With some of the greatest creative minds known to man opening admitting that whilst “good artists copy, great artists steal” and that one must remain “shameless about stealing great ideas” it is no secret all art in any form has sourced inspiration from another. There is even speculation as to who this phrase can be attributed.
The music industry is no exception. If you’re reading this, you have access to the internet so i’m going to assume you make up for at least one of the 33 million views on the Axis of Awesome 4 Chord Song. It provides the perfect example of just how much music is shared and ‘stolen’ within this strictly, highly copyrighted industry.
There are few stronger feelings in this world than those evoked when hearing a song from your past. Who wouldn’t love their favourite songs mashed together or updated to lift them to new levels! Remix culture even in early times excited all, with the exception of music producers with their great fear that “they wouldn’t share in the wealth” depending on the use and access. Obviously however, the remix culture remains strong and is even being incorporated into the advertising industry to be monetised.
Songs from my childhood featured on TV shows work the strongest to evoke feelings from me! Such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Hopefully if you’re from my generation my remix will make you feel this too! After all, isn’t that what it’s all about? Sharing music to evoke feelings and long lost memories? I think so. Let’s all get remixing! After all, we as “active content creators” do live in an age of sharing content widely and freely.