The Creative Remix, with host Benjamen Walker, is an hour-long "lawyer free" examination of the art, culture, and history of the remix. The hour kicks off with a musical analysis of DJ Dangermouse's infamous remix of the Beatles and Jay-Z. Then we go back in time to check out the ancient Roman art of the poetry mash-up, or the Cento. Then we rewind to the 18th century to check out the birth of copyright and how it effected writers like Alexander Pope; and the early 20th century when the visual artist Marcel Duchamp used the remix to reinvent everything. We also take a field trip to the Mass Mocca museum of modern art to check out the exhibit "Yankee Remix." Walker brings along a few grad students and a pair of curmudgeonly New England antique collectors to investigate different attitudes towards remixing.
In the second part of the program Benjamen Walker speaks with three unique remix artists: The historical novelist Matthew Pearl, Gideon D'arcangelo the walkman buster, and Cory Arcangel, a Nintendo hacker and one of the youngest representatives at this year’s Whitney Biennial.
The Creative Remix was produced by Benjamen Walker with funding from Creative Commons and the CPB Open Studios project. It is available for broadcast to public and community radio stations for the weekend of October 23/24. If this is a program you would like to hear on your local public radio station – give them a call or drop them a line.
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