Remix – the idea started with music: sampling, mixing, creating new content using the old. This does not simply exist only in the medium of music, however it is the field I wish to explore, since I have musical background myself, and I am exploring this through my Digital Artefact. Of course, this is an issue copyright (something I discussed in wk2), and I would like to question the idea of remix and ownership.
At what point does the new remediation, the remix of content, belong to the person who remixed it? Although the samples belonged to other artists, the new artist is changing the piece, making it new, making it different, altering the piece to create something else – something which the old artist has not made, but the new artist has; so who ‘owns’ this new composition?
My remix explored the use of combining multiple songs together to create new material. My musical compositions tend to lean towards an experimental, ambient style, and as such my final remediation reflects this. I’d been sitting on the idea of a few songs which could work nicely together for a couple of weeks, but it wasn’t until I listened to some more abstract, musique concète style music that I found something to tie them all together. While I wasn’t aiming to create a song from that genre, the extract from Time…Dot(3) provided me with an underlying theme to tie the whole piece together.
Utilising simple cuts, balancing of volumes, and experimentation with time stretching (image 2), this piece was compiled from the following songs: