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If you’ve ever sampled another musician’s beats, or created a YouTube video tribute to your favourite sci-fi TV programme (that’s just us then?), RiP: A Remix Manifesto is an essential guide to the world of mash-up media, and whether or not posting your work online will land you in the slammer. The documentary is a fascinating insight into “the changing concept of copyright” and screens at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Friday 16th January.

The film is led by web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known to users of the world wide web as Girl Talk, a leading American figure in controversial mash-up style remixes; he often uses a dozen or more unauthorised samples from different songs to create an entirely new track. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some copyright-holders are not happy. The question at the centre of it all is whether popular music, and other forms of art, should be allowed to be repositioned, the argument being that it creates a wild and edgy dialogue between artists from different genres and eras.

The screening will be followed by a bountiful array of live sample-based music, provided by some of Newcastle’s brightest and best mash-up masters. It’s probably best not to call the peelers.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto takes place at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Friday 16th January.

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