Copyright is something that affect each and everyone of us on a regular basis. Especially for those people who stream, download, use other peoples material, sampling mashing, plagiarize, etc. We can never escape the copyright issues. Especially in this day in age, the government is getting much more strict on copyright, and getting things online. But what does this mean for us? It basically means that we are screwed. But there is always a way. It is one of the hardest things, when you use something that is online, that maybe free or not, and you use it in an assignment or a piece that you are working on, and upload it to a site, and it gets taken down for copyright in infringement. I know that a majority of the music that I download onto my computer, is free, and it is legally free, but it still has copyright on it, because there is a fragment of the original in there. The difficulty is that we are always going to have this struggle, and it is only going to get bigger, and turn into a war. Big music companies use copyright as something they can get money out of. And governments do not understand what it is like to be an artist or remix things. It is affecting us greatly, in the sense that we are getting more restricted, which is also allowing the restriction of creativity. Copyright, sometimes is necessary, when it comes to rival artists, that do it on purpose. But when we are trying to create something of our own, with no intention of demeaning the work of the original, it is hard for us to do so. There are things like, covers, and working with companies, that allow people to get around copyright, but when it comes to everyday people, we cannot get very far, when we are constantly stopped by this issue, an issue that is now turning into a war.
Remix began and was developed in Jamaica. It was the music of their people, and it exploded onto the world, and became so popular, that everyone began to remix music. Sampling, mashing, essentially cutting and pasting. The world of music had changed dramatically, and evolved from Jamaica. The type of music varied from; calypso, muto, ska, rock-steady, reggal and dance hall. These are all versions of dub. In Jamaica on the other hand, they did not ever use the term remix, but instead they used the word version. When the world heard this type of music, this is where everything began to evolve into these versions of dubs. People began to use sound systems, to create a sound that isn’t heard anywhere else, smashing up their speakers, and playing with it live, and this was from someone breaking their speaker accidentally. It created such a specific sound, depending on the instrument, every started to do the same thing. It has been a large chain of events beginning from something and people, that didn’t have much thought about the concept, but did what felt right for them, and the music that they produced. Jamaican sound engineers, who understood how every piece should work, and is put together, began to use the instrumental remix, in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. They did not have the greatest sound and mixing equipment, but the engineer who did the mixing, had a huge role in defining the recording of sound, by using a mixing board, as an instrument. Obviously nowadays, it is such a popular thing to by using mixing boards, because of DJ’s, and it practically all of the music that is played on the radio, has a mixing board as the instrument in the song. A mixing engineer nowadays is now formally known as an artist. It created the age of electronic/house music, and it has been such at such a fast pace ever since. Not only that but it gave something to the other genres of music, who is now endless in this day in age, something to follow and develop themselves, because everything was developed and evolved from Jamaican music producers, and engineers, who had a passion for the thing they did, and knew what they were doing.
Remixing songs is not something that is new to the world. But it creates such a stir in the foundation of music, especially when a song that is not meant to be a fast, such as Phoenix Lisztomania, is remixed into a house music song. I know a lot of people who absolutely hate when their favorite song is turned into a house remix, because they feel like it just ruins everything about the song. Sometimes it sounds better. It really depends on the song and the remix artist themselves. With this song, I think that the remix artist has done the song justice, because you can still hear the original song, but he has just enhanced the songs beat, to make it much more up beat, and added a few things to it to make it his own. I think that when a song that is indie like this original is remixed into a house song, it can sound like shit. But this song, is surprisingly works really well with the house music vibe. Sometimes it is a shock on how particular songs that you don’t think will work in a remix does, because it is the joy of knowing that it can be turned into something that everyone can enjoy, if done well.
Video remixes do not always have to be complicated, and dramatic in order for it to be a remix. Instead they can just come from the original content, but be as simple as cutting and pasting the certain scenes and putting it into one video. With this video I have found, it is the ‘best moments’ of Kip from napoleon dynamite, aka his brother in the film. With this remix, it has a humor to it that people may or may not get if you have watched the film, but regardless of that, it is still quite funny to watch, because of the character that the actor is playing. It also has a flow to it, that you don’t really notice unless you have watched the film. Some of the clips are taken from the same scene, but used next to each other in different timing. These kind of video remixes are simple but effective, and do not stray away from the original content. It is something that people like to watch if they love a film, especially if it directed to one character, or more, and it gives them a sense of familiarity because someone out their relates to their love for the film or show as well.
Something that I personally enjoy watching, is fan made videos, especially the ones that involve my favorite OTP. What I love the most is the kind of narrative story it enhances, or creates to the original story, and how dramatic it is. With something like Doctor Who, which is quite dramatic enough as it is, it makes such an impact when the clips are rearranged with additional music. It is much more focused on one aspect of the story, and not anything else, when of course, with narrative, the story can focus on so many things at once, it can be hard to see the main aspect of the story.
