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Remix Culture and Lip Dubs

“Remix culture is a culture that allows and encourages derivative works by combining or editing existing materials to produce a new product,” according to Wikipedia. A remix culture would be, by default, permissive efforts to improve upon, change, integrate, or otherwise remix the work of copyright holders. “A lip dub is a type of video that combines lip-synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song,” also according to Wikipedia. Both lip dubs and remixes have become a huge part of our society. When you Google lip dubs or remixes on the internet about 431,000 results come up in less than a second. But why have they become such a big phenomenon?

Remixes can be anything from an artist changing an original song to putting different graphics or voices into a music video. Almost all mashups or remixes are available on the Internet are posted on YouTube. They can get anywhere from just a couple of views to millions of views in only a weeks time. I believe people love remixes because they can enhance songs that people already like, or they can even make people like a song that they originally hated. In 2009 when the song “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne came out I didn’t really like the song at first, but a few months later a remix was released with Lil Mama added to the song and I immediately liked the song so much better. One of my favorite remixes of all time is “I Got a Feeling (No Ceilings Remix)” by Lil Wayne. This is just a remix that Lil Wayne made of “I Got a Felling” by The Black Eyed Peas. I think that we love remixes so much because they give something different than we already have had and maybe have gotten sick of.

But these kinds of remixes are not the only kind of remixes. A type of remix that has recently taken the Internet by storm is what I am going to call Goat Remixes. The Goat remix is where people put goat noises into normal song. In “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift, goat noises were put in place of some of her singing and went around the internet for weeks. People thought this video was hilarious. BuzzFeed even posted an article about The 23 Best Goat Remixes on the Internet. http://www.buzzfeed.com/catesish/the-23-best-goat-remixes-on-the-internet. They are even saying that Goat videos are the new Harlem Shake videos and even funnier than them.

Like remixes our culture has recently become obsessed with lip dubs. There have been lip dubs about anything you could think of. Lip dubs can be funny, heart warming, happy, even heart breaking. It’s crazy how these lip dubs can make you feel all different kind of emotions after just watching them for a few minutes.

A lip dub video that has received so much attention, and is one of my personal favorites, is “World’s First Live Lip-Dub Marriage Proposal”. This video is truly adorable and it just takes place in the couple’s neighborhood but it is amazing. Amy’s boyfriend told her to sit in the trunk of his car because he had a surprise for her. The car started moving slowly and as it did all of Amy’s family and friends popped out lip-syncing and dancing to the so “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. At the very end of the video Amy’s boyfriend proposed to her in front of all their family and friends and of course she said yes! Who could say no to a proposal like that?

Another heartwarming lip dub video came from Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, based out of Lebanon, N.H. This amazing video was made to raise money for CHaD’s annual CHaD HERO Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K, which raised over $650,000 this year. This video features CHaD’s patients, two different sets of dancing administrators, and many dancing nurses. Pretty much everyone in the hospital is dancing to Katy Perry’s song “Roar”. It is hard not to get emotional during this video. The children are so strong and brave and this video is truly phenomenal.

Katy Perry “Roar”

Some of the funniest lip dubs have come from Presidential and government speeches. One of the most viewed presidential lip dub videos is Obama’s Rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’. This is a mashup of different things that Obama has said that forms the song “Jingle Bells”. It is actually quite hilarious, especially because of some of the editing of Christmas and other winter things into the video. One web site even proposed the question “In which context did the commander-in-chief have to say “jingle”?”

Obama Jingle Bells

Colleges and High Schools have caught national attention also for their lip dubbing videos. Springville High School in Springville, Utah did a lip dub to “Blame it on the Worm” by DJ Earworm. They made this video as a spoof on the “emptiness” of the lip dub culture and it is pretty hilarious. Netanya Academic College made a lip dub video of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. They dressed up in crazy Lady Gaga like costumes and danced around. Boston University also created a lip dub video in 2009 that was featured on BuzzFeed. Another lip dub video that was featured on BuzzFeed was created by UVIC and it was of 900 people lip syncing and dancing to “Hey Soul Sister” by train.

My question that I asked myself was why are we so interested in and obsessed with lip dubs and remixes? While I was researching for this blog post I found myself looked up lip dubs and remixes and watching these videos for about two hours. I think it is because most of these videos are extremely creative and I am in awe of the ideas that people have come up with. There are also lip dub videos and remixes out there for everyone. There are political one, happy ones, heartwarming ones, funny ones and so much more. Also I believe that they are new takes on something that we either like or didn’t like and it gives us the ability to make fun of something or enjoy something different. Anyone who enjoys music I believe will enjoy lip dubs because it is music with a little bit of something extra special added to in.

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