5 Blog Posts Submission

The first post that I have included is my Remix Video Test. The post focuses on the process that I did with Premiere Pro to make my remix video test. It presents the elements that I incorporated into my video process. The remix video influenced the final approach I took to my other two remixed videos. The second post I’ve selected is on the band, Negativland. The blog focuses on the history of the band and complications they faced throughout their career. This includes the legal issues they faced with the band U2. The third post I’ve selected to include in my submission is a focus on Piracy. I wanted to write about the constant struggle there is with online piracy of movie and television shows. I discussed the new laws that have been introduced to help combat online piracy. The fourth blog post focuses on remix culture and my introduction to the culture that exists. The final blog post that I’ve included is on Ophir Kutiel (also known as Kutiman). The remix artist combines a mix of different YouTube clips to create music. Each of these blog posts focuses on my interest in the different topics discussed throughout the semester, along with my understanding and association with remix culture.

Here are the links to the five blog posts that I enjoyed writing the most over the semester.

1.Remix Video Test


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2. Negativlandnegativland 

3. Piracypiracy 

4. Everything is a Remixeverythingisaremix 

5. Kutiman Mixes YouTubekutimanweek4

Final Remix Video Assignment

For my final remix video, I combined together all the elements that we were taught over the semester in our remix class. I had numerous ideas when it came to making my final remix video. In the end I focused on making an experimental remix video. This allowed me to combine all the skills and elements of the class into the visual and audio form. By following the elements of the class, my created remix video had my computer constantly freezing and not responding.

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For the visual element of my video, I used the combination of sourced footage and my own. I wanted to focus on the vibrant colour and patterns, which was achieved by the kaleidoscope pattern and the clips of the Ferris wheel. As I enjoyed making my first remix video for the last assessment, I took a similar approach to my remix video. I know that we were encouraged to film our own footage to add to our folio, but I really enjoyed climbing numerous video and creating an experimental video of already established footage. It allowed me to combine together videos, that may not have ever been done and shown together. Plus, I was highly inspired by the numerous clips shown throughout the semester.
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For the editing process of this creation I used Adobe Premiere Pro CC. This program helped me combine together the clips, adjust their opacity, along with cutting and moving the clips along the timeline. I added the mirror effect to a number of different clips, to further affect the original.
Some of the issues that I faced during the editing process was the slowing of my laptop. Through adding a number of mirror effects onto my timeline it caused my laptop to freeze constantly. This made the process take extremely long and left me making the decision to have minor effects layered over my visuals. Ideally I would’ve have placed numerous visual filters onto my video, however my laptop wasn’t strong enough to handle it. This left me with only minor effect and the visuals still being recognisable from their original source. It got me thinking about the potential copyright laws that I could be breeching. However, the video wouldn’t be use for profit, instead for educational purposes. Much like all of the other content that has been uploaded to this blog throughout the semester.
When it came to the sound element of the video, I wanted to stretch out the sounds. This was something different to my first remix video. In which I sped up the music and adjusted the pitch of the song. Instead, I focused on stretching out the sound which created a completely different effect to the video. The audio had a powerful influence on the particular approach I took with the visuals. As the sound changed the atmosphere of the video and created a dark and moody feeling. Sound hasn’t been my strong point, however in the final remix video I found myself a bit more confident with my skills in audacity and what elements worked and what did not. After I had completed added the numerous effects to my audio clips, I used the app of Shazam to see if it would pick up on the clip. It was not successful and couldn’t recognise any of the audio clips used.
Overall, I’m happy with the outcome of my remix video and sound. It allowed me to further expand on my skills in both areas of visual and sound. Along with ability to completely freeze and slow down my laptop.

Influences for the final assessment (Week 10 lecture)

For our week 10 lecture for Remix, we focused on our final assessment. Hugh showed us a number of unique and creative remix videos, which successfully combine the use of sound with visuals. One of the remixed videos that was shown was by the artist of Ryoji Ikeda. Ikeda is a Japanese sound artist, who combines the use of raw sounds of noise and sine tones into his art shows. Through the combination of sound against a flashing backdrop of visuals, it provides the viewer with an intense experience. Ryoji Ikeda successfully combines the use of these unique sounds to the intensify of the flashing backdrop by his ability to mash together the two different mediums. It was quite interesting to see the works made by Ryoji Ikeda, however at the same time it was difficult to continually focus on the intensify of the flashing backdrop.

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After seeing different remix videos by Bjork, The Chemical Brothers and Kylie Minogue it all contributed to my further brainstorm of the particular remix video that I wanted to create for my assessment. It lead me to focus the remix videos that I personally enjoy. A music video in particular that came to mind was FKA Twigs music videos. This includes her music video for her clip Water Me and Two Weeks. I find both of the video clips fully captivating to watch. They aren’t remix like the Kylie Minogue film clip (which was enjoyable to watch, and one that I enjoyed focusing on when I was growing up), however it does implement the combination of music and visuals together.

