The Creativityʼs Utopia


Anti-classification struggles to escape from the industry’s manipulating power and tear apart the audience’s preconceptions. That is the primary cause for the rise of anti-classification. things are defined by what they are not. What makes human comfortable? Definitely it is not the ambiguous areas that people cannot differentiate. which consequently deepens the negative differences between them. audiences can make predictions about what the work will and will not do . No wonder why classification has gained its vital role. or approval when a work breaks its genre’s rules”. From its earliest applications. approval when a work breaks its genre’s rules” does not echo in the mind of some artists and raise urgent questions: “Disappointment from breaking the rules? Are we talking about Maths or Arts?” Classification now reveals its limits.series of comparison between objects. The purpose of this practice is to make the selling messages communicated more easily.With the development of the entertainment industry and the artists’ hard work in finding and mixing new materials. this informs audiences that may react with surprise. Therefore. Marketers are the ones best at utilizing the concept of genres for their commercial purposes. is a set of conventional and highly organized constraints on the production and interpretation of meaning” said Frow (2005) (cited in Demers . It would all make sense if some words: “disappointment.2010). Genreclassification has become a vital system. the less space and freedom are assigned to the artist.. making it appeal even more “lively and salient” to the consumers. Accordingly to Saussure(cited in Berger 2005). all genres are more or less variations of some other genres which obviously indicates the limiting nature of classification. People supporting anti-classification believe that most of the new ideas are combinations of former ideas (Fredrik Haren 2010). people define the world based on “negative differences” . The more well-defined and popular a genre is.the right to live in the Creativity’s Utopia. resulting from both psychologic tendency of human beings and the demand from commercial activities. the world today is witnessing the births of more and more genres. Such guidance is especially handy in the fields of arts and entertainment where there is a massive amount of artistic and abstract element.. disappointment. They strengthen genres’ identity and equity. “Genre. ultimately to return to the artists the basic creating right: freely to take all the surrounding materials and inspirations to put into their work . classification serves mostly the needs of the audience and the industry. “Disapp o i n t m e n t from breaking the rules? Are we talking about Maths or Arts?” 1 . The classification of entertainment into genres is also leveraged and supported by the industry. Demers states in her book Listening though the Noise (2010): “With even a passing awareness of the genre to which a work belongs. curiosity. we might says. resulting in more products sold.

relying on others’ materials is also a double-edged sword. In the artistic field. On the other hand.. reversing. The artists must be able to recognize the thin line between getting inspirations and being parasites. because of recent vast development of the Internet and digital technologies. The materials’ timbres as well as constructions then are transformed completely. this must be opposed. House and so on. The reason for the combination between Bach’s music and other pop songs is to erase the perceived boundaries in characteristics and social classes between these two categories.5 billion losses to the U.”. As the consequences. It is also debatable about the true motive behind the Intellectual Property Law. Hip Hop. I chose Reflexive Remix method because it allow me to preserve the aura of the main material and transform most of the identities of other supporting materials.. The tasks of investigating intellectual property violation thus become harder in time. it becomes unrecognizable from the origins. However. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). inconsiderate copying and pasting with too little personal touch is the sign of blunt creativity. the damage of copyright violation in the music industry is estimated at $12. The question raised here is whether the copyright law is develop in the name of ethics or under the money-making ambition of Capitalism? However. adding more reverb and distortion. these “thieves” are granted the magic wand helping them to disguise their “crimes” cleverly.. In order to amplify the theme of anti-classification and examine the debate around the topic of Intellectual property. Technology creates a world full of simulated events which dissolve the space . By the supporting of the technology. How much transformation is enough for a Remix artist to properly claim his or her personal signature on the work? It is true that previous ideas fuel creativity. Therefore. According to Motte-Haber (cited in Brawn 2002) states in her article Sound sampling: An Aesthetic Challenge : “ .To reflect the theme anti-classification by using remix theories and techniques. economy.time coordinates of the subject . In the end.S. the copyright law sets many constraints restricting artists from taking others’ registered creations. the government has been taking serious actions against any mean of unapproved copying. thus may help me to avoid being busted stealing others’ creations. People are forever restricted from using others’s materials unless they pay for it. 2 . I can limitlessly manipulate the materials by sampling.. I sampled some pieces of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565 of Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Karl Richter and some minimal elements from other popular songs under different genres such as R&B. the Internet created an evolution in sharing globally while digital technologies can transform any work to the limitless extend. copying and pasting through digital platforms. Originality is the biggest challenge for the remix culture which is sustained by the exchange of information by cutting. all values are converted into capital.

the core motive for this ambiguous debate is the conflict of interest and any protection is merely a incomplete remedy.When innovative technology lifts up all limits and boundaries in creating (or remixing). 3 . will ethics and balance be the only issue need discussing? Because anyway.

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