Archive for March, 2010

Shining Remix

March 14th, 2010

This is one of my favorite remixes, taking “The Shining” and creating a trailer that makes the film look like a family film.  This was created by a New York editor, Robert Ryang, for a contest held by the Association of Independent Creative Editors.

From a cultural perspective, trailers like this one and remixes like Hitler’s Downfall, allow things to be re-seen.  And it makes it easier to look at something with a fresh perspective once that window of possibilities has been opened.

From a commercial perspective this points to the fact that we are often at the mercy of the advertisers or PR people on what our first impressions are.  Because it is so easy to change the meaning by re-editing, and adding music, voice over, or text.  This trailer is meant as a spoof, but here two cases where a misleading trailer was the one used to market the film.  When “Miracle on 4th Street” was first released, it was in July, so the trailer makes it seem the film is a romance removing all traces of Santa.  In 2007 with the release of “Bridge to Terabithia” the trailers made the movie appear to be a fantastical action adventure quest, and while that is part of it, the movie is really a coming of age story of two best friends.  Imagine what would have happened if this Shining trailer had been released to the public as the real thing.

Thriller Remix by The Floozies

March 12th, 2010

Mark and Matt Hill, brothers from Lawrence, KS, make up the duo known as “The Floozies”.  Both are skilled musicians who have spent the last few years recording and performing unique remixes, incorporating a variety of music genres.  In this video, Matt is performing a remix of Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit song Thriller.  The entire performance and recording were done by Matt alone.  Four locked off cameras are recording different angles of his performance.  This video not only presents a unique re-creation of a popular song almost twenty years later, but also demonstrates the technological capabilities that make such a recording possible.  One can see from this example, at least one of the points that Lessig was trying to make in Remix, that being the value of the amateur musician that John Philip Sousa was, at least partially, trying to protect in 1906 (23).  Here we see a creative artist, affordable technology, and open distribution, coalescing to make a contribution to popular culture.

Remix Culture Assignments

March 12th, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Here are the updated reading assignments for this week:

Lessig, Lawrence. Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.

Intro + Part I: pp. 1-117
Part 3 + conclusion: pp. 253-295

Heffernan, Virginia. “The Hitler Meme

Various, “Downfall” videos on YouTube.

Further reference: “Downfall/Hitler Meme” on Know Your Memes

Leavitt, Alex, “Memes as Mechanisms: How Digital Subculture Informs the Real World.” Convergence Culture Consortium Blog. 2 February 2010. .

Assignment to Explore:“Memes and Remixes/Mash An Argument” by Bill Wolff


Blogging Assignment: Remix Curation

Write a blog post on our group blog that presents a remix video that you’ve found on a public video sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo. Imagine that you work in a museum and that you are curating remix videos as examples of 21st century popular culture. Your blog post must embed the video and include a paragraph or two explaining its significance from a formal, cultural, or social perspective. Suggested length: 250-500 words

n.b. To embed a video file, copy the URL from the YouTube/Vimeo page, click on the YouTube icon above the posting interface, and paste the link in. If you have problems, contact Matt.

Here is an example of what this might look like:

Kutiman, “01 – Mother of All Funk Chords” ThruYou, 2009. Video, uploaded to YouTube, color, sound; 3:36 min.

Israeli artist Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, published the ThruYou video project in early 2009. “The Mother of All Funk Chords,” the first track in the project, contained no original music produced by Kutiman; rather, his video presented an entirely new song — a new melody, a new rhythm — derived entirely out of old footage that Kutiman had found on YouTube. Most of the clips chosen for the project were instructional musical videos that either provided free musical lessons for viewers or performed some relatively banal exercise, such as a scale, on an instrument. By weaving together these mundane clips into a vibrant piece of music, Kutiman demonstrated Lawrence Lessig’s point in Remix that the best remix videos tend to “deliver a message more powerfully than any original alone could” (71).


If you have questions about the assignment, please let us know.

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March 10th, 2010

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on line classes article

March 4th, 2010

Hello all,

I thought this might be interesting to the rest of the class in case you have not seen it.

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March 3rd, 2010

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