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Remixer #41 Iain Robert Smith: “A long history of cultural borrowings”

The “Remixer” series features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time: Iain Robert Smith.

Iain-Smith

Iain Robert Smith

Iain Robert Smith is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Roehampton, London. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Hollywood Meme (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) that is the first comprehensive study of unlicensed adaptations of American film and television, covering everything from a Turkish Star Trek to a Bollywood Reservoir Dogs. He is also editor of the book-length special issue of the open-access journal Scope entitled Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking, Transformation (2009) that brings together scholarship on adaptations, remakes and digital video remixes.

From your point of view, what makes a great remix?

In terms of digital video remixing, I think it is the underlying concept that makes a great remix. The execution can be a little rough around the edges as long as the central idea is strong. There are plenty of remixes out there that are very competently edited but the ones that stand out are the ones that have a great idea at their core.

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Remixer #40 Martin Højland (Den Sorte Skole): “We hope that things will change”

The “Remixer” series features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time: Martin Højland from the DJ collective Den Sorte Skole.

Martin

Martin Højland

Den Sorte Skole is a Copenhagen based DJ, producer and composer collective founded by Simon Dokkedal, Martin Fernando Jakobsen og Martin Højland in 2003. Recently, the published their album “Lektion III” built from more than 10.000 samples lifted off more than 250 old vinyl records, which they offer as free download.

Could you introduce yourself and give some background on your artistic work?

We began to dj together on four turntables and hence started to layer tracks on top of each other. This resulted in their first mixtape, Lektion #1, with a lot of Hiphop mashups in 2005. Then followed Lektion #2 in 2008, which was still a mixtape recorded on turntables, this time on six of them and with a much more varied selection of music – everything from classic hiphop to oldschool jungle, Turkish anatolian rock and classic music. And finally last year, Lektion #3, a fully sample-based album made from thousands of samples from records from more than 50 countries on six continents.

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