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For "remix" in the general sense, e.g. "everything is a remix".

Is there a better word than "source" for describing the thing that got remixed? ("Source" is just ambiguous in many contexts.)


Edit: "original" also has the connotation of the most upstream. If C is a remix of B, which was a remix of A, what would you call B w.r.t. C?

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The original...? – njboot May 21 '14 at 18:27
Or the master. – Peter Shor May 21 '14 at 18:57
the mix? ....... – Oldcat May 21 '14 at 19:00
Added an explanation against "original". I feel "master" is similar. – Aseem Kishore May 21 '14 at 19:36
I'd just use "B is the input to C" to describe that specific relationship between the two stages. In the more general context of the entire series, C is the final (or current), B is an intermediate remix (or version), and A is the original [source]. – FumbleFingers May 21 '14 at 21:07

You remix the original. The original version of a song, for example. The original version of a film. In discussing remixes of art, audio and visual art, this is what I'd use.

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In terms of music you will commonly see songs titled "Song Name (Original Mix)" vs. "Song Name (Dubstep Remix)". – dmertl May 21 '14 at 18:58
I updated my q with a description against "original": I feel it has the connotation of most upstream, when the source of a remix may not be the most upstream. Thanks though! – Aseem Kishore May 21 '14 at 19:36

For audio, you remix from the master (or master copy). Generally, this will have different tracks for each instrument and singer. If you improve the master, for example, you remove noise from it digitally, this is called remastering.

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Interesting, thanks. I feel this suffers a similar problem as "original" though — it gives the connotation of the most upstream only, when my remix source may not be the most upstream. – Aseem Kishore May 21 '14 at 19:37
Then "original" is probably the better word for your purpose. – Peter Shor May 22 '14 at 11:09

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