[rumori] oranj.oranj.org - what is an author?

Steev [rumori] oranj.oranj.org - what is an author?
Sat, 30 Jan 1999 07:45:07 -0800 (PST) (00917711107, Pine.LNX.4.05.9901300738590.14455-100000atflotsam.detritus.net)

anyone seen this site? it's a sort of realaudio radio station
slash user-submitted archive, and it seems to be mostly
out there experimental stuff.

there are 3 tracks from Deconstructing Beck there, but
they got the info all wrong, attributing them to Beck as the "author" and "Deconstructing Beck" as the "artist". huh?
well, i guess that's one thing we're trying to call into question.
What exactly is an author?

I wonder if any of the misunderstanding is caused by DJ remix culture,
in which remixes are still considered works by the remixed, not the
remixer. When someone puts out a remix record of people remixing them,
it's still "by" them. I guess you have to expect people who are used to this to assume the same of a project like "Deconstructing Beck". And when does something stop being a "remix" and start being a "deconstruction", or whatever?


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They're given meaning only when represented in the
assemblage of the mix. In this way, the DJ acts as the cybernetic
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