“To combine or edit existing materials to produce something new” – Kirby Ferguson.
Kirby Ferguson uses this phrase to describe the word remix in his video series; Everything is a Remix. He explores the idea that remixing is a “folk art”, with little skill needed to execute the simplest of music sampling.
Consider the 4 chord song written by comedy group The Axis of Awesome, a prime example of how the modern remix culture is diversifying. The group claims that “every pop song ever written” can be re-arranged to fit the same four chords. (E,B,C#,A)
A similar principle applies to innumerable hip hop songs typically from the late 20th century, which use a ‘six second drum loop’ (which originally occurs in the song Amen Brother) as the backing to their track. This form of remixing is known as a ‘knock off’ which incorporates the use of copying whilst staying within legal boundaries.