Friday, December 27, 2013

Remix Revolution

All of us know that a remix is an unconventional version of an already recorded song, its original, undisturbed version. Talking about remixes, isn't Remix culture popular everywhere? One can say that the rise of Remix in music emerged during the 1970s and 1980's in relation to art and media at the beginning of the twenty-first Century. We can also view a 'Remix' as binder, taking us back to the previous era but of course, not in its original shape. Today, we bring to you a glimpse of few remixed hits in the Tamil music industry that you might have missed.

Listen to Remix Songs on Raaga.com

Who can not relate to "Ponmagal Vandhal" which originally appeared in the movie Sorgam which decades later was remixed and used in the movie Azhagiya Thamizh Magan. Yet another remix hit was "Vechukava" from Nallavannukku Nallavan was used for Silambattam. The evergreen hit "Atho andha paravai pola" was yet again remixed and used in the movie Ayirathil Oruvan. Contrary to the belief that it may not be well accepted, it is amazing to note that the remixed version not only establish a connect with the previous generation who have heard the songs but also the current generation which love the remixed song. Other examples of best Tamil remixes would include "Yenna ma kannu sowkiyama" from blockbuster hit movie Mr.Bharath used recently for Dhanush starrer Thiruvilayadal Arambam. "Thottal Poo Malarum" managed to capture the hearts of many from the movie New as we heard singer Harini and Hariharan's voice do the magic like the previous version in the movie Padakotti.

With the remixes booming on one side, it is also essential to remember that With the YouTube generation uploading remixes, parodies, and mash-ups of copyrighted material they are in a way disrupting the royalty due to the musicians themselves. Coming to the theory of remix, we can call remixing the art of including the aesthetics of old song etc in terms of art, music, and new media in the recent era. We are all a part of the remix revolution where we are taking earlier composed ideas, tweaking them and building upon them.