Manipulating an original form of media into something new isn’t ‘copying’ in the traditional sense- it’s a new way of content creation.
We’re in an age where anybody, regardless of skill, can contribute to media by creating on top of another media. It’s “free culture” and it’s definitely a good thing.
Creativity is the key – not skill. So you don’t need to be classically trained in piano or have the vocal chords of an angel to create a music piece, and you don’t need to have had a tertiary education in film production or an extremely expensive camera (or 2, or 3…) to create visual entertainment – you just need an open mind and remix technology, which can be as easy as one download online.
Remix of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit ‘Fast Car’
Remix is a way to interact with the media around us, and build from others ideas to create even better products. It’s a new media culture, with no end in sight!
Lessig, Lawrence (2008) ‘Culture of our past’, in Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy, pp.23-31.https://archive.org/stream/LawrenceLessigRemix/Remix-o#page/n46/mode/1up [ Accessed 28th April 2016].
Ben Rogerson. 2015. The 10 best DJ software applications in the world today. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the-10-best-dj-software-applications-in-the-world-today-589833. [Accessed 28 April 2016].