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Lawrence Lessig’s Remix provides a great deal of insight in the use of new media in culture today. In his chapter entitled Remixed: Media, Lessig discusses the concept that text has become the new Latin in the sense that it has become a form with which intellectuals communicate. Lessig shows how the majority of people now look to TV, film, music, and music video for information. The shift from text to visual and sound based media is important because it creates the necessity to present information in a way that will be interpreted by a mass audience. Lessig seems to thoroughly enjoy this shift from text because of the broader range of emotion and potency information can have when it takes these new forms. Lessig mentions a number of remixed artifacts to show that the new remixed media has the ability to take a message and magnify it by presenting it in a remixed format. An important aspect of this new remixing is its dependence on the use of icons and symbols to create meaning. The purpose of the remixing is to magnify the emotions and experiences people correlate to these icons and symbols. It is interesting to consider the idea that video and audio have replaced text as a basic form of communication. It will be interesting to see how this development proceeds and what will come of it in the future.


Mash-up (Mash-up Mini Remix & Shake N’ Shave It Up)

I love music. No that’s not right, I LOVE MUSIC! My project of course focused on music and how new technology has allowed for more and more people to create new music.This project has morphed from creating a remix of a trance track to what is currently sitting on the internet. The original idea was to take Above & Beyond’s track “You Got To Go” and do a remix. Little did I know that doing a remix takes a large amount of skill, time, and most of all the right kind of track. What I came to find out while researching how to remix was when it comes to audio you really need the multi-track recording. A multi-track recording has each instrument, or sound effect in its own track. This allows you to use individual sections of the song or just cut a small section from a single instrument. In order to get multi-track recordings of a song you need to be a well know remixer, know someone (the artist who made the track originally or record label), or just get lucky if the artist releases the multi-track for all to use.

My project has become a mini mix of some of my favorite tracks from this year. I’ve found ways to edit and add something to just about every track played. The coolest part of about the track is I’ve created it using tracks from so many different artists. Many sections of the song have as many as 3 or 4 different elements playing at once which really adds to the song.

The remix was created in Adobe Audition with help from Virtual DJ in creating edits. The software was a little tricky to get used to but with time I’ve been able to create a really interesting song. My goal for the short term is to create a full on mash-up that isn’t just a large amount of cuts and mini edits. One of my personal projects or hobbies is being a DJ and this project has given me a much needed skills that I can now use to create edits of tracks. Being able to make edits, mash-ups, and remixes will help me greatly in becoming a better DJ.

To sum up my project I’ve created a mash-up mini mix at least that is what I’m going to call it now. There are tons of different tracks with samples taken from other tracks. While the track is finished in terms of this project I’ve just now scratched the surface of remixing.

Following the completion of the project I had some left over edits and samples from a song I really liked so I decided to create a mash-up of Florence and The Machine – Shake It Up ( Benny Benassi Extended Mix) and Zedd – Shave It (Original Mix). It took me a long time to get all the sections of the song to sound right. After doing major edits and messing with the sound of the track I was able to create a pretty cool song. Let me know what you think! Also…You can check out my mixes and live sets that I have posted as well!

The project I turned in:

The song I made following the project:


This youtube video of a letterpress application shows the developmental process of how an old school process turns into a new school process. In the beginning of the video is shows the person walking around the type shop in order to find all of the materials needed to make one pass on the letter press. On the contrary the end of the video shows the person holding a letter press application on a digital display platform, not physically moving any where to get the necessary materials. Granite you will never get the same results from letter press vs. a digital version but the concept of taking the letter press process and turning in into a new form is a significant of remixing a media. The letter press is used to represent messages, this new digital form allows for more exploration within the actually letter press process. The interaction from the physical press to the digital press also shows a huge significance of remixing a media source.

I think the simplest form of remixing and it relates to our class is the blog that we use. It ties in nicely with Lessig’s Remix, at the beginning it was only the form of writing and as the internet evolves, the first blog was created called Usenet. But the Usenet was really organized and people started to post cross-group commercial, which we are all very familiar: spam. Later on as the internet evolves blogs was created. Even then it was still not organized enough where random people posting random blogs and people are reading other people’s blog where they don’t even know them. As the blog evolves tagging and ranking, which allows people to find information around the interent from an one central place. With all these features above blogs became more and more popular, from social network website to educational use, like what we are doing. Sharing summary readings to insightful videos on the blog

Remix Application Example- Underoath









Check out this submission in Underoath Remix Contest- Illuminator on Indaba Music.

Above is an example of remixing and how it can be used in a social sense. It is also a legal form of remixing. The band Underoath hosted a contest where they encouraged fans to remix a single through the website, Indaba Music. The winner of the contest would have their remixed version of the song included in the Deluxe Album as a Remix. This is an example of how remixing can be used in a legal way in the music industry, as the band encouraged the remixing and creativity of their fans.

Remixed: Media, Lessig pg. 68-76

Remixing is the way we combine different media resources into a new way of representing a message into a new visual context. The way Lessig represents media as a single form and then introducing the human factor of combining these works into a newly developed form using two media sources. In the change of time and age of technology we are now able to remix a media form into something no one has ever seen before. This is what the human participatory population wants to see, something new. Years ago when technology was not as advanced as it is today we were unable to remix a media and take it back to its original form, we were only able to basically destroy it for good. Today’s digital ages allows us to direct pieces of media digitally and still allowing us to have its original state. In the example that Lessig gave about Bush’s speech being media remixed, shows an intention of people to harm ones profile over the media sources. The way the media content was displayed to the public allowed for everyones point of views to then be altered into another state, then allowing people to act differently toward Bush from their previous perspective. The participatory population is the one accepting factor on how media gets transformed into a media source that everyone is familiar with and whats to become aport of.

In this section Lessig focuses on remixed writing. His example of this is the way that writing and reading has evolved to blogging. In the beginning blogging was unorganized and not worth anything. But after the addition of tags it allowed blogs to become much more useful and meaningful. With tags and linking people could easily navigate blogs to find information they are interested in which gave order to the crazy atmosphere of early blogging. Also in the growing remix of text came the availability to add comments to blogs to give feedback to the writer or to start conversation or debate about the piece. After the ability to link and add comments came the blogging ranking system where sites were able to count how many people linked back to a certain blog to create an order of popularity.

Lessig also argues that blogs are a much better source for information than the main stream media in their delivery of both quality and truth. Even though many blogs are ridiculous with their content, Lessig wants to focus on the creativity that it sparks. It is a space where anyone can share their view point with out having to worry about getting publicly criticized or embarrased except by the comments that people can post.

Music that moves…

Love this Skrillex remix of Promises by Nero. I really like how dj’s and producers often make better remixes than the original work. Electronic dance music (EDM) is weird like that I guess. Most music doesn’t do “remixes” but covers. The problem with covers are they sound so similar to the original work that it isn’t new. Remixes in EDM are so different. They often sound completely different or even better the remix is a a different genre which I’ll give 2 examples.

Example 1:

Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Original Mix) {Dubstep}

Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Zedd Remix) {Electro House}

Example 2:

Nero – Promises (Original Mix) {Dubstep}

Nero – Promises (Calvin Harris Remix) {House}