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Write it, cut it, paste it, save it. REMIX IT!

After carefully choosing which samples go best with others over the course of the week I’ve finally created this completely original (and yet unoriginal, but we’ll get to that) remix/song made in Traktor Pro 2 and recorded live on a Kontrol F1 and S2. So why is it unoriginal? Well all of the samples were ready made and at my disposal, I just had to choose which ones go where and at what times, and of course add some effects for build ups. So was this really my work? Or was it the work of the person who spliced all of these individual samples? Or is it the original person who sat on the drums while he was recorded? One might argue I compiled all of the sounds to be one cohesive work and that without me those sounds would never have been played in the way I played them. But on the other hand one could argue I can’t play drums, nor guitar, so how can I be responsible for this piece?

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One thought on “Write it, cut it, paste it, save it. REMIX IT!

  1. First and foremost, that sound piece was very well made and compliments the post well. Your approach in focusing on the psychological aspect of remixing, asking why we do it and whether it is original or not, is a unique and interesting perspective, questioning the very basis of our modern remix culture. What makes this even more intriguing is how your thesis is essentially a paradox. Although you created the piece, you technically also did not as you used ready-made sound.

    Perhaps include a few articles which explore both sides of the argument. As this is still very much a topical issue I suggest you check out this blog: http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/10/07/remix/, which delves deeper into the intricacies of originality in the remix process.

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