gained considerable popularity. But the fad really didn't start until he decided to extend his remix, and the EXTENDED fun times mix was put in several videos containing Sparta GIF's and memes at that time. The tempo of 75% of Sparta Bases is 140 BPM. The tempo of the other 25% of bases, such as the Hyper LOL Base by GringoHisopo1993, Abscond, Nameless etc have different BPM's such as 150, 160, 170 etc.
Nowadays, despite YTPMVs practically having a similar format, Sparta Remix is largely criticized by some YTPMVers because they consider Sparta remixes to be "repetitive" in comparison to YTPMVs, which use a wide variety of songs and not one specific song to base off on.
On February 19th, 2007, a YTMND user named Keaton Monger, also known as keatonkeaton999 (aka Funtastic Power!) or simply Keaton, created a page titled “300TMND THIS IS SPARTA (fun times mix)" which features a looping GIF of This Is Sparta!, a scene in the movie with a remix song titled “300 This is Sparta  playing. The page gathered more than 178.700 views with a 4.57 out of 5-star rating. He posted it on YTMND where it gained considerable popularity. But the Sparta remix meme didn't really start until he decided to extend his remix, and the EXTENDED fun times mix (aka Sparta Remix EXTENDED) was put in several videos containing Sparta GIFs. The first Sparta remix that wasn't the original was actually created by Keaton, and it was DENTAL PLAN (fun times mix). It used the Unextended Base.
People then started to post their Sparta remixes on YouTube using other popular movies, memes, and TV shows years later.
SupDawg444, Tachin1994, and RAVAGE656 are the first Sparta remixers who knew the basic formulas of the Sparta remix: the Chorus, DunDunDenDen, and Madness. Not many people got the concept of "Sparta patterns". Pretty much only the basic chorus pattern is used. Only the experienced users could get the patterns correct at that time. Remixers used to put Sparta-related GIFs and "weird" meme visuals in their Sparta remixes. WMM was used in Sparta remixes before Sony Vegas.
Many remixes made during that time were extremely standard. Most notably, Tachin1994 was one of the first Sparta remixers to know how to pitch-shift samples correctly at that time.
The progression pitch pattern during that period usually wasn't known before, example:
0, 0, 1, 1, -2, -2, 1, 1
Freestyles also emerged in this period. Some Sparta remixers decided to switch to Sony Vegas in order to improve their Sparta remixes. Bases have also been introduced, but they haven't been commonly made until years later.
Many Sparta remixers have improved during this period. The pitch shift was alright. There were other Sparta remixers that were terrible at timing. The basic chorus and most basic freestyles were correctly used. The basic pitch sample was used a bit more. Remixers liked to put random visual effects at that time.
More new Sparta remixers came in and some left. People started grasping the basic pitch pattern and also 0,12,0,12,1,13,1,13 but not many people knew the concept of "correct notes". MLP started to become overused in Sparta remixes at that time. Sparta Duels and basic percussion were introduced. DreamCloud's Awesomeness 1 and 2 emerged, but the pattern hasn't been used until mid to late 2014.
The most notable remixer at that time was MirrorImage98. He was the first to discover the awesomeness patterns.
There were two programs that have been used frequently at this time: Melodyne and NewBlueFX. XlethYireh/Aduburyus implemented Melodyne in 2012. Experienced remixers at that time knew Melodyne. The Awesomeness patterns emerged during this period.
KingSpartaX37 was the most notable remixer at that time. He has been known for doing some of the most memorable Sparta remix videos, most of which were removed by him.
Hi-hats, neater box visuals, and more accurate percs as well as correct pitch emerged at that time. Some remixes used fake pitch samples, sometimes involving super-stretching the samples (and sometimes used with Melodyne). Melodyne also began to be used more commonly at that time. Vibrato/scratching freestyles emerged and pitch slides as well. SpongeBob Squarepants, as well as object shows such as Battle For Dream Island and Inanimate Insanity, have started to become overused at the time. Pointless fights, sarcastic comments, and troll videos began emerging in the community from early to mid-2013.
Freestyles died out in 2013, but it made a comeback especially for some remixers. The argument of Fake Pitch originated from this period and has continued up to this day.
