Disco edits and their discontents: The persistence of the analog in a digital era

Margie Borschke*

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This article foregrounds the distinction between two compositional forms and creative strategies in dance music - edits and remixes - as a way to gain a better understanding of the relationship between media use and media content, between producers and users, artifacts and events. It considers how the earliest disco edits in the 1970s were shaped by listeners (DJs and dancers) working in tandem with the material qualities and functional properties of vinyl records and other analog technologies and argues that while contemporary edits are made with digital tools, they continue to be in debt to their analog antecedents. In doing so this article critiques the enthusiastic adoption of 'remix' as a metaphor to describe digital culture and questions whether this rhetorical usage overshadows the aesthetic priorities and political implications of a variety of creative strategies that involve media use and re-use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-944
Number of pages16
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


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