Part 2 coming in first half of January

Sorry to say, but Everything is a Remix Part 2 won’t be landing until early next year. All the materials are now finally in place in the edit, and I just have to refine the rough sections and re-record some narration.

I’m very happy with it already and I think it’ll only improve. I hope you all enjoy it.

Happy holidays and I’ll see you in 2011!

Episode 2 latest news

I’m currently in obsessive mode. During the day I’m at my full-time job. Outside of that, I work on finishing the video. Unfortunately, the task seems to be expanding rather than contracting right now, as I come up with better ideas that are harder to produce than what I’d planned.

Anyway, I’m hard at work and I’ll post again when I’m approaching the finish line.

I am taking a little time out tomorrow to shoot a Christmas video I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ll post that here when it’s done.

Episode 2 Status

I’m now entering the home stretch of writing for the second episode, and hoping to have it online in early December. I’m also planning to launch a KickStarter campaign at the same time. Things will be probably be quiet from me up until then. To be notified when the next episode is up you can subscribe to this site’s feed or follow me on Twitter.

Here’s a whole bunch of books I’m reading. These will influence parts three and four. Suggestions for further reading are welcome.

  • Copyrights and Copywrongs, Siva Vaidhyanathan
  • Common as Air, Lewis Hyde
  • In Praise of Copying, Marcus Boon (also available as a … Continue Reading

Nothing is Original

This one’s been around the block but always merits another look.

(via swissmiss)

Part 1 Corrections & Clarifications

If there’s anything else you think should be included, please leave a comment. These corrections will be posted alongside the video and perhaps integrated into a v2 edit.


  • The Sugarhill Gang samples the bass riff from Chic’s “Good Times” in the 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight”.
    The Sugar Hill Gang reperformed the bassline from “Good Times,” they didn’t sample it.
  • No evidence that Daft Punk sampled “Good Times.”
  • In Zeppelin’s defense, they never sued anybody.
    Zeppelin sued Schooly D for sampling “Kashmir” in “Signifying Rapper.” Zep also threatened to sue over Little Roger and the Goosebumps’s novelty tune, “Gilligan’s Island (Stairway).”


Walking On Eggshells

The 24-minute documentary “Walking on Eggshells” by Jacob Albert, Ryan Beauchamp and Brendan Schlagel covers many of the same ideas I’m exploring.

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

Guest Post: John Woods

A guest post adapted from an email by songwriter John Woods of Shine: A Burlesque Musical and The Wet Spots.

Noting Led Zeppelin as the first folks who essentially covered without attribution is an interesting distinction. In popular folk & blues music – going back centuries – ‘remixing’ has been going on in the form of putting new lyrics to familiar chords and melodies, lyrics that are often funny and more immediately relevant than the ones they’re replacing. (In that sense, Weird Al is the most traditional songwriter of the late 20th century.) Inevitably, slight changes will occur to the melodies and … Continue Reading

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Everything is a Remix, Part 1

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A list of errors in this episode can be found here. These corrections might be incorporated into a second (and final) cut.

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