Sunday, November 22, 2009

iPod Piece to Appear in Print

The iPod piece which I originally wrote and had remixed for public radio a while back will now be published by an academic journal shortly. Since in the original I had included various commercial music snippets, I decided to record an edited version of my original piece again as it would have taken too long and/or it would have been too tedious a process to get music clearance for it. After discussing it with friends of mine trained in (and about to get trained in IP) Law, it made good sense to create yet another version of a remix.

Much thought went to this new remix and, one sunny day as I was enjoying the weather riding my Ventura, the answer came to me. I decided to remix my original piece with a different kind of commercial music. The kind that is created by my own friends whose work I love and support.

The Literary Theory-informed piece on the 'text' of the iPod would have never happened without, to quote myself, "music being in the background" so it was only apropos that I include a kind of music that reflects the very creative process I was engaged in while working on it: one of direct collaboration. I was very happy to get clearance from my dear friends and am happy to post the recent version of this remix here. (see below)

The music used to remix this piece comes from the very talented Camille Nelson and her newly released album First Words as well as the West-based band Calico whom I greatly appreciate.

You may hear this new remix here.

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Sra said...

The remix works, I like it. Calico is very hypnotic.

Early in the semester, a friend of mine at the law school removed her earbud from her ear, leaned over the dining hall table, and whispered to me, "Did you notice that nobody around here listens to their iPod on campus?"

I hadn't noticed, but she was right. Everybody had their faces stuck in books, laptops, and dinner plates, but not an iPod in sight, aside from hers and mine. Now THAT is queer! (in the strange, rather than the ubiquitous, sense)

Unknown said...

The first version is definitely brilliant. And you and I and many others know it. However, what really makes the new version works, other than you featuring your own artist friends' music is how you go about remixing. The beauty of our times is that easy access to technology allows for all kinds of reinterpretations of existing remixes.
The last music bit works well here as well. As does Calico's chorus 'let the blood flow.' Good going.

Unknown said...

Also, the opening of the piece with the clapping by way of Calico was quite apropos.

JJ said...

Remixing works especially well when it's a fusion of creative work between people who know one another. The Calico bits were esp. well. Hypnotic, yes.

Anonymous said...

Liked it, too. Calico's sound is intriguing. Good remix.

Dana said...

In the spirit of remixing, the second version is one I am actually liking a little better. Granted, the first version is more media than this. However, what the second version allows your piece to do it let the content shine on its own.

B.R. said...

-Sra, I quite liked your comment and your use of 'queer.' I would concur with you in that setting. It is rather bizarre to *not* see white earphone carriers on campuses. The ubiquity of the iPod is a given these days. I wonder how on other campuses many manage to be book- and laptop-focused while also making some room for the iPod.
-Right, I also thought that the clapping on the Calico track would work especially well as a segment opener.

aflo said...

Just today I was reviewing this piece, as I am using it for the Teacher workshop I am leading here in Korea at 산남중학교. Was SO excited to listen to the remix!...DO love the remix. I think I have listened to this piece so many times I've almost learned it by heart.Your ipod piece and your piece on Gender Theory are by far my favorite :-)

Dana said...

Y'all have a Happy Thanksgiving?
Checked this out this morning and I already have it on my iTunes. Bottom line, what makes this piece so unique is the written work. Sound adds something to me but it's basically gravy to the substantial food. Thanks for posting and see you soon, I hope.

Liam said...

wow! thanks everyone for the calico praise. ;) we're on itunes and if anyone is interested in having the full tracks to enjoy.