Blurring Beats, Blurring Borders

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The increasing prevalence of the concept of ‘remix’ across a variety of facets of society, has seen an overall increase in the interaction between individual cultures themselves. One of the most easily identifiable today is within the music industry, where the traditional ideals of individual genres of music are becoming more and more faded/blurred.

Koda Kumi, a Japanese singer from Kyoto, shot to stardom following the release of her 7th single – which was then used in the video game Final Fantasy X-2. Her initially quiet and conservative image has developed significantly from as early as 2003 (3 years after the release of her first single), with Koda adopting a sexier and more provocative style. This has made her something of an icon within the Japanese pop-music scene, and as a direct result, on an international scale also – being compared to Western pop stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Within recent times, Koda has gained further popularity with the annual release of her DRIVING HITS remix albums, featuring remixes of some of her most known songs.

On this year’s release, Sydney-based DJ duo Starfvckers (Kristofer Hutchison and Tom Nash) take on Koda’s track Money In My Bag. As icons of the Sydney club nightlife for over a decade, the duo now resides on the rooftop of Darling Harbour’s Home Nightclubwith their self-titled club Starfvckers. As someone who’s not a stranger to this iconic location, their remix is something that I can definitely see ‘blowing up at Church on a Saturday night’.

Check out their remix below.

Nate

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4 thoughts on “Blurring Beats, Blurring Borders

  1. Hi Nate, this is a really awesome example of remixing on multiple levels, in multiple ways and through multiple platforms. I think it is incredible how a person’s musical persona can change so rapidly due to remixing of their own music and then once again skyrocketing when taken on by another artist!
    It would be interesting to know what kind of effect this remixing has on audiences. I wonder if it changes the attitude towards the artists music? Do people still like the music? If so, do the people’s interests in other music become influenced by this change?
    Interesting topic, and great post! It great how this remixing can be seen across all genres of music, and also over generations of music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkfvL3Nz0SI

    Jess 🙂

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    • Hey Jess,
      Thanks so much for your comment! The music industry is already so expansive, so the growing popularity of remix culture is only craeting further developments. Personally, I’ve found some of my favourite musicians through their remixes of other people’s songs, so to me remix has a positive impact on the audience, what about you though? Also, thanks for the link to the reggae clip!
      Nate

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  2. This post was really cool Nate! I think the perpetual nature of remix culture is a fascinating concept to explore; it closely aligns with the idea that content on the internet is never really finished because it can always be remixed by anyone at any given point in the process. In this case it was the original creator remixing her own content, which is definitely an interesting point.

    You touched on the notion of remix promoting interaction between cultures, and then exemplified this by talking about Starfvckers and their remix of Kumi’s work. It would’ve been really cool if you’d taken the concept a step further and written about music that’s been influenced by other cultures as a result of remix’s prevalence. Who doesn’t love a bit of cultural appropriation?

    On that note, I think this article would be good for you to read in regards to the “fad[ing]” of individual genres and traditional ideas (it’s about cultural appropriation and where it crosses the line):
    http://blog.sonicbids.com/appropriation-vs-appreciation-in-music-where-should-we-draw-the-line

    Overall, I thought this was a great post and I was glad I got to have a cheeky rave at the end: thanks for the music Nate.

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  3. This post was sick! I love how you integrated music into the definition and context of the topic, it all comes together as an engaging and overall fun post to read and reflect on. i would’ve been dope if you elaborated further on the “fading” of music genres so i could see further into the discussion. Overall, a really cool perspective on remix culture and i totally agree with your choice to talk about music as it’s one of the best ways to talk about the topic

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