Pogo's Lead Breakfast: An Exploration of Tarantino's Pulp Fiction

Topics: Meaning of life, Remix, Quentin Tarantino Pages: 4 (1377 words) Published: May 7, 2013
Pogo – Lead Breakfast (‘Pulp Fiction’ Remix): That’s a Tasty Remix! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7Ad1AuHriI)

Nick Bertke, aka Pogo, is an Australian electronic music producer and remixer who specializes in remixing movies in both audio and video ways. Extracting specific sound effects from the movies to create beats, and chopping dialogues to create vocals for his songs, Pogo always succeeds at creating a new interesting piece out of old material. This particular remix, titled “Lead Breakfast”, explores the universe of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, using scenes from the movie in which appear gunshots, the sound of a lighter, briefcase slammed on a table for the rhythm and legendary quotes such as “This is a tasty burger!” and “Say what again!” to connect it all and form a new message. Throughout his work, Pogo shows that music is everywhere and that one can create music by rearranging and tweaking sounds that are originally meant for narration, to which he adds his own samples to create harmony. The video adds another dimension to the remix, first providing the viewer with indications about the sources of the audio generated, but also by serving to emphasize how the remixer defines the character through repetition of key moments. For example, the briefcase he indefinitely swirls around defines John Travolta’s character, and drugs, alcohol, and guns define Uma Thurman’s character.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto presents how culture always builds on the past. Indeed this video remix presents elements of the movie to create something new. Through remixing Pulp Fiction, Pogo is building on past experiences to build a new atmosphere, carrying a new meaning and intentions. For example the drum pattern and atmosphere noises are arranged in an interesting way. They respect rules established by music, and belong to a genre of music, governed by rules. Pogo’s remix also reminds the listener of Moby’s Matrix Theme by featuring similar drum patterns and atmosphere...

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