I was delighted, surprised, and a little embarrassed to receive this gracious and articulate response from DJ Spooky himself to my post yesterday about his Rebirth of a Nation project:
“Actually it wasnâ€™t really meant to ‘subvert’ the film, itâ€™s a remix after all – just show some of the resonances with the way things are these days. The voting scenes in the film could easily have been 2000 or 2004â€™s elections, and the editing techniques of using the Pioneer DVJâ€™s that let you play the film like a record are meant for a live situation.”
I am glad to stand newly informed on the technical context of the live performance. He also wrote that the edited version of the remixed film will be released “in a bit” – and that will be well worth seeing or buying.
This incident has demonstrated to me both the obligations of the blogger and the transparency of the blogosphere.