Copyright

Really cool site to see/listen to songs sampled by Girl Talk

If you've ever listened to Girl Talk or other mashup artists, you may have wondered which samples are used in each track. While Girl Talk publishes the set of tracks he samples, that still only gets you part of the way to knowing the details of those samples. When does each sample come in? What does the sampled song sound like on its own? Where can I listen to the sampled song? Where can I buy the sampled song?

Ellie sent me this really cool website that answers all of those questions by showing the samples used in Girl Talk's album "Feed the Animals" as they are played. You will see the name of the artist, track and album and be able to listen to a clip of most of the sampled songs. 

It's cool seeing the sampled songs pop up. There were a bunch of "those songs" that I knew, but had no idea who it was written and performed by. I could get lost for hours listening to the sampled songs, but have resisted the urge so far. I've got too much work to do right now! 

My respect for Girl Talk has grown. He put together a ton of diverse content. Anyone who thinks mashups aren't real art should take a look at this site.

Lawrence Lessig has the solution to make remixing legit

Lawrence Lessig is an author and law professor who has the best solution for bringing remixing into the mainstream that I've seen. He isn't just some ivory-tower academic though. He's created a copyright licensing system called Creative Commons that helps artists and remixers and he has advice on what policy makers can do today.

The basic problem is that using samples in mainstream music doesn't happen any more because of the high cost of clearing samples. This is stifling a huge amount of creative new music and pushing it underground. Why is it high cost? Because there is not a set price for using a sample and because the use of each sample must be negotiated individually.

Lessig proposes a couple of solutions to this problem.

G'day mate! Court throws Men at Work on the barbie!

A federal court in Australia ruled that Men at Work reproduced a "substantial part" of "Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree." Read about it online at Billboard

Apparently the flute part of the "Down Under" has a similar melody to "Kookaburra."

Here are the two songs so you can compare them yourself:

KOOKABURRA SITS IN THE OLD GUM TREE by Various

DOWN UNDER by Men at Work

I think this decision underscores exactly what is wrong with the copyright system. The songs were so "similar" that it took the entire world 30 years to notice! How similar can they be if millions of people happily listened to both songs without thinking they were the same?

Why today's copyright law doesn't work with today's music

Lately I've encountered great videos and a book on sampling, remixing and music mashups.

If you're under age 30, or probably 40, you probably already know what "sampling," "remixing" and "music mashups" mean. If you're like my parents though, you may have never heard these terms.

  • Sampling - using a piece of recorded music in another piece of music.
  • Remixing - taking a song's constituent parts and mixing them together differently to create a new song.
  • Mashups - combining multiple recordings into a new recording.

These three techniques are the basis of entirely new forms of music that have emerged over the past 30 years, including hip-hop, house, jungle and trip-hop. Aided by digital technology, these techniques have enabled artists, producers and DJs to make music that has crashed headlong into copyright law.

Syndicate content





Join the Love Your Music Email List to receive your free gift.