Archive | March, 2013

Write remix

27 Mar

The original idea behind a “remix” is to rearrange a song in order to create a new beat a mere transformation from one form to the next. My introduction to the idea of remixing came from listening to many different genres of music growing up then transitioning and listening to hip hop/rap. Most of my friends would think that the beat of some of the songs were amazing (which they were), and original but by being exposed to many different genres of music I could tell that parts of the song were taken from old music. This idea of remixing is not limited to music, because if we look at how the Dadaist used collage to make a statement they were “remixing” photographs. This notion of remixing is not new as far as art goes because after time passed we had the pop art movement where remixing was a widely used form of self-expression. The word remix became more main stream with the rise of hip hop music and its effect on popular culture, for example in the early 2000’s sprite launched a revamped version of its regular soda and called it “sprite remix”. The idea of remixing calls into question pure and true creativity, are you really gifted if you just rearrange a kit of parts? The idea that original thought is dead is one that is being constantly ingrained in us through schooling in a sense to open our minds to the notion that our society is not original or are our ideals original concepts. Remixing is the way in which we live, almost every aspect of our daily lives can be customized to fit the fashion of the day or even an individual’s mood. If someone were to take any product that is uniform but easily customizable, like an iPhone, and take a sampling of 100 phones in a given area no two phones would be the same exactly identical inside and out. I would even go as far to say that because people’s phones often are an extension of themselves no two iPhones, although created equally, are the same after a year of use. Our entire aesthetic today is in a sense a “remix” of past, present, and our ideas of the future. We live in a society that is in itself a remix, of cultures, and beliefs that are not native to this land.  

NOT another social Network

18 Mar

The simple fact that anyone can visit a particular website that may be promoting an individual product, and without question an amazon.com link appears next to the product is a testament to how powerful  this network has become. Amazon.com was created in 1995 and since then has grown to be one of the largest online commerce facilitators in existence. On this site different vendors sell different products to different consumers as if it were the world’s largest mall. Amazon fosters a way for any one vendor to access consumers in a completely different part of the world. In essence someone can be in japan creating products that are specifically targeted to a demographic residing in the most rural parts of Georgia. This network has made a formerly impossible task possible, we have international trade on a local level, this much power has helped globalize certain products accompanied by this way of commerce. From its inception the number of online shopping and shoppers has increased exponentially, and looks to keep that trajectory going in the next twenty years. A great aspect to amazon is that in a sort of hyper glocalization it will cater to your specific needs. When someone goes to the site, the general homepage is the same the initial advertised items on the side may be region specific but that gets even more personal once you search for your first item or log in to an account you have set up with them. When you start to search items with them all of this information from the computer you are using is being saved, and with this knowledge certain products related to your vendor, or more often than you are advertised, to get the consumer to further dive into the network. The nodes of connection are even more specific when it comes down to an individual account. When a buyer has an account set up on amazon.com, again all of the search information is compiled and again this is used to almost anticipate potential items you may want to purchase. The difference between account holders and none account holders is that it no longer bases its findings on searches done by multiple users it does this based on the account holder. This idea of individuals being connected in such a global network goes even further when amazon.com can advertise more items on other websites all to further you shopping experiences by catering to its vast network by way of making its individual nodes in society and more specifically members feel as if they are the most important entity in this network.   

post#4: music and other notes

11 Mar

Ever since I was a child listening to music has been one of my favorite hobbies, just laying down looking at the cd (a circular Frisbee/mirror humans used to use to store music) booklet while the tracks go one after another. I obtained this obsession with listening to music when I would watch my father pull out his old records and play old school reggae and I used to think that was really interesting. That fact that whenever you wanted you could listen to a song. fast forward a couple of years past the cassettes(small boxes prehistoric man used to store music) and cds  of the past to the time I obtained my first ipod. This life changing experience completely replaced everything no more cd players with a pack of cds in my black leather case, now I could listen to hundreds and hundreds of songs not without switching disks. Since then I never go anywhere without my music, sometimes I feel as though it creates a barrier between me and the outside sights and sounds of life. Personally, I’ve always listened to music to quite my mind I normally have a million thoughts running in my head at one point in time and music helps to distract me from that. My focus shifts from the psychological cacophony to lyrics and the music note and story that is being told which is why I really enjoy listening to meaningful music. From day to day music as a therapeutic distraction is completely integrated in my life. When I wake up in the morning I immediately turn on some music, when I’m in the shower I play music, when I get dressed I’m still listening to music. I went as far as to go to sleep listening to music, even when I walk anywhere, when I feel comfortable enough in my surroundings I’ll listen to music. Because of the fast-paced society we live in if you are a music lover the radio is not enough. Gone are the days where people purely tune in to the radio for their musical content. For example when I listen to my ipod I miss the playful banter and celebrity interviews that I used to get through the radio, now I go to either internet radio or previously recorded broadcasts on the internet for my extra content. Internet radio and podcasts saved the radio industry by safe guarding the one power that the mp3 player could not take away… the radio dj.