The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies comprises contemporary texts by key authors and artists who are active in the emerging field of remix studies. As an organic international movement, remix culture originated in the popular music culture of the 1970s, and has since grown into a rich cultural activity encompassing numerous forms of media.

The act of recombining pre-existing material brings up pressing questions of authenticity, reception, authorship, copyright, and the techno-politics of media activism. This book approaches remix studies from various angles, including sections on history, aesthetics, ethics, politics, and practice, and presents theoretical chapters alongside case studies of remix projects. The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies is a valuable resource for both researchers and remix practitioners, as well as a teaching tool for instructors using remix practices in the classroom.

part |120 pages


chapter |28 pages

Remix and the Dialogic Engine of Culture

A Model for Generative Combinatoriality

chapter |14 pages

Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal1

Reflections on Cut-Copy-Paste Culture

chapter |15 pages

Toward a Remix Culture

An Existential Perspective

chapter |13 pages

An Oral History of Sampling

From Turntables to Mashups

chapter |8 pages

Can I Borrow Your Proper Name?

Remixing Signatures and the Contemporary Author

chapter |12 pages

The Extended Remix

Rhetoric and History

chapter |17 pages

Culture and Remix

A Theory on Cultural Sublation

part |92 pages


chapter |13 pages

Remixing the Plague of Images

Video Art from Latin America in a Transnational Context

chapter |13 pages

Race and Remix

The Aesthetics of Race in the Visual and Performing Arts

chapter |12 pages

Digital Poetics and Remix Culture

From the Artisanal Image to the Immaterial Image

chapter |13 pages

The End of an Aura

Nostalgia, Memory, and the Haunting of Hip Hop

part |96 pages


chapter |12 pages

Cutting Scholarship Together/Apart

Rethinking the Political Economy of Scholarly Book Publishing

chapter |13 pages

Copyright and Fair Use in Remix

From Alarmism to Action

chapter |13 pages

I Thought I Made a Vid, but Then You Told Me That I Didn't

Aesthetics and Boundary Work in the Fan-Vidding Community

chapter |14 pages

Peeling the Layers of the Onion

Authorship in Mashup and Remix Cultures

part |88 pages


part |107 pages


chapter |14 pages

Crises of Meaning in Communities of Creative Appropriation

A Case Study of the 2010 RE/Mixed Media Festival

chapter |12 pages

Aesthetics of Remix

Networked Interactive Objects and Interface Design

chapter |9 pages

Reflections on the Amen Break

A Continued History, an Unsettled Ethics

chapter |8 pages

Going Crazy with Remix

A Classroom Study by Practice via Lenz v. Universal

chapter |9 pages

Occupy/Band Aid Mashup

“Do They Know It's Christmas?”

chapter |6 pages

Radical Remix


chapter |7 pages

In Two Minds