Saturday, May 14

Everything Is a Remix! Really!

I often lament the state of music these days specifically in regards to sampling. There are so many artists that take chunks of music, not edit them, and then stick them into their music. By brother has been listening to that new Jay-Z song that samples "Hard Knock Life." Not only does sampling that piece of music in a rap song seem weird, but think about the fact that it's THE CHORUS OF THE SONG! But it's a good song and it is common knowledge that beats, phrases, sounds, etc. are copied and manipulated in music. Today it's happening a whole lot it seems. I've heard the elder folk mock the music today, that nobody is doing anything "original."

Nothing is original. Now I thought some things were original, one of them being Led Zepplin. But NOTHING is original! Everything is a remix! And I know this because of this really awesome series Kirby Ferguson has uploaded to Vimeo. The way he tears apart Led Zepplin's music is CRAZY, at least to me because I didn't know the references! Led Zepplin seems like the worst band in the entire universe after watching Part 1 of this series. In Part 2 movies are investigated, using Stars Wars to reveal that....IT'S A TOTAL RIP-OFF! The videos are really great and I wish there were more of them!



Ferguson also tore apart Kill Bill. Even though it's soooo easy to pick apart that movie and point to references, it's still super cool to have it all playing side by side.

6 comments:

bobb said...

Jake Holmes is an interesting singer and songwriter. Holmes and Bob Gaudio of The Four Seasons wrote the songs for Frank Sinatra's "Watertown" LP (a bit different from "Dazed and Confused" for sure), an interesting late 60's concept album. It was Sinatra's least successful LP.

I'm sending you some music in a few minutes:).

Leah P. said...

these are really cool, i like these a lot, i'm gonna watch em all.

bobb said...

the email i sent bounced for some reason - i'll try again

Hanna said...

So true. But at least we have the will to choose what/how to remix something. Then there's also how the audience responses to it. When something is remixed well from an entertainment point of view it presents it in a new light and the audience is inspired.

Hanna said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I

Anonymous said...

so long as the things being remixed aren't remixes :)