Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Everything is a Remix

Originality is hard to come by these days due to of the amount of remixes that are out in the world. The idea that everything is a remix is becoming more and more obvious as songs become remixes of older songs, books are spin offs of other books, and movies become spin offs of other movie series.
In the past few years, it has become extremely common to remix virtually every song that is produced. Dubstep artists, like Synchronic create dubstep versions of songs, like Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. Some songs are remixed in several different ways; for example, several different artists such as Swedtune and Thomas, Daydream, The Dirty Trees, and several others have remixed Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. Cover artists, such as Obadiah Parker, sing versions of other artists’ songs. Obadiah Parker generally sings slower, acoustic versions of songs such as Hey Ya by Outkast. Essentially, there is an unlimited supply of remixes of songs and each remix is unique in length and style. These are creative works by other artists, however it is not their own original work and must be considered a remix.
Songs aren’t the only media that is being remixed, although I would argue that songs are the most commonly remixed media. Many books are now spin offs of other books or they are apart of a series of books. Recently I just read a spin off book of the Divergent trilogy. After reading the Divergent trilogy I found a spin off called Four by the same author, Veronica Roth. The spin off was not nearly as well written and detailed as the original trilogy, but it was told from Four’s point of view, who is one of the main characters. Four is written in the past, before the Divergent series begins, and it tells the story of Tobias Eaton before he became Dauntless and known as Four. Four is interesting because of the point of view differs from Divergent, however it was not nearly as wholesome as Divergent. Another popular series of books, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, has a spin off book called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The book was published in 2001 and will be adapted into a movie trilogy in the upcoming years of 2016, 2018, and 2020.
Movies such as the Harry Potter series is getting its own spin off trilogy of movies. J. K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there will be three movies released in 2016, 2018, and 2020 according to The Verge. No doubt these movies will be amazing like the Harry Potter series, however, this new trilogy is a prime example of how nothing is an original work anymore. The Transformers movies, based on kids’ toys, has become a franchise including comic books, t-shirts, television shows, and other products. Transformers is another instance where originality is difficult to come by. That’s not to say there are not creative works anymore, because there are. However, these creative works incorporate a change of an older work of art into something that might be more entertaining to society now but not an original work.
Most forms of media today are versions of previous forms of media that have been changed, altered, and manipulated to seem new. Some forms of media are more creative than others, such as the Transformers franchise, incorporating toys, comic books and other products, whereas cover artists sing someone else’s song in a different way. The statement that everything is a remix is becoming more and more relevant to today’s society because nearly nothing is a completely original idea.

Plante, Chris. "The Harry Potter Spin-off Films Get Release Dates, May Be Larger than a Trilogy." The Verge. 15 Oct. 2014. Web. 28 Oct. 2014. <http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/15/6982525/harry-potter-spin-off-fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them>.
"Transformers." Movie. Best Little Sites, LLC. Web. 28 Oct. 2014. <http://www.comicbookmovie.com/transformers/>.

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