UPDATE: I’ll also mention curation which has become an increasingly important part of the work I do. I sue Storify to curate content (it is a great tool) and here are a couple of examples (here and here) of me curating tweets on hashtags. I had nothing to do with the hashtags or tweets until I saw them, thought they looked useful and then curated them. The content does not have to be yours to curate, but the very act of curating the tweets can bring value.
And here is an example of how author Teju Cole used Twitter to create a short story compiled through retweets.
Tomorrow I am giving a talk to undergraduate media communications students at Bath Spa University on some of the techniques I use as a content curator and creator.
I have already shared some resources I’ll be sharing in the talk here. Here, I will share the deck I have created (see below) and flesh out a bit more of my thinking. If you are one of the students in the session, I hope you find this useful.
Here’s the deck . . .
In the first part of the talk I’ll be sharing how I came to be interested in remixing content. It all stemmed from my DJ days, which started with my first gig in the local church hall when I was 16.
I used to listen to the radio a lot, and late into the night, to find the original breaks to new tunes. I used to go to clubs and ask the DJ what a tune was so I could go and buy it. Neil, who I used to DJ with, had an encyclopedic knowledge of soul and disco (that’s what we were, and still are, in to) and he and I used to go to record shops all over London and import rare tunes from the US. This was pre-digital so it was harder to find original tunes.
This was a foundation for my interest in remixing as it was at the heart of a lot of the music I was in to – hip hop, house, disco, reggae, soul.
Fast forward a few years and we can see the widespread use of remix thinking and practice online. I have created a couple of playlists on Youtube – here, here and here – to show how easy it now is to bring the original tunes together that form particular tracks. They also show how parts of tunes, such as basslines, have been lifted and recycled to make new sounds.
I’ll then go on to show some examples of how content has been repurposed using different formats. I covered these in the blog post I mentioned earlier. Think Psy meets Ghostbusters and more.
The last part of my talk will look at the process I used to create the crowdsourced story of a socially engaged workplace. With the help of some relatively simple tech – Google Drive and Twitter – I was able to crowdsource a story for a Pecha Kucha presentation at an unconference. I’ll look in detail at the process and how I used different formats to amplify the work.
That story is soon to be two years old but the processes I use now have grown out of that work – namely using crowdsourcing where and when I can, using social tools to narrate and amplify the work and using different formats for the content to appeal to as many people as possible.
My last point will be to enjoy the process because it is fun and you can create new things like this . . . (thanks to @Gemma_Nash for sharing)