The most notable remixer of that year was Aduburyus, because of the continuation of creativity in his remixes.
This was considered the dark age of Sparta remixes, because things started to go downhill at this time.
Epic visuals emerged after Aduburyus made his "epic" Sparta remixes (Feels So Good v2, pinhead.veg, hap hu collab). He innovated so many things for Sparta remixes, such as arps, FL Studio effects, and auto tune. Everyone tried to be like the more appreciated Sparta remixers, including Aduburyus, by copying original ideas, using the same idea over and over again, and the idea of having epic visuals in their remixes.
Many of the old remixers (2010-2013) quit making videos because of the sudden immaturity of the community, more pointless fights, and other reasons. Sparta Remix Kids (or Sparta Kids) was a term used to describe Sparta remixers usually under the age of 13 (sometimes older) that act immaturely –even in criticism– and sometimes copy others.
People used fake pitch samples and fake percs more often. Fake percs were usually done by taking FL percs and placing it over visuals. Vocodex, Granular Synthesis, and Bit speek were introduced, but people have considered them to be methods of the fake pitch. Turning percs to pitch samples also appeared after Vocodex was introduced.
SpongeBob sources, FNAF sources (How To Make FNAF Not Scary, Animations, L Pers, variations of it like Five Nights at Treasure Island) and object shows have been very overused to death during this time. Scratching and Boris FX visuals were overused. Most remixers considered visuals to be "more important than audio". "NO BGM" Sparta remixes were also introduced.
Many people predicted that this year would be worse than 2014 and that it would almost kill Sparta remixes. But that was proven wrong in this year.
Many classic Sparta remixers like Aone Atwo Athree, MyLandmasterAlt2, and Teh93rdSpartan returned for a short time. Some of the "noob" Spartans improved to make really good remixes as well. Alex The Savior was booming with ideas during the time, which were soon to be overused.
The most overused base made this year was the Sparta Pulse Remix and has been infamous for its overuse.
Sparta Remix² existed in a short time. To explain it briefly, it's a Sparta remix of a Sparta remix, some call it a "Sparta ception". Sparta remixes of YTPMVs existed, but they were rare and were made by Ookami. VEG replacing existed in this period, but many –if not all Sparta remixers– considered it lazy because veg-replacing a source does nothing but retain the visuals, source, and base. Freestyle pitches and 32nd note pitches became popular due to Alex The Savior and the Pulse pitch patterns. 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 boxes became widespread.
The problems of this time were that videos were being stolen by other people; Soundgoodizer was overused in the later half of 2015, and Five Nights at Freddy's.
Unfortunately, FNAF fans ended up making way more FNAF remixes than expected, which caused beginners/amateurs such as Doctor Mario Prime and SiL L to rise up to a sub count of around 3,000+ almost instantly, no matter if they were terrible to the point of being laughable.
Quack Addict was one of the victims of this terrible FNAF fandom. Those fans ONLY watched his FNAF remixes and not his other content. He, not wanting this, eventually deleted all of his FNAF related videos. Quack Addict finished them off by making videos offensive towards FNAF fans and eventually caused them to unsubscribe. Now, Quack Addict rested happily with a true and loyal 13,000+ sub count, until he got shut down by false flaggers.
As this year started a not too long time ago, it was the 9th anniversary of the Sparta fad. On the darker side, people have claimed that this year was worse than 2014.
Big name remixers (Matt Conagher, Alex The Savior, Unknown Sprocket, etc.) left; however, some retired remixers came back later, including Alex The Savior, Sprocket and Matt themselves.
Many remixes during this period were usually just pitch/perc covers like in 2015 or with a lot of freestyle pitch (which was popularized by Alex The Savior). Sudden pitch changes and Sparta remixes that use a different song as a base were common ideas that have emerged at this time.
There were more than just quote-on-quote "Sparta kids" that were trying to destroy the community. Remixers have reacted to certain criticisms or actions by making anti-channels on a specific person (e.g Anti-Oguzkan, Samarco HD), grabbing people's IPs, hypocrites who speak about how much the community is horrible and taking down someone's channel because you don't like them (e.g Matt Conagher to Teh Pekos and Anti-Oguzkan to Oguz).
