Mash-up and Remix Culture

“The very idea of the mashup implies the existence of prior content to be remixed and remade…” (Bruns, 2010)

As soon as we started talking about Rip/Burn/Remix culture, and when reading about mash-up culture, I knew exactly where I wanted to go for my post. One of my favourite artists is Girl Talk, otherwise known as Gregg Michael Gillis, a DJ who is known for his mash-ups, made by sampling UNAUTHORIZED songs (Week 3 Copyright lecture, anyone?). He gets away with it by claiming fair use. When you listen to his music, its like playing “spot that song”. He remixes largely hip-hop anthems and rap with 80’s hits and classics. He started out, just like most bedroom produces, with a computer in a room and some old fashioned technology know-how! In the lecture, is was mentioned that the idea of remix was to respond and to challenge the dominant culture. Gillis has stated that his music has “some level of social commentary because the track[s] was kind of poking fun at the original song a little bit” (Gillis, 2008)

Take a look at the number of songs he samples on his album “All Day” while having a listen to a track from the album and seeing how many songs you recognize.

Reference List:

Bruns, Axel (2010) Distributed Creativity: Filesharing and Produsage

Whelan, Andrew, Week 6 Lecture Rip/Mix/Burn: Music Sampling and the Rise of Remix Culture 14/04/15

3 thoughts on “Mash-up and Remix Culture

  1. I’d never heard of Girl Talk before your post, but I love how you’ve integrated the creator’s place in Remix Culture and also on the previous topic of copyright. Really great example to illustrate this week’s topic, I played the game as suggested by listening to the song above and trying to recognise songs within. You could’ve also looked into similar artists who have emerged since Girl Talk and have taken on similar projects and styles as this artist to further demonstrate how common this practice is becoming.


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