A trio of works by two artists, Claire Chanel and Sherman F. Baby, about the importance of remixing and file sharing as folk-art traditions / educational practices. Jay Z Construction Set (2004), RIAA-Mix Vol. 1 (2005) and Media Defendr (2007) are all still online today, though mainly for archival purposes only as many of the links are now down and here and there, the sites appear to get hacked. If you have any Qs, let me know and I can share them with Claire and Sherman who I’m still in regular touch with.
Jay-Z Construction Set (2004)
The Jay-Z Construction Set (2004) is a toolkit with all of the necessary software and raw material to create a new remix of Jay-Z's Black Album. It includes nine different variations on the Black Album, over 1200 clip art images, and a couple hundred meg of classic samples and breaks. The Jay-Z Construction Set is available on-line through filesharing networks and protocols such as BitTorrent.
JZCS website (archival)
RIAA-Mix Vol. 1 (2005)
This slamming new remix style pairs today's hottest Top40 tracks with the rough'n'tumble aesthetic tradition of anti-pop freeform noise! Shooting straight up from the underground, this ear-bleeding mash is sure to catch the ears of the naught generation's youthful angst the same way that Nirvana's screeching feedback and Public Enemy's authentic grit gave voice to the early 1990's with sharp, street-level indie cred.
RIAA-Mix website (archival)
Media Defendr (2007)
“MediaDefendr (beta) went official on Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 at 15:14:59 -0700 when the forward-thinking folks at Universal Music Group demonstrated their willingness to take risks in the name of art by approving the launch of the MediaDefendr (beta) project. MediaDefendr (beta) is about Web 2.0 and Web 2.0 is about participation, community, and YOU. Crowdsourcing and collective affinity spacework is changing the media environment and our friends in the music industry are here to say “Thanx 4 da add”. When we dropped RIAAMix, Vol. 1 two years ago, Web 2.0 had not yet emerged. It’s time to upgrade the movement and joyfully ride the participation superhighway to rip, mix, and spoof collaboratively – forever.”
Media Defender website (archival)