RiP: A remix manifesto

Anyone working with anything digital and online should go and see this tonight – two different sessions at the Rialto!!

RiP: A remix manifesto

RiP: A remix manifesto

“A fun ride, filled with snazzy animations, enthusiastic talking heads and one helluva Girl Talk show.” — Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

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Brett Gaylor

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Director: Brett Gaylor
Year: 2008
Running time: 86 mins

Producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Kat Baulu, Germaine Ying Gee Wong
Photography: Mark Ellam
Editors: Tony Asimakopoulos, Brett Gaylor
Sound: Mila Aung-Thwin, Richard Aylsworth, Brett Gaylor, Kyle Stanfield, Pablo Villegas
Music: Olivier Alary

With: Girl Talk, Lawrence Lessig, Gilberto Gil, Cory Doctorow

Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2008; SXSW 2009

Brett Gaylor has made an admiring portrait of his favourite recording artist Girl Talk (Greg Gillis), but also raises some fascinating questions about sampling culture and copyright laws. Audio bricoleur Gillis is a fearless musical magpie, with a whizz-bang knack for snatching the best snippets of the daggiest songs (think Gloria Estefan, Journey and Whitesnake) and recontextualising them into sparkling new tracks to create a bastard pop known as mashup. While these spunky sound collages are thrillingly inventive, copyright laws determine that tracks made from pilfered works (Gillis crams uncleared samples from 21 songs into a three-minute track) are utterly illegal. As the NY Times Magazine stated, Gillis is ‘a lawsuit waiting to happen’. Joyously celebrating remix culture, Gaylor and Gillis articulately argue that the line between inspiration and infringement for a media-literate generation is being increasingly blurred, and that reshaping existing creative works for ‘fair use’ should be free from copyright restriction. — KD

Short review and reason by Pam McKinlay::The Bigger the Front, The Bigger the Back – Go see RiP: A remix manifesto


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