Someone asked me why I haven’t produced a remix for you guys to enjoy. Well, the fact is, I do a lot of this, but not in visual media. My preference has been to do it with music and in my writing. Unfortunately, the recordings for a lot of my older musical “remixes” are gone… I lost them when I moved from Montreal to Korea.
My most recent fiction publication was, in fact, a remix of 1950s science fiction and 1940s jazz culture, especially the voice of Miles Davis as represented in his autobiography, “Miles.” But that’s not available for free online — it costs $3 to get an electronic copy of the issue of the July 2008 Asimov’s SF with my story in it, and even more to get a copy of the print edition — so I thought I’d pass some other things for you to enjoy for free.
Here are three musical “remixes” I’ve participated in:
In fact, our performance was recorded live to multitrack tape digital recorder, and then remixed by a producer who was friends with one of the DJs. So there’s a lot of re-re-remixing going on here. It’s messy, but it’s not bad in my opinion.
(See? Messy and imperfect is okay!)
So as you can see, I’m no stranger to remixing. In fact, I’d say every creative person in the world to some degree “remixes” what came before them… just as Lawrence Lessig argues in the book we’ve been reading!
I look forward to seeing your remixes soon! By the way, title them however you like… I’ll try collect the links and post them here after class tomorrow.