BrianEno once said that in the future, music would be unfinished. Not something self-sufficient and complete in itself.
That prediction is certainly true of RemixCulture. A good popular song is one which is a tool-kit of components for re-use in a variety of alternative contexts :
- vocal, to be pulled off and used over other sounds
- theme to be arranged on different instruments
- characteristic leitmotifs (sounds, effects, melodies) which can be re-used in different contexts
- interchangable rhythms. (Though in some cultures eg. RaggaRiddims, it's the rhythm which gets interchangable vocalists)
In a sense, this is related to MusicalAbstraction. RemixCulture is a culture of discovering new things to abstract from music for re-appropriation in other contexts.
- EguinhaPocoto (See BrazilianPopulistMusics)
- Missy Elliott's "GetYourFreakOn"
Presumably if we have a Noise thesis from JacquesAttali then this unfinishedness might herald a broader change in society. Although maybe it also echoes the outsourcing and specialization of industrial culture over the 20th centuary.
Maybe it's an example of a SystemEvolvingTowardsMoreSmallerSpecialistComponents
According to BillSeitz SethGodin's latest ebooks are "incomplete" : http://webseitz.fluxent.com/wiki/z2005-09-08-GodinIncompleteBooks