Everything is a Remix

“[Danger Mouse’s] Grey Album is a remix, it is new media created from old media. It was made using these three techniques: copy, transform, and combine. That’s how you remix. You take existing songs, you chop’em up, you transform the pieces, you combine’em back together again. You’ve got a new song, but that new song is clearly comprised of old songs.

But I think these aren’t just the components of remixing. I think these are the basic elements of all creativity. I think everything is a remix and I think this is a better way to conceive of creativity…  

Our creativity comes from without, not from within. We are not self-made; we are dependent on one another. Admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity, or derivativeness. It’s a liberation from our misconceptions. It’s an incentive to not expect so much from ourselves, and to simply begin.”

Embrace the remix:

and then get your mind blown:

Part 1: The Song Remains the Same

Part 2: Remix Inc.

Part 3: The Elements of Creativity

Part 4: System Failure