The folks over at Share This Course have challenged participants to share something every day from now until Christmas Eve. I accept. Here’s the big picture:
The goal of ‘Assignment: Share’ is to become more conscious of all the ways we use digital media to share our experiences. We share links, we share documents, we share photos, we share videos, we share music, we share movies, we share just about anything that can be digitized, stuck on a server somewhere, and presented via the Web. . . . This sharing of culture is the foundation of Share This Book, so we must grasp it ourselves before we can explain it to others. Don’t be afraid, don’t be shy. Everything is interesting. Everything deserves to be shared. (Via)
I’ll be cross-posting my sharing on this blog and on the Share This Course site. I see this as a helpful kick in the pants to keep up my blogging and as an interesting experiment in pushing the content of this blog a bit more beyond the academic. I mean, I talk about all kinds of stuff on here, but almost always with the thought in the back of my mind that it’s stuff I might want to think about in an academic context. On and off I’ve wondered how much I want to push that boundary, and this challenge should help me think that through by practicing. Sweet!
Today I’m going to share by celebrating (belatedly) the 10th anniversary of Overclocked Remix, the benchmark site for videogame music remixes and rearrangements. Their press release from December 11, the actual birthday, describes the site thusly:
Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation, preservation, and interpretation of video game music. Its primary focus is www.ocremix.org, a website featuring hundreds of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans.
My favorite mix on the site is SGX‘s “Save Me,” a remix of a tune from the Playstation 2 game Ico (which I’ve never played but long to). Part of my love for this piece is the way it shows the serendipitous nature of sharing: I came across OCRemix years ago and randomly played this song, which led me to learn more about the game Ico, which led me to buy Shadow of the Colossus, a game made by the same folks, which led me to get the soundtracks to both games, which are now a regular part of my background music while working at home. So cool!