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DJ Epistemology: Producing & Knowing

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Artists, designers, developers, investors, entrepreneurs, and academics throw around the term “remix,” rarely considering what this indicates about changes in our epistemologies. Although originating with the rise of digital music production tools, “remix” has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon, a presence in the popular lexicon with usages that extend far outside of music.
As terms formerly reserved for DJs and producers permeate discourse on topics that ostensibly have nothing to do with music, we must ask what this indicates about the nature of knowledge. When learners engage with content and media increasingly as creators, the predominant pedagogical framework of public school, the vessel model of education, continues to break down. Through a survey of emerging technologies, pedagogy, and his own research, Zach will argue that music production technologies have engendered a new epistemology, presenting opportunities to design new and more meaningful learning experiences.




Zach Kaiser is a designer, educator, DJ and music producer. He is a graduate student at the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a lecturer in the Graphic Design department at Emmanuel College, and a partner in Skeptic, an experience design and research group. Zach’s graduate work focuses on the epistemological shift that has occurred as the vocabulary of DJing and music production, in particular "remix,” has permeated the popular lexicon. He hopes to explore this shift in order to design more meaningful learning experiences. In 2003, Zach co-founded Mess Hall Press, a non-profit design and screen printing studio for teens, which he co-directed for six years. Since entering graduate school, he has worked with undergraduate design students as a teaching assistant and lecturer. His design work has won a variety of awards and the work of Mess Hall Press has been featured in Print Magazine and published by HOW design books.