Instead of writing up an explanation of what you learned, instead formulate your own understanding about remix and mash-up, and record a video or audio of you explaining it to someone who is not familiar; this could be a family member, friend, neighbor, random stranger. The point is to capture a recording of your explanation and make sure we hear the other person, perhaps asking a question. If you show them any examples, do it before you record – we do not need to hear them again. Write up a blog post that includes this recording and anything else you want to share to show your understanding of remix, and explaining how the examples you watched demonstrated the form. Put some thought on whether this is a creative act and as well explore what it means for the entities that retain copyright over the media forms that are remixed. Include links and/or embeds of all media you reference.
While this wasn’t featured in the final transmission, I can confess that mash-ups and remixes are very creative acts. It takes a lot of effort to make something new out of something we’ve seen and heard countless times, and it shows that art is the ultimate form of subjectivity. Anything and everything can be seen as art when taken from the right angle, the right perspective, and the right mindset. Those that hold the rights to the original work, however, just can’t be framed as villains here, for I simply refuse to believe that businesses and corporations continue to worry over what is essentially free publicity for their products. If anything, they’re more afraid that someone could accidentally paint their product in a negative light with these remixes and mash-ups, and don’t want to risk spending any amount of time in the local courtroom that they feel will hurt them even more in the court of public opinion.
Everything is a Remix Part 1: The Song Remains the Same, by Kirby Ferguson
The Original Scary ‘Mary Poppins’ Recut Trailer, by Christopher Rule
YouTube Duet: Miles Davis Improvising on LCD Soundsystem, by Alessandro Grespan
Brows Held High: The Man Who Fell to Earth, by Kyle Kallgren
A Fair(y) Use Tale, by Eric Faden