In ‘Water Me’, it uses animation and a gradual build of different alternations being made to her face throughout the course of the music video. The clip also uses the importance of the sound to continually build upon the alterations being made to her eyes in the music video.

In ‘Two Weeks’ I am fascinated by the use of animation and the gradual build to effects. It’s not exactly a remixed video, however it’s unique in its narrative and the use of effects implemented throughout. It’s a film clip that I constantly find myself observing and finding something new each time I view the clip. This includes all the minor details implemented in the background of the clip and the continual reveals that are shown throughout the film clip.

Remixed Video Assignment

For my remixed video assessment, I focused on merging together numerous videos to create collage/montage/experimental set of clips. I used Keepvid to download my videos from YouTube. I began by importing my various video clips into Adobe Premiere Pro. I began by cutting the particular parts of clips and inserting them onto my timeline. From there, I was able to layer each of the videos on top of each other. I shifted the original opacity of the overlayed videos to 50%. This allowed the numerous videos to show through the patterned overlay. Then I changed the ‘blend mode’ on the top layer of the pattern to ‘Hard light’. This allowed the dramatic effect of the overlay to occur. I continued to use the razor tool to cut clips into different segments and move them along the timeline. I continued to add numerous video clips onto my timeline and layer them with the kaleidoscope pattern.

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For the audio aspect of my remixed video, I used Audacity to change the tempo of the music. I heightened the tempo to the largest possible outcome. This allowed the beat to quicken and fit the visuals appearing throughout the clip. I wanted it to be quick and colourful, which through the accompanied sound and visuals I was able to achieve.

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Throughout the process there was a lot of back and forth between adjusting the audio to fit the visuals. This lead to Premiere slowing down due to the large amount of visuals on the timeline and imported videos into the software. To improve the lag, I rendered my clips numerous times to overcome this issue. Overall I am happy with the outcome I was able to achieve through remixing my various video clips together. I believe that the visuals worked well with the remixed audio.

Videos I remixed: 

Colourform – Kaleidoscope

Lana Del Rey – High by the Beach

Lana Del Rey – Ride

Lana Del Rey – West Coast

Music: 

Halsey – Colors (Part 2)

Remixed Video Test (Week 8)

For my remix video test I focused on merging together various video clips together. This video clips that I implemented into my remixed video included free stock footage from the Internet. Along with a copyrighted film clip. I began my process by selecting particular elements of the clips and adding them to my timeline. From there I used the razor tool to split videos into smaller parts. This allowed me to cut and move the clips allow my timeline. By merging these videos together, it allowed me to use different effects to blend and alter the videos from their original state.

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To edit my clips together I used Adobe Premiere Pro. Through its numerous effects features, I was able to implement a number of different video effects onto each clip. This provided me with the opportunity to further alter the original footage. The effects that I used included solarize, distortion, different colour filters and changes to the opacity on clip. All these options allow the video to become further altered and to enter the state of unrecognisable.

Through implementing the solarize filter, it allowed me to further experiment with manipulating my original video footage. Through adjusting the strength of the filter, it further changed the visibility of the video. By adding this filter throughout my video, it allowed for the video to intensify at particular moments. The solarize filter adjusted the particular mood throughout the video due to its heightened intensity

By adding so many effects to my video clips, it caused my computer to become extremely slow. Especially when it came to the rendering aspect in Premiere. The rendering of frames took an extended amount of time due to the heavy use of effects and alternations made to the clips.

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Brandalism (Week 7 lecture)

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Remix is embedded into our culture. The popular culture of music, movie, sounds, images and celebrity are constantly surrounding us. They have a major influence of the advertising and branding that we consume daily. Through pop culture it allows the accessibility to regenerate these ideas into new stuff. Artists are provided the ability to remix particular elements into a new idea and republish it to the consumer. As remix is constantly embedded into our culture, we absorb this system and create our own set of ideas.

The week 7 lecture focused on two particular words: recuperation and detournement. Recuperation refers to the process in which politically radical ideas and images are redeveloped in the media culture. This allows the ability to create a more socially conventional perspective. While detourement focuses on the opposite ideas of recuperation. Instead, detournement focuses on turning branding logos and slogans against their original advertiser. It presents the idea of culture jamming, which was a popular term used by the performance group Negativland.

Culture jamming is a form of subvertising.Many culture jams are intended to expose questionable political assumptions behind commercial culture. Tactics include re-figuring logos; fashion statements; and product images as a means to challenge the idea of “what’s cool.”

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NEGATIVLAND (WEEK 6)

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Negativland is a performance and recording group who remixes original materials and music into something they never intended to be. Negativland refers to this as ‘culture jamming’ (a term they discovered back in 1984). The group focuses on using appropriated works of audio and visuals to make it their own. Through their culture jamming approach to recreating content, they have found themselves faced with two lawsuits involving copyright infringement.

