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X with a Layer Added Every Second is basically a YTP sub-meme where a video within a video appears every second. This causes a really bizarre echo effect.
On April 8th, 2008 veteran video mashup artists wreckandsalvage joined the Youtube Poop community and created the first “X with a layer added every second” YTP video; entitled Wreckrolled.
While W&S have a healthy following on Vimeo, they were the newcomers to the YTP community and as such, they might not have been successful at triggering a fad if it hadn’t been for the more experienced Pooper, Erarg.
Aaron Valdez (1/3rd of W&S) explains:
We joined the YTP community about a year ago just to see what it was about, learn more about what and why people remix. Posted this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUGah9lBAgA which was then mimicked by a more seasoned member, Erarg, who gave it a title “Hotel Mario with a layer added every second.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZttcfCZ5aUQ
This quickly became a fad within YTP because of his standing, a better title that describes how to make the video (our version syncs beats from the song which I guess work out to one second), and the fact that it was easily replicated. The fad even spawned another user to use this technique to create another version using “Never Gonna Give You Up” source footage without knowledge of our original. Despite this his version has more views because of his greater involvement within the community.
Poopers, including the first user to mimic our video, Erarg, who know we created the first video have always given credit to us for being the source of the fad. But the I would credit the fad itself to Erarg http://www.youtube.com/user/Erarg for all of the reasons mentioned. Without him it would just exist quietly as most of our work does on YouTube.
I found how the video spread all pretty interesting.
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