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The Art of the Mashup/Remix Culture

What I would like to try to focus on is how has mash-ups/remixes helped to democratize participation with music and media? And how has it changed DJ culture?

I don’t appreciate the embedded quality here, but you can go to the original destination to view it which I’d prefer.  http://blip.tv/file/3381808

Special thanks to Dan and Mushon :)

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  1. HoniehLayla 09:26, Mar 23rd, 10

    I would love to know how the music process has transformed from vinyl, mp3 to CDs.

    Also, you mentioned that you like to discuss the process of creating a mash up – Definitely do this!

    This video is VERY COOL. It demonstrates how quickly our culture has changed with the technology.

    I loved the underlying tones and meaning it was trying to bring across.

    Looking forward to your next posts!!

  2. Leslie 11:59, Mar 23rd, 10

    Cool video, Ryan! As Honieh said, I’d love to learn what goes into creating a mash-up, as well. The artist Girl Talk always fascinated me with how he interweaves all these different songs together to make a completely new song. I can’t imagine the time consumption involved in doing that! Seeing him in concert is an experience, too. He has his computer in front of him, but never seems to actually be doing anything on it. I’m guessing he’s not mashing up songs there on the spot? Would love to learn more!

  3. ElzbthMllr 12:09, Mar 23rd, 10

    Also love the video. Please enlighten me how you do something like this :)

  4. ElzbthMllr 12:11, Mar 23rd, 10

    Sorry posted before I was done. I think it’s interesting to look at the music scene as an example of this, I’ve followed the so-called bastard pop phenomenon over the past few years and think it’s very interesting to note how it’s shifted and influenced popular music, whereas before it used to be so underground. And now it’s becoming so mainstream (think Alicia Keys’ new song as an example). Looking forward to more posts!

  5. Ryan 12:28, Mar 23rd, 10

    I was thinking that Harris and I could give a breakdown of using Windows Movie Maker for you PC users and I’d give a rundown of how to use iMovie with Mac users. We could see when people would have a moment to learn it. It was a learning by doing process that involved a Firefox plug-in to download the Youtube videos and iMovie. I hope to improve upon it in the following weeks.

    I’ll try to look into Girl Talk, the evolution of music formats and technologies and how they have encouraged and amplified sampling, remixing, and mash-ups. And I’ll also check out bastard pop too.

  6. Harris 13:43, Mar 23rd, 10

    Yes Ryan, and I’m sure everyone will be surprised to know how simple it is. But when I say it’s simple, I’m only talking about how these basic tools work. The other surprising thing is how these basic tools can be used to create such amazingly diverse art. And that is very relevant to your topic.

    It depends only on how innovative one can be, and on how much time one can put into it. These simple videos can take surprisingly long to make. At least in windows, sometimes downloading, importing and trimming clips can be a very frustrating practice full of malfunctions and errors and requires a lot of perseverance.
    I was surprised at how much time I was willing to spend just to make sure the video would look exactly like how I want it to look like :) Now I know why people spend so much time making mashups without commercial incentives. Personal fulfilment is the most inspiring incentive.

  7. Ryan 15:12, Mar 23rd, 10

    You’re very right Harris, these things can be very time consuming. But I wonder if video popularity online might motivate them without any commercial incentives. It took me some time to put it together too. I also want to investigate how certain artists have put their songs online and made contests for anyone to remix it as a marketing tool.

  8. nadine 23:06, Mar 23rd, 10

    Very cool Ryan, congratulations!!! Haha, so if Obama doesn’t think that Beyonce has the best music video, who does?? ;-)

    Weren’t mash-ups and sampling always at the heart of DJ culture?!

    Here is a good article on sampling and copyright if you’d like to address intellectual copyright concerns: The Grey Album: Copyright Law and Digital Sampling http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=648323

    In case you’d like to talk about mash-up culture as social and political expression: I’ve also came across a blog post on mash-up culture in China: http://aramsinnreich.typepad.com/aram_squalls/2008/09/chinese-mash-up.html

    PS: I am signing up for your iMovie class, thank you in advance!

  9. mushon 22:10, Mar 25th, 10

    Hahaha! Great mashup, lots of fun.
    I think the question should be better defined though. Moreover, mashup has become a popular word. It doesn’t only stand for rich sample based videos and for the bastard pop music genre, it is used for data mashing: google maps meets craigslist. Wikipedia meets dynamic timeline and so on… Is there any correlations between these phenomenons? Or are they just sharing a 2.0 era buzzword?

  10. Jimena 16:50, Mar 28th, 10

    Great! Needless to say, I want to learn, too (PC user :(

    I think Mushon’s point is very interesting to go into. I think back to the formal invention of collage in art, and how suddenly the transgression of orthodox techniques opens up larger possibilities for expression.
    I do see a difference between a collage, or a video like yours, or a remixed song, which takes samples from other music to create a new form of expression; and data mashing such as Mushon’s example of google maps embedded in other sites. I think that a real mashup happens when the different languages get mixed in the same production and change the meaning–very evident in image and sound. There de lines that divide one ingredient from the other get very blurry. I guess it goes to the fine line that divides form from content– in a McLuhan sense, how form(medium) becomes content(message).