The effects of music's fluidity are manifold, and super awesome. All the pleasantries of reinterpretation and inspiration are hugely important to musicians and to consumers, and create so much great music. This has always been true, and drawing from cultural history has long been a powerful method for creating new works. Before even the modern music revolution in the early 20th century, Church hymns were set once and again to different underscores in order to match the congregation's different activities. The same hymn could be played (in various musical settings) as people came in and sat down, then stood to sing, and finally prepared to leave. The melody of the hymn united the whole experience, but also was diversified for the different sections.
Relatedly, musical 'quoting' (the act of reusing melody from another work in one's own original work) became increasingly popular in the 20th century, with composers like Charles Ives using the technique to create massive mosaics of reference and meaning.
Drawing back to the thesis of this article, the remix finds itself part of this same musical tradition. Considering how many types of remix one can create, the directions for reinterpretation are infinite. Furthermore, the remix can be viewed as a real conversation being had in the musical language between different musicians. The message and soul of the original work being changed and reframed by the remixer. Isn't that cool? I think so!
Something particularly interesting to me about this state of the remix is its utilization in video game culture (a major hub of which being the website OverClocked ReMix). Video game culture gathers around a fascination with interacting with another reality, that reality being depicted through a video game. Music emerging from those realities is Video Game Music (VGM), and it is a big deal. Melodies and phrases in video game music can come to symbolize an entire reality from a video game, and people who have had touching or important experiences in those realities (through playing games) can be touched profoundly from even a few notes of an important piece of VGM.
Discussions in the language of music had by remixing VGM are intensely stimulating, and become even more so when one engulfs one's self in it. Though I've made the point I came to make, there's so much to be said about it all that I could go on for quite some time. Maybe I'll return to the subject in the future!