There’s a guy toiling away, racking up the OT hours over at PBS. Perhaps you’ve already seen the fruits of his labor. Melodysheep, a.k.a. John D. Boswell of PBS Digital Studios has been working his way through the PBS archives “to produce a series of enthralling musical tributes that pay homage to our most beloved figures.” Nothing like making member-supported TV relevant to non-geriatric audiences of millennials by appealing to their 90’s childhoods through remixing Mr. Rogers!
“We wanted to pay tribute to that while doing something that would put him back on the cutting edge,” says Jason Seiken, PBS’s Senior VP for Interactive and the founder of PBS Digital Studios which launched last October and focuses on developing original online content.
What I find most interesting is that Boswell is actually an artist from Seattle that PBS hired to remix their content. They saw his work on YouTube, sent him some samples and he went on from there. PBS trusted him with the deconstruction process because his previous work didn’t poke fun, critique or project fantasies onto the source materials. Instead, it stayed true to the materials ideas and personality.
Yeah, my mind flipped at this point, too. I grew something in the garden of my mind, and it was criticism. Don’t project or poke fun, just pay homage? I guess I get it….no, wait, what? I DON’T UNDERSTAND!
There’s a new remix to wrap our over-critical minds over now.
But if you’re like me, you kind of prefer to pay homage to the original because it was perfect as is.