Mark Ronson's TED Talk Challenges Everything You Thought You Knew About Music

Mark Ronson gave this TED Talk, “The Exhilarating Creativity of Remixing,” back in March, but the full video is just available online now. Described as an “audio-visual omelette,” the famed DJ’s presentation follows the evolution of “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1984 hit that made its way into dozens of songs from Biggie’s “Hypnotize” to Miley Cyrus’ “We Like To Party.” The track is the fifth-most sampled track of all time and has appeared in 547 known samples, according to TED.

Ronson, who created dozens of hits and won three Grammy’s for his work on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” begins the presentation by mashing up 15 different TED Talks to create his TED-inspired track. “We live in a post-sampling era,” he says. “When we add something really original then we have a chance to be a part of the evolution of the music we love.” Take a look below.

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