A Capital Remix

Authored by: Rachel O’Dwyer

The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415716253
eBook ISBN: 9781315879994
Adobe ISBN: 9781134748747

10.4324/9781315879994.ch23

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Abstract

In May 2012, Harry Rodrigues, aka DJ Baauer, released a sampled dance track called “Harlem Shake.” 1 Initially little known, the song developed into a pandemic Internet meme in Spring 2013. An initial video by George Miller of friends dancing to the track went viral. 2 Versions of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” circulated on YouTube, with countless amateurs making and uploading interpretations. Amateur and professional musicians released sanctioned and unauthorized remixes of the track. 3 For a short time, the “Shake” was lauded for highlighting the grassroots nature of media organization and the significant role of amateur and user-generated content in shaping contemporary culture.

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