Response to When Did the Remix Become a Requirement? by Mike Barthel

The article does a good job of breaking down the history of the remix (in a format much more digestible than Regressive and Reflexive Mashups in Sampling Culture) - it's interesting that a practice that relies heavily on software manipulation had its origins in altered hardware (at least for the American side of things)

I disagree with Andrew Nosnitsky about the old model of remix being dead and that remix today is just famous artists piling on new verses. The most commercially successful ones may be, but there's still plenty of remixes that adhere to the models that Navas described. As for the conclusion that remixing has more or less been the same story told over and over again, I can't draw any conclusions yet. The history of remixing indicates that it's evolved not just with the technology but also with cultural shifts - the demand for dance tracks in discos, the rise of hip hop, and more. I think there's still plenty of room for evolution, but we'll just have to wait and see