Doing Some Research

Here’s some of the research I’ve found on both remixes and mashups!

Remixes: a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item.

  • only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new
  • A song, piece of artwork, book, video, or photograph can all be remixes
  • Most commonly, remixes are associated with music and song recordings
  • Modern remixing had its roots in the dance hall culture of late-1960s/early-1970s Jamaica.
  • In the 1980s, “extended mixes” of songs were released to clubs and commercial outlets on vinyl 12-inch singles.
  • Because remixes may borrow heavily from an existing piece of music, the issue of intellectual property is a huge concern

Mashups: a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another

  • may find protection from copyright claims under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law
  • The practice of assembling new songs from purloined elements of other tracks stretches back to the beginnings of recorded music
  • The original manifestation of mashups in the 2000s was putting an a cappella against a completely different backing track


I had some trouble finding solid information, I found the majority of it from Wikipedia.

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