Overtime, remixes and the remixer have increased in popularity to the point of today, where even those who aren’t overly engaged in remix music or fans of it, could give a pretty solid explanation of what it is. However, it’s important to note that remixing is far more broad than what initially comes to mind.
Remixing, can be defined as a “global activity consisting of the creative and efficient exchange of information made possible by digital technologies that is supported by the practice of cut/copy and paste.” (Remix Theory)
Although remixing is often associated with music, it extends to various other elements of culture such as film and Art; notable through artists Banksy and COMBO who both manipulate known images to create new meaning.
So why are remixes so popular?
Why have people continued to become increasingly engaged in creating remixes?
Why do artists release albums solely comprised of remixes of their own songs?
and why do DJs headline festivals with a set filled with their own take on another song?
The answer: because they can.
As technology has advanced, so has the remix. At each step of the way, the particular kind of technology available has shaped the nature of the remix.
What started in Jamaica emerged in America through Disco and ‘breakbeat’ as seen in this scene from The Get Down.
For example, Caribou’s ‘Can’t do without you’ is arguably one of the most remixed songs.
Here’s the original:
And here is Maze and Masters sampling the instrumental for their own audience (and killing it):
Sampling has transformed music and in a world where I can create a remix of elevator music and vaporwave a e s t h e t i c s anything is possible.