"Sparta kids" who use a specific application titled Pixitracker came in and created Sparta remixes or bases with it. It has been frowned upon by many actual Sparta remixers.
People thought that "this fad has reached its final level", "there is no community anymore", and "This is the year where Sparta Remixes will die off" that it actually happened, but this was usually the mindset of this community, particularly from the more experienced remixers, at that time.
This year was the first-decade anniversary of the Sparta Remix, which happened in 18 February.
Big changes happened to Sparta remixes. Many remixes with freestyles and 32nd note patterns came along, generic (Jario style) remixes dropped in this year; however, there are few people who still make generic remixes. Chord progressions and the minor tones are now somewhat common in this community currently.
Many remixers came back in this year or before, and new people came in and started to create more content. There were also many bases being made more than usual in this year compared to previous years.
Many fads later emerged this year, many of them made from V1's all the way to literal V15's, using the same quote or base.
Since the Sparta Remix meme was 10 years old, Keaton decided to give the project to the community through this website Sparta Remix Planet . The correct username is "callaway", and the correct password is "eights" . It was changed due to exposure; but after some time, the original username and password were brought back.
In this year, the community has evolved a bit more. In favor of sampling quality, most remixers are now using FL Studio's piano roll (along with Melodyne) in order to improve the quality of their pitch samples. More newcomers came in and improved this year like BeastMode230, etc.
In 2019, there were a variety of remixers that quit remixing, like AlexTheSavior, BrendenTehSpartan, Beaztyyy, etc. Most remixers either quit because everyone else did, or they just quit for no reason. Some people unlisted their Sparta remix videos. However, sometime in November, some remixers returned, such as AlexTheSavior, BrendenTehSpartan, etc.
This COPPA law came to YouTube, and it made some remixers want to quit remixing again, or even quit their channels and move to video sharing sites like Vlare and Bitchute. Until a new rule that was made by the FTC about COPPA was released, and it pretty much saved most communities on YouTube including the Sparta remix community, so it was said that the Sparta remix community will live on.
On our Discord server, Keaton decided to upload a song named "Vapormax 06" (it was pinned in the server afterward).
Sparta Remix Studio
On February 6th, Sparta Remix Studio was released and created by Pet297. It is the first software to actually be intended for Sparta remixes and to be created by a Sparta remixer.
Bosnian Sparta Remix
Around 2020, Sparta Remixing for the first time reached out to Bosnia & Herzegovina as no evidence of earlier date of Sparta Remixing in Bosnia has been ever found. The Sparta Remixer behind this is Austria-Hungary (old) who was terminated during a copyright battle of his fans against Omco who was targetted by his parodies and Sparta Remixes. Few of them have reached over thousand views until his old account was terminated.
On November 2020, Austria-Hungary (new) returned 6 days after termination uploading his supposed last Sparta Remix about Omco until changing the title months later. His Omco Sparta Remix uploaded in 2020 gained attention around Q1 2021 reaching over 2K views like his previous Sparta Remix did in his older channel.
False copyright Claims when using the original base
Sometime in 2020, most Sparta remixes that used the original base started getting false content id claims by Lord Lorenz for using his song named "MermaidMan - Evil." The videos aren't being blocked. However, certain countries may see ads on it. Nobody has made a video on this copyright issue.
Later in the same year, the Copyright claim problem has been fixed as all of the false claims from Lord Lorenz have been removed. It's unknown if Lord Lorenz was banned from using the content id due to misuse or abuse.
Starting sometime in September, remixes using the original Sparta remix base were getting Content ID claims again, but this time they do not appear to be false as the original producer Funtastic Power (FP for short, the label under which Keaton made the original base) was using the Content ID claim now. It's not clear if it's the actual Funtastic Power or if there's somebody impersonating him. The policy is that ads will now show on the videos.
A lot of remixers improved this year, even some old remixers like Oguz, and Prof. Jayston returned to the community.
These are the components that make a Sparta remix:
- Chorus (the main pattern of a Sparta remix)
- DunDunDenDen (epic freestyles commonly happen in this segment)
- Epicness (present in most bases except unextended versions of it)
- Awesomeness (the notable minor component used on extended-type bases)
- Pitch Patterns
- Pitch Samples