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Remixing: Works in Progress

Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1988

Remixed albums are big business. Call in a remix engineer and squeeze more sales out of the same songs. Ideal for injecting added danceability. Useful for maintaining a following during periods of creative torpor. Perfect as a "bonus for the fans". But remixing raises new issues about the nature of composition: is a song ever actually finished?

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