NPR’s feature on turning old sounds new, yet again:
Recycled sounds have always been a fundamental part of pop music, but sometimes a borrowed beat or melody is shockingly indisputable. This week we got an especially clear example when the blue-eyed soul singer Sam Smith agreed to give classic rockers Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne a 12.5 percent writing credit on his Grammy-nominated song “Stay With Me,” because its chorus sounds so similar to Petty’s 1989 hit “Won’t Back Down.”
Read and listen to the feature on NPR
Publication Date: December 2014
The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies is available. You can read most of the introduction as well as the first chapter on the book’s Amazon page. Below is an excerpt:
Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough
The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies includes a set of selected texts from different fields of research that reflect on the history and ongoing development of remix culture. The chapters offer varied critical and historical approaches to the act of remixing, thus making evident the direct connection of remix studies to previous schools of thought. Remix studies is the result of a long process of rich cultural production directly informed by computing technology. However, while remix, as an activity and a scholarly pursuit, enjoys much international attention, it has no concrete paradigm of reference. Its interdisciplinary nature demands a fragmented approach that is self-aware of its main role as a point of entry to enrich ongoing discourse in the respective fields that use it to expand their specific research interests. Consequently, The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies aims to function as a framework that extends beyond book form to support a growing community by offering a concrete point of reference based around ongoing discussions and online resources.
Read more at Amazon’s page