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WEB REVIEW

Multimedia On the Web

Bjork’s Internet Archive

By Fred Choi
ASSOCIATE ARTS EDITOR

Bjork Remix Web

<http://www.artikos.com/bjork>

I Hate Elevator Music

<http://remix.inmyhead.net>

There's tons of music, art, writing, and multimedia on the web. However, anyone who's seen it has probably quickly come to the conclusion that a lot of it is, well, pretty mediocre. The purpose of this new column is to review some of the random sites that I've found particularly worth visiting. If you would like to submit a guest column or want me to check out a site that you think I might like to review, e-mail me at <webstuff@the-tech.mit.edu>.

Many fans make their own remixes of their favorite music, with varying success. The Bjork Remix Web is hands down the best remix site I have encountered. Other web sites feature a few remixes by one or two people, but BRW beats them all, with its 750+ remixes by more than 150 people from an astonishing variety of countries and in an amazing number of styles, including the usual varieties of house, jungle, ambient, and drum and bass, as well as some jazzy, classical, reggae, and pop versions. The Japanese and English site is visually appealing, incredibly well-organized, and regularly updated.

Many of the Bjork fan-made mixes tend to be more professionally and creatively constructed than the average homemade remix. They even rival some professionally made remixes despite missing the use of original source tapes. The mixes can be strong as standalone songs and also offer interesting insights into the original track.

Multiple remixes of each song from Bjork's three albums (and virtually every other Bjork song or collaboration) are organized by album on the site. The site also features some creative spinoffs, such as "Defpo (Dock Lick Mix)" by remixer Swords. This catchy track features Bjork reading letters from an eye chart while taking an eye test as Selma, her Cannes-award winning role in Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark.

The site’s only problem lies in the act of sorting through all the available remixes to find the truly excellent ones. Webmaster Tan lists remixers to enables visitors to find more work by their favorite remixers and includes a feature which allows visitors to rate each remix. Streaming options enable visitors to preview tracks before downloading.

Another remix site worth mentioning: I Hate Elevator Music, which features remixes of Tori Amos tracks by JohnB. His work is mostly house-y, and generally good (although a bit homogeneous). Check out his remixes from Tori's more recent albums, including a great reworking of "Butterfly" (which includes a sample of the Beastie Boys) and "Lust."