The current performance group contains four members: Mark Hosler, Richard Lyons, David Wills, aka The Weatherman and Peter Conheim. They have created their own record label ‘Seeland Records‘. It’s an independent record label, which they created to release their own music. It was founded in 1979 and focuses on experimental music genre. Seeland Records has numerous artists signed including Negativland, John Oswald, Realistic. The record company disappeared throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s time period due to Negativland signing with SST Records. However, once Negativlands split from SST Records, they revived their created Seeland records.

Negativland had a number of released in the early 1980s, but their break came after releasing their sample hit, ‘Escape from Noise’ in 1987. In 1991, Negativland released a single with the title “U2” displayed in very large type on the front of the packaging, and “Negativland” in a smaller typeface. An image of the Lockheed U-2spy plane was also on the single cover. U2’s Island Records label sued Negativland, in which they claimed that placing the word ‘U2’ on their album cover violated the trademark law, along with the song included. Negativland are interested in intellectual property rights, and argue that their use of U2’s and others’ material falls under the fair use clause. The group even released a book and a CD called ‘Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2‘ in 1995. The 270 paged book and ten track CD focuses on the lawsuit they found themselves in with U2’s record label. An unfortunate side effect of the Negativland-Island lawsuit was another one brought on between Negativland and SST, which served to sever all remaining ties the two had.

While it is true that, after being sued, Negativland became more publicly involved in advocating significant reforms of our nation’s copyright laws (more recently finding themselves being brought to Washington DC and Capitol Hill as citizen lobbyists for copyright and art issues), Negativland are artists first and activists second. Negativlands have contribued their time to Creative Commons, an non-profit organisation that focuses on providing a large range of creative works for other to legally use as their own. Very much like Negativlands way of using elements from other artist’s material/visuals/audios and recreating it into their own unique way.

VIDEO, IMAGE, SOUND EMBED PROJECT (VIDEO)

PASSWORD TO VIMEO VIDEOS: remix

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For my first video remix, I placed together a Soul Train 1970s dancing clip that was uploaded to YouTube and added OutKast’s hit Hey Ya with it. Through combining the music and the visuals, I aimed to focus on syncing together the dance moves along with the beat of the song. I used Adobe’s Premiere Pro to edit the clips together. I used the razor tool in order to cut, then copy and paste different aspects of the dancing video to match up with the song. This allowed me to achieve what I set out to do for the video element of this assignment. The elements that didn’t particularly work well was fading out the music from the visuals. I used the pen tool in Premiere, however the fade out didn’t match too well with the video element of the clip. Overall, I’m happy with the outcome I was able to achieve through combining separate visual elements and combining them with music.

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For my second video, I combined the visuals of a Charleston clip and the audio of Beyonce’s Single Ladies together. I used Premiere Pro once again to achieve the combination of these two separate clips. My set aim was to merge together two separate clips together and for them to successfully sync up. Through Premiere Pro I was able to experiment with the different tools in order to cut and paste elements from two clips. There were particular parts in the clip that did not exactly sync up, however I wanted to edit the audio clip as little as possible. As I believe this may have altered the overall quality and originally of the track.

Week 5: Piracy

Through the internet people across the world are able to connect and share their thoughts, ideas and content. But what happens when this content isn’t their own? More particularly a film that they enjoyed or a song they heard on the radio. The internet allows the possibly to share their thoughts about a variety of different content they’ve come into contact with. However, through the internet it provides users the opportunity to redistribute this content, allowing it for free downloading and sharing amongst millions of individuals. Not only is this way of receiving content free, easy to access and high quality, it has many legal concerns tagging along with it.

By users having access to the latest movies and television series uploaded to popular torrenting sites, for example thepiratebay, it allows a very open and easy to access way of sharing copyrighted content with each other. However, in more recent times there has been a crack down upon torrenting content. A list regarding the top 10 most pirated television series, found HBO’s Games of Thrones at the top of the list. As it rated the number one most torrented television series in 2014. The data comes from piracy-tracking firm Excipio, which analyzed activity for the period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 24, 2014. AMC’s The Walking Dead was a close second in the list as well. With Australia being one of the largest countries with a massive piracy issue, there has been an introduction to new laws being implemented in an attempt to stop their overgrowing issue. The law focused around streaming and torrenting websites. However, similar laws have existed in the UK since 2011, and are commonly regarded as reasonably unsuccessful in their goal. This is because, as soon as a site is blocked, multiple other mirror sites pop up. Once those mirror sites are blocked, more have already been created; the government simply cannot keep up. The UK also blocked proxy sites, which could likely be in Australia’s not-so-distant future, too.

Which leaves us with the question: Will they ever be able to control these streaming and torrenting sites? Will this issue ever change? At this point of the time, the issue is uncontrollable. The ability to share and redistribute content online is too difficult to control.