With the this particular fan made remix of the life of river song and the 11th doctor, it is about the love story that they had, and the impact that she had on his life. It is layered with the different audio/dialogue from different episodes, along with a track that the person has put in, to add a dramatic affect. I have also noticed that they have put in an echo, with the dialogue that you do not see, and it follows with the track in the background. They have used different fade ins within the clips taken from the episodes, to make sure they line up with each other and create the affect of ‘time travel’, like traveling between the different times of the doctor and river. It does have a very dark, and dramatic affect, and when watching it pulls you in. This is one of the things I love about fan made remixes of particular shows or films, is that they are like a days in our lives mini episode, but with a completely different show, and much better acting and dialogue. It has an edge to it that you do not see in other things.
Covers are the most well known remixes. For some reason they are okay in terms of copyright issues, because they are not directly taken from the original song, but recreated with their own material, vocals, and instruments. In terms of how artists do covers, it is different every time. One person could do the same guitar chords, as the original, but it would sound completely different when they do it. Other artist, create a whole different song, by taking certain parts of one song, and breaking it down in to different fragments, and using those fragments to create their own version, with the same lyrics of course.
This is what I love about Kina Grannis, because she uses only certain parts of the song, and the lyrics to create something of her own. She layers each instrument, that she plays and records herself, along with the vocals, which she also does herself, including harmonies, and creates a whole song. If no one had not listened to the original, they would have probably thought that this was her own song. When I listened to this song, I listened to her version of the song, before I ever listened to the original. Although I like the original song, I didn’t and don’t like it as much as I like her version of the song. It has much more heart, because it is something that is completely all her. Not to mention she pretty much shows everything within the music video. Sometimes the original doesn’t add up to the cover, but it is the inspiration for that song, or film, that makes it so much better. People adapt to it to their own style, and sometimes it is greater, or it can be worst.
One of the main things that surround remix, is the cultures and societies that either bring remix forward, or try to bring it back. Certain societies that do not understand the process of remix, are usually the ones that make it harder for anything to go forth within remix, because they think that ‘original’ content is something that is not that should be remixed. But the fact in the matter is, how do they really know that they content that they think is ‘original’ is original. Fact is that nothing is really original, but inspired and taken by other things within the cultures that surround us, and the people we have be known to explore and notice certain aspects of. People in the government may call a form of ‘piracy’ by using other people work. But is it really? No. It isn’t when you are taking something, and making it your own piece of work. The government would never truly understand why people remix things, because they do not do things that involve creative aspects. But they may be remixing in a certain way in their life, that suits them. Because we are remix in some way, in some form, whether it be creative or practical. Politicians may remix other peoples speeches and works from people who were previously in their position. How many times have we all heard the same thing, from so many different politicians, and people running for president, or people running for anything. It involves looking at our past, and the cultures before us to create something that has a strong impact on the way we do things, in everyday life, for our jobs, and for our the benefit of others.
Within our lifetime, there have been so many accomplishments and new techniques, to build upon a new era, that involves using other material to create new ones. Although this is not a new technique, the way it has been evolved and can be connected with the new found era of music making, depending on how it is done, and if it has been done before. With looping particular segments in songs, especially live looping, was seen as not okay in the 60’s and it was investigated, because people did not know whether it was something that could be done, within the legal aspects of music. Looping now a days is completely okay, and is used in almost every single song, in pop, rock, rap, etc. Especially with new found artist who used looping, and became popular, production companies realised it is something of great importance to the selling of the music. Which is the main reason why anything that is adopted by artists, it benefits the music companies, and they think it is okay after further investigation. Anything that comes within the music scene, is always going to have a certain affect on the music itself, and the artist who produces their own music. It is a war against popular music, and the struggle is very much real, in terms of working with hug music companies. Companies look for things to argue about to get more money, and it creates hysteria within the music scene, because they have to watch their back at every turn. The war is getting much more harder to handle, especially in this day in age, where everything is sampled, and taken from the original content.
The sounds that we are legally allowed to use, are usually the extremely boring ones, that really do not do anything for us, apart from maybe fall asleep. But with legal sounds, there is such a huge opportunity, and creative outset to do create something that would be completely different to what we listen to, and that is one of the best things about legals sounds, is that it gives us the creativity to explore what we can do without being restricted. But in another sense we are being restricted from the things that we would listen to, but then it would sound like anything else, and it wouldn’t be as satisfying, because you could possibly hear something similar somewhere else, which is never a bad thing, because that is the beauty of remix. That we can create different versions of the same thing, and it can become something bigger than what we had imagined.
Sampling, mashing and looping, are the biggest part of the world today. People do not pay attention to certain aspects of this concept, but they do notice how it creates or evokes and emotion, that is hard to shake off and manage, because of the way that they are connected to the way it sounds. We all typically dance to something that has a great beat, and that does not make us look like we are just having a weird body twitch. That is why typically mainstream music, the music that everyone has either heard on the radio, or seen on the iTunes charts, actually have a specific outset, that allows them to cater to the needs of the people they want to impress, who is the fans and consumers; such as big companies, who want to use their track for an ad. There are two kinds of music out there; the bad ones, and the good ones. Depending on the person, that is typically up to them, but mainstream music is seen as more or less into that ‘bad’ section, because as the KLF have mentioned, they just continue using the same thing over and over again, and it becomes popular. The ‘good’ music is where there is nothing to follow and the artist does what is needed for themselves to be satisfied and not the fans or consumers.