"And for sure undergrounds also steal and recycle ideas from pop--there's always been a reversibility to the process, and that was drastically intensified by the invention of sampling. But these transactions [jungle and UK garage’s bootleg remixes for instance, or Elephant Man versioning the melody from "Eye of the Tiger’] have a altogether different charge to them than when pop nicks ideas from below. Surely you can simply feel
that? Impurism from above and impurism from below are not necessarily equivalent in terms of their "political" resonance, although both can produce wonderfully listenable results." - Simon Reynolds from blissblog
hearts of darknesses / girl talk mania in japania
japan tour 2k4.
i always found it humorous when you put a cdr of unpublished music into a computer and it looks up the times in a database and then labels the track(s) incorrectly, matching it to another cd already in the giant database (wherever it exists). i didn't expect it to happen with my dissertation as my advisor writes me asking why am calling the tracks one thing in the written documentation, and another on the cdrs i submitted. the database labeled the tracks "Naughty Girl," "Me, Myself, and I," "Milkshake," and "In Public." if only the real titles were so incredible. the madness may never end.
it's amazing how crisp the color of the sky is in Wyoming etc. could it be that the dryness of the air, compared to the humidity in IL makes the blue sky and white clowds more vibrant to the eyes? or is it the altitude? it's not that i haven't seen it before, but i forget how different various parts of country are in landscape etc.
the owner of Irdial
wrote this four page essay
about their position on copyright. it makes some good points. their position is essentially that music should be freely copiable (as their releases are
), but once someone sells it (especially on the level of a major label) they should pay for the samples (as they forced Wilco/WEA to do). ok, so i'll have to get a copy of The Conet Project, sample it, and when i become rich from it i'll pay up. fair is fair.
another label dedicated solely to sample-based music... Recombinations
has some great music on the first batch of releases.. including a Splatt 'best of' cd, a couple of brothers playing with cassette decks, and live recordings of Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism. the world seems to be improving!
my friend and former "student," Mr. Ganser, rants about seeing Spiderman 2