This documentary centers on the individual known as Girl Talk. He comments on how people react to his music sampling and that rearranging these samples makes completely new music. The manifesto raises some interesting points; however, I do not agree with the statement “to build free societies you must limit the control of the past”. You must have limits or restrictions on the past to stop the resurrection of past injustices against individuals, humanity, and the world. As a teacher, if history is distorted then students learn nothing about social justice. For example, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States was felt around the world. In this picture, Lee Harvey Oswald, is seen as a rockstar rather than an alleged assassin.
Student viewing this picture would not learn the lesson of learning from past mistakes but rather would see this event as entertainment.
Girl Talk is an engineer who takes music samples of other artists and mashes them together. Girl Talk has technological skills and talents; however, he uses many and various other peoples’ art in order to make his mash. Why does Girl Talk not create his own music using the software resources available to him? Why does he not learn how to play a musical instrument? The remixer is an engineer with technical talents and skills while the artists’ talent comes inexplicably and without method from within. A remixer wants recognition for inspiration and creativity even though they do not want to go through the creative process. A remixer wants to turn the artist talents into a formula. They make excuses as a defense mechanism for not paying royalties to the artists and to justify their mashes. For example, Gene Simmons commented that he was making a distinction between charity and commerce in a recent interview on on YouTube.
Mr. Simmons referred to the “music business” and how a generation believes they should get their music and art for free. He also believes the chaotic world of post Napster hurts new artists as well as new fans of the music industry.
This is a complex issue which does not have a simple answer as promoted by Girl Talk and other presenters in the documentary.