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Remixer #28 Eduardo Navas: “We really need to rethink intellectual property”

Eduardo Navas

Eduardo Navas

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

Eduardo Navas is the author of Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling. He is particularly interested in understanding how we share and recycle knowledge and ideas in all material and immaterial forms, hence his specific research on remixing. He practices as an artist and media theorist, trained as an art historian. He was a DJ in Los Angeles for almost 15 years before becoming an artist and educator. Much of his research crosses over to various fields of research including music, cultural studies, media studies, new media, the digital humanities, studio art practice, and art history among others.

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

A remix can be various things. It can be a rearrangement of a song, video, or cultural artifact, which is designed to increase sales of an artist or corporation. A remix can also be a critical production that appropriates usually commercial work and repurposes it to reflect on the cultural implications of the politics and agendas behind such work. The best remixes in either case are the ones that can excel in their respective goals while also having autonomy–meaning that a listener or viewer can appreciate the unique interpretation of the source material that is remixed.

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Remixer #27 Matthijs Vlot: “Copyright should be adapted to the Internet age”

Matthijis Vlot

Matthijs Vlot

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

Matthijs Vlot makes short films. He doesn’t own a camera, but he owns a DVD-ripper and an Internet connection. One of his most recent works is the “Rip-Hoff pt.1” (see Vimeo embed below).

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

A new perspective that works. No short-cuts. It can be anything as long as you hit the right string.

How do you use or re-use works of others in your own works?

I try to break into the DNA of my source footage and if I am lucky I might clone some essence along the way.

Have you ever abstained from using a work because of legal issues and why?

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Remixer #26 Anders Ramsell: “Often you stumble upon a wall of silence”

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

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Anders Ramsell

Anders Ramsell lives in Stockholm and began his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design this autumn. Among his recent works is “Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition“, which consists of 12 597 handmade aquarelle paintings, each of which is approximately 1,5*3cm in size. Together they form a 35 minute long paraphrase on the motion picture Blade Runner (1982) by Ridley Scott.

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

A great remix adds a new flavour and brings something unexpected to the table.

How do you use or re-use works of others in your own works?

Actually I have not really worked that much with other peoples works besides “Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition”. I have done few paintings (ink on canvas) that are can be found on andersramsell.com. And the reason I did those paintings – well there are a lot of reasons – but to name one, I thought I could create something that I self liked. Not only as a beautiful painting but also as something that was equally intriguing as the original photographs. That is very important, you have to like it your self, otherwise who will?

Have you ever abstained from using a work because of legal issues and why?

No.

Have you ever had legal problems related to your artistic works?

No I have not… not yet!

How do you like the idea of introducing a „right to remix“, including compensation for the original artist?

Well, I guess that could be a good idea. Perhaps it would make it easier to get in touch with the creator of the original work instead of that wall of silence, you often stumble upon.

Finally, what is your personal favorite remix? 

I like video games! So I can not resist this remix…

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Remixer #23 Robin Skouteris: “There is art in combining things”

Robin Skouteris

Robin Skouteris

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

Robin Skouteris is a video & music producer, and a DJ, living in Greece. He does video directing and editing occasionally, but only if they are very music related. Many of his recent Mashups can be found on his YouTube-Channel.

Can you tell us something about your artistic background?

Film or video and music have always been my two huge passions in life. For many years as a kid I wanted to be a film and video director, but music itself was my best companion. I have worked in television, directing some documentaries and music videos for independent greek artists, and ended up leaving that because it was a very social procedure for me. Wanting to work more by myself, I started remixing the tracks I loved, making this my main work. After putting my first mixes on the web and receiving great feedback, I was invited to clubs to present my work, and that was when I started thinking more seriously about DJing. I didn’t like the idea before that, because I never liked to play other people’s music as long as I hadn’t put a personal touch in it. It wouldn’t separate me from most of the DJs out there, and I wanted to have my own sound. DJing and producing remixes and mashups has been my main work for the last years, and it has been a dream coming true. It has been spreading around the world and bringing me some great work and collaborations.

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

I think a great remix is a remix that stands on its own as a track. You don’t need to compare it to the original. In fact, it should be able to make you forget about the original. I never cared if its way different than the original, because, for example, a great remix can be just an extended mix. But the remixer should be able to find out what made the original good and enhance on that. It’s all about the melody. A great mix is not always a dance mix. It can be slower than the original, which is a rare fact as most of us link the idea of a remix to a club mix. But in my head, the remix should be standing on its own so much that if you heard that first you would think this was the original. It has to feel authentic and well structured.

How do you use or re-use works of others in your own works?

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