It is not entirely incorrect to think of DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation as a remix of D.W. Griffith's incredibly racist silent film The Birth of a Nation. Indeed, Spooky, a NYC-based DJ/artist/magazine editor, says it directly on his website: "Rebirth of a Nation is a film project based on a remix of D.W. Griffith's infamous 1915 film The Birth of a Nation." But even Spooky (or Paul D. Miller—I will use his real name from this point on) has to agree that his is a very strange, very unusual remix.

Why? Because the original goal of any remix is to recirculate, refreshen, enhance, extend, and participate in the pleasure of a great tune. A remix, in short, is an act of love, a statement of admiration, and the confirmation of a musical alliance...

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