When this documentary first surfaced, it became an instant go to tool for explaining the remix process to curious folk’. Kirby does great in going into detail about not only the process of a ‘remix’ but also addressing ethical and moral implementations that come with the domain. To celebrate the five year anniversary, Kirby Ferguson polished up the original four parts and merged them into a single video. For the first time now, the whole series is available as a single video with proper transitions all the way through, unified styling, and remixed and remastered audio. Part One has been entirely rebuilt in HD.
Although there have been cases where bootleg remixes have hinted at damaging artists original work, this is not as common as remixes complimenting an original artist. Remixes are a great way to reach into niche markets as well as a form of promotion which should really be seen as flattery. Although free music downloads may contribute to a lowering of an artists sales, this can be made up in performances, merchandise and many other methods. Music will never not be shared! In most cases the formula is much like that of Paul Johnson who heavily sampled (close to copy really) Hamilton Bohannon’s – Me and the Gang, in his smash hit Get Get Down. Paul didn’t see much money from sales of the song, that went to Hamilton Bohannon. However, Paul did get to enjoy making an income from the increase in bookings and his engraved elite dj status, partly cemented by ‘Get Get Down’.
As the documentary states, remixes are an inevitable part of the creation process. It will be interesting to see how the music industry will deal with the vast amount of music that will become public domain in a few generations.. Lets leave you with a wicked website we often use which tells you… well – who sampled who – www.whosampled.com
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