I am going to use Jim Groom Lecture from 2012 for remix. You need to really start listening around 3:30. You will want to watch RiP: A Remix Manifesto first (given below).
For the next two weeks you’ll be exploring the culminating ideas of ds106–remixes and mashups– the artistic recasting of existing media into new forms by creative combination and editing. This will build off of your previous work in all media forms. And we will even remix our own assignments.
What is Remix?
Before you get started making your own remixes, explore the concepts of remix and mashup, and see if you can try and sort out the differences. As part of your understanding, you are tasked with reviewing at least two of the references on the concepts listed below and at least three of the examples.
Instead of writing up an explanation of what you learned, instead formulate your own understanding about remix and mashup, and record a video or audio of you explaining it to someone who is not familiar; this could ba 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.
References on Remix
RiP: A Remix Manifesto a documentary by Brett Gaylor on remix culture featuring the work of Girl Talk. The video is 90 minutes long, watch at least half of it! Note, you can watch the video directly on vimeo
and Part 3.
The New Prohibition by Andy Baio is a must view insight into copyright, fair use (“fair use is not a law”), and remix culture.
Let Us Never Speak Of This Thing Again resources and audio from a ds106 session in 2011 from Brian Lamb
A Fair(y) Use Tale itself a remix that uses Disney clips to explain copyright
Below is an assortment of remix examples, review at least 3 of them for your assignment or feel free to locate your own examples, just be sure to justify how they are remixes.
- Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed – two different sources re-edited to be coherent story
- Two Gentlemen of Leobowski mashing up Shakespeare and the Big Lebowski
- Star Wars Call Me Maybe a remix/recut mashup of Star Wars dialogue to tell a new tale
- Don’t Tase Me Bro/MC Hammer – news event mashed up with music
- Youtube duet: Miles Davis improvising on LCD Soundsystem
- Scary Mary (recut movie trailer – family movie reversed to Horror)
- The Shining Recut (recut movie trailer – horror movie reversed to be love story)
- Star Trek Meets Monty Python – redubbing
- Slagsmålsklubben – Sponsored by destiny a clever retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in a modern form
- Kel McKeown: Instructional Video – creating new sounds from recut instructional videos
- Hitler Downfall DMCA Takedown – retelling via captioning
- Literal Video Versions – music videos form literal interpretation of lyrics
- Barack Obama Singing Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen (suggested bv ds106 student Amber R)
- Odd Kid – lip sync and remix
- Sweded Films – low/no budget remakes of hollywood films
- Comic Strips Mashups
- Fabulous Secret Powers
- The Magic School Bus (Fan Made Movie Trailer) (suggested by ds106 students Haley C)
- Overlooked ReMIX remixing video game music
- 30 Classic Music Albums Recreated With Lego
Running into Copyright
If it has not happened to you while working on video projects, it will likely in this section- a notice from YouTube about copyright violation. They use a technology called ContentID that is automatically able to determine if a users upload includes video or audio that matches copyrighted content. Sometimes you just get a warning, sometimes it prevents you from embedding media, and in some cases your video night be removed outright.
You have a few options if this happen; see the ds106 handbook.
http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/xns_Yes, this first interferes with your work on assignments. But give it more thought in your weekly reflection, and try to weigh the balances of being able to “take” video clips and make them into something new (including looking at your own creations and asking how it might change if it is your creativity being used by others).
Remixing A ds106 Assignment
For this week, we are going to remix an existing ds106 assignment. Here is how it works… go to the ds106 remixer site at http://remix.ds106.us/ and follow the link for the Remix Generator. When it loads, it will randomly choose one of the hundreds of ds106 assignments; as well it will serve up one of what we call “Remix Cards” which is a certain twist or variation to apply to the assignment.
Your task is to then interpret this as a new assignment — and complete it. Not only that, we want you to look at the examples that were done for the original assignment, and use media from one of these as your starting point.
For example, one combination is combining the Wiggle Spectroscopy (visual assignment) with the Go Emo remix card – so the challenge there would be to create a wiggle visual that features an emo type character.
It’s tricky! (And some combinations may not even be possible!) We are not as interested in what fabulous creations you can make, but how you can write up your and justify your interpretation of the remix assignment. If the remix generator gives you something that does not make sense, just reload it and try another combination. Note that the remixed assignment is not created until you click the big Remix It button. Be sure to save the URL for your remixed assignment.
Other Mashup Assignments
If you don’t see an assignment you like, and you have an idea for one, submit it! If you submit a new assignment you must also complete that assignment otherwise it won’t count
Weekly Summary & Recap
Your weekly summary for weeks 13 & 14 is due by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 29. It should include the following:
- Link to your what is remix blog post, in which you investigate the remix resources and examples provided above, and embed a video or audio recording of you explaining remix to someone else.
- Link to your blog post for the assignment you did with the ds106 Remix Generator
- Link to and discussion of your 9 stars worth of remix assignments.
- Summary of your work and final reflections on remix/mashup. Note that in your reflection I am looking to see some thought given to what you have learned about Remix/Mashup and where it may apply to other work or acts of creativity you may do or see. Or write about where they place is in realm fo culture and media. Or speculate on the implication for copyright.
- Do three daily creates.