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Everything is a Remix Part 4 Transcript

The genes in our bodies can be traced back over three-and-a-half billion years to a single organism, Luca, the Last Universal Common Ancestor. As Luca reproduced, its genes copied and copied and copied and copied, sometimes with mistakes — they transformed. Over time this produced every one of the billions of species of life on earth. Some of these adopted sexual reproduction, combining the genes of individuals, and altogether, the best-adapted life forms prospered.

This is evolution. Copy, transform and combine.

And culture evolves in a similar way, but the elements aren’t genes, they’re memes — ideas, behaviors, skills. Memes are copied, … Continue Reading

Everything is a Remix Part 3 Transcript

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The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths. Myths that creativity comes via inspiration. That original creations break the mold, that they’re the products of geniuses, and appear as quickly as electricity can heat a filament. But creativity isn’t magic: it happens by applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials.

And the soil from which we grow our creations is something we scorn and misunderstand, even though it gives us so much… and that’s copying. Put simply, copying is how we learn. We can’t introduce anything new … Continue Reading

Everything is a Remix Part 2 Transcript

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Perhaps it’s because movies are so massively expensive to make. Perhaps it’s because graphic novels, TV shows, video games, books and the like are such rich sources of material. Or perhaps it’s because audiences prefer the familiar. Whatever the reason, most box office hits rely heavily on existing material.

Of the ten highest grossing films per year from the last ten years, 74 out of 100 are either sequels or remakes of earlier films or adaptations of comic books, video games, books, and so on. Transforming the old … Continue Reading

Everything is a Remix Part 1 Transcript

This is a transcript of the video “Everything is a Remix” Part 1.

Remix. To combine or edit existing materials to produce something new

The term remix originally applied to music. It rose to prominence late last century during the heyday of hip-hop, the first musical form to incorporate sampling from existing recordings.

Early example: the Sugarhill Gang samples the bass riff from Chic’s “Good Times” in the 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight”.

Rapper’s Delight, The Sugarhill Gang

Good Times, Chic

Since then that same bassline has been sampled dozens of times.

The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash
Grandmaster Flash

Everything’s Gonna be Alright
Father MC

It’s All Good
Will Smith

Gabriel O Pensador

Around … Continue Reading