I watched Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix series. It was quite fascinating! Everything (or at least a majority of things) is a remix.
Take a listen at the Black Eyed Peas’ The Time (Dirty Bit):
This song takes its tune from Dirty Dancing’s Time of My Life:
Although the original is much better than the newer version (although I do enjoy the Black Eyed Peas), remixes are bound to happen.
I’ve also been reading Frankenstein, and there has been so many remixes of it over the years. It’s been transformed into several movies and songs. There’s the Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, The Curse of Frankenstein, and way more. Aren’t sequels of movies just like a remix of the original? Toy Story 2 and 3, Cars 2… you name it. There have been 22 James Bond movies after the first one (a total of 23), and even the movies came from a book series.
Remixing takes something and makes it different. I don’t advocate blatantly stealing someone else’s work and taking all the credit for it. However, I do encourage to find inspiration from others. Take a look at Thomas Weeks’ remix of René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images.
Weeks captures the essence of Magritte while making it his own (I would have done Dr. Pepper instead, personally, since that’s my favorite soda). Another example is Bruce Bodden’s take on Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Bodden kept the base image there, but he changed The Starry Night from detailed to clean. Remixing should have a touch of “you” in it.