Posts tagged with ‘remix’


Sometimes we just feel compelled to share something awesome. A video combining the Beastie Boys and Librarians = Awesome. 


Beastie Boys + Librarians. Yes.

FJP: Librarians just won the Internet. 


Maurice Sendak would have been 85 today. Watch this animated short with audio from a Newsweek interview in which he talks about his childhood. 

FJP: The latest in the series by PBS Digital Studios & Blank on Blank. We love it. See also: The Beastie Boys on Being Stupid and James Brown on Conviction, Respect and Reagan.

Bonus: Our interview with Blank on Blank’s founder.

Let a thousand Jon Stewarts bloom.

Brewster Kahle, founder, Internet Archive, to the New York Times. All the TV News Since 2009, on One Web Site.

The News: has recorded every news program from 20 US news sources since 2009. Today they release 350,000 broadcasts to the world. You can start your remixing here.

"Make love to the canvas" — Bob Ross

PBS continues with its remix series. This one was done by Symphony of Science’s John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios. 

PBS first remix, of Fred Rogers, is here.

And since I just surveyed one of the younger FJP set to see if she knew who Bob Ross was, and the answer was no, let me just say he was an awesome companion when you were home sick from school. You can learn about him here. — Michael

Me3 - Michael Cervieri

—Three Parts Kinky (Take 01)

Three Parts Kinky

About a month ago I started working on this song that sampled two BBC radio episodes: one about a professor who’s implanted RFID chips into his body so he can physically connect to the Internet and the other about Geisha culture.

Unfortunately, the computer I was working on had a hissy fit, died and took my files with it, so even though this is called Three Parts Kinky, the MP3 here is only take one of parts one and two. (Pro Tip: even if you’re in the habit of backing up, back up again.)

I’ll get back to recreating and finishing this but before I do I’m going to hit up Radiolab’s Remix Contest and think you should too.

Via Indaba Music:

Now Indaba and Radiolab want you to remix one or more of their episodes using the stem packs provided. Re-edit them, re-score them, change the narrative structure, turn them into an opera, or do whatever you feel inspired to do. Robert and Jad simply want to hear your best and most creative work. The selected mixes will be highlighted on an upcoming Radiolab episode.

Contest runs until June 12. Rules, FAQ and audio stems are located here.

TED Remixed

Via kenyatta:

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) vs Ghost in the Shell (1995)

The FJP (I pronounce that like ‘The Wu’) posted Rob G. Wilson and Kirby Ferguson’s “Everything is a Remix: The Matrix” earlier today which shows how much of the iconic imagery of The Matrix was created by aping scenes from the classic 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell.

Also, I just posted a photoset about how the classic Fritz Lang film ‘Metropolis’ actually owed it’s signature look to an earlier Russian film, Aelita.

Similarly, the visually striking title sequence to David Fincher’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ seems to also owe much to the opening credits of Ghost in the Shell when placed alongside each other in the photoset above.

All of this serves to remake Kirby Ferguson’s point with his ‘Everything is a Remix’ series: while established content IP holders like to treat remix as near piracy, mimicry has always existed (good thing) but without attribution (bad thing), especially among Hollywood’s own practitioners.

So let’s move the ball forward. What if instead of considering any of these examples ‘ripoffs’, we treated this imagery (the framing of a shot, the pace of movement) the same way that hip hop treats samples and beats?

If the imagery is effective in conveying a particular thought or emotion, why not allow that as a building block of ‘content’?

FJP: Agreed. Where do we sign up?

Everything is a Remix: The Matrix

Kirby Ferguson, a New York-based filmmaker, and friends have been working on a four-part video series called Everything is a Remix.

Here, to demonstrate their point, they juxtapose scenes from the Matrix with films that it drew inspiration from. For example, as we move along the timeline:

  • 0:27 - Fist of Legend (1994)
  • 0:38 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
  • 0:44 - Fist of Legend (1994)
  • 0:48 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993)
  • 0:53 - Drunken Master (1978)

Click through for other influences that range from a Philip K. Dick speech (1:45) to Total Recall (2:30) to Alice in Wonderland (3:24).

Ground Control to Major Tom

If you like mashups, remixes and general re-imagining, try Andrew Kolb’s retelling of the David Bowie classic “Space Oddity” as an illustrated children’s book.

Via ComicsAlliance:

The tale of doomed Major Tom plays out in Kolb’s bright and retro animation style, giving a face to the legendary Bowie character and making the conclusion that much sadder…

…If Bowie’s telling of the story sounds a bit dire from the start, Kolb’s reinterpretation is decidedly optimistic. Kolb’s illustrations also take their cues from that 1960s vision of the future seen in Kubrick’s films, but with the artist’s distinctly cheerful vibe that humanizes every aspect of the story, not the least of which are Major Tom’s space capsule and Ground Control themselves. Everything looks shiny and new, everybody is smiling and happy, and there’s no reason to think anything is going to go wrong. But of course it does, and in a way that fans of Bowie’s song will find quite clever. Without giving too much away, Kolb looked to the curious lyric, “And the stars look very different today” as a way to depict what exactly went wrong far above the moon.

ComicsAlliance has all the panels available on its Web site.

Everything is a Remix, Part III

Produced by New York-based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, Part III focusses on the elements of creativity (Part I was music, Part II was movies).

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