Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another Short Video for Module 4: "Everything's a Remix"

Brought to you by another intrepid young mash-up fan/access advocate/artist on the Web, here is another video - this one very brief - of a project underway that gets at some of the same general ideas and concepts as our required viewing, "Can I Get an Amen? The Amen Break Movie" and our highly recommended optional viewing, "RiP! A Remix Manifesto" do.

What is particularly interesting about this effort is both its focus (some would say "ripping on") of Zeppelin as a particularly egregious bunch of blues rip-off artists (a theme touched on in RiP!, too) as well as the comments below this first installment that take issue with what some viewers consider the creator's conflating and confusing of terms and actions like "sampling," "remixing" and "mash-ups" ("mashings up"? I don't know).

To be sure, there will be much less video content available on the open web for our later modules, so enjoy this while you can!

Everything is a Remix from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. Several others have brought up some of the economic factors regarding copyright and copyright and infringement during our discussion this week. The above video brings out some of the more social/cultural and perhaps racial elements of copyright, copyright infringement, borrowing, fair use, etc. Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Elvis and more are all examples of white artists that to varying degrees of flagrancy ripped off the works of earlier black artists and made millions of dollars of doing so. Compare this to the licensing fees that hip-hop acts pay to clear samples for their records and it seems to me that what we perceive to be fair use vs. infringement has cultural and racial dimensions, in addition to the economic ones others have already pointed out.