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Author: Sinnreich
ISBN13: 978-1558498297
Title: Mashed Up: Music, Technology, and the Rise of Configurable Culture (Science/Technology/Culture)
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Language: English
Category: Music
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (July 21, 2010)
Pages: 240

Mashed Up: Music, Technology, and the Rise of Configurable Culture (Science/Technology/Culture) by Sinnreich



Science & Technology. A similar dynamic exists within the sample-based music community – among the DJs who create mash-ups, remixes, techno, hip-hop mixtapes, and other forms of not-quite-legal music using pieces of other people’s work as their palette. Unlike the quilters, however, sample-based music is a global phenomenon involving millions of creative individuals, using state-of-the-art technology. University of Massachusetts Press, 240 pages.

In Mashed Up, Sinnreich uses music as the lens to study the increasingly relevant gray area between media production and consumption. I am pleased to see that work has now been extended into a book. ―Journal of Communication

Series: Science, Technology, and Culture. Published by: University of Massachusetts Press. Mashed Up chronicles the rise of configurability, an emerging musical and cultural moment rooted in today’s global, networked communications infrastructure. Based on interviews with dozens of prominent DJs, attorneys, and music industry executives, the book argues that today’s battles over sampling, file sharing, and the marketability of new styles such as mashups and techno presage social change on a far broader scale

From ancient times to the present day, writers and thinkers have remarked. For example, th Sinnreich writes an important book about the topic of remix (he calls it configurability) in today's culture. The book is nicely set up, as the first third talks about the modern discursive framework (essentially how we as a society understand concepts like art, authorship, originality, et. and follows that by addressing how Configurable Culture (ie, the practice of remix) destabilizes those modernist concepts by making them straddle a "gray area" between their binary opposites.

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Mashed Up seeks to explore how technology, especially the possibilities unleashed by digitization and computers, is revolutionizing the production of music. For Sinnreich, the challenge is both conceptual and political. At the conceptual level, the modern conception of music, which held sway from approximately 1800 until the 1980s, relies on a series of binaries: art-craft, artist-audience, original-copy, ion, figure-ground, materials-tools (43).

Mashed Up opens with Music as a Controlled Substance, a calculatedly provocative title to a chapter that begins, interestingly enough, with an overview of governments’ proscriptions of performance of certain types of music in ancient Greece, 18th Century China, and the . military used rock and rap music, along with physical violence, to torture prisoners at Abu Ghraib and force confessions from them. It similarly forced Manuel Noriega to surrender after imposing the sounds of rock music on him, along with those of a similarly obnoxious artifact of American popular culture – the Howard Stern Show. But wait: if Howard Stern had personally appeared, prattling obscenities without electronic amplification outside Noreiga’s house, Noreiga would simply have shaken his head in disgust, shut the window, and contently gone about his creepy business.

The distinction between author and public is about to lose its basic character. The difference becomes merely functional; it may vary from case to case. Some DJs rebel actively against legal and commercial institutions, while others simply avoid them as a matter of course; in both cases, these factors have helped to break down the artificial distinction between artists and audience.

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From ancient times to the present day, writers and thinkers have remarked on the unique power of music to evoke emotions, signal identity, and bond or divide entire societies, all without the benefit of literal representation. Even if we can't say precisely what our favorite melody means, we know very well what kind of effect it has on us, and on our friends and neighbors.According to Aram Sinnreich, this power helps to explain why music has so often been regulated in societies around the globe and throughout history. Institutional authorities ranging from dynastic China's "Office to Harmonize Sounds" to today's copyright collecting societies like BMI and ASCAP leverage the rule of law and the power of the market to make sure that some musical forms and practices are allowed and others are prohibited.Yet, despite the efforts of these powerful regulators, musical cultures consistently devise new and innovative ways to work around institutional regulations. These workarounds often generate new styles and traditions in turn, with effects far beyond the cultural sphere.Mashed Up chronicles the rise of "configurability," an emerging musical and cultural moment rooted in today's global, networked communications infrastructure. Based on interviews with dozens of prominent DJs, attorneys, and music industry executives, the book argues that today's battles over sampling, file sharing, and the marketability of new styles such as "mash-ups" and "techno" presage social change on a far broader scale. Specifically, the book suggests the emergence of a new ethic of configurable collectivism; an economic reunion of labor; a renegotiation of the line between public and private; a shift from linear to recursive logic; and a new "DJ consciousness," in which the margins are becoming the new mainstream. Whether these changes are sudden or gradual, violent or peaceful, will depend on whether we heed the lessons of configurability, or continue to police and punish the growing ranks of the mashed up.
Reviews: 5
Velellan
A beautifully written and organized history of how Western cultural trends fit into the big picture of our unsustainable capitalist
lifestyle. I want to read everything Mr. Sinnreich has written and recommend him to anyone interested in Western culture or politics, especially anyone over 40 who feels confused by "what's happening" in music today. It is a connect-the-dots book with many "ah ha" moments that make it easy to let go of outdated values.
Anicasalar
A complete Guide to what's going on out there in musicland and what we have to look forward to in a rapidly changing world. It put me in contact with a whole realm I had just sort of sensed before. Raised listening to a whole new level. Everyone should own this book, even the sophisticates who already think they know everything. There's more here than meets the ear.
Onoxyleili
Very good overview of the use of technology in the music biz. Definitely helped me on a report I was creating for school.
Grinin
This is exactly what I was looking for to assist me in writing a research paper that I have been working on--brand new--and I got it for an incredible price!
Ces
Mashed Up takes a masterful and enjoyable tour through the recent cultural phenomenon of configurable media - revealing its origins, clarifying its significance and positing its likely meaning for the next generation of music fans, business people and creators. The book presents a compelling argument that configurable media isn't just a fad cranked up by "some kid in his bedroom", but may in fact be a harbinger of the end of the modern mode of music consumption and production.

One of the great things about the book is the wide variety of hard to get source material obtained and analyzed: interviews with prominent mash up artists & DJs, music industry executives, legal experts, as well as consumers and fans.

Breaks down a complex and timely topic effectively from both scholarly and layman-friendly angles; should be required reading for anyone working in the music business, or anyone interested in the history of music or of digital media in general.