Brainchild of New York–based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, the Everything is a Remix web series builds on the premise that original ideas and thoughts are extremely hard. And because of those reasons, some of the greatest creations are derivative works or remixes of original thoughts.


Whenever I have a few minutes on hand, I end up on Vimeo, arguably my second-favorite site on the web (GigaOM obviously is the first). And when I do that, I find high-quality stuff that I like to call mind goodies. These are short films that are aesthetically appealing, very creative and more importantly, intellectually nourishing. For example, last night when unable to sleep, I ended up discovering Everything is a Remix, a series of web videos.

The brainchild of New York–based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, the series (so far in three parts) builds on the premise that original ideas and thoughts are extremely hard. And because of that, some of the greatest creations are derivative works or remixes of those original thoughts.

The Sugarhill Gang and Kanye West to George Lucas and Led Zeppelin to even the original Apple computer are products based on thoughts, art and ideas that emerged elsewhere. Ferguson describes the process as “copy, transform and combine.” I suppose you could say the same about blogging itself.

Do me a favor: Sit back and enjoy what are three awesome videos and pray for the fourth and final part of the web series to come soon. And Kirby, if you are in San Francisco, I am happy to buy lunch.

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo

  1. Hi, folks. It looks like Vimeo was down for a bit, so you might not have been able to watch the videos. But it’s back up now. If there are any other issues, you can download the videos from http://www.everythingisaremix.info/everything-is-a-remix-part-1/.

  2. It’s funny that none of the so called Zeppelin “ripoffs” sound anything like the originals, especially dazed and stairway. Bring it on Home was credited to BWJ and the opening and ending of Zep’s version were done to pay homage to him not to rip him off. The real meat of the song, page’s awesome solo and the fantastic groove from Bonham and jones are purely a Zeppelin invention far beyond what any blues man considered possible in 1969. Zeppelin considered themselves a blues group & blues artists have a long standing history of borrowing another artists’ song and making it their own.

    1. I agree!

  3. Kirby’s brilliant — his talk at GEL this year was awesome as well. It’s not up at http://gelconference.com/videos/2011/ yet, but should be soon.

    1. Thanks Anil for the heads up and I will keep an eye out for his video. I do agree. Kirby is indeed brilliant.

  4. Chris Tucker Stewart Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Kind of ironic that people have already thought of this idea, too! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons_Already_Did_It


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