Remix Cult: How and WHY?


Remixing is defined as the act of rearranging, combining, editorializing, and adding originals to create something entirely new.
Remixing is the 4th most nefarious form of plagarism, and mashups are #7I think everything is a remix, and I think this is a better way to conceive of creativity. La Trobe University’s Academic Misconduct Policy defines ‘plagiarism’ as ‘the reproducing of someone else’s words, ideas or findings and presenting them as one’s own without proper acknowledgment. If the art of remix is a re-versioning of existing forms to create something new, then can it really be considered plagiarism?

Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or manner in which they are expressed. A remix can change the style, feel, even the emotional meaning of a track by altering the context of sections, reharmonizing melodies, adding additional elements. Creators work tirelessly in order to produce something which is distinctive of their own social and creative innovation. Should all of this content be removed from the Internet or the uploaders and creators of mashups be prosecuted? Should they really be punished for creating the same way people have been creating for centuries?
Is the copyright holder attack a simple ploy for money or is it just to attack remix creativity.

The internet is just an amalgamation of information that has been recycled over and over again by a population who were raised on the idea that sharing is caring.
A perfect example of this being meme culture. These creations can become so well known, in fact, that it is copied, modified, parodied and used as a platform to generate and spread other opinions and messages. All of these creations built up from one single source into thousands of others.

With an abundance of tools on the internet for artist to use is it any wonder why remix culture has taken over? There are many people all over the world interested in creating all kinds of art, but this can be a costly endeavor.

While creating virtually, for the savvy (frugal) internet explorer, can be a virtually cost free endeavor. With free programs like audacity, AVS Editor and free trials on generally paid for products like photoshop. 
All of which will have many free tutorials online.
Much of cultural participation now occurs in online communities. Without the creation of their own remixes, most are simply subscribers to this phenomenon without actively participating.
With the wide spread availability of these digital tools, and the connected culture of art that people now have available to them, it makes sense for these art forms to go in the direction they have.

In 2010, there were 22,750 remixes released, an increase of more than 450% in twenty years.  Why is everyone a DJ these days, and why does every band in the world have to have a remix? The short answer is because they can.


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