Admittedly, I was a little confused about what to write in this weeks’ blog post because I think most of us know what a remix is. So I’ll let my
shitty amateur remediations do most of the talking. But first, take a look at my favourite example of remix culture (if you haven’t already).
All forms of media are a remix of some kind; memes remix culture, news stories remix factual events (or do they? #fakenews), and films remix footage/narratives. A popular theory regarding the latter is that only 7 original storylines exist in the world.
Now, onto my own remixes. The first is of a relatively popular song – props to you if you can guess what it is before (1:03). The second is from a previous blog post of mine about fake news which is just an absolute banger I felt I should share again.
While these remixes are not the best, they demonstrate just how easy it is to transform an existing creation – we have the internet to thank for this. The first clip renders the song ‘’Covered in Chrome’’ by Violent Soho almost completely unrecognizable until (1:03), while the second embeds a Trump quote into a trap song – redefining its meaning and making it somewhat politically satirical. Because as we all know, the medium is the message.
Do you think remixes qualify as something new, or should they be considered stealing?