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Thread started 02/13/20 8:03am

AvocadosMax

We’re (well we have been in) in the remix age of music

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. And I’m not hating on modern artists. I love a lot of the musicians/artists that are hot today.

But we have to accept that we’re in the remix/remake age. 98% of new music is just a different variation of what’s already been done. Mashup melodies and certain samples to create something new. I actually love that art of sampling. It takes a good ear to be able to take something and make something fresh out of it

But how do you feel about this subject? Do you think too many people make a big deal out of it? Or do you think its overdone?
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Reply #1 posted 02/13/20 10:46am

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Sample culture and remixes have been obtaining mainstream success since the 90s, coupled with the steady and gradual defunding the arts in education, coupled with the rise in cheap audio production technology and autotune = 2020. We shoulda had flying cars.

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Reply #2 posted 02/13/20 12:49pm

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This has been going on for like 30 years now bruh.

And all these years later, with all the modern examples to choose from, for whatever reason the SWV Human Nature remix of "Right Here" annoys me the most.... also the 40 "versions" of "Between the Sheets" every R&B/rap artist had to sample from the 90s until mid 00s.

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Reply #3 posted 02/13/20 2:20pm

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AvocadosMax said:

But we have to accept that we’re in the remix/remake age.

Remakes have been around pretty much the entire history of the recording industry. That's how some songs became to be called standards. Many artists recorded the same songs, especially with jazz singers and easy listening bands like Percy Faith & James Last. Back in the 1960s, Gladys Knight & The Pips & Marvin Gaye had a big hit with the same song about a year apart. Same with the Isley Brothers & The Beatles and neither of them had the original version. Twist And Shout was first released by The Top Notes. That won't happen now. Remakes of hit songs are less common now, probably because many modern hits since the 1990s are rap songs which don't really fit someone else doing them. There's a lot of Youtube covers though. Like metal, gospel, classical & jazz versions of Bodak Yellow.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #4 posted 02/13/20 2:58pm

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I do think it’s pretty cool that all those years later Pharrell is a huge star when one of his first recordings is him chanting S Double You Vee, and that I didn’t know it was him til like 3 years ago. This is an example of a remix blowing up and introducing a memorable star appearing on the remix as a guest or collaborator. Remixes can also introduce audiences to new sounds and scenes that they might not have been exposed to otherwise. I assume they also assist with charting performance.
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Reply #5 posted 02/13/20 3:02pm

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Lol u should see the html mess that appeared when I went to reply to Micky just now. I thought my shit was haunted for a sec. Anyway it’s interesting that demo/alternate versions of modern songs exist where for instance Mary Blige is singing Titanium instead of Sia, like the producers shop the songs for the most appealing vocals.
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