Gotye’s YouTube Orchestra & Remix Culture

Still from Gotye's 'Somebodies' (YouTube Remix)Reluctant as I was to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know out there online, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.

Gotye (via blog)

Creator of arguably the biggest global hit of the last year, Gotye has tried his hand at YouTube remixing.

A sort of visual mashup, this very contemporary artform takes snippets of music uploaded by people to YouTube to create something new. Gotye cites Kutiman, whose ongoing Thru-You project melds unrelated clips from YouTube contributors into original pieces that are often quite beautiful.

Apart from being agog at the technical ability required to produce one of these mixes, I love how the sincere and passionate efforts of fans and amateurs on social media can be fused into something that just could not otherwise exist.



Fan Culture/Participatory Culture/Remixing gets my geek on, so some further viewing/reading won’t hurt.

Tom Tenney has a good presentation introducing the central concepts including the tensions that exist with copyright.

RIP: A Remix Manifesto is the must-watch documentary on the topic with mashup artist Girl Talk demonstrating technique and theory (and a complete disregard for clearing samples).

Sound Unbound with contributions by Brian Eno, Cory Doctorow, Steve Reich and Chuck D, is published by MIT. That enough heavy hitters